The Via Emilia


Level of cycling: livello1a

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

2019 Departure dates:
Every saturady from April till October (other departure dates on requests)

This is a tour of the soul of the Emilia Romagna region by going through cities and towns full of history, as well as by discovering castles and landscapes untouched by mass tourism. It is a tour in the heart of Italian cuisine, where everything that unfolds at the table is the result of the local historic traditions. It is a tour that follows the flavors and aromas of typical products such as: Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, the result of a nearly scientific knowledge passed through the centuries; fresh pasta, such as the cappelletti from Bologna, and the cappellaci made with the pumpkin from Ferrara; the typical bread of Ferrara; the cured meats such as the best Prosciutto from Parma and Mortadella from Bologna; boiled meats; the king of cheese Grana Padano; wines such as Lambrusco from Modena. Let your heart be won by listening to your stomach, and do so by following this itinerary, which dives into the tastiest traditions!


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1st day – Arrive in Bologna 
The capital city of the a rich Italian Emilia Romagna region,. Bologna is an ideal location for both a cultural vacation as well as a moment to relax and have fun since it has not yet been contaminated by mass tourism. Within its walls, some of which are still intact, the first university of the world was established during the XI century. The main characteristic elements of the city are its streets, archways and palaces.  

2nd day – Bologna / Ferrara  (55 km) 
Departure by bike for Ferrara. The journey with take you through the typical countryside of the Po River Valley plains, as you pedal along roads with little traffic, bike paths and alongside river embankments. Arrival in Ferrara. Ferrara, known as the “city of the bicycles,” is to be discovered by pedaling through its streets and squares. While you are here, you must visit its impressive castle, which is famous for being the capital of the Estense family duchy until 1598, when it was devolved to the Papal States. The town has preserved the authenticity and peacefulness of a true Italian town, maintaining its ancient splendor.  

3rd day – Ferrara / Sorbara (55 km)
A little more pedaling around  Ferrara then departure for Sorbara. The chosen path is known as the “Burana” bike path, one of the most beautiful in Emilia Romagna, which follows the eponymous canal. By crossing over an old train bridge, you will arrive in Bondeno. From there, you will continue to Sorbara by crossing through various medieval towns, with fortresses and ramparts dating back to the Estense family duchy. Before arriving at the hotel, there will be a stop at one of the oldest vinegar producers to discover how to make the typical balsamic vinegar of Modena. The visit will end with a vinegar tasting, by sampling various aged from 12 years until 50 years. After the tasting, you will then stop in a wine cellar where Lambrusco of Sorbara has been produced for over 65 years.  

4th day Sorbara / Modena (25 km) 
Departure for Modena. Arrival in Modena, a town known for its rich history and art. It is also famous for excelling in producing motors and typical food products. It is a town proud of the mystical beauty of the Romanesque cathedral (one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites), and it is the home town of Enzo Ferrari and Luciano Pavarotti.  

5th day – Modena castle tour (65 km) 
Crossing the “Path Sun and Nature” you get to the village of Vignola. Lying between the Panaro river and the Modena hills, Vignola is famous in the world for its cherries. Walking along the streets of the town you can visit important monuments, such as the fortress, with its richly decorated interiors and the spiral staircase designed by Vignola. Then continue on the bike path towards Modena you will stop in Spilamberto. The Castle of Spilamberto, founded in 1210 by the Modenese on the left bank of the Panaro river in defense of the eastern border, became the noble residence of the Rangoni, feudal lords of the place from the century. XV when it was transformed from fortress to residence. Before returning to the city you will pass by Castelnuovo Rangone Castelnuovo is one of the most important European districts for the processing of the pork industry. They are the testimony of this social and economic primacy, the pig monument in the central square of the village. Return to hotel

6th day – Modena / Reggio Emilia (40 km) 
The path will follow the Secchia river, passing through the Corte Ospitale, which was historically a rest point for the travelers along the Via Aemilia and is currently an important theatre. The itinerary will then continue on to the oasis known as Marmirolo, a protected area managed by LIPU (Italian League for Bird Protection), where you can observe a significant number of bird species. Arrival in Reggio Emilia in the  late morning. The afternoon will be free to visit the city.  

7th day – Reggio Emilia / Brescello (55 km) 
Breakfast and the last visit of the city. The heart of the tour will be among the medieval feuds, churches and lands of the historic artists and poets, such as Guercino, Tasso and Guarini. In these places, you can admire the splendor of the medieval palaces. The day will end in Brescello, a town that is famous for being the setting of “C’era una volta un paesino…” (Once upon time there was a town…) – the beginning of one of the movies from the Don Camillo and Peppone series that were filmed in Brescello.  

8th day – Brescello / Colorno / Parma (30km) 
Breakfast in the hotel. Last day of the tour. A morning departure for Parma, the capital city of pasta, prosciutto ham and cheese. A pit stop at Colorno to admire the Colorno mansion, which is an elegant structure of monumental proportions with over 400 rooms, plazas and gardens. The mansion is enveloped by a wonderful “French formal garden.” The tour will then continue onto Parma. There will be free time to visit the city, the home town of Giuseppe Verdi. End of the tour. Return bikes to the train station with the option to return to Bologna by train.


Tour: The Via Emilia

7 nights packagesPrice per person in a single roomPrice per person in a double roomPrice per person in a triple roomPrice for FAMILY DEAL 1
2 adults + 1 child (5-10 y.o.)
Price for FAMILY DEAL 2
2 adults + 2 children (5-10 y.o.)
Min. 2 persons€ 1150€ 970€ 770€ 2060€ 2190
Min 4 persons€ 958€ 795€ 695€ 2030€ 2190

The quoted price includes:  
 7 night’s stay in three-star hotel structure, breakfast included  
– Tasting at the vinegar producer  
– Tasting at a wine producer  
Luggage transportation
– Medical and luggage insurance 
– Road-book and Gps files 
– Phone assistance

The quoted price does not include:
– Bicycle rental
– Transfers between Parma and Bologna
– Any meals not specifically indicated
– Guided visits and entrances fees
– Tourist taxes, when applied
– Any extra personal expenses and everything that is not specifically listed under “The quoted price includes”

Supplements per person:
– Bycicle rental € 80
– Helmet rental € 15