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FOOD AND WINE CYCLING TOUR IN EMILIA ROMAGNA 

A cycle tour of 8 days/7 nights from Parma to Modena until Bologna 

 

 

  The Emilia Romagna region offers many of Italy's finest Protected Denomination of Origin (PDO) products: Parmigiano Reggiano, Modena authentic Balsamic Vinegar, Parma ham, DOCG classified wines, traditional hand-made stuffed pasta. An easy cycling journey through this area enables you to enjoy these specialties onsite directly from the producers, while dinners on the tour will include extraordinary local dishes made according to tradition. At the same time, you can experience the art and history of the area and explore its castles and heritage villages dating back to the ducal period when this region flourished in extraordinary art. Via Emilia is the theme of this trip. You will discover Parma, Modena and Bologna, the capital of the region, rich in palaces and medieval towers. On this tour, you will encounter a region where everything reflects the Italian savoir vivre: the preservation of historical and artistic heritage, the pleasure of good food and the love of good music, from Verdi opera to Pavarotti.

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

1 day

Arrival in Parma

Individual arrival in Parma. Visit Parma's city center where you will find masterpieces of art, open green spaces, and treasures from across the ages. This city welcomes visitors into the refined atmosphere of a small capital. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Parma.

 

2 day

PARMA - SORAGNA- FONTANELLATO - PARMA 57 or 70 km

After breakfast you cycle through the countryside along partially paved lanes and past the Paradigna Cistercian abbey, celebrated by Stendhal as the Certosa di Parma. You enter San Secondo where you have the opportunity to visit a "caseificio", a cheese factory where Parmigiano Reggiano is produced. Don't miss a tasting! You continue towards Fontanellato where you will find the mighty fortress of San Vitale, a castle dating back to the 14th century and home to a great Parmigianino painting. Return to Parma and dinner in a typical trattoria. Overnight in Parma. 

 

3 giorno

PARMA - LANGHIRANO - REGGIO EMILIA 74 km or 59 km (+/- 450-500 m.)

Today you will discover the land where Parmigiano is produced, along with the famous Parma ham. Parma's delicate flavor, slightly salty with fragrant aroma, is the result of the particular climate conditions in which this ham is dried and aged. For a taste of history, do not miss Torrechiara castle. We continue this pleasant route through cultivated fields until you reach the ancient fortress of Montechiarugola overlooking the river Enza and the castle of Montecchio, part of Matilda di Canossa's duchy defense system. We end our day with a ride through the city of Reggio Emilia, enjoying the beautiful buildings and churches in old town. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Reggio Emilia.

 

4 day

REGGIO EMILIA - CARPI - MODENA - 57 km

Today's route through the countryside of the Po Valley will offer many possibilities for tours and tastings. First stop is in Correggio, a small Renaissance court bearing the name of the famous painter born there. You continue through the vineyards of Lambrusco di Santa Croce DOP on the way to Carpi, a pearl of the Renaissance and ancient home to the Pio lords. Cycle the last 18 km to arrive at the day's destination, Modena. This city offers extraordinary beauty concentrated in its graceful historic center. UNESCO has acknowledged the universal value of the city's monumental treasures by designating the Cathedral, Piazza Grande, and the Ghirlandina Tower UNESCO World Heritage. Dinner in a local trattoria to experience the typical dish "Gnocco e Tigelle". Overnight in Modena.

 

5 day

MODENA - VIGNOLA - CASTELVETRO - MODENA 65 km (+/-350m.)

After breakfast, you depart from Modena to Spilamberto. Here you can visit an "acetaia" where authentic Balsamic Vinegar is produced. This vinegar, proudly receiving PDO status in 2000, is unique among the world's vinegar-based condiments. Continue to Vignola, the city of cherries and the famous Barozzi cake. Savor a slice of cake at the celebrated Gollini pastry and take a stroll to the mighty castle. This fortress is open to visitors and offers amazing views of the surrounding landscape from its walkways and towers. Continue on small roads to the town of Castelvetro renowned for PDO Lambrusco wine. If you like, you can stop at a winery an enjoy a tasting. On your way back to Modena, you can stop at Luciano Pavarotti's house. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Modena.

 

6 day

MODENA - NONANTOLA - BOLOGNA 68 km

Before leaving Modena, take your time to visit Enzo Ferrari house museum. Follow the cycle path leading out of Modena along the banks of the Secchia river through countryside and vineyards. The first stop is in Nonantola to visit the Abbey. Dating back to 12 century, this Romanesque masterpiece lies along the Romea Nonantolana route followed by Pilgrims around the year 1000 as they traveled to Rome. This area, dotted with manor houses and Romanesque churches, offers many options for tasting authentic Aceto Balsamico (balsamic vinegar) as you continue to San Giovanni in Persiceto. We will then follow the Navile cycle path through Sala Bolognese and on to Bologna. Dinner in a typical trattoria. Overnight in Bologna.

 

7 day

BOLOGNA km 20

After breakfast, you have half day of cycling and you can make a tour of Bologna. In the afternoon, you are free to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful city centre, famous for its nearly 40 km of porticos, the longest in the world. Nicknamed "The Learned" for its old University, and "The Fat" for its food tradition, the city is also a "UNESCO Creative City of Music". It has one of the largest and most well- preserved medieval historical centers filled with restaurants, taverns, theaters and shops. Piazza Maggiore, where medieval palaces overlook energetic daily life and economic activity, offers a prime view of this beautiful city. When you are ready to relax, indulge yourself with a slice of mortadella and a glass of Sangiovese! The best way to end your trip. Dinner is on your own, or you can choose to book a cooking class! Overnight in Bologna.

 

8 day End of the tour after breakfast 

 

 

 

THERE IS ALSO A GROUP TOUR VERSION:
Day 1: Parma 
Day 2: Parma - Parmigiano tasting - Fontanellato - Parma 57 km 
Day 3: Parma - Torrechiara - Parma ham tasting - Reggio Emilio 62 km (+/- 450 mt) 
Day 4: Reggio Emilia - Carpi - Modena - 57 km 
Day 5: Modena - balsamic vinegar tasting - Vignola - Castelvetro - wine tasting - Modena - gnocco e tigelle 65 km (+/-350mt) 
Day 6: Modena - Nonantola - Bologna - cooking lesson 68 km 
Day 7: Bologna


The
self guided cycling tour includes:  

  • 7 nights in hotels of the chosen category  (standard 3*** Hotels or deluxe 4 ****Hotels)  

  • 7 x breakfast 

  • 3 typical dinner in local trattorie 

  • Luggage transportation 

  • Telephone number for assistance

  • App with maps and itineraries (with GPS position, APP supplies GPS tracks that can be also used offline)

  • Handlebar mobile-holder for bikes

 

The self guided tour does not include:  

  • Travel to Parma and from Bologna 

  • lunch 

  • 4 x dinner 

  • drinks 

  • bike rental

  • Entrance tickets and other tickets 

  • Public transportation

  • Insurance

  • Tourist taxes

  • Paper Road book (available with a supplement of 15 , to be booked in advance)

  • All what is not specified under "the trip includes"

 



The group tour includes:

  • 6 nights in double rooms with private bathroom in 3*** hotels

  • 6 x breakfast

  • 4 typical dinners in local trattoria 

  • 5 tastings

  • 1 cooking lesson

  • luggage transportation

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Assistance

 

The group tour does not include:

  • travel to Parma and from Bologna

  • lunches

  • 1 dinner

  • Drinks

  • Bike rental

  • Public transportation

  • Entrance fees

  • Tickets

  • Insurance

  • Tourist taxes (around 10 )

  • Everything not specified as "Included".

 

Period 

self guided tour Saturdays, from 3 March to 30 June 2019 and from 1 September to 10 November 2019 group tour Departures: 22/09, 06/10

Level 2/3

Easy to moderate. Flat to hilly terrain with some gentle climbs and descents. Average lenght of stages: from 57 to 68 km per day. Streets 80% asphalt; 20% trails or unpaved roads. 

Price p.p. 2019 Self guided tour   Standard Category

 

in double room 685 
in single room 865 

Self guided tour  Deluxe category 


in double room 940 
in single room 1.420 

Group Tour
in double room 1.200 
in single room 1.380 
Supplement Self guided tour: paper road book available upon request 15
Bike rental 90 ; e-bike rental 200 ; helm 15

Parking (private garage 300 m. from the hotel) 12 /per day 

Transfer to Parma by train at the end of the tour: about 8 per person