Ravenna to Bologna crossing Romagna 

This  tour starts in Ravenna and crossing Romagna arrive in Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna Region, also considered the culinary capital of Italy.

The cycling trip is Easy, some part of flat terrain with some serious and challenge hills wait for you.

Anyway this is a vacation on saddle through the paradise of homemade pasta, so treat yourself every day with fresh tagliatelle, succulent Lasagne, any kind of Ravioli and Tortellini. To be paired with Sangiovese or the local  Albana grape white wine.

You will discover many interesting villages: Faenza famous for Ceramics and Maioliche; the medieval villages Dozza;  Brisighella that gives  name to a local olive cultivates here.

Tuscany connection: the planned renaissance Terra del Sole, built by the Medici family to protect the northern flank of Tuscany in 1564.

Special Highlight is to stay in Riolo Terme and enjoy spa treatments

Ravenna: it is a treasure chest of art, history and culture of the highest order with ancient origins and a glorious past; it was a capital three times: of the Western Roman Empire, of Theodoric King of the Goths, of the emperor of Byzantium. It houses the mortal remains of Dante Alighieri and keeps his memory alive with important events.

Wow moments

  • Stay Ravenna and sightsee 8 Unesco monuments
  • pair your food with Albana and pignoletto wine
  • enjoy Riolo thermal hotel
  • fresh pasta odyssey: this is the land of Lasagne, tortellini and Ravioli

1

welcome to Ravenna

Ravenna once the capital of the Western Roman Empire, now famous for Byzantine mosaics, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Your centrally located hotel allows you to walk to Dante's Tomb and the UNESCO World Heritage mosaics of San Vitale, Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia this afternoon. Don't miss these early Byzantine churches with their colorful mosaics that draw travelers from around the world.
2

Faenza

Distance 56 km /35 miles
Exiting Ravenna you have the choice to visit another very important Byzantine masterpiece: Sant'Apollinare in Classe. Cross the plains through fruit plantations and arrive to Faenza. Not to be missed: visit the International Ceramics Museum, local artists' studios specialized in this colourful pottery, and Renaissance Town Square. Your hotel is a restored convent near the central square of this regional market center and famous ceramics town. Enjoy the bustle in the market square and the main "piazza" which is always full of bicycle riders of all ages.

3

Brisighella and Riolo Terme

Distance 26 or 61 km / 16-38 miles
Enjoy a quiet ride through vineyards and kiwi orchards on your way to the enchanting Medieval town of Brisighella. You should certainly plan to explore the historic town center and to see the unique Via degli Asini, one of the best preserved medieval artisan streets anywhere in Italy. The homemade pasta in Brisighella is worth a lunch stop and the gelato . Your ride continues on to Riolo and you will stay at the grand hotel
4

Castel Bolognese or Appennines

the Romagna countryside;
Today we have the Challenging ridge ride for avid cyclist to the feet of the Apennines, or easier ride to Castel Bolognese for the more relaxed rider alike
Distance short option: 30 km (19 miles) or 61 km (38 miles)
Riolo Terme is a spa town so you can always enjoy a plethora of thermal water spa treatments or get a massage, participate in a fun pasta making demonstration and class - or just take it easy. We'll recommend a long ride into the hills for those wanting to put some hill rides on their legs and an easy ride to Castel Bolognese for those who want just a little exercise, both rides in a lovely setting of low hills, vineyards, farms and olive groves all around, with the Apennines in view.

5

Dozza

Distance 28 km / 17 miles or 42 km /26 miles
Wine village of Dozza; beautiful views across the Po Valley; wall murals in Dozza
Your ride today takes you through more vineyards and rich orchards to the Medieval hill town of Dozza, famous for its wall murals. The castle in Dozza houses the Emilia-Romagna Regional Enoteca or wine museum. Regional specialties include the red Sangiovese (father grape of Chianti) which is gaining more and more worldwide recognition as an important wine in and of itself, the light and fizzy Lambrusco from the hills of Modena and Bologna, excellent pairing to the regional cold cuts like prosciutto and salam, or the sweet Passito di Albana di Romagna. Plan to arrive mid-afternoon so you can tour the castle and taste a little wine!
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Bologna

We'll leave the hills of Dozza to ride to Bologna Italy's culinary capital, Emilia Romagna's administrative capital, and, arguably, its culinary capital too. Home to the oldest continually operating university in the world, Bologna has a long tradition of studies, arts, and gastronomy. Speaking of gastronomy, Bologna gave birth to the mortadella, vulgarly distorted abroad as "bologna," although the fresh, artisanal mortadella has nothing to do with processed ham! The best pairing? White sparkling wine Metodo Classico! Make sure you put this culinary delight on your 'must try' list!


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Arrivederci

Tour ends in Bologna
Your bicycle ride in Emilia Romagna ends this morning in Bologna. If you have the time you might consider an extra night or two in Bologna to enjoy the rich cultural history here . Alternatively, train connections are convenient to Rome, Venice or Milan. Thanks for joining us and See You in the next bike trip

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Palazzo Bezzi - Ravenna
hotel Vittoria - Faenza
Grand Hotel - Riolo Terme
Hotel Dei Commercianti - Bologna

Price & Inclusions

Price 
Cost: Euro 1490 per person in double occupancy
Single room supplement Euro 350

Inclusions
Six nights in excellent four & three-star superior hotels
Six breakfasts
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
RideWithGPS App: tracks & off-line navigation
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Bologna
Keepsake Cicloposse water bottle
Sales taxes

Not Included
Bike Rental per entire tour
Hybrid bike euro 180
Road bike, E-Bike, Gravel Bike         euro 240

City Tax  each village charges a tax per day between euro 0,70 to euro 4,00

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