Emilia – Romagna: a taste of Italy

On this bright new bicycle tour, you'll ride through Italy's premier pasta region. Every meal will include extraordinary local dishes made according to tradition. Every day of pedaling will not only take you on behind-the-scenes visits of parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, but also to ancient castles and world heritage UNESCO sites. Here, history, art, culture and tradition conspire to make this tour unforgettable!

Price from : 1420€
Region : Emilia-Romagna
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Level :
Type : On the way
Category : Bike
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Hybrid
Dates : Starts any day

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Day 1 :   Arrive in Bologna, fit bicycles

Arrive in Bologna and meet us for bike fitting and briefing. Bologna today is 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! Make sure you put this culinary delight on your 'must try' list! Your dinner tonight is at a local trattoria!

Day 2 :   Ride to Modena

Distance 1 : 39 Miles - 62 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 190 Meters 

Taste the history of gelato before enjoying great views along the hills. A rails-to-trails bikepath will lead you out to the fortress town of Bazzano, before heading to Modena. Don't miss a visit to the historic center of this city.

Day 3 :   Modena loop to Castelvetro

Distance 1 : 37 Miles - 60 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 374 Meters 

Take time to explore Modena today by climbing up the bell tower or visiting the Palace of the Duchy. Alternatively, enjoy a ride to the foothills of the Apennines along quiet roads and bicycle lanes. Visit the picturesque town of Castelvetro with its fortified historical center and balsamic vinegar production. If you are a car fan, Modena is the home of Ferrari and other historical brands so there are museums and exhibitions you can indulge in!

Day 4 :   Ride to Reggio Emilia countryside

Distance 1 : 32 Miles - 51 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 224 Meters 

Before heading out of Modena with your bicycle, we suggest a visit to the local covered market that has been selling local products since the Middle Ages: fruits and vegetables, but also gourmet selections of Lambrusco wine, Amaretti cookies, truffles, cheese and Prosciutto, and of course traditional balsamic vinegar. Another culinary mystery is unveiled today as you stop at an "acetaia," a traditional balsamic vinegar factory to learn how leftover grapes are transformed into the sweet rich vinegar that can sometimes be worth hundreds of dollars. Tradition is beautifully preserved here as the historic methods of production are still in use. You'll continue on along back roads to reach your agriturismo, a country house hotel with a working farm, where you'll stay tonight.

Day 5 :   Reggio Emilia loop on the hills

Option 1 : 12 Miles - 20 Km  Option 2 : 36 Miles - 58 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 200 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 810 Meters 

Head for the hills today on a ride to Canossa Castle ruins, where the Holy Roman Empire Emperor Henry 5th had to show penance to the Pope, waiting in the snow barefoot at the gate of Matilda's Castle for 3 days before Matilda, countess of Canossa, convinced the Pope to open. Alternatively follow the bike path to Reggio Emilia for a visit of this bustling, pretty town.

Day 6 :   Bike to Parma

Distance 1 : 40 Miles - 65 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 270 Meters 

Get up early to observe the artistry of a working Parmesan cheese maker on your way out this morning. You'll ride along bike paths following an old railroad. Your destination is a city where your taste buds will not be disappointed. It is, however, a city where the arts flourished also outside of the kitchen: Parmigianino, Corregio, and Giuseppe Verdi are some of the most famous citizens. Enjoy time in the historic center and delight your palate with Parma's signature cured ham (prosciutto crudo) and Parmesan cheese, eaten at an aperitivo or perhaps sprinkled on homemade pasta dishes.

Day 7 :   Loop ride into hills to the castle of Torrechiara

Distance 1 : 30 Miles - 48 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 210 Meters 

Get ready for your last day of bicycling amidst ancient castles and local traditions! Today's ride will loop to the breath-taking castle of Torrechiara. Dominating the Val Parma, the castle was constructed between 1448 and 1460, devised as an instrument of defense as well as a distinguished home for the count and his lover. This area is famous for its cured prosciutto and local salame—taste them in this historic setting!

Day 8 :   Tour ends in Parma

Your cycling tour ends in Parma. Now with a refined palate, shop well and take some recipes home to try in your own kitchen!

Average / Day : Distance : 52.00 Km / 32.29 Miles - Elevation gain : 325.43 Meters

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Day : 1

Hotel Touring is a 3 stars superior hotel in Bologna, situated in a quiet location in the old town a short walk from Piazza Maggiore, the Church of San Domenico. The Touring Hotel Bologna is a peaceful hideaway in the heart of the city that combines up-to-the-minute sophistication with ample old-world charm. Just steps from the main square Piazza Maggiore, expect familiar service, understated comfort and newly furnishings throughout. The Jacuzzi on the Rooftop Terrace will make you stay.

Day : 2, 3

Is the only 4-stars hotel in the heart of the old town and with its perfect location is suitable either for business or leisure customer coming to Modena. An elegant and refined atmosphere of this ancient palace, so called “Palazzo Schedoni”, recalls its origins of a monastery dated back to 1550.

Day : 4, 5

An authentic farm where charm and sweetness of life mingle for a change of scenery. The Agriturismo offers a seasonal salt-water pool and leisure activities including golf and archery.

Day : 6, 7

Hotel Button, an inviting three star hotel in the heart of the historical and commercial centre of Parma near Piazza Garibaldi, boasts a range of services guaranteeing a comfortable and relaxing experience for guests. The elegant facility, dating back to the late 1700s, consists in four levels and has been furnished in a neoclassic style. The hotel is situated in a strategic position, just a few minutes' walk from major historical and cultural icons of the city: Cathedral, Baptistery, Santa Maria della Steccata, Glauco Lombardi Museum, and Palazzo della Pilotta,

Bikes available for your tour

The characteristics of this bike are presented as an example and are not guaranteed
Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Hybrid bike - Standard
VAN NICHOLAS AMAZON 3AL - ( or equivalent)

The perfect combination of light and comfortable for long rides or the cyclists who wants performance but sitting in more of an upright position. Mixte/Step Through Frame also available. Van Nicholas Amazon 3AL/2,5V titanium hybrid/mixte frame and VN Slx carbon fork.

  • Frame :Van Nicholas Amazon 3AL /2,5V Titanium hybrid frame, available alsoas hybrid mixte or stepthrough frame /Van Nicholas Slx carbon fork
  • Shifters/Front derailleur/Crankset : Shimano SLX 3x10 shifters, front derailleur and crankset (24,32,42 teeth or 26, 36,46 teeth)
  • Rear derailleur/ Cassette : Shimano SLX long cage rear derailleur with 11-34 cassette
  • Cyclometer,
  • Bell,
  • Lock,
  • Pump,
  • Water bottle cage/s,
  • Water bottle,
  • An under-seat pack that contains a spare tube,
  • Tire irons and patch kit.
  • Rear rack and rear light.



Roadbook for Discovery allows you to travel freely with all the information you need for your trip: Stages, points of interest, itineraries with interactive guidance, travel documents.

All in offline mode, you download your file before leaving, then you have all the information necessary for your trip. (Phone not provided).


Our roadbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. We have invested significant time and incorporated the feedback of our customers over many years (since 1997!) to make our roadbooks even better. Our roadbooks include: color maps, highlighted routes, touristic information, orientation points to reach hotels, and easy to follow step by step directions (cue-sheets). Please note that for custom itineraries you will not have cue sheets. Only maps and GPS routes.


Our Travelbooks are complete packages of information that will help you to guide yourself through the itinerary that we have planned and laid out. You will find information about the hotels, itinerary, regional informations...

Daily Elevation Profiles
Average / Day : Distance : 52.00 Km / 32.29 Miles - Elevation gain : 325.43 Meters
Day 2 :   Ride to Modena

Option 1: 39 Miles - 62 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 190 Meters 

Day 3 :   Modena loop to Castelvetro

Option 1: 37 Miles - 60 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 374 Meters 

Day 4 :   Ride to Reggio Emilia countryside

Option 1: 32 Miles - 51 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 224 Meters 

Day 5 :   Reggio Emilia loop on the hills

Option 1: 12 Miles - 20 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 200 Meters 

Option 2: 36 Miles - 58 Km  Elevation gain 2 : 810 Meters 

Day 6 :   Bike to Parma

Option 1: 40 Miles - 65 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 270 Meters 


  • 7 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Rental hybrid bicycle
  • Guidance Application (phone not provided)
  • Roadbook and map
  • Luggage transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare and local transfers to and from the trip
  • Lodging before and after the trip
  • Drinks with dinners
  • Some meals are not included in each destination, which gives you the opportunity to explore regional cuisine on your own.
  • You will find all information needed with our team support in your Roadbook.
  • Wine tastings, entrance fees, tips
  • City tax
  • Anything not mentioned above, under "Rate includes".

Informations & Recommendations

You can make this a 5 to 15 days tour. Ask for details.


Tour rates

Contact our tour consultants for more information and an exact rate based upon your travel dates.

Price from* & per person Double occupancy Single supplement
(traveling with a group)
Solo traveler
(traveling alone)
Standard 1420 € 310 € 2220 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates


Guidance Application Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

Bikes available Options per person
Road Bike Rental
    Standard no fees
Electric assist bike
    Standard 80 €
Tandem Bike Rental
    Standard Contact us

Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.

Services available

Services available
Cancelation insurance 6%

Bot scann is mandatory