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 : 1250€
Region : Emilia-Romagna
Duration : 7 Days / 6 Nights
Level :
Type : On the way
Category :
Trip : Self-guided
Activity : Biking
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 :   Loop ride to the surrounding hills

Option 1 : 16 Miles - 25 Km  Option 2 : 28 Miles - 45 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 596 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 952 Meters 

Learn a few secrets from local artisans this morning at a special cooking demonstration. You'll have time in the afternoon for a short loop ride that takes you on the hills south of Bologna, where Partisans were fighting during the Second World War.

Day 3 :   Ride to Modena

Option 1 : 39 Miles - 62 Km  Option 2 : 0 Miles - https://discover.toogo.in/public/c4ca/product-files/27f77b14/pr_bol-mod.jpeg 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 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 :   Bike to Parma

Distance 1 : 40 Miles - 65 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 271 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 6 :   Loop ride into hills to the castle of Torrechiara

Option 1 : 13 Miles - 21 Km  Option 2 : 17 Miles - 27 Km 
Elevation gain 1 : 210 Meters  Elevation gain 2 : 35 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 7 :   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 : 37.00 Km / 23.13 Miles - Elevation gain : 354.00 Meters

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Day : 1, 2

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 : 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

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 : 5, 6

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.



GPS are included on most of our tours since 2008. We change the units every 2 years and always invest in the best models. Simple to use, easy to read, yet sophisticated devices they are available on all of our tours. The routes described in your roadbook are stored as tracks in the GPS unit. You simply have to follow the line shown on the GPS, and enjoy. 1 GPS for every 1-3 people


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 : 37.00 Km / 23.13 Miles - Elevation gain : 354.00 Meters
Day 2 :   Loop ride to the surrounding hills

Option 1: 16 Miles - 25 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 596 Meters 

Option 2: 28 Miles - 45 Km  Elevation gain 2 : 952 Meters 

Day 4 :   Ride to Reggio Emilia countryside

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

Day 5 :   Bike to Parma

Option 1: 40 Miles - 65 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 271 Meters 

Day 6 :   Loop ride into hills to the castle of Torrechiara

Option 1: 13 Miles - 21 Km  Elevation gain 1 : 210 Meters 

Option 2: 17 Miles - 27 Km  Elevation gain 2 : 35 Meters 


  • 6 nights in 3-4 star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Use of a high quality titanium racing or hybrid bicycle
  • Use of GPS with preloaded tracks
  • Roadbook and map
  • Luggage transfers
  • Cooking class (Day 2) , special culinary highlights and tastings

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.

Can begin all days except Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Suggested start day: Monday.


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 1250 € 330 € 1970 €
*Rates vary according to hotel availability and specific start date. Please contact us for triple room rates


GPS Included
Biking Roadbook Included
Travelbook Included

Bikes available

Bikes available Options per person
Hybrid Bike Rental
    Standard Included
Electric assist bike
    Standard 130 €
Tandem Bike Rental
    Standard 44 €

Please note that any bike changes during the trip may incur an extra fee.
Bot scann is mandatory