Discover the food lover's paradise of Emilia Romagna on this superb self-guided cycling tour. Ride from Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy, through the heartland of gastronomic delights to Parma, famous for its cured ham and cheese. Spend a night in an agriturismo.

DATES: Tuesdays (other days by arrangement)
DURATION: 7 Days / 6 Nights
PRICE: From $2,090

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Highlights:

  • The UNESCO World Heritage porticoes of Bologna
  • Modena's covered street market
  • Visit an "acetaia", a traditional balsamic vinegar factory
  • Overnight stay in an agriturismo, a country hotel with working farm
  • Loop ride into the Parma hills to the castle of Torrechiara

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Bologna: Arrive and explore at leisure. Bicycle fitting and briefing. Dinner is at a local trattoria. (D)

Day 2 - Bologna: Enjoy a cooking demonstration, followed by the opportunity for a short loop ride on the hills south of Bologna (25-45 km) (B)

Day 3 - Bologna - Modena: Follow a rails-to-trails bike path to the fortress town of Bazzano, before heading to Modena (62km). (B)

Day 4 - Modena - Reggio Emilia: Continue on along back roads to your agriturismo for your overnight stay. Visit a traditional balsamic vinegar factory (51km). (B,D)

Day 5 - Reggio Emilia - Parma: Observe a working Parmesan cheese maker. Ride along bike paths following an old railroad to Parma. (62km). (B,D)

Day 6 - Parma Hills: Today's ride will loop to the breath-taking castle of Torrechiara (48km). (B)

Day 7 - Parma: Tour ends. (B)

Inclusions:

  • 6 nights 3-4-star accommodation
  • Breakfast daily and 3 dinners
  • High quality titanium racing or hybrid bicycle
  • Roadbook and map
  • GPS with pre-loaded tracks
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Cooking demonstration
  • Special culinary highlights and tastings

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