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Exceptional Emilia Romagna

Exceptional
Emilia Romagna

Fine food and fast cars

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Emilia Romagna - excellency at every turn.

Explore Italy's bread basket filled with the essential ingredients of balsamic vinegar, prosciutto ham, and aged parmesan cheese. Set in the largest fertile plain of Italy in the Po River Valley, this region offers Italy's favorite foods and flavors. Plus, the biking is amazing winding through dramatic landscapes and quiet pockets with quaint villages. Excellence is also molded into the region's top sports cars and motorcycles known throughout the world: Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Ducati, and Morini.
Emilia Romagna
Price
$5220. Details

 

Cycling Ability

 

Itinerary

 

Start/End

 

Duration
8 days/7 nights

 

2020 Dates
April 28
September 6

 

Hotels

 

Airports

 

 

Tour Highlights

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Maserati connection

Enjoy a visit to a private Maserati
collection, the only one in the world.
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Balsamic bliss

Senora Giovanna shares their
families balsamic heritage
and production, along with a tasting.
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Organic parmesan

Meet the cows that produce
the parmesan that is aged for 12, 24,
and over 30 months.
Taste the difference.
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Explore Bologna

UNESCO named this the
Capital of Music and
home to the world's oldest
university founded in 1088.
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I bike. You bike. E-bike.

Choose your ride E-Road Bike
or E-Hybrid Bike
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Foodie Alert!

This is a great bike tour
to discover authentic ingredients
of Italy.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to the Italy!
Welcome to Mantova! A beautiful Renaissance town embraced by the Po River and the setting of Romeo's banishment (from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet). After a welcome with your Siciclando representative, we will have a guided tour of the city. Enjoy an Aperol Spritz in the 16th Century main square as people walk and bike by. We will have dinner together.

0 Miles

D: Group

 

Day 2
Ride the Renaissance
Today we begin biking from Mantova in the direction of its sister city, Sabbioneta. These two towns became UNESCO sites in 2008 due to their Renaissance town centers. Our route threads through small villages spiked with a church tower overlooking terracotta rooves amidst green fields. Once in Sabbioneta consider a visit to the Teatro Olimpico with frescoes by Veronese, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or the Palaces of Ducale and Giardino. At the end of our ride we will transfer to a charming castle in the middle of the countryside where we'll spend two nights. We look forward to share several collections and surprises of the castle. Breakfast is included today.

29 Miles
47 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 3
Fields and Farms of Emilia
Bike the peaceful countryside at your own pace! The landscape is ever changing between farms and vineyards. The quiet roads that coast up and down make for a wonderful day. In the afternoon we will go to a historical inn where we can see the aging of the typical ham of the region — the prized culotello — a good place for an aperitivo! Breakfast and dinner are included today.

36 miles
58 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: Included

 

Day 4
Discover Parma
This morning we will cycle from the Locanda to the city of Parma, an important city of the Region. Explore Parma on our walking tour and see the 900-year old Duomo and adjacent museum, which houses several magnificent statues including King David, the Queen of Sheba, and King Solomon. Choose from one of the cafes for a typical Italian lunch. Breakfast is included today.

44 Miles
71 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 5
Our country oasis
Today we will start with a shuttle to the next accommodation, then you can choose between a wonderful and challenging loop in the Emilia countryside or relax in the lovely Opera 02 Hotel — the views and the atmosphere are fantastic. The hotel has an amazing restaurant — the chef is a master of flavors and makes every plate look like a work of art. The sommelier can explain the production of the regions Lambrusco wines. Breakfast and a picnic lunch are included.

24 Miles
40 kilometers

B: Included
L: Included
D: On your own

 

Day 6
Biking and balsamic vinegar!
We will enter into the area of Modena, home to balsamic vinegar and another UNESCO Heritage Site. Enjoy the wonderful up and down hills of the bike route! Prepare your taste buds for a balsamic tasting with our delightful hostess Signora Giovanna. She will share the interesting history of this highly-valued vinegar and the secrets to a real balsamic.

19 Miles
32 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: Included

 

Day 7
Organic parmesan — meet the cows, taste the cheese!
This is another of our favorite stops! We will begin with a visit to the farm and factory in the morning, the time when the cows are milked and the production begins. We will then taste the parmesan which is aged at 12, 24, and 36 months. The tasting takes place in a private collection of Maserati sports cars, the only one in existence. From here we will start our bike ride in the direction of Bologna, then in the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the city! Breakfast is included today.

36 Miles
60 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: On your own

 

Day 8
Hills of Bologna
Today we will have the chance to explore the hills around Bologna! This is a beautiful bike ride with varied terrain — hills, fields, and forests. Once back to Bologna you will have enough time to relax and discover the city on your own. Walk the colorful porticoes and discover the city squares framed with churches and villas. We will enjoy great mamma (and papa) food at our favorite family-run restaurant: Handmade pasta. Savory sauces. Slow-roasted meats. And homemade desserts.

25 Miles
42 kilometers

B: Included
L: On your own
D: Included

 

Day 9
Departure day
After breakfast end of services. Ciao!

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B: Included

 

 

Pricing

Additional options

  • Single room supplement — $610
Included
  • 9 day tour
  • 8 nights lodging in comfortable 3 and 4 star hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners (D1, D3; D6 ; D8)
  • 3 Visit and Tasting of Regional Product (D3,D6,D7)
  • Walking tour of Mantova (D1)
  • Walking tour of Parma (D3)
  • Walking tour of Bologna (D10)
  • One English speaking tour leader
  • Hybrid bike rental
  • Van support throughout the tour
Not included
  • Flights and public transportation
  • Travel insurance
  • Admission fees not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, etc.
  • Gratuity of Tour Leader(s)

Payment Options: credit card; wire transfer

 

Tour Hotels

Siciclando carefully chooses every aspect of a tour, including the accommodations.

Our choices are based on comfort and quality. We often choose hotels that are family-owned and operated because they provide a richer experience and because it is important to us to support the efforts of these individuals. We have developed relationships with many wonderful hotel operators. Here is a sample of the hotels on this tour for the "guided" version (please, ask us the hotel list for the "self guided" version which, due to the logistic, may be different).

Tour accommodations will be based on availability and the time of year. Once you have made your final payment for the tour, we will send you a confirmation letter that includes daily accommodations and contact information.

Feedback From Emilia Romagna

Testimonial
Emilia Romagna was a great bike tour.....we keep asking for more! My buddies and I have been biking together each year for over 20 years. We have NEVER used a bike company twice EVER...until we met Siciclando. We are now planning our third bike tour with them. They are accommodating, efficient, on-target and they are simply fun to bike with and spend time with.
Adam, Custom Tour
Testimonial
This is an amazing tour full of good biking and Italian flavors. How fun to bike in the birthplace of balsamic vinegar, parmesan cheese, and prosciutto ham. I could definitely taste the difference. We enjoyed it all!
Lori, Custom Tour
Testimonial
Emilia Romagna is our third bike tour with Siciclando. Every year I think, now this is the best! The bike routes were fantastic, some of my favorites. We were treated like royalty and by the end of the tour our guides were our best friends. Can't beat that.
Mike R, Custom Tour
Testimonial
Biking here brought so many things to life: real balsamic and prosciutto, the setting for Shakespeare's plays, a private tour of a Maserati collection. So many great surprises!
Barb S, Custom Tour