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8-day Self-guided Gastronomy Cycling Tour in Emilia Romagna

  • 8days
  • Italy

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Gastronomy cycle tour between Parma, Modena and Bologna

The Emilia Romagna region offers many of Italy’s finest products, such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Modena authentic Balsamic Vinegar, Parma ham, mortadella, DOCG wines and traditional hand-made stuffed pasta. In this bike tour you will have the chance to enjoy all these specialties on site, directly from the producers. At the same time you will explore the rich cultural heritage of Emilia Romagna, a region literally in love with good music, from Verdi opera to Pavarotti.

You will cycle along the ancient Roman road Via Emilia, along which some important cities rose and flourished, such as Bologna, Modena and Parma, the Italian Capital of Culture in 2020. Let Emilia Romagna surprise you! You will discover a hard-working region where everything reflects the Italian Dolce Vita: a rich historical and artistic heritage and the pleasure of good food and wine.

Tour character: Level 1

Terrain characteristics: flat to hilly terrain with some gentle climbs and descents. You will ride on secondary streets with low traffic and paved bike paths. Little effort required, suitable for everyone. Average length of stage: 57 to 68 km per day. Roads: 90% asphalt, 10% unpaved and trails.

Included in the Cycling Tour:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast buffet
  • 3 typical dinners in a local trattoria
  • Welcome briefing in English
  • Luggage transportation
  • 7-day Hotline service

Not included in the tour: 

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 EUR)
  • Bike garage in Parma
  • Bike insurance
  • Tourist tax, if due
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included” 

Please book your bike (100 EUR) or E-bike (220 EUR) when you book the tour: [email protected]

General information:

  • Parking: private garage 300 meters from the hotel, the cost is about €12/day per car
  • Briefing: on Day 2 we will meet you at the hotel to deliver the road book and the bikes (if rented) and provide general information on the route
  • Return transfer: at the end of the circuit you can go back to Parma by train (approximately 1h15, price is appr. 8€ per person); if you bring your own bikes, note that many regional trains will allow your bike onboard with payment of a small supplement
  • Airport: nearby airports are Milan, Parma and Bologna; all offer shuttle service to the railway station
  • There are many trains (with option to carry bikes onboard) connecting Milano, Parma and Bologna
  • Guided Tour: it is possible to arrange a guided tour for small and pre-established groups, prices available upon request
  • Departure on Sundays (not in July/August) dates as shown under 'tour dates' tab
  • Minimum of 2 people

Cooking class in Bologna: optional 180 EUR p.p.

You will enjoy a private cooking class together with an English speaking chef. The cooking class in on Day 7 and lasts about 3hrs from 7 to 10pm. You will prepare 3 typical local dishes: stuffed pasta, tagliatelle and a dessert. After the cooking class, you will have dinner with the dishes you have prepared, with paired wine.

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  • Day 1


    Individual arrival in Parma. A nice and cosy city centre characterised by the refined atmosphere of a small capital and, not to forget, Italian Capital of Culture in 2020.

  • Day 2

    PARMA round tour 55km

    Today's stage is dedicated to the land of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano: do not trust the imitations! The so called "king of cheese" is still produced with the same traditional care used eight centuries ago. The strict production regulations, the close connection to its land of origin, the use of raw milk and other natural ingredients make this product unique. Along the route you will have the chance to stop at a cheese factory to taste and buy some Parmigiano Reggiano freshly produced. Further on, you will continue towards Fontanellato, home to the biggest natural labyrinth of the world, made of bamboo plants. Finally you will cycle back to Parma, where you will have dinner in a typical trattoria.

  • Day 3


    Today you will cycle in the land of the superb Parma ham, characterised by a delicate flavour and a slightly salty aroma. This well-known ham is the result of the particular climate conditions in which it is dried and aged. Further on, you will continue this pleasant route through cultivated fields until the ancient fortress of Montechiarugolo, part of Matilda di Canossa’s duchy defense system. Finally you will reach Reggio Emilia, the "town of the Italian flag", because at the end of the 19th century it was the first town to use the flag which then became the Italian flag (green, white and red).

  • Day 4


    Cycling in the Po Valley you will first arrive in Correggio, a small Renaissance court bearing the name of the famous painter born here. Then you will continue through the Lambrusco vineyards on your way to Carpi, pearl of the Renaissance, whose square is the third largest one in Italy. Today's destination is beautiful Modena, where you cannot miss the Piazza Grande, the Cathedral and the Ghirlandina Tower, all of them part of Unesco world heritage. Dinner will be in a local trattoria to experience the typical dish “Gnocco e Tigelle”.

  • Day 5

    MODENA round tour 65km

    This cycling route follows an ancient railway and will lead you to Spilamberto, where you can visit an "acetaia", a factory where the authentic Balsamic Vinegar is produced. This vinegar is unique in the world, since it is made directly from the grape juice. Back on your saddle, you will now continue up to Vignola, renowned for its tasty cherries. On your way back to Modena, you can stop and visit Luciano Pavarotti’s house, to learn more about the life of the Maestro..

  • Day 6

    MODENA – BOLOGNA 55 km

    You will follow the cycle path leading out of Modena along the banks of the river Secchia through country roads and vineyards. The first stop will be in Nonantola to visit its Benedictine Abbey. Dating back to the 12th century, this Romanesque masterpiece lies along the Romea Nonantolana route, followed by pilgrims around the year 1,000 as they travelled to Rome. Today's destination is Bologna, capital city of the region Emilia Romagna, where you'll have dinner in a typical trattoria..

  • Day 7

    BOLOGNA round tour 20km

    Your last cycling day will let you discover Bologna's surroundings, while in the afternoon you'll have free time to stroll in the city centre at your own pace, walking under the 40 km arcades, the longest in the world. Bologna is also home to the Alma Mater Studiorum, the oldest university of the western world, dating back to the year 1,088. It has one of the largest and most well-preserved medieval historical centres, full of restaurants, theatres and shops. Among the symbols of Bologna are the medieval Two Towers: the Asinelli tower (98 m) and the Garisenda tower (48 m). When you are ready to relax, do not forget to taste a slice of mortadella, which is even better if accompanied by a glass of good wine!

  • Day 8


    After breakfast the tour ends.

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Car rental in Italy

If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.

Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote

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