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Self-guided Cycling / 2022 / Original tour

Web code IT301

Italy / Emilia Romagna

Culture and fine delicacies between Parma 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.
  • Day by Day


    1. Parma
    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.

    2. Parma round tour (55 km)
    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.

    3. Parma – Reggio Emilia (60 km)
    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).

    4. Reggio Emilia – Modena (55 km)
    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”.

    5. Modena round tour (65 km)
    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.

    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.

    7. Bologna round tour (km 20)
    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!

    8. Bologna
    Departure after breakfast.


    Due to organisational reasons, weather conditions or provisions issued by local authorities, the itinerary may be subject to some changes before and/or during your holiday. For example, along the way you may find temporary deviations caused by roadworks, which cannot be foreseen; in this case please follow the indications you will find on site.



  • Route profile

    Total length: 310 km
    Total vertical up: 800/850 m
    Terrain: 90% tarmac, 10% unpaved
    Train connection among the overnight stays: day 3, 4 and 6
    Possibility to shorten the itinerary by taking the train: day 4

    The itinerary is flat to hilly, with some gentle climbs and descents.
    You will ride on secondary streets with low traffic and paved bike paths.


    Leisure cycling in mostly flat areas, with only a few short ups and downs. Little effort required, suitable for everyone.


  • How to get there

    Parma is connected with the following airports:
    Milan (180 km), Bologna (95 km)


    For further information on timetables and prices you can consult the following website:


  • Accommodation and meals

    We personally choose all the hotels mindful of your comfort as well as the proximity to cycling paths and any relevant local sites.

    According to your category of choice you will be accommodated in:
    - Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels
    - Cat. B: 3* hotels

    When you book the tour please specify the type of room requested:
    - double room is a room with one double bed
    - twin room is a room with two single beds
    - triple room is usually a room with one double bed and a single bed or a sofa bed

    Some hotels might ask you a credit card security deposit, which will be returned when you check out.


  • Bikes and accessories

    Girolibero bikes are available in different sizes and frames:
    - Touring bike 27-gear Shimano Deore
    - E-bike 9-gear Shimano

    - aluminium frame
    - mudguard
    - rear rack
    - comfort gel saddle
    - anti-puncture Schwalbe tyres
    - ergonomic bicycle grips
    - Speed Lifter system


    All rented adult bikes are equipped with:

    • 1 cycle computer  
    • 1 Ortlieb one-sided saddlebag
    • 1 front bar bag or 1 map holder
    • 1 water bottle (0.75 l)
    • 1 repair kit per room: 1 spare inner tube, glue, patch, a pump, 2 allen keys and tyre levers
    • 1 combination bike lock

    At the moment of booking you can also rent helmets, suitable for head circumferences from 54 to 61 cm. All helmets have a certification mark according to the DIN EN 1078 (CE) European norm.


  • Accompanying material


    The Information Pack (one per room) includes:

    - final hotel list: due to overbooking or organizational needs your hotel list may be changed just before your arrival
    - luggage labels to be attached to each piece of luggage to be transported
    - hotel vouchers to be handed in to the hotel reception upon arrival
    - restaurant vouchers to be handed in to the restaurants


  • By your side

    For the whole duration of your bike tour, you can contact us as follows:
    - office +39 0444 1278430 from Monday to Friday 8:30-13:00 and 15:00-18:30
    - emergency phone number every day 8:00-20:00. The number will be specified in the Final Tour Details.

Tour details


from 880 €

8 days / 7 nights, Cat. B

Tour type



Price per person
880 € in double room, Cat. B: 3* hotels
1,210 € in double room, Cat. A: mainly 4* hotels, with some 3* hotels


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

Not included

  • Local taxes (approx. 10-15 €)
  • Bike garage in Parma (only for Cat. A, ca. 5 € per bike/day to be paid locally)
  • Everything not mentioned in the section “Included”

Supplements per person
300/550 € single room (Cat. B/A)

Extra nights in double/single room with breakfast:
55/100 € Parma Cat. B
65/115 € Parma Cat. A
60/100€ Bologna Cat. B
120/205 € Bologna Cat. A

100 € Touring bike
220 € E-bike
25 € bike protection
50 € E-bike protection

Additional bike accessories on demand:
15 € helmet (head circumference from 54 to 61 cm)

115 € Cooking class (min. 4 people)*
210 € Cooking class (min. 2 people)*

*Cooking class in Bologna: private cooking class with an English speaking chef. The cooking class in on Day 7 and lasts about 3 hours from 7 to 10 pm. 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.

130/180 € 3rd adult in room (Cat. B/A)

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