A protected and mapped itinerary linking the most important historical villages and the most fascinating areas rich in history, culture and tradition in Romagna region, from River Po Delta Valleys to the Apennines at the border with Tuscany, crossing the most beautiful hills of the hinterland up to the border with Marche region.
Via Romagna is the first permanent regional route in Italy dedicated to cycling on secondary paved roads with low traffic and off-road stretches, one of the most interesting cycle paths in Europe with marked and protected routes between the sea and the hills. A ring route to be covered in stages that connects the provinces of Ferrara, Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini, passing through about 30 municipalities and reaching 20 fortresses and historic villages and more than 100 bike-friendly facilities, b&b and agritourism, as well as churches and cathedrals, monuments, museums and other places of art and points of interest.
The most northerly location is Comacchio, with an initial route along the fascinating unpaved roads of River Po Delta, then on to ‘lower Romagna' to the foothills of Faenza and Forlì-Cesena, passing through Casentino Forest Park and then heading south to Valmarecchia and Valconca, in the province of Rimini, to arrive at the border with Marche region, in San Giovanni in Marignano.
Via Romagna will make use of secondary roads connecting with Ferrara, and further south, it will join the coastal resorts of Ravenna, Cervia, Cesenatico, Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica, also using existing cycle paths, riverbank cycle tracks and historical-environmental routes. In addition to the main sites of historical and artistic interest, water, refreshment points and the mapping of bike-friendly operators along the route (e.g. bike shops for technical assistance) have been georeferenced.
Experience slow tourism in the most bike-friendly land in Italy, Romagna region. A route that everyone can tackle, with any bike and any level of training, completely georeferenced. So says Davide Cassani, former coach of the Italian national cycling team, a genuine Romagna man.
The first permanent regional route in Italy dedicated to cycling on secondary paved roads with low traffic and off-road routes. 463 kilometres, stretching between the sea and the hills, a ring route, also accessible from the coast, to be covered in stages, crossing the areas of Ferrara, Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini, 30 municipalities, 20 fortresses and historic villages. But also churches, cathedrals, monuments, museums and other points of interest, including food and wine stops.