San Marino & Adriatic Coast
Road Bike & Triathlon Road Bike & Triathlon
Mountain Bike & Downhills Mountain Bike & Downhills
Leisure Cycling & E-Bike Leisure Cycling & E-Bike

Cycling Holidays in San Marino & Adriatic Coast

Where to ride


Nove Colli

Why Nove Colli  is it a must? Because it involves the whole area and especially the hotels in Cesenatico with the Municipality Tourism Service that it is very happy that Cesenatico got so many special “bike hotels in Cesenatico”. An event populated by VIP. Even Linus, the famous DJ of Radio Deejay is in fact devoted to cycling and the organizers of the Nove Colli swear he will cycle on these road.


Cesenatico, Martorano, Diegaro, Forlimpopoli, Bertinoro, Polenta, Fratta Terme, Meldola, Pieve di Rivoschio, Ciola, Mercato Saraceno, Barbotto, Sogliano and Savignano sul Rubicone, Borghi are the places touched by the nine hill’s route, the name that brings to the number of descents cyclists have to face.
This is the Romagna to pedal: gentle in the landscape but challenging when climbing, and overcome the hills. A difficult itinerary with the hills of Polenta, Pieve di Rivoschio, Ciola and Barbotto, climb that “make a difference” in a challenging course: on 130 km of riding from the total ascent is about 1871 m, 50 km uphills and slight slope.


San Bartolo

Among the easiest routes proposed from the hinterland of the Adriatic, ideal for planners of cycling holidays, there is one that crosses Fiorenzuola di Focara (163 m above sea level, Gradara) and Gabicce Monte (120 m above sea level, Gabicce Mare), really great even for beginners to approach cycling and want to have fun without too much effort. The distance is limited, it is 8.25 km and the height difference is practically zero (max-height min133 m).It is suitable for cycling.


8It is a kind of starting to the bike and for those who biking in the Marche region then move on to explore the trails of the Park of San Bartolo, a real gym to mountain bike that greatly overlook the sea. The San Bartolo Park in Pesaro, together with its paths, has become a meeting point for all mountain bike lovers and those who love hiking in nature.
The park offers over 30 km of groomed trails and connects the Marche to Emilia Romagna offering spectacular glimpses. The tourist resort of Focara is the ideal meeting point for those who want to start from the foothills of the mountain (from Pesaro or from Gabicce Monte near Cattolica). In Casteldimezzo bikers can look out with their fat tires from a cliff terrace of 10 m over the sea, the view is quite breathtaking. From here, go down to the harbor of Vallugola passing through a pleasant wooded area.


Verucchio, San Marino, San Leo, Gradara

Pointing toward the hills of Romagna, San Marino is a classic cycling attraction of this land. It is necessary starting from a bike hotel of the Adriatic coast and go to the inland. Discover San Marino by bike is a unique experience. Among the many routes in San Marino, there is the classic one that starts from Rimini and that brings in the territories of the Republic of San Marino, a small independent state between Romagna and Marche.


It starts from the historical center and continue along the hill of Covignano, on the road of Casetti andSan Paolo. The track is not easy because it includes some climbs up and down till Ventoso, a quite hard stretch, which is already in the territory of San Marino. Then you reach the highest part of the Republic, the city of fortified characterized by three famous castles. For the return is recommended to take the descent of Acquaviva that leads to Ponte Verucchio, from here to Corpolò, then the ascent of San Paolo and the descent to Casetti that focuses on Rimini after about 60 km.
Departing from Rimini, for trained cyclists, there is an itinerary that brings you to San Leo, a town of extraordinary beauty. It reaches Torre Pedrera and then continues to Santarcangelo, Poggio Berni, Ponte Verucchio, to to get to the highway 258 and to reach Novateltria. Overcome the challenging climb of Ponte Baffoni, toward Maiolo and Pugliano, it reaches San Leo with its old Pieve and the great Forte (1476) from the cliff which dominates the whole valley. The return is striking as well, with the descent of Pietracuta, going down in the valley of Marecchia.


Pantani Cippo’s climbing

Being cyclist in Romagna means to try at least once on the famous climb of Cippo. That brings us to the great Marco Pantani. We are talking about one of the most difficult climbs of a seemingly gentle (for the bike) Romagna. The test is a real test, excellent workout choice among all the bike trails, a commitment that is actually available to everyone because the challenging part is the ascent that culminates in the middle of the route, then the descent is almost a prize.


The climb leads to Cippo of Carpegna, at an altitude of 1423 meters above sea level. The distance that seems ideal: 120 km total. It starts from the sea, from Riccione to reach the top after 60 km with an elevation of about 1600 m. Fascinating challenge for experienced cyclists but also amateurs: from the nightlife of Riccione you will find yourself the lone effort of the climb on the Cippo of Monte Carpegna.
For the amateur and the professional is the perfect challenge: the climb relive the myth of Marco Pantani who faced it several times while was training for some important race. Not by chance a monument dedicated to him along with a few panel along the ascent reported his performances. The emulation of his style and his gesture uphill helps and stimulates many fans who undertake this track.
The route starts from Riccione as told to move towards Morciano di Romagna, then tap the junction towards Mercatino Conca, through which we head towards Monte Cerignone. A stiff climb with gradients even at 18%, that can be faced by trained amateurs. It is the ideal summer tour after a few months of training.


Monte Conero

Who said that the Adriatic coast from the Karst to the Gargano is flat and monotonous? Certainly not those who have had the pleasure of discovering the Monte Conero by bike. Beautiful cycling adventures that actually move the seemingly flat sandy strip of the Adriatic. Just look behind the sea. We are near Ancona and here begins one of the most evocative itineraries of these places. The Riviera del Conero to discover by mountain bike, perhaps starting with a bike hotel in the Marche.


The adventure can begin with an itinerary that crosses panoramic areas on limestone spurs and then immersed in the nature with forests of oaks, Aleppo’s pines, pines, cypresses with pleasant grassy clearings that open to the Pian di Raggetti and moments of history and architecture such as the discovery of the Church of San Pietro or the former convent of Camaldoli.
We are in the Conero Regional Park, managed by the Consortium which has drawn a number of trails within the protected area, all rich in environmental values. One of the suggested itineraries, starting from the famous beach of Sirolo, climbs steep side on the mountain starting from the Restaurant “Cave”(170 m above the sea level) to finish to the Monastery of Camaldoli (475 m). It is a stretch of about 3 km and an altitude difference of 305 m, through a forest vegetation characterized by a few hairpins turn overlooking the sea. From the parking of the Convent a military road leading to the peak and the Pian dei Raggetti.


History and Culture


Cycle routes between the cities of art in Emilia Romagna

There is an alternative way to visit the cities of art spread throughout Emilia Romagna. You just need a bicycle, a GPS system and a map, and you are ready to explore the historic town centres, with their alleyways, monuments, churches and public gardens. It’s a simple, effortless way, suitable also for children, to combine the pleasure of exercise with an interest in learning about our cultural heritage.


In the cities, the main routes are usually well signposted, while outside town there are secondary roads you can follow, allowing you to explore smaller places of equal attraction, as well as the surrounding countryside. One of these itineraries departs from one of the world’s most beautiful cities of art, Ravenna, internationally renowned for its monuments: awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

The route takes you towards the coast, arriving at Cesenatico (FC). This attractive resort is famous for its canal port, designed by Leonardo da Vinci, which is lined with typical little restaurants and bars. This cycle trip does not present any particular difficulties and makes a very pleasant excursion. The route from Ravenna to the resort is 38.42 km in length, and along the way you will pass a number of historic monuments, including the Basilica di Sant’Apollinare in Classe, renowned for its fine mosaics. This important Ravenna art form can also be found in other monuments, such as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, just a short distance from the Basilica of San Vitale.

Once you arrive in Cesenatico, you can explore the Museo Galleggiante della Marineria (Floating Maritime Museum) along the canal port, where various traditional boats are moored with their typical lugsails marked with the symbols of the fishermen’s families. The Museum also includes a section on dry land, housed in a building on Via Armellini, opposite the floating part of the museum. Before you reach your destination, the route takes you through Cervia, a quiet and very evocative Ravenna town. It is famous for its ancient salt mines, from which the famous “white gold” was still extracted by hand until the 1960s. Nowadays, this precious salt is extracted by machinery at the Camillone Salt Mine, the only surviving example of the original 150 mines, which provided work for families in the early 20th century. Cycle-tourism in Romagna has a long history. Enthusiasm for cycling combined with a love of the natural environment has led to the creation of special hotels for cyclists in Emilia Romagna, which promote the local area and help you to explore the historic towns and villages by bike. Select the destination for your holiday and book your bike hotel in Emilia Romagna.


Urbino and Marches UNESCO World Heritage

Among the Italian regions more interesting and rich of historical and cultural places, the Marches offer to the tourist a particularly various landscape, that extends it from the Adriatic Sea up to the high mountains of the Apennines. Its territory include in fact beautiful and famous beaches as those of Senigallia and Marotta, the Coneropromontory with its natural park, but also the port towns of Ancona and Ascoli, the famous waterfront of St. Benedetto of Tronto with its palms, towns place of important cultural shows as Macerata, the Monti Sibillini ski-area and an infinity of medieval suburbs as Fermo, Montelupone, Potenza Picena, Montecassiano, Osimo, Gradara, St. Leo and many others.


The whole territory of Marches region is an inviting temptation for every cyclist, that here can bike between the Adriatic coast and the hinterland hills, running through beautiful valleys that in every season get different colours. Famous in the world also for the good regional cuisine, both in meat and fish dishes (excellent the brodetto), Marches are however known above all for the city of Urbino, among the Italian World Heritage sites protected by UNESCO. Excellent mix of history, art and culture, the ducal city of Urbino is in fact the symbol of the Marches region in the world.
In 2008, the ancient university city dominated by the Ducal Palace as also been honoured by the cycling Italian Tour, that choose it as arrival place for the finish of individual time-trial started from Pesaro, its chief-town. The Italy Bike Hotels will be a perfect place to start exploring the Marches’s territory. Interesting cycle runs will allow you to cross in total relax this beautiful region so attractive and loved by all cyclists. CLOSE
The Marche have throughout the years endured an intriguing and fragmented story, at least up until the region had lost the temporary influence of the church. It is for this motive that the monuments of this countryside are varied to such an extent as to be compared to a splendid artistic tapestry.

On the territory one can find many remains from the Roman period (XI-XIII) and Gothic (XIII-XV), but it is the Rinasciment which signals the high point of the art of the Marche. READ ALL

The activity is concentrated in many localities, the most important testimony you can find at Urbino, around the splendid Palace of Ducale; at Loreto in the Basilica of the Saint Casa; at Pesaro in the Palace of the Ducale and the Rocca; at Jesi in the Palace of the Lords; at San Leo in the Rocca. Gabicce Mare situated on the border with the Romangna, it is an ideal parting point for a trip to this regions countryside: only a few minutes from Gradara ,which is today a splendid example of a Medieval town, surrounded by its mighty walls, higher up one can find the Rocca which goes back to the XIII century; following the splendid view road which follows the hills of Saint Bartolo, enjoying this beautiful view of the Adriatic one then arrives at Pesaro, the patria of Rossini, in which the antic center conserves the aspect of the five hundreds.

Senigallia, a beautiful town near the sea, is home to the Rocca and the Bavarian Palace. Then there is the not long off Ancona, pictorially placed on the hills that surround the port, this city conserves much historic testimony. At Porto S Giorgio, noted as an important fishing center one can find the Rocca and also not to far away placed upon a beautiful group of hills the Torre di Palme with its interesting ruins from the XII century, not a long way off, Fermo which from the height of its Dome offers a wonderful view.




Wine, hand-made pasta and typical products

With sea, beaches and art-towns, the typical cooking represents with no doubt one among the most irresistible attractions of Emilia-Romagna Region. If, in fact, the Italian cooking is from a long time the one “officially” recognized as the best of the world that of Emilia-Romagna is certainly one of the best Italian regional cuisine. Also with many differences among the nine Provinces, it proposes from Piacenza to Rimini the “first rule” of a good wine.


Important reds like the Gutturnio of Piacenza’s hills or Sangiovese, “King” of Romagna and “base” of all the most important wines, fizzy as the Lambrusco that reigns between Modena and Reggio Emilia, important white wines like Bosco Eliceo that grows on Ferrara’s beaches or the mythic Albana dry or sweet from the hills of Forlì and Bertinoro. Like the wines, also the kitchen offers a lot of delicacies, like hams, salamis, coppas, ciccioli, parmesan cheese, squacquerone, or must products like balmy vinegar or the rare “saba” of Romagna.
Among the many hand-made types of pasta, if tortellinis from Bologna are known all over the world, we challenge whoever to taste a dish of cappelletti: greater, stuffed with cheese they are the absolute winners. The best gourmets entirely discuss on theirs good natural “death”, in broth or with meat sauce. Among the typical hand-made pastas, also the famous lasagne, tortellonis of ricotta and spinaches very common on the hills or cappellaccis of pumpkin, typical of the province of Ferrara as the eel and the typical bread to “coppietta”. Original from Lugo of Romagna, here are the garganellis, typical pasta with egg “ruled” with a particular utensil now difficultly available also in same Romagna. Whether to say then about “mythical” chicory and bruciatini! Or of the simple combining among cheese squacquerone and jam of figs…with piadina of course! You will find them only here!


Main sponsor

Limar L'Eroica Orbea Scuola nazionale Maestri di Mountain Bike Technogym Hero


Bici Support Elite Barbieri Champion System Etna Marathon Bike Division Federazione Ciclistica Italiana