Cycling Holidays in San Marino & Adriatic Coast
Where to ride
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.
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. CLOSE
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.
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. CLOSE
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.
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. CLOSE
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.
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. CLOSE
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.
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. CLOSE
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.
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.CLOSE
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.
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
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
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.CLOSE
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.
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! CLOSE