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In the quiet backcountry of the Adriatic — cycling in Emilia Romagna

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In the quiet backcountry of the Adriatic — cycling in Emilia Romagna

Road Cycling Collection by komoot

7

Tours

38:13 h

448 mi

40,250 ft

Sun, sand and sea — the perfect trio. But Emilia Romagna has so much more to offer to make this region in Northern Italy one of the top destinations for road cyclists. Here, the moment you arrive that vacation feeling will let all any stress you're carrying melt away. And not only in summer: Even in the spring and autumn, when mass tourism takes a break, you'll find almost perfect conditions for road cycling, as well as glorious beaches and stunning mountains. And that's exactly why we've put together seven varied rides for you, ranging from relaxing rolls to full-day cycling marathons.

Due to the immense conditions, cycling is incredibly popular here. Although its popularity is also down to another reason: One of the greatest cycling heroes Italy ever had lived here. Tour de France legend Marco Pantani was born in Cesena, lived and trained in Emilia Romagna and knew every climb like the back of his hand. His legacy perfectly represents the unbroken passion the people of this region have for cycling. Various monuments and even a museum commemorate the life of the tragic hero who died in Rimini in 2004. There are countless hotels with special offers for road cyclists and various bike-oriented events take place throughout the year. The most famous is the Gran Fondo Nove Colli, a cycling marathon of more than 125 miles (200 kilometers) with nine steep climbs and more than ten thousand participants.

The topography of Emilia Romagna is extremely varied and offers ideal opportunities for beginners and professionals alike. If you like it flat, the long coastline is perfect for riding. Towards the south and west, a beautiful hilly and mountainous landscape awaits you, where you can collect some elevation and enjoy great views. Here, you'll also have a huge choice of accommodation: If you like it central, busy and with a place to enjoy that vacation feeling at the beach, the tourist places at the Adria are suitable in the best way. If, on the other hand, you are looking for peace and quiet and would like to start directly from the hotel into the lonely hilly landscape, you should look out for a hotel or agriturismo in small towns such as Bertinoro, Fratte Terme or Meldola. In any case, the offer is ample and available in every price range.

You also have a free choice when it comes to arrival: The fastest way is by plane to Parma, Bologna or Rimini.

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Emilia Romagna Tours

  • Difficult
    03:36
    43.1 mi
    12.0 mph
    3,975 ft
    4,125 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Strictly speaking, Urbino and its surroundings are no longer part of Emilia Romagna but the Marche. So today you are going on a short excursion to the nearby neighboring region, …

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  • Difficult
    03:44
    36.0 mi
    9.7 mph
    5,025 ft
    5,025 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This tour takes you out of Emilia Romagna, even out of Italy. And that, without having to overcome great distances and without changing the beautiful, hilly landscape and the quiet …

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  • Difficult
    05:28
    71.0 mi
    13.0 mph
    3,850 ft
    3,850 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    At the start of this tour, the holiday feeling is included. From the beginning to the end. The round starts in Riccione, right on the beach, where you can warm …

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  • Difficult
    05:35
    68.2 mi
    12.2 mph
    5,675 ft
    5,675 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    This tour starts right on the beach of Riccione overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Enjoy the sound of the waves again, before heading directly to the south-west and towards the rolling …

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  • Difficult
    03:35
    38.1 mi
    10.6 mph
    4,700 ft
    4,675 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Sand, beach and sun on the Adriatic are a fine thing. Mountains, rivers and forests but also! And that's exactly why this short but demanding tour leads through the Appenines, …

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  • Difficult
    05:10
    61.4 mi
    11.9 mph
    4,650 ft
    4,650 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Emilia Romagna was the home of Italian cycling legend Marco Pantani. This tour follows its tracks and it starts at the start. Today it's off in Cesena, the birthplace of the racer. Like Pantani once, you now roll through the narrow, cozy streets or across the piazza and maybe you treat yourself to a good coffee in this typical Italian atmosphere without any touristy bells and whistles.

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  • Difficult
    11:05
    131 mi
    11.8 mph
    12,400 ft
    12,400 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This long round through Emilia Romagna is a real challenge. Today, there are 210 kilometers and 3,780 vertical meters on a lush nine-course menu that will keep you busy for …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    448 mi
  • Duration
    38:13 h
  • Elevation
    40,250 ft

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In the quiet backcountry of the Adriatic — cycling in Emilia Romagna