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Cycle paths of the parks, cycling through nature in Emilia-Romagna

by /// August 31, 2023
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Bike lovers, this is your time to shine!

Don’t miss the chance to practise your favourite sport surrounded by pristine nature in a gently undulating landscape of hills and valleys full of historical and architectural gems.

We already talked about the Regional parks (suitable for the whole family) in the past, as well as the 4 best cycling routes in Romagna between nature and culture. Today, we’d like to introduce you to the 10 Cycle Paths of the Parks of our region, 10 cycling routes from the province of Piacenza to Romagna running through 9 regional parks and a nature reserve.

These cycling paths are suitable for everyone, even beginners, since the paths have different levels of difficulty and can be cycled in 1-day or half-day stages.

To choose the path that best suits your skills, just have a look at the technical sheets below including information on length, gradient, level of difficulty, travel times, points of interest and useful contact details. We also recommend checking the GPS map and then simply follow the signs once you are on site.

 

Ciclovia dello Stirone

Route description: Ciclovia dello Stirone

Location: Stirone and Piacenziano Regional Park

Route length: 26 miles

Ascent: max. 0,2 miles

Difficulty: moderate difficulty up to Trabucchi, medium for complete route

Travel time: one day

Ciclovia del Taro

Route description: Ciclovia del Taro

Location: Taro River Regional Park

Route length: 12 miles for the first route, 3,7 for the second

Ascent: negligible

Difficulty: low for the first route, medium for the second

Travel time: half day

Ciclovia Boschi di Carrega

Route description: Ciclovia Boschi di Carrega

Location: Carrega Woods Regional Park

Route length: 12,5 miles approximately

Ascent: 0,12 miles

Difficulty: low

Travel time: half day

Ciclovia del Parco dei Sassi

Route description: Ciclovia del Parco dei Sassi

Location: Sassi di Roccamalatina Regional Park

Route length: 31 miles approximately

Ascent: 0,34 miles

Difficulty: high

Travel time: one day

Ciclovia dei Gessi di Gaibola

Route description: Ciclovia dei Gessi di Gaibola

Location: Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell’Abbadessa Regional Park

Route length: 13 miles

Ascent: 0,12 miles

Difficulty: medium

Travel time: half day

Ciclovia della Memoria

Route description: Ciclovia della Memoria

Location: Monte Sole Historical Regional Park

Route length: 15,5 miles approximately

Ascent: 0,34 miles

Difficulty: medium to high

Travel time: one day

Ciclovia di Monteveglio

Route description: Ciclovia di Monteveglio

Location: Monteveglio Abbey Regional Park

Route length: 16,7 miles

Ascent: 0,23 miles

Difficulty: low

Travel time: half day

Ciclovia dei Gessi

Route description: Ciclovia dei Gessi

Location: Vena del Gesso Romagnola Regional Park

Route length: 18,6 miles approximately

Ascent: 0,55 miles

Difficulty: high

Travel time: one day

Suggested experience: Hiking and cycling on the hills between Faenza and Brisighella

Ciclovia del Trebbia

Route description: Ciclovia del Trebbia

Location: Trebbia River Regional Park

Route length: 31 miles approximately

Ascent: 0,05 miles

Difficulty: low to medium

Travel time: one day

Ciclovia del Secchia

Route description: Ciclovia del Secchia

Location: Secchia River Detention Basin Nature Reserve

Route length: 15,5 to 23,6 miles depending on detours

Ascent: negligible

Difficulty: low

Travel time: one day

  • Mappa delle Ciclovie dei Parchi in Emilia Romagna
  • Parco dello Stirone | Ph. parchidelducato
  • Tramonto sul Taro | Ph. parchidelducato
  • Faggio nei Boschi di Carrega | Ph. Sara Soliani, parchidelducato
  • Sassi di Roccamalatina | Ph. italyformovies
  • Parco Regionale Gessi Bolognesi | Ph. paPisc
  • Daini a Monte Sole | Ph. @lpvva1 via Flickr
  • Castello e Abbazia di Monteveglio
  • Parco della vena del gesso romagnola | Ph. brisighellaospitale
  • Greto del Trebbia | Ph. R.Ziliani, parchidelducato

If you want to make your trip even more sustainable, remember that you can also reach these routes by train. Just look for the specific signs at the nearest train station that will show you how to easily reach the protected area and the cycling path.

The following resources are also available free of charge at the visitor centres of the areas:

– The “Ciclovie dei Parchi” leaflet;
The “Ciclovie dei Parchi” roadmap.

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This article has 2 comments

  • Kjesten

    Would you please supply me with information about renting bicycles for these trips. I will be travelling from overseas so will not be able to bring my own bike. I do a lot of mountain and track cycling so am not interested in a commuter style bike.
    Thank you

    • Davide Marino

      Your question is hard to answer. Which cycle path do you will intend to ride? Emilia-Romagna is big
      Davide – staff #inEmiliaRomagna

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