Emilia Romagna: land for bikers
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““Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul”
Being a biker is more than a hobby, it’s a way of life. It give thrills and emotions that are hard to describe to those who have never experienced it. I could continue – and I will – by saying that it’s even more exciting if you are crossing a land like Emilia-Romagna, with its amazing panoramas, views from the hills and ancient art cities. And let’s not forget the well-known hospitality and friendliness and the food that characterises this land. Ready, set, start your engines!
Every biker is on a personal quest for streets and routes that are able of making him/her and the beloved bike fall in love. The bike needs curvy and panoramic routes in order to warm up its cylinders, and the biker needs the feel, the wind on his/her face and a series of never-ending curves to test his/her riding skills.
Emilia-Romagna won’t let you down. It’s one of the few regions in Italy offering kms of well-kept and exciting streets along the Apennines, crossing the borders between the regions in many turns and tracing ancient roads of noble origins. The cultural sites they reach, on the one side and on the other of the hills, are the envied by the entire Europe. Legend has it, the bravest accelerators hesitated in front of such beauty!
I don’t know if you have ever wondered about that, but there’s an enormous difference between a biker and a driver, despite a common passion for engines. The latter is usually more interested in the destination, in reaching a goal in as a short time as possible; the former is more focused on kms, curves and turns, and mostly on the sensations that the street can offer.
Keeping this perspective difference and romantic sensibility in mind, today I’m suggesting to all the “two-wheels, one-love” philosophers 4 different itineraries along the most beautiful streets of Emilia-Romagna, that I will treat in detail in the upcoming weeks. Here is a quick guide to raise your interest.
1st Itinerary | From Rimini to Urbino, on the traces of Piero della Francesca
Duration: two days by motorbike, a week if you are keen on visiting the different art cities
Length: 260 km.
Season: spring, summer and early autumn
From the National Motorcycle Museum in Rimini to the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, this journey will bring you from the Adriatic Coast to the city of Arezzo in Tuscany, and back to the Marche, in the heart of the land of the Montefeltro dynasty. You will cross the Marecchia Valley and meet the nature of the Apennines and further the gentle hills of the Tiberina Valley. Around you, from turn to turn, the art cities that in the Middle Age and Renaissance played a fundamental role in the artistic, cultural and political history of Italy.
2nd Itinerary | Nature and art in the Po Delta
Duration: 4 days including visit to the art cities
Length: 260 km
Season: spring and early autumn. During the summer keep in mind that temperature raises, but on a bike it is bearable
From Cervia’s salt mines to the northern border of Emilia-Romagna: a flat itinerary recommended to those who wish to relax surrounded by the pleasure of nature. Around you, the protected areas of the Po Delta, with their unique variety of flora and fauna enclosed in a breathtaking panorama between sky and water. And also, the art of Ravenna, Ferrara, Pomposa with unique treasures to discover and to admire; in the distance, Venice.
3rd Itinerary | The Apennines between Romagna and Tuscany
Duration: 3 days
Length: 350 km
Season: spring to early autumn
Fuel your tank, bring the map and start a journey from Bologna towards the Apennines between Romagna and Tuscany. A fantastic trip between turns and chicane that crosses woods and landscapes, villages and towns, testing your riding skills. Your journey will lead to some of the most important passages of the region: Passo della Futa, Passo della Raticolosa and Passo del Muraglione. In between, the magic of Mugello and its racing circuit. 3 days of continuous curves and roads from Tuscany to Emilia-Romagna, final destination: Forlì.
4th Itinerary | From the Plain to the Tyrrhenian
Duration: 3-4 days
Length: 425 km
Season: spring to early autumn
An adventure starting from Reggio Emilia to the passages of the Apennines between Romagna and Tuscany and further to the Alps. Along the way, a web of streets that will satisfy the needs of those bikers looking for great landscapes and ultimate riding performances. A return trip that will leave the heart of the Romagna towards the Tyrrhenian Sea and then back to Modena.