Published on: 12 March 2013 | Last updated: 11 March 2018
Resources for tour route planning
VisitPoRiver is a joint venture between the regions along the Po as if flows from the Alps to the Adriatic coast. The Emilia-Romagna section is not as comprehensive as it could be, but still some useful information like bike shop addresses.
The 'Riviera Emilia-Romagna' (AdriaCoast.com) has a cycle tourism selection with a selection of routes in the provinces of Ferrara , Ravenna, Forlì Cesena and Rimini. The website doesn't include maps or altitude profiles, but these are included in the guide (Cycling Along the Adriatic Coast ) available from the site's publications section.
Ferrara proudly claims to have the highest proportion of cycling citizens of any city in Europe. Not surprisingly there's a huge amount of information available about possibilities for riding both in and around the city. There's also plenty of useful information about long-distance routes.
The cycle tourism section of the Ferrara Terra e Acqua (available in five languages) has lots of routes - ranging from a tour of Ferrara’s centro storico to long-distance routes. All with downloadable roadbooks, maps, gps files, altitude profiles, photographs etc etc.
The 'Panoramic Wheels' brochure is a well-illustrated 43-page guide to the major routes in the area. It’s available from tourist offices (and by post). You can download it from the Ferrara Terra e Acqua site. Direct download for the english version Panoramic Wheels (12Mb).
And if all of that isn't enough, you can also download mp3 audioguides and videos of sections of some of the routes.
The provincia di Ferrara is also collaborating with the provincia di Mantova to encourage cycle tourists to continue on from the Lago di Garda, via Mantova and Ferrara, to the coast. There's a website here: In bici dal Garda all'Adriatico (it/de/en). There's a very useful brochure available from the tourist information offices or to From Lake Garda to the Adriatic by Bike (link for English version).
Riccione on the Adriatic coast has become a mecca for bike holidays. In high summer it's a beach resort but the hotels have put a major effort into promoting the town as a centre for cycle holidays outside the peak season. The hotels have got together to establish a website for cyclists (www.riccionebikehotels.it). There's lots of information about itineraries from this page. You can also download a map with their itineraries.
There's information available on the Riviera Emilia Romagna (adriacoast.com) website.
ImolaBike has a selection of 9 road and MTB itineraries with pdf roadbooks and gps files.
Modena in bici - two books available with 1;25,000 maps available from bookshops at 12€.
The bicitalia.org website has information (in Italian) on the pista ciclabile on the old railway line between Modena and Vignola
There are lots and lots of sites with information about the possibilities for mountainbiking in the Apennines:
- Cimone Bike Park
- Bikemonkey MTB Parma (Wear sunglasses to browse this site). Salti del Diavolo
- Appennino Parma Est has a section of its site giving information abut theGrande Giro MTB dell'Appennino Parma Est which offers 27 circular routes (900kms total which can be combined together)
- In mountain bike - Riviera di Rimini
General tourist information
- Emilia Romagna Turismo
- Città d'Arte Emilia Romagna
- Ferrara Terra e Acqua
- Turismo Parma
- Turismo Comune di Parma
- Turismo Piacenza
- Turismo Comune di Modena
- Provincia di Bologna
- Turismo Reggio Emilia
- Turismo Riviera di Rimini