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Bike tour the way of Gods

Florence and Bologn connected through a Military road during the Roman Empire

Florence and Bologna.Two historical, beautiful and famous Italian cities, connected through a Military road during the Roman Empire.

A tour that combines cycling with culture and tradition. Ride along this ancient track (visible at certain points) and discover an amazing array of nature, gastronomy and history. Suitable for both electric and muscular mountain bikes, the tour can be 100% tailoredmade. Please note that participants need to be used to cycling and passing several hours a day on a saddle!

The best solution to really enjoy the tour and discover the territory is to split the route in 3 different stages:
1st stage: Bologna - Madonna dei Fornelli (50km 1400m climb rise)
2nd stage: Madonna dei Fornelli - San Piero a Sieve (40km 1000m climb rise)
3rd stage: San Piero a Sieve - Florence (50km 1000m climb rise)

50% tarmac, 50% gravel and singletrack
Suitable route from April to September

Not included Services

  • Extended Insurance (accidents and injuries).
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Additional charge for single-room use.
  • Train ticket from Florence
  • Bike Rental.

Type

• Hike • On bike • Private

Duration

3 Days Itinerary 1st stage: Bologna - Madonna dei Fornelli (50km 1400m climb rise) 2nd stage: Madonna dei Fornelli - San Piero a Sieve (40km 1000m climb rise) 3rd stage: San Piero a Sieve - Florence (50km 1000m climb rise)

Difficulty

Challenging: Physical Effort 5/5 Technical level 5/5 (There are plenty of routes that can be chosen. If you’d like an easier itinerary, please contact us!)

Tour departure time

To be chosen


Watch out: In order to join one of our bike tours you need to be confident in your use of a bicycle


Tour program

Join us the day before for a short meeting and briefing, while checking up the bikes and the necessary equipment.

Day 1

Meeting point is in Via Indipendenza 69/a, at Walk ‘n Ride Travel by BikeinBo. Leave your suitcases and backpacks here, to be carried subsequently by car by our staff. Ride from BikeinBO and reach, in just a few minutes, the magnificent Piazza Maggiore, a perfect site to take a picture with its famous statue of Neptune. Leave Bologna behind, and ride through a bike lane towards Parco della Chiusa, famous for its ancient sluice. This ride will warm you up before your first uphill track. Several uphill roads await you in this first part of the tour, but don’t worry! You’ll enjoy some stops to take a breath. Continue your riding towards the small hamlet of Brento and enjoy your first renowned Italian espresso of the day. Brento is located at the side of Monte Adone, within the Contrafforte Pliocenico Natural Reserve (The Pliocene Mountain Spur). Pedal through back roads until reaching Monzuno. A tasting lunch of traditional cuisine awaits you: the delicious “tigella”, similar to a flat bread-loaf but made of flour, water and lard, side served with local cold cuts and flavoured cheese, or traditional handmade pasta. After 40 km…. you can now finally take a break! Get ready for the last 10km to finish your first day! A pleasant ride takes you to the doorstep of a farmhouse or small family-run hotel, where you can enjoy a hot shower and indulge in a complete typical Italian dinner: homemade pasta, farm-to-table products and excellent wines, in a perfect closure of a fantastic day experience.

Day 2

Enjoy a rich and healthy breakfast and get ready for a second day of riding! Your goal today is to reach the “Cima Coppi” of this route: the highest point of your route: the Futa Pass. Riding uphill, in no hurry and agile pace, discover Pian di Balestra and enter its woods. Be prepared to find slippery and muddy tracks and to glimpse, not very far away, an old paved road: the Flaminia Militare. At the Futa Pass a stop to visit the German Military Cemetery is in order. At this point you start your descent, but don’t relax too much! The path is still challenging, and a few steep hills are waiting for you. Cross the Pass of Osteria Bruciata, famous for its original history (which you will learn about during the tour) and descend reaching San Piero a Sieve, near the lake of Bilancino. Now it’s time to enjoy the traditional, rich and tasty cuisine of Tuscany: rustic soups, tortelli stuffed with potatoes or its famous meat, combined with excellent red wine. Please note: if you book with plenty of time, we can arrange for a reservation in your name in a beautiful farmhouse with an amazing swimming pool.

Day 3

Enjoy a healthy and tasty breakfast and be ready and full of energy for your third and last day of the tour! Ride along flat roads for a few miles. Visit and explore the Convent of Bosco ai Frati and San Piero a Sieve’s historical center, overcome a very steep uphill path and get to Fortezza Medicea and Castello di Trebbio, and right afterwards to the Sacro Eremo di Montesenario. And here… The climb is really over!!! Descend towards Vetta le Croci and once you reach Fiesole admire in awe its incredibly well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre. Fiesole is also an excellent place for a last break before leaving for Florence in the afternoon. Discover Florence’s town centre, immortalize through your camera lenses historical landmarks such as Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore, stroll the old streets and marvel at its incredible buildings. Time to say goodbye! And start preparing the next trip…. You may have arranged for an extra night in Florence. In this case we’ll take care of your bike and bring your luggage. If, however you’re heading back to Bologna, a minivan or train will be waiting for you.

A word of advice:

Splitting the tour in 3 days is the best way to truly enjoy the experience. It’s not a race, it’s not an ultramarathon trail. It’s a trip to discover a less-known part of our territory that nevertheless offers amazing sites and is incredibly rich in History. It’s a perfect opportunity to get to live the old traditions of this amazing region, found at their best in the countryside (Itinerary, distance and climb rise may change last minute due to the chosen lodge, weather forecast or safety reasons).

Highlights

Bologna, Brento, Monzuno, Madonna dei Fornelli, Passo della Futa, San Piero a Sieve, Fiesole e Firenze.
Monte Adone, Monte Venere, Monte Luario, Monte Senario Contrafforte Pliocenico Natural Reserve, Roman paved road Flaminia Militare, Gothic Line, German Military Cemetery at Futa Pass, Osteria Bruciata Pass, Fortezza Medicea, Castello del Trebbio, Convento di Monte Senario, Roman Amphitheatre in Fiesole

Mandatory equipment

  • helmet
  • full finger cycling gloves
  • wind-stopper or waterproof gilet or jacket (depending on
  • the season)
  • sunglasses (we suggest medium/clear lenses)
  • rucksack with hydration systems
  • Energetic bars (we schedule lunch stops along the way)
  • 2 spare inner tubes
  • 2 Co2 Tire Inflator Cartridges or pumps
Suggested equipment
  • rear led light (if rains are predicted)
  • bike shoes with suitable soles for walking
  • sunscreen cream
  • a Big smile!

Notes and suggestion
Before starting, check the bicycle and be sure that the tires are in good condition and the brakes and shifter work correctly. Check and set the suspension too.



Walk 'n Ride Srl by BikeinBO

Via dell'Indipendenza 69/a
40120 Bologna
+39 347 001 79 96