The itineraries in Trek & Bike di Wellness Valley offer an excellent alternative to discover the territories and the food and wine of Romagna. Developed especially for those who love outdoor physical activity, like biking and bicycle itineraries of medium-low difficulty, suitable for all levels.
Heading out in bicycle from Rimini, riding along the river Marecchia, you’ll arrive without difficulty at the so called “Gem of Romagna”, Santarcangelo. A city largely dominated by a fortress from the XIV century, but that also offers a number of attractions less known but none the less. The old printshop Marchi is a shop from the 1600’s where the original wood and stone mangle is still in use to flatten the traditional Romagnolic canvases. These canvases are made of cotton and hemp and the characteristic print is of a brownish color. It’s such an interesting place, and in such a pretty place, it is a must see for visitors who loves cycling, but who also enjoys the cultural influences along his path.
Another interesting place, especially if you’re passionate about what the Romagna region has to offer as for food and wine, is the itinerary from Cesenatico to Sogliano. Famous for its harbour boardwalk designed by the great Leonardo Da Vinci, Cesenatico holds a great number of spectacular fish restaurants. Crossing the Rubicone Valley in bicycle; known for its delicious local specialty, Fossa Cheese, you’ll arrive on the top of the Longiano hill. Here you’ll find beautiful Malatestiana Tower; the view over the Valley is spectacular to say the least, a worthy reward for the hard put in on your bicycle.
The list of Longiano attractions does not end here, the Petrella Theater and the Museum of Sacred Art are other examples. Returning to wine and food, an mandatory stop along this cycling route is surely the Frantoio Turchi, an extensive number of olive trees form the framework in which, once again, the ancient Romagna tradition revives. The granite mill presses allows the production of a top of the notch quality extra-virgin olive oil, available at the farm shop.
Moving towards the Ravenna area, the Wellness Valley has put together a cycling route out of the ordinary. You start out from Faenza and you pedal along the hillside Wine and Dine route until you arrive in the Regional Park a Brisighella. Here you’ll find the “Vein of the Gypsum”; the only existing gypsum formation in Europe. And there’s more! The park is beautiful and hosts a vast bio diversity. You can discover the curiosities of the gypsum inside the caves or just go for a walk along the paths in the park.
The visitor in search for a romantic experience will be amazed during the full moon nights when, reflecting on the gypsum rocks, the park will light up as if it was day time! Further, you can visit the Rifugio Ca’ Carnè, where you will find testimony of the rich wild life in the park area, for example the very rare black wolf. Before leaving Brisighella, returning to the food and wine theme, you must stop by the “Cab Terra di Brisighella”: you can visit their oil mill, their open air museum about their oil production, and of course try their products.