Discovering Romagna of the Divine Comedy

Tour Description

A weekend-tour that follows Dante Alighieri’s traces between Ravenna and Faenza, visiting mediaeval villages such as Brisighella and Castrocaro.

 

Itinerary details

A bike tour that traces Dante’s life starting from Ravenna, the city where he is buried, going through dream-like medieval villages in the province of Faenza and Forlì: Bertinoro, Polenta, Castrocaro and Brisighella, the renaissance town of Terra del Sole and Faenza the city of ceramics. They are places where many of the characters mentioned by Dante in his Divine Comedy lived.

 

Level: Easy, with e-Trek Bike

Average daily distance: 50 km

Total distance: 120 km

Day-by-Day itinerary

Day 1 Ravenna-Bertinoro

Meeting place in Ravenna (where you can book a visit to Dante keen places a day in advance) and departure for Polenta where the Da Polenta family was from. The Da Polenta family were the Lords of Ravenna and one of Dante’s greatest patrons. They hosted him from 1317 until his death. This first ride ends in Bertinoro. Bertinoro is an ancient medieval village located on a gently-rolling hill with an amazing view of the sea and the Romagna plain. For this very reason Bertinoro is known as “The Balcony of Romagna” as well as the “City of Wine” and the “City of Hospitality”. Distance: 50 km.

Day 2 Bertinoro – Brisighella

The trip continues in the foothills of the Romagna hills towards Castrocaro. Dante mentioned its citizens in the 14th canto of the Purgatorio for their continuing to procreate wretched earls. The trip moves to Terra del Sole, a jewel of Renaissance town planning commissioned by Cosimo de’ Medici in 1564, Terra del Sole was also a fortress defending the northern borders. Then the route passes by the Tower of Oriolo dei Fichi which was long contended between two noble families Manfredi and Ordelaffi, the family that hosted Dante in Forlì. Finally the ride ends in Brisighella, a medieval village known for its fortress which was commissioned by Maghinardo, a politician who was mentioned in a canto of the Inferno for his ambiguous political behaviour. Distance: 65 km

Day 3 Brisighella – Faenza

The ride ends in Faenza, a city which appears in all the three cantos of the Divine Comedy. Faenza is famous for its majolica and artistic ceramics. Its history is held in the beautiful Museo Internazionale della Ceramica, which houses rare examples of ceramics tradition along with masterpieces of modern artists. Those who wish can visit the museum, or a historic artisan ceramics workshop to learn about the art of majolica of Faenza. Distance: 16 km

Type of itinerary

linear, in group with a guide

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Duration

3 days, 1 night

Number of participants

minimum 6 people

Departure

Ravenna

Arrival

Faenza

Price per participant

265€ – double room

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Services included

  • 2 overnight stays in a 3-star hotel / B&B with breakfast;
  • welcome meeting;
  • guide;
  • luggage transfer;
  • visit to a historical ceramics workshop;
  • tourist tax;
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Services not included

  • e-Trek Bike rental: 30€ per day
  • helmet rental: 10€
  • single room supplement: 65€
  • transport to the starting point and/or end point of the tour
  • medical/luggage insurance
  • anything not specified under “included services”

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