A bike tour on the trail of Dante that from Faenza touches the most characteristic villages of the first hills of Faenza and Forlì: Brisighella, Oriolo dei Fichi, Castrocaro, Terra del Sole, Forlì, Bertinoro and Polenta and then ends in Forlimpopoli. Places of the most authentic Romagna, where many of the characters mentioned in the Divine Comedy lived and found hospitality the Supreme Poet.
A circular itinerary in the footsteps of the great poet Dante Alighieri, departing from Faenza and arriving in Forlimpopoli, discovering villages and cities of art, crossing the places of exile on his pilgrimage in Romagna. A tour that crosses territories such as the Lamone Valley, the plain of Romagna between Faenza and Forlì and small villages such as Brisighella, Castrocaro, Terra del Sole, Bertinoro, all places that inspired him in the drafting of his Divine Comedy.
Level: Medium, with e-Trek Bike
Average daily distance: 45 km
Total distance: 90 km
Route information: develops between the plain and the first hills of Romagna. The bottom is on cycling and minor roads, sometimes dirt.
Day 1 Faenza - Castrocaro
Meeting place in Faenza, famous for its majolica and the artistic ceramics whose history is contained in the splendid International Museum of Ceramics that contains rare examples of tradition, flanked by works of modern artists. Departure towards Brisighella, whose fortress was built by Maghinardo, mentioned in a song of Hell for his ambiguous political behavior. We then move towards Castrocaro, first reaching the Torre di Oriolo dei Fichi, long disputed between the families of the Manfredi and the Ordelaffi, the family that hosted Dante in Forlì. We then continue through the vineyards of the Romagna hills towards Castrocaro. Dante named the citizens of this spa town in the fourteenth season of Purgatory (not so positive…). At dinner we expect a typical Romagna dinner and overnight.
Distance: 45 km.
Day 2 Castrocaro-Forlimpopoli
We leave immediately for Terra del Sole, the ideal city wanted by Cosimo de’ Medici in 1564, as a jewel of Renaissance urbanism and fortress to defend the northern borders. Lambendo Forlì, we head towards Polenta, a hilltop town of origin of the Da Polenta, Lords of Ravenna who were among the greatest patrons of Dante hosting him from 1317 until his death. We then arrive at Bertinoro, a medieval village located on a hill from which you can enjoy a magnificent view of the sea and the plain of Romagna. For this reason it is known as “Il Balcone della Romagna” as well as being “Città del Vino” and the “City of hospitality”. From here downhill to Forlimpopoli from where you can return to Faenza by train.
End of services and this beautiful adventure. See you next time!
Distance: 45 km
Type of itinerary
linear, in group with a guide
2 days, 1 night
Number of participants
minimum 6 people
Price per participant in double rooom
- 1 overnight stays in a 3-star hotel / B&B with breakfast
- 1 typical dinner
- authorized tour guide
- Dante PASS
Services not included
- bike rental and bike fitting
- tourist tax
- medical insurance/baggage insurance;
- what is not specified under “including services”;
Bike rental price per day
e-bike trekking: € 47
strada premium titanio: €43
tandem: € 55
Train ticket Forlimpopoli-Faenza
Notte extra Faenza
BCB-TG2 / itbg4154