From Ravenna to Florence along the places that inspired Dante

Tour description

An exciting off-road route which follows Dante Alighieri’s footsteps. The tour starts whether from Florence, the city where the poet was born, or from Ravenna, where he is buried. The tour aims at discovering villages and art cities in Romagna where Dante wandered during his exile between Tuscany and Romagna. 

A Grand Tour which crosses territories such as Mugello, Casentino Valley, Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, Lamone Valley and little historic villages such as Poppi, Romena, Pratovecchio, Camaldoli, Portico di Romagna, San Benedetto in Alpe, Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, places that inspired Dante writing his Divine Comedy.

Itinerary details

This itinerary, away from the traffic and any kind of air pollution, crosses the Apennines ridge characterised by an amusing alternation of ascents and descents. The route is mainly on dirt roads, never too difficult to ride with an e-bike: 5 stages with an elevation gain over 1000mt and 1 below 1000mt. 

Considering the ascents and descents, in order to simplify the trip, a daily luggage transfer for every stage is included in the provided services.

Level: Medium, with e-MTB

Average daily distance: 46 km

Total distance: 275 km

Daily itinerary

Day 1 Ravenna

Meeting place in Ravenna where, with the DantePass, it will be possible to visit numerous events organized on the occasion of the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, at special terms. Overnight stay is included.

Day 2 Ravenna-Forlì-Castrocaro

The ride starts in Forlì, where this year there is the official exhibition on Dante as he lived there twice during his exile. The trip then moves to Terra del Sole, a jewel of Renaissance town planning commissioned by Cosimo de’ Medici in 1564 as an example of perfect urban planning, Terra del Sole was also a fortress defending the northern borders. The route ends in the afternoon, in Castrocaro with its fortress and spa. 

Distance: 53 km.

Day 3 Castrocaro – Portico di Romagna

The trip starts climbing the badlands of Spugnone (which means big sponge), a calcareous sandstone with the appearance of a sponge, made up of a coarse mixture of sea shells held together by calcareous cement. At the top of the badlands there is the quiet hermitage of Monte Paolo, so dear to St Anthony of Padua, who stayed there twice. After having enjoyed this atmosphere, the tour continues for a ridge and reaches the “smallest volcano in the world”. Actually, it is not a real volcano, but a constantly working methane fountain. From here, a pleasant descent leads to the overnight stop, the lovely Portico di Romagna, with its characteristic humpback bridge. 

Distance: 40 km.

Day 4 Portico di Romagna – San Benedetto in Alpe

The tour goes into the Tuscan-Romagna Appennine “selva oscura” [Dante’s dark forest] characterised by thick woods and hidden hermitages.                                

Then the tour continues into other forests, climbs the Appennine and then descends towards San Benedetto in Alpe, a town known for its Abbey. In the afternoon it will be possible to have a pleasant walk (9km round trip) to the Acquacheta falls whose beautiful scenery was described by Dante Alighieri in his Divine Comedy. The overnight stay will be in the small and quiet village of San Benedetto in Alpe. Distance: 30 km + 9 km to the Acquacheta waterfalls.

Day 5 San Benedetto in Alpe-Campigna

The tour continues discovering the territory of Foreste Casentinesi National Park where an alternation of ascents and descents that crosses Passo del Muraglione leads to Campigna. The overnight stay will be in Campigna, a real heaven on earth for nature-lover walkers where to enjoy the silence produced by the beech forests.

Distance: 30km 

Day 6 Campigna – Camaldoli – Poppi

The first stage of the tour is the Sacro Eremo of Camaldoli, an ancient monastery still inhabited by monks. The tour continues towards Romena Castle where Dante stayed during the first years of his exile and then towards Pratovecchio. From there it is easy to reach Porciano, a town in which Dante was a guest of the Guidi family. During his stay he wrote three of his famous Latin epistles. The route continues on to Poppi, a must-see on a route through Dante’s places, dominated by the Castle of the Guidi counts, near which the famous battle of Campaldino took place. Dante took place in this battle on the Guelph side and which today is remembered by the “Column of Dante”.

Distance 54 km

Day 7 Pioppi-Florence

The route heads towards Dante’s birthplace, Florence, stopping at Vallombrosa Abbey, whose cloister contains a medal depicting Dante and Beatrice. From here, a pleasant descent leads to the plain area between Florence, Prato and Pistoia “Piana Fiorentina”, then crosses Pontassieve and finally reaches Dante’s hometown.

Distance 70 km

 

Day 8 End of the tour in Florence

In Florence a lot of corners and places recall Dante’s life, first and foremost the House where he was born near “Torre della castagna”, we recommend visiting it after breakfast (closed on Mondays).

End of the tour and of this unforgettable adventure.

See you next time!

You can return to Ravenna by train or with us booking the return trip as an extra service.

Type of itinerary

linear, self-guided

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Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Number of participants

minimum 2 people

Departing calendar

every day

Departure

Ravenna

Arrival

Firenze

Price per person

750€ – double room

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Included services

  • 7 overnight stays in a double room in a 3-star hotel or similar accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Dante Pass
  • luggage transport
  • APP and GPX tracks
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Services not included

  • tourist tax
  • breakfast in San Benedetto in Alpe
  • transport to the starting point and/or end point of the tour
  • medical/luggage insurance
  • bike rental and bike fitting
  • anything not specified under “included services”

e-MTB Bike rental price

30€ per day

Extra services:

Single room supplement: 180€

Half board option (7 dinners): 210€

Reductions & special offers

for groups of at least 4 participants: 160€ discount on the individual price

discount for renouncing an overnight stay in Ravenna or Florence: 60€

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