A bike itinerary that follows the traces of Dante Alighieri that starts from Ravenna, the city where he is buried, and passes through the most characteristic villages in the foothills of Faenza and Forlì: Bertinoro and Polenta, Forlì, Castrocaro and the perfect Renaissance city of Terra del Sole, the village of Brisighella and Faenza, the city of ceramics. They are the most authentic Romagna places, where many of the characters mentioned in the Divine Comedy lived and where the Poet found hospitality.
A loop itinerary that follows the footsteps of Dante Alighieri. It starts and ends in Ravenna, discovering villages and art cities in Romagna where Dante wandered during his exile.
It is a tour that crosses Lamone Valley, the Romagna plain between Faenza and Forlì, and goes through small villages such as Brisighella, Castrocaro, Terra del Sole, Bertinoro, they are places that inspired Dante to write the Divine Comedy.
The route runs between the plain and the first Romagna Hills. The road surface is on cycle paths and minor roads which can be unpaved.
The elevation profile makes it preferable to follow the route clockwise (Ravenna-Bertinoro-Brisighella-Ravenna), but it is also possible to follow it anticlockwise.
Level: Medium, with e-Trek Bike
Average Daily Distance: 60 km
Total Distance: 180 km
Day 1 Ravenna-Bertinoro
Meeting place in Ravenna (where you can book a visit to Dante keen places in the city 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. The ride then ends in Bertinoro, 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: 55 km.
Day 2 Bertinoro - Brisighella
The trip continues through the vineyards 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. Passing Forlì, the route reaches the Tower of Oriolo dei Fichi which was long contested between two noble families Manfredi and Ordelaffi, the family that hosted Dante in Forlì. Finally the ride ends in Brisighella 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 – Ravenna
The ride ends in Faenza, a city known for its majolic and artistic ceramics. Its history is held in the beautiful Museo Internazionale della Ceramica, which houses rare examples of tradition along with masterpieces of modern artists.
The trip continues along the banks of the River Montone and ends in Ravenna, with a symbolic arrival on bike at the tomb of Dante Alighieri.
Distance: 58 km
This is the end of this beautiful adventure. See you next time!
Type of itinerary
3 days, 2 nights
Number of participants
minimum 2 people
Price per person in double room
- 2 overnight stays in a 3-star hotel double room or similar accommodation
- 2 breakfasts
- Dante Pass
- APP and GPX tracks
Services not included
- tourist tax
- medical/luggage insurance
- bike rental and bike fitting
- anything not specified under “included services”
Bike rental price:
- e-bike trekking: 90€
- trekking: 45€
- e-MTB: 120€
- titanium road bike premium or touring: 60€
- tandem bike: 90€
- Single room supplement: 50€
- extra night in Ravenna: 60€
- half board (2 dinners): 60€
- luggage transfer: 290€ per group
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