Bagno di Romagna: the temple of slow living
The itinerary starts from the small village of Bagno di Romagna, which, with its network of paths, offers wonderful views.
Step by step, you will come across civil buildings such as the Palazzo del Capitanothe fulcrum of political power since the Middle Ages and evidence of the long domination of Florence over this part of Romagna.
You will encounter religious buildings of ancient date, such as the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Corzano above San Piero in Bagno, which dominates the upper Savio valley and gives you one of the most enjoyable ridges in the area.
At this point, we suggest a little break. Stop at the scenic Alfero Waterfall, also known as the Trout Waterfall due to the abundance of this fish in its waters. The road continues giving the feeling of walking back in time. An impression that is amplified along the Pietrapazza mule track to the group of houses at Ridracoli.
Santa Sofia: cycling through the valleys
For the second destination, we advise you to jump in the saddle and cycle through the valleys of the Bidente and Rabbi rivers Starting from Santa Sofia, town of “good living”, you will reach the village of Premilcuore.
Along the bike road, which is not undemanding and full of long climbs interspersed with stretches on the valley floor, you will cross landscapes steeped in history. Among the few paved paths in the park is the one in Fiumicello.
Then the most authentic area of the entire route opens up before your eyes: beyond the forested nature, you will see humpback bridges, fountains and mills. Vestiges of ancient civilisations.
This is the end of your hike. Don't get off and keep pedalling. After a road that climbs among the characteristic “marne”, you will reach the Monte Fumaiolo area, on the border with Tuscany and Marche.
Once again, you will come across disruptive nature, enlivened by mountain bike ridges and beech forests.
You will climb to the top of one of the most fascinating peaks of the Apennines and right here you will find the source of the Tiber, the “river sacred to the destinies of Rome”.