San Vicinio cycle path
Mountain biking route
On the road, beside the usual signs for hikers, we find specific notices and identifying stickers such as the 'O' of the Ciclovia logo, inspired by the stylised image of the collar of St Vicinio, a sacred relic used for centuries to bless pilgrims.
In some stretches, the route deviates from the more traditional forest tracks, leading to easier dirt or asphalted roads, but always with low mileage. Even so, totalling approximately 325 kilometres, with continuous rises and falls (more than 8,000 metres total elevation change), it is quite demanding. It is always advisable, therefore, to ride a mountain bike, rather than a gravel or e-bike.
Breathtaking views, small lakes and waterfalls
Riding strictly anti-clockwise, the route takes us to Bagno di Romagna, then on to the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, to Monte Falterona and Campigna and then back to Romagna territory, passing through the municipality of Verghereto and the Le Balze district, one of the most renowned tourist resorts in the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines.
Continuing past breathtaking views, small lakes and waterfalls, we descend towards the town of Sant'Agata Feltria in the heart of the Rubicon valley, then on to the municipalities of Borghi and Montiano, until we reach Cesena and finally return to Sarsina via the roads of Mercato Saraceno.
Many places of cultural and spiritual interest are encountered along the way. From the Monastery complex and theCamaldoli Hermitage of the eremitic community of Benedictine monks founded by St Romuald in 1025, to theAbbey of Monte di Cesena, the Parish Church of Montesorbo and the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna, particularly known for the Chapel of the Stigmata, as well as the ancient Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli. Finally, we close with the museum dedicated to Saint Vicinius.