With this beautiful excursion, the Lungomare Bike Hotel will bring you to the heart of the Appenino Tosco-Emiliano! We will ride for 115kms with 3200m ascent!
From the Hotel we drive to San Pietro in Bagno. From here we will tackle the 4 passes always surrounded by the green vegetation of the Appenins.
The first pass, passo del Carnaio, connects the valleys of Savio and Bidente. This pass was used already in old times ( XIX century) , and the whole route (18kms) is highly panoramic. Starting from San Pietro in Bagno, after a series of hairpins, we gain height very fast: on your left you can admire the Monte Aiola (almost 1000m) while on your right you can see the Savio valley. The ascent is about 5km with an average incline of 6.6%, reaching peaks of 12%.
The descent will lead us to Santa Sofia from where we’ll start our climb to the second pass, the passo della Calla. This pass connects the valleys of Bidente and Arno. Located on the border between Romagna and Tuscany, it has been opened only in the early 1900. In old times there where only mule tracks and what were called “roads of the wood”, on which the wood was transported first to Casentino, and from here towards Florence by river. The road proceeds parallel to the river Bidente and gradually starts climbing to the ridge. A series of U-bends will lead us to Corniolo, and after a slight descent we get to the toughest part of the ridge crossing. Here the road rears up sud- denly, as if holding on to the mountain, where the landscape is a broad leaved forest. We reach Campigna, in the heart of the National Park of the Casentinesi Forest, and just a few kms away from the top of the pass. The climb is 12 km in total with an average incline of 6%.
At this point the long dive to Stia will get us in Tuscany. We will reach Poppi, rewarded as one of the nicest villages in Itay: here we will stop for a coffee break, and replenish our strength, ready to challenge the remaining diffi- culties.
A long climb, 22km with an average incline of 4%, will lead us to the third pass, Pass Fangacci; during the climb we will ride through the Sacro Eremo of Camaldoli, a magical place full of peace and serenity; from here we will climb another few kms reaching the highest point of our tour (1256m), and riding through a little stretch of dirt road, we will get to Passo Fangacci, where we’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of Lake Ridracoli.
A steep descent immersed in the thick forest of the national Park will lead us to Badia Prataglia, from where we’ll tacke the fourth pass, Pass Mandrioli, which connects the Savio and Arno valleys. This “tosco-Romagnolo” road, was opened in 1882, finally connecting Tuscany and Romagna. While the climb that awaits us is quite short (6km) and with an incline around 5-7%, the following descent cuts through very steep rocky slopes with an incredibly windy road, making it a daring masterpiece in engineering: this road is in fact really spectacular and offers incred- ible view all the way to Bagno di Romagna, one of the most renown thermal villages.
We will accompany you in this awesome challenge, and we will assist you during the whole day. We’ll take good care of you also during the break: we’ll offer you refreshments with our typical produces from our tradition. The only thing you have to think about during this beautiful ride is to enjoy this exceptional adventure!!
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We are located in Emilia Romagna, region bordered by Veneto and the beautiful cities of Venice and Padua to the North, and by Tuscany, Umbria and Marche to the South, offering charming cities such as Florence, Perugia, Assisi and Urbino.
We are characterised by a concentration of adrenaline, traditions and typical cuisine, captured in the most beautiful tours that touch sites on the Adriatic coast such as Cesenatico, the land of Pantani, and reach all the way to Ferrara and Ravenna, cities of art and history, passing through rugged ascents such as those of Cippo and Carpegna, or the Cimone in Modena.