Everybody know the Romagna Rivera with its famous resorts and 40 km of beaches, but people are less familiar with the historic towns, villages, fortresses and beautiful countryside of the inland municipalities, forming natural balconies above the seas of Rimini. The most notable feature just away from the coastline is the range of hills.
These hills are extensively cultivated (with wheat, vines, olives and vegetables). More than a thousand hectares of land are planted with olive-trees, and there are over 20 companies producing extra-virgin olive oil, some of which hold “Colline di Romagna” PDO status.
This itinerary, therefore, will be an exploration of genuine local flavours, but it will not be an easy ride: 90 km with a change in level of 1200 m. You leave from Misano Adriatico and head towards Tavullia, where you come to your first ascent, leading up to Mondaino. These uphill slopes are by turns quite gentle and really steep.
Mondaino will be your highest point, at 400 m above sea level. Once you leave the village, you can recover a bit until Levola, where the road starts climbing again up to Tavoleto. You’ll now have covered 35 km, and from here to the 50 km mark, at Osteria Nuova, downhill sections alternate with stretches on the flat.
If you still have energy left, now is the time to use it, because the ascent to Montescudo involves some 15% slopes. Otherwise, carry on in stages: we advise using a 39×25 set-up. The descent also involves the same type of gradients, so take care till you reach Ospedaletto.
There are now just 25 km left before Misano Adriatico, passing through S. Salvatore, Coriano, Misano Monte and Santamonica.