The river Ronco and Ravenna capital of Empire

The river Ronco and Ravenna capital of Empire
Difficulty Difficulty Easy
Distance Distance 77.5km
Elevation gain Elevation gain 100mt
Fratta > Forlimpopoli > Fornò > Ghibullo > Ravenna > San Bartolo > Santo Stefano > Forlimpopoli > Fratta

Head towards Forlimpopoli, where you can visit the 16th-century fortress built by the Ordelaffi family, and the Casa Artusi, home of Italy’s first cookery writer until 1851. Cycle through the railway underpass, and continue as for San Leonardo, then after 2 km turn left onto the Via del Santuario. You will come to a 15th-century church, built to a circular plan. It was financed by the knight of fortune, Bianco da Durazzo, using the proceeds of his spoil, and who later became a monk and preached the Gospel, attracting many followers. This place of worship is unique in the whole of Europe because it contains another church, also circular in form (visits must be booked in advance). Continue towards Bagnolo and take the road that runs beside the River Ronco and leads to Ravenna. In the town centre, the tourist trail will guide you to the most important monuments, constructed between the 5th and 6th centuries (Ravenna was the capital of the Western Roman Empire from 403 to 453 A.D., and then the capital of Italy until 750 A.D.). Many of these fine buildings also contain beautiful mosaics, and include the Basilica of San Vitale with the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, the Baptistery of Neon, and the Mausoleum of Theodoric (Dietrich von Bern). On the trail through the city, you can also visit the Dante Zone, with the tomb of the poet, and in Via Zagarelli alle Mura you can see the home of Francesca da Polenta, the unfortunate lover of Paolo Malatesta. On your return journey, you will follow the cyclists’ route: all cyclists in Ravenna who head towards Bertinoro ride along the Via Cella starting from Madonna dell’Albero, and you will be sure to encounter them throughout the day. Return to Forlimpopoli, and then follow your original route back to Fratta.

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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.

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