Rimini is the perfect place for bicycle enthusiasts whether professional or amateurs. It is not by chance that the Fiab (Italian Federation for the Environment and Cycling) awarded Rimini the title of "Bicycle-friendly Municipality" for the fourth consecutive year, placing the city once again among the 40 Italian municipalities considered "bike friendly".
With over 130 km of bike paths, you can experience and get to know the city and its hinterland comfortably riding your bike. Whether you ride a city bike, a racing bike, an e-bike, a MTB or a gravel bike, the Rimini area offers many routes that run from the sea to the hinterland.
Here we offer a set of cycle tourism itineraries to discover the city in all its different aspects, from its seaside to the historical-artistic and naturalistic ones, to be completed in 72 hours.
Enjoy your ride!
The first day is dedicated to a "vista mare" (sea view) route that runs along the entire northern and southern waterfront of Rimini. It is a completely flat route along 15 km of Rimini coastline, crossing the various tourism hamlets.
Heading north, the route goes through Torre Pedrera, Viserbella, Viserba and Rivabella, crossed by the 6 km of bike path of the new Parco del Mare nord, the pedestrian promenade full of green areas and Mediterranean-dune vegetation that gives direct access to the sea and where "community plazas" have been set up for socialising in outdoor parlors.
After crossing the Rivabella bridge, the route continues along the Lungofiume degli Artisti, a bike path overlooking the run-off canal of the Marecchia river, up to Piazza della Balena in San Giuliano Mare, the place where a sperm whale got stranded in 1943. The colourful murals decorating the riverfront also tell this story and those of the past with images of life and characters linked to the sea.
From here, along via Ortigara, it is possible to reach Marina di Rimini, a modern harbor characterised by a charming and romantic 1200-meter-long elevated promenade that extends over the sea and continues alongside the docks. From here, it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view over the sea. In this area, there are many venues that offer snacks and aperitifs and delicious fish-based menus.
After reaching the harbour, in summertime it is possible to cross the canal by ferry boat, which is available to tourists and local inhabitants both day and night. This ferry boat also transports bicycles and baby carriages and connects the two banks of the harbor, reaching the foot of the white lighthouse.
From the canal port, the route continues along the bike path of the Lungomare sud, passing in front of the Grand Hotel, the famous Art Nouveau hotel so loved by Fellini, and continues for another 7 to 8 km until it reaches Riccione. Here, the Parco del Mare is under construction, but in some stretches it is already possible to appreciate the renovated section of the waterfront, especially along the Tintori Promenade in Marina Centro and the Spadazzi Promenade in Miramare. All along the route, in both directions, it is possible to travel by the bathing establishments and breath in the fragrance of the sea air. For the most athletic visitors, it is also possible to take advantage of the fitness islands, spaces dedicated to outdoor physical activity and wellness.
The second day is dedicated to the "Anello Verde” route. Leaving from the beach area (Piazzale Kennedy) and proceeding along one of the green lungs of the city, leading downtown and passing right through the ancient city gate, the Arch of Augustus, the starting point of the ancient Via Flaminia that connected Rimini to Rome.
A short distance from it, there are the ruins of the Roman Amphitheater, which was one of the major amphitheatres of the Roman Age. Proceeding along the Ausa Park, the ancient river that split Rimini in two, visitors will have the chance to pass by the modern Palacongressi and reach the Giovanni Paolo II Park, from which they will continue across the lake dotted by ducks and swans, reaching the Marecchia Park, the other green area of Rimini.
From here, it is possible to reach the other symbol of Roman Rimini, the two-thousand-year-old Tiberius Bridge, from where visitors can continue their exploration of the ancient city, almost completely pedestrian, choosing among:
- the locations where the evidence of Roman times is still preserved, such as the Domus del Chirurgo;
- the locations linked to the Middle Ages and Renaissance, such as the Malatesta Temple;
- the new museum dedicated to the genius of Federico Fellini.
A loop itinerary that embraces the entire city and arrives back at the sea following the new docks of the ancient harbour. Before heading back to the sea, a tour of the characteristic Borgo di San Giuliano, the ancient fishing village so loved by Fellini, is a must-see.
Art, history or cinema fans can also choose their bike route among the many guided tours to discover the artistic beauty of the city. Among them, there are tours dedicated to the Master of Cinema Federico Fellini that take guests to places in Rimini that are linked to him.
The Marecchia bike path is a route for nature enthusiasts. It starts from the Tiberius Bridge and runs along the bed of the Marecchia River, combining natural and historical beauty passing through ancient villages such as Verucchio, Torriana, Montebello and San Leo that overlook the hills of Rimini's charming hinterland.
The ride (about 20 kilometres, almost all flat) is recommended for mountain bikes. Starting from Piazza sull'acqua, which offers a beautiful view over the Tiberius bridge, the route leaves Borgo San Giuliano behind and goes through the XXV Aprile park. From here, it proceeds along the ancient bed of the Marecchia River up to Villa Verucchio, through a splendid river landscape up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Saiano.
Along the route, visitors can admire a wonderful landscape, rich in local flora and fauna, and can also visit the Verucchio Golf Club, a renowned 18-hole golf course, a clay pigeon shooting rifle range, and an airport for model airplane competitions.
For those who are more trained, it is possible to continue towards the hills, up to Novafeltria, passing through Pietracuta and reaching San Leo, where, on the tip of the rocky spur, the Fortress in which the Count of Cagliostro was imprisoned still stands.
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