Here’s a tip for tourists who love to do sport year-round: spend 24 hours out of doors at Monte Cimone.
It may come as a surprise to many that in addition to offering the largest ski area in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, Monte Cimone has also become a top choice for mountain bikers.
There are several freeride, enduro and downhill tracks that wind their way through over 70 km of forest and valley.
Monte Cimone's snow-covered slopes: bring along your ski gear (or hire it there) and set out to enjoy over 50 km of interconnected slopes equipped with fast and modern ski lifts that cut your wait times and double your fun.
Slopes for every taste (and skill level) unfold across three sides of the mountain: long, wide, steep slopes with more than 600 metres of height difference for expert skiers, or shorter easier ones for novices or those who simply prefer to enjoy a more relaxing day.
What about snowboarding? And skiing for kids?
SnowPark Ninfa is your answer to the former question. You’ll find the snowboarding and freestyle area along the Ninfa Lake slope, while BabyPark is an area dedicated to winter activities for kids with inflatables like doughnuts and rafts for sliding about in the snow.
Monte Cimone's grass-covered slopes: every April Cimone Bike Park opens their season, which lasts through autumn, inviting you to put yourself to the test on trails of varying difficulty. Absolute beginners can take the Easy Rider, the simplest trail, whilst those who are already confident on a mountain bike can try the more challenging trails until reaching the most technical and difficult Double Black.
Cimone Bike Park stretches between Fanano, Montecreto and Sestola, up to the summits of Monte Cimone and the shores of Ninfa Lake. It’s a lovely place to cycle round and have fun. What’s more, there are three chairlifts, a cable way and a coach equipped to transport mountain bikes to help you get back up top to enjoy the entire place.
Do you need another reason to spend 24 hours at Monte Cimone? Okay, well here are two more. First, there are this mountain region’s culinary specialities like tortellini, tortelloni, tagliatelle pastas with mushrooms and wild game, rosette buns, maltagliati pasta with beans, and last but not least, crescentine, thin round breads, and borlenghi, thin flatbreads.
Second, if you get to the top of Monte Cimone on a clear day, you can see a third of the Italian peninsula!