All you need is your rucksack on your back and you're all set to go!
This itinerary is specially for those who want to discover the lesser known side of Romagna, be it by foot or bike: the Foreste Casentinesi, Monte Falterona and Campigna National Park.
The route begins with a trekking tour of Bagno di Romagna.
One thing's for sure: in just a few kilometres, this itinerary will reward you with some of the most spectacular glimpses of the region's landscapes, enriched with historical examples of ancient religious buildings, such as the Santuario di Corzano above San Piero in Bagno, and civic buildings, like the Palazzo del Capitano in Bagno di Romagna.
The ascent from San Piero in Bagno clambers decisively upwards to reach one of the most enjoyable ridges of the high slopes of the Savio valley, which is followed by a descent downhill.
Here you will feel as though you are walking along a road of another era, a feeling that is made all the more vivid by the boundary stones that mark this stretch of the route: the Mulattiera di Pietrapazza mule track, which leads all the way to distant Ridracoli.
On your second day, you will set off along the Santa Sofia - Premilcuore - Santa Sofia bike road and will pedal through the valleys of the Bidente and Rabbi rivers, as you take in the landscapes steeped in history, speckled with ancient castles and little villages in the middle of nowhere along the route.
This itinerary will take your breath away, in every sense, with two long ascents that add an element of challenge, which are broken up with long stretches along the valley floor.
After Fiumicello, as you ride along one of the very few paved yet still wild parts of the Foreste Casentinesi park, as if by magic the most authentic feature of the region will come into sight: against the backdrop of a woodland landscape, you will catch a glimpse of the legacy left behind by an ancient civilisation in the form of donkey-back bridges, ancient fountains and mills.
Now you’ve made it to the third day which, as planned, will take you along the Bagno di Romagna - Balze - Bagno di Romagna bike road; a panoramic itinerary surrounded by wild landscapes that encompass as many as three regions: Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and the Marche.
It is precisely here, as you weave over ridges, through beech forests and along the slopes of Monte Fumaiolo, that you can take a dip in the springs of the Tiber River. After flowing for four kilometres in Romagna territory, this river then crosses the border into Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, to eventually flow into the Tyrrhenian Sea.
What can you expect to encounter on this itinerary, besides jaw-dropping nature? Here are some must-see sites!
- The Palazzo del Capitano: home to the Parco delle Foreste Casentinesi visitor centre, this building is a testament to the long Florentine rule, which prevailed over this border territory from 1404 to 1923.
- The Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi: a national park and one of the most imposing expanses of forest in Europe, scattered with centuries-old roads that linked Northern and Central Italy.
- The Acquapartita Lake: a popular destination for recreational fishermen and hikers heading for the Monte Còmero woods, this lake is also a great place to take a refreshing break on its shores.
- The Alfero Waterfall: also known as the Trote [trout] waterfall, owing to the visible and large number of trout swimming in its waters. It is worth taking a detour to reach this scenic 32-metre-high waterfall: make sure your mobile phone and camera batteries are fully charged!
And to finish off, why not treat yourself to a soak in the natural hot springs?
The thermal waters of Bagno di Romagna were hailed as far back as Roman times and were even thought to be of divine origin. There are three spas with thermal baths where you can enjoy this well-earned break.