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Cycle Parma to Bologna

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  • Cycle the old ’Roman Road’ from Parma to Bologna
  • Enjoy lunches of Parma ham and Parmigiano cheese
  • Explore Piazza Maggiore and the Due Torre in Bologna
  • End each day in stylish historic 4* hotels
  • Discover UNESCO Modena, home of balsamico & gnocco fritto
Discover the signature dishes and medieval towns of Emilia Romagna on this food lovers cycling tour from Parma to Bologna, spending each night in atmospheric, historic 4* hotels. Cycle across the fertile plains, rivers and towns of the Po Valley as you follow the ancient Roman Road of ‘Via Emilia’ dating back to 187 B.C. Starting out in Parma, discover the renaissance artworks of Correggio and Mazzola and lunch on plates of prosciutto ham and parmesan cheese. Ride to the UNESCO listed Piazza Grande of Modena, and sample the local Balsamic vinegars. Pedal along the river Secchia to the terracotta porticoes of Bologna and into the Piazza Maggiore, the perfect place to end your journey. Dine on fresh beef ragu pasta and quaff generous glasses of Sangiovese wine, reflecting on your delicious week in the saddle.

What To Expect

The tour is graded moderate. Each ride is 55-70km and is worth every pedal stroke to indulge in the signature dishes of Emilia Romagna. Following dedicated cycle paths and country roads through the towns and cities means you’re never too far from a plate of fresh local produce. With 2 nights in Parma, Modena and Bologna rides on these days are optional if you would rather relax in your historic 4* hotel or explore the sights on foot.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.


Inn to Inn Biking | A classic point to point biking tour, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Foodie Adventures
  • Wine, Whiskey & More...
  • Elegance & Unique Stays
  • Historical Journeys


  • Classic


This cycling route follows a combination of cycle paths, quiet country roads, stretches of rolling terrain and busier routes when approaching and departing towns and cities. Please always be mindful of other roads users at all times, especially when cycling on routes shared with traffic. The tried and tested detailed routes notes and maps are easy to follow during your self-guided adventure.

Should you require assistance, local 24/7 telephone support will also be available throughout your trip.


During this trip you will stay in a selection of 4* hotels. We regularly use the following properties but will accommodate in a hotel or of equal standard should any of the following hotels be unavailable. Each stay at the listed accommodation is based on a standard room.


Included are 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners. Breakfast usually consists of fresh pastries, breads, fruits, yoghurts, cheeses, meats and granola. Dinners will be in local family trattorias and serve local rustic dishes of the region. If you have special dietary requirements do let us know at the time of booking.

Lunches and 4 dinners are not included. Your route notes will suggest a number of local places to dine and of course, being in the heart of Emilia Romagna means you're never too far from a bowl of freshly folded pasta.

Single Rooms

If you're travelling with friends or family but prefer your own room, single rooms are subject to availability and a supplementary payment. This trip is also available to solo cyclists.

  • 7 Nights in 4* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts & 3 dinners
  • Baggage ransfer
  • Information pack and route notes with maps
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our office
  • Travel to Parma / from Bologna
  • Bike hire (upgrade to e-bike hire)
  • Lunches, 4 dinners, drinks & snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Additional nights along the route
  • Bike hire (upgrade to e-bike hire)
  • Optional cooking class
  • Arrival or departure transfers

When To Go

This trip is available to start on any Saturday from March to October and we suggest that you contact us as soon as possible if you are considering a departure during the peak season of May-June and September.

Getting to the Start

By Air

Parma does have a small airport and has connections through to regional services in Italy.

Other airports are Milan Linate or Milan Malpensa. Both airport have a wide range of airline services to major international cities.

From Milan Linate a 20 minute airport shuttle connect through to the main Milan train station. From here there are regular, direct services to Parma (approx 1 hour journey).

From Milan Malpensa it is possible to connect through to Parma by train (changing once at Milan Centrale). Journey time is around 2hrs 15mins).

Bologna Airport does have a number of services across Europe. Journey time is just over an hour from Parma with train services connecting through approximately every 30 minutes from Bologna Centrale.

For general travel planning, we recommend the helpful site

Getting from the End

By Air

Bologna Airport is only a 20 minute shuttle bus link from Bologna Centrale. 

Alternatively it is possible to return to either Milan Linate or Milan Malpensa airport via train to Milan Centrale Train Station. Journey times are around 2 hours to Linate and 2 hours 30 minutes to Malpensa.

Luggage Transfer

All baggage transfers are included. We request that you have only one piece of luggage per person and it should weigh only 20kg.

General Information

All bike tours are unescorted. The distances listed are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, cycle clothing and personal medications etc.


21 speed touring bikes are available for hire. Rental bikes come equipped with a basic repair kit, pump and helmet (though we recommend using your own). Male and female frames are available. If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride.

EBikes are also available for hire if you would like a power assisted ride. For more information on EBikes please click here.

If you would prefer to bring your own bicycle please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip such as Scott Sub, Trek 7200 or similar.

If you do intend to bring your own bike, please do let us know at the time book as extra transfer arrangements may be required for any large bike cases/boxes.

If you’d like to hire a bike, please let us know your height and frame size you currently ride, along with any other specific requests you may have. We’re always happy to answer any questions regarding hire bikes.

If you would to bring your own road bike please ensure it is thoroughly serviced and is an appropriate bike for this trip.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Bike that you have suitable Travel Insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Parma Day 2 Loop Cycle Parma 44 miles / 70 km Day 3 Cycle to Reggio Emilia 45 miles / 71 km Day 4 Cycle to Modena 36 miles / 57 km Day 5 Loop Ride Modena 41 miles / 65 km Day 6 Cycle to Bologna 43 miles / 68 km Day 7 Bologna Loop Ride / Free Day 13 miles / 20 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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