Via Romea Germanica
The Via Romea Germanica is one of the great European routes leading to Rome.
Created as the “Melior Via” to link Germany to the eternal city, this route retraces the journey faced by Abbot Albert of Stade in 1236 towards Rome and meticulously transcribed in his travel diary. The Castrocaro Terme – Bagno di Romagna section, consisting of 5 stages, winds through the heart of the Romagna Apennines.www.viaromeagermanica.com
The Saint Anthony’s Way
The Cammino di Sant’Antonio (Saint Anthony’s Way) is a long itinerary in stages that links Venice and Padua with Dovadola, in the province of Forlì-Cesena, where it joins the Assisi Way, and then continues towards Umbria. The route touches on some significant places in the Saint’s life and can be covered on foot or by mountain bike.www.ilcamminodisantantonio.org
The Assisi's way
The Cammino di Assisi, also known as the Camino di San Francesco or Via di Francesco, is a pilgrimage that starts at the hermitage of Sant’Antonio di Montepaolo, near Forlì, and ends in Assisi. Travelling in the footsteps of Francis, among hermitages and sacred forests, the Way of Assisi is one of the most beautiful and evocative itineraries in Italy.www.camminodiassisi.it
The Romagna of the Spungone
Spungone, from the Romagnolo word “spungò” meaning spongy, describes the rocky ridge that forms the hills of Romagna from Bertinoro to Castrocaro Terme (passing through the municipalities of Meldola and Predappio) and which until 3 million years ago was a splendid reef. The marine sedimentation limestone, with shell fossils from the Pliocene era, bears witness to the underwater past of this area.
Today, it represents a natural heritage of inestimable value, with fascinating views of the landscape, which preserves an important biological ecosystem and numerous thermal springs; it is also an ideal area for wine production, which brings to the glass the very special minerality and structure of this soil of very remote origin.
The proposed itineraries, for excursions on foot, by mountain bike or e-bike, allow the visitor to immerse himself in a suggestive environment, crossing wonderful natural landscapes but also villages rich in history and tradition.www.laromagnadellospungone.it/it/
The Romagna of the Spungone
Spungone, from the Romagnolo word “spungò” meaning spongy, describes the rocky ridge that forms the hills of Romagna from Bertinoro to Castrocaro Terme (passing through the municipalities of Meldola and Predappio) and which until 3 million years ago was a splendid reef. The marine sedimentation limestone, with shell fossils from the Pliocene era, bears witness to the underwater past of this area. Today, it represents a natural heritage of inestimable value, with fascinating views of the landscape, which preserves an important biological ecosystem and numerous thermal springs; it is also an ideal area for wine production, which brings to the glass the very special minerality and structure of this soil of very remote origin. The proposed itineraries, for excursions on foot, by mountain bike or e-bike, allow the visitor to immerse himself in a suggestive environment, crossing wonderful natural landscapes but also villages rich in history and tradition.www.laromagnadellospungone.it/it/
Castrocaro Terme – Bagno di Romagna
The cycle route from Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole to Bagno di Romagna leads to the discovery of an extraordinary territory of great natural, historical and scenic value. The electric bicycle is the best tool for tackling this itinerary in a slow and sustainable way.
This is a route of medium difficulty, to be cycled in three days with an expert guide, and includes 120 km of pure emotion through seven villages of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. Some of the unmissable stops along the route include: Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, respectively a spa town and an “ideal city” of the Renaissance; Predappio, land of Sangiovese and emblem of the rationalist architecture of the Fascist period; Galeata, with its archaeological finds; and the Ridracoli Dam, a blue expanse that runs for kilometres through the green vegetation of the Casentino Forest Park.castrocarotermeterradelsole.travel/proposte-turistiche/
The Ciclovia delle Terme, beauty and history of the territory
After the transfer we leave Galeata with the e-bike for a visit to S. Ellero and the Partisan’s Memorial, we continue along the crest of the mountain and then downhill to San Zeno. We arrive at the AGRITURISMO IL CERVO where we have lunch with typical products and recharge our batteries. After lunch we proceed towards Santa Sofia where we can taste the famous homemade ice cream. We arrive in Pianetto for a guided visit to the Mambrini Museum. Return to Galeata. Dinner and Accommodation
Mileage: 40 Km
The Ridracoli Dam and the Lama Forest
After the transfer, departure from Idro ecomuseum by E-bike and boarding of the electric boat at Ridracoli dam. Along the way the guide illustrates the territory and its beauties and there will be a few stops to observe the species present in the forest and the landscape. Once at the Lama Forest, lunch break with typical local products provided by the organisation. In the early afternoon, return by e-bike along the mule track that leads back to the ecomuseum of Idro. Visit to the museum and return home.
Mileage: 25 Km
Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, Nature and History - 2 days
Day 1 – Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, let’s breathe
We start in Castrocaro with a guided tour of the medieval fortress. We then head towards the evocative hermitage of Monte Paolo to beyond Dovadola, where we stop for a tasty lunch at Corte San Ruffillo.
In the afternoon we get to know the secrets of the Master Luthier in his workshop in Dovadola and then return to Castrocaro to enjoy some thermal relaxation. Dinner and Accommodation
Mileage: 30 Km
Day 2 – The Spungone and its History
Departure for the Castrocaro Terme River Park, where the Spungone is found. We continue towards Rio Cozzi, a geological site with spungone rock and follow the itinerary until we reach Monte Poggiolo, which can be seen from outside. Once in Terra del Sole we have lunch at Bar La Mora with typical local products. Followed by a guided tour of the “citadel”, the bastions, the Casematte, the castles and palaces of the Renaissance fortress town. Return to the River Park from Terra del Sole to return to the starting point. Shower at the hotel and return home.
Mileage: 30 km
From Castrocaro Terme to Bagno di Romagna by E-Bike - 3 days
Day 1 – From Castrocaro to Predappio
We start from Castrocaro Terme, with its famous spa and Art Déco pavilion and two unique jewels, the Medieval Fortress and the Medici “ideal citadel” of Terra del Sole. We continue on to Monte Paolo, where the paths of Sant’Antonio and the path of Assisi cross.
The spiritual journey is completed by arriving at Dovadola, a village that preserves the remains of the Blessed Benedetta Bianchi Porro. We continue to Predappio, the birthplace of Benito Mussolini.
Dinner and Accommodation.
Mileage: 38 Km
Day 2 – From Predappio to Ridracoli
We leave the Rabbi valley and head towards the Bidente valley. Arriving in Galeata, we encounter some historical gems such as the famous Mambrini Museum and the Roman town of Mevaniola. A stop at the kiosk offering a tasty Piadina Romagnola is inevitable. We then head towards Santa Sofia, the borderland between Romagna and Tuscany. The route leaves the town behind and arrives in the heart of the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, where we discover the Ridracoli Dam. In a natural setting that is one of the most fascinating in Italy, the dam is a cutting-edge work of engineering, completed in 1982 after 13 years of studies; an example of perfect integration between a work of man and the environment. A visit to the “Idro” museum dedicated to water completes our stop. Dinner and Accommodation
Mileage: 40 km
Day 3 – From Ridracoli to Bagno di Romagna
From the museum, following a wide forest road uphill, we reach the Passo del Vinco and turning right, we continue along the ridge that offers us breathtaking scenery. The simple dirt road arrives at Cancellino. Turning right, we find the village of Badia Prataglia. We turn left instead, towards the Mandrioli Pass. A few kilometres from the pass, heading towards Bagno di Romagna, we have two options: either continue along the tarmac road (easy route), or, for the more experienced, take the Sentiero del Lupo path which descends to San Piero in Bagno, and then arrive at the spa town, our final destination. Dinner and Accommodation
Mileage: 48 Km