Long weekend to discover the beautiful spa town and the treasures of its territory. It begins with a guided tour of Ravenna in the footsteps of Dante and continues with a visit to Terra del Sole, an extraordinary example of a Renaissance “ideal city”. After admiring the treasures of the imposing Castrocaro Fortress, one of the oldest in Italy, it is time for a beautiful e-bike excursion, to discover the wonderful hills surrounding the town. Tour ends with a tasting in a Castrocaro winery.
2 days / 1 night
Guided tour of Ravenna, the quiet and peaceful city where Dante completed the Divine Comedy. In this place, the figure of the Supreme Poet became an object of great devotion and, on his death in September 1321, became a real cult.
The guide will talk about Dante’s life, describing his stay in the city and the circumstances of his death, the construction of the tomb and the story of the theft of the bones, as well as the numerous interventions to enhance the cultural heritage related on his work.
Arrival in Castrocaro Terme and Terra del Sole, a town in the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines, known for its spa and two unique treasures: the imposing medieval Castrocaro Fortress and the wonderful Renaissance “ideal city” of Terra del Sole.
Lunch on your own
In the afternoon we visit Terra del Sole, a unique and surprising example of a Renaissance “ideal city”. This fortress-city was founded on 8 December 1564 by the will of Cosimo I de ‘Medici, as the new capital of the Tuscan Romagna. Terra del Sole is an extraordinary example of the new urban planning model that imposed itself in Italy in the 1500s, influenced by the theories of military engineers. It boasts a perfectly preserved city wall, 13 meters high, surmounted by 2 castles. Among the points of greatest interest: the Church of Santa Reparata and the Palazzo Pretorio, which houses the helical staircase by Leonardo da Vinci in the dungeons.
Check-in at the hotel and room assignment.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant
Morning: Departure for a guided e-bike excursion, an extraordinary vehicle that makes any itinerary within everyone’s reach.
Meeting in the hotel lobby with our expert guide who is waiting for the group with bicycles. We set off on our e-bike to discover Castrocaro Terme, Terra del Sole and the rolling hills of the area. Breathtaking landscapes surround the spa town, one of the jewels of Romagna Tuscany.
Guided tour of the imposing Fortress of Castrocaro Terme (11th-14th century), one of the most interesting examples of medieval fortified architecture: proudly erected on a rocky spur, it stands as evidence of considerable architectural, historical and cultural value. We visit the Palazzo del Castellano, where the historical-archaeological museum of the city is set up, the Medici Arsenals, the internal courtyard with a panoramic terrace on the surrounding area.
We continue visiting a winery, immersed in the green hills of Castrocaro, for a light lunch. The company offers its products of excellence, including award-winning extra virgin olive oil and Sangiovese and Albana di Romagna wines.
Back to the hotel
1-NIGHT LODGING IN 3-STAR HOTEL
1-night lodging in 3-star hotel, 1 guided tour of Ravenna, 1 visit to Terra del Sole, 1 dinner at the hotel with first, second, side dish, water and 1 quarter of wine, 1 guided tour of the fortress di Castrocaro, 1 wine tasting, 1 guided e-bike excursion.
Bike rental (€ 30 per person), tourist tax, transport and transfers, meals, tips and any personal extras, anything not expressly listed in “wha’s included”.