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From one gourmet feast to another, a Softies holiday is about the local area, amazing places to stay, gourmet food and long lunches.Read more
The north-eastern region in Italy is a delight for Italian food enthusiasts, the birthplace of Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiana Reggiano, balsamic vinegar and tortellini. Our Taste of Italy cycling holiday starts in Bologna, then continues through Modena – famous for its balsamic – and Emilia Reggio – where Parmigiana Reggiano is made – to Parma, which is where Parma ham gets its name from.
Bologna has plenty of attractions to keep you busy between indulgent meals. Pedal between the Piazza Maggiore, the Fountain of Neptune, Basilica di San Petronio and the leaning Two Towers. Those who don’t suffer from vertigo should climb the Asinelli tower’s stairs for views over the lively city’s rooftops. Bologna’s historical porticoes weave through the city and you can walk the 3.5km to Basilica di San Lucas under cover.
Dine on excellent cuisine in Parma, followed by an evening at Teatro Regio, where classical music and opera concerts are performed. Cycle at your leisure around the city, stopping to wander around Parma Cathedral’s frescoed ceiling and octagonal pink marble Baptistery and the Pilotta Palace that houses the National Gallery.
Eat like a king in Emilia Romagna’s fantastic restaurants, start with an assortment of salumi and local mortadella paired with a sparkling red Lambrusco wine from the region. A must have is the classic tagliatelle al ragù – Bolognese with tagliatelle – topped with aged parmigiano and paired with a fine Italian red wine.
A self guided cycling tour from Bologna to Parma through a stunning region of Italy where history, art, culture combine with fantastic food - to provide an unforgettable Taste...
Start in Ravenna - once the capital of the Western Roman Empire - and cycle through the Romagna region all the way to Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy. Easy, flat rides...
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