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Cycling in Emilia Romagna

Cycling in Emilia Romagna

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Cycling in Emilia Romagna

  • Wonderfully flat, off-the-beaten-track cycling; coastal routes; peaceful country lanes; ancient towns
  • Family-run hotels with superb meals
  • One of Europe's richest bird habitats in the Po Delta Nature Reserve
  • UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site of Ravenna with Byzantine mosaics; great art city of Bologna
  • Postcard-pretty Comacchio, known as the 'Little Venice' of Italy
  • Holiday typeSelf-guided cycling
  • Duration8 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Activity level
  • Excellent for
  • From $2215 per person, tour only
  • Holiday details
  • Departs Selected Saturdays from 19 Aug '17 to 7 Oct '17
  • All Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals included
  • Managed by Headwater appointed agent
  • Sustainability rating: 81%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • High quality bikes provided
  • Optional electric bikes
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

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If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 , or email info@breakaway-adventures.com

Best known as the gastronomic capital of Italy - parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and Parma ham all originate from here - Emilia Romagna also offers some of the most gentle cycling in the country. This eight night holiday explores the eastern part of the region, where the gold-sand beaches of the Adriatic stand alongside undiscovered art cities like historic Ravenna, once Seat of the Western Roman Empire, and Ferrara, Italy's 'cycling capital'. You'll also spend two nights in gorgeous Comacchio, a lagoon town criss-crossed by a series of canals and bridges rising out of 13 different islands and islets, and known affectionately as 'Little Venice'.

Pancake-flat country lanes link endless swathes of vineyards, orchards and rich farmland and take you past ancient towns, formidable villas and revered shrines. It's a perfect choice for first-time cyclists. You'll ride through hidden hamlets, forgotten farming villages and along the pretty river banks of the Po Delta, where colourful fishermen's huts dot the broad, silent wetlands. It's one of Europe's richest bird habitats too and provides excellent birdwatching opportunities.

The hotels along the way range from a magnificent C18 palazzo in the heart of Ravenna's historic quarter to a wonderfully restored farmhouse surrounded by vines, forests and truffle orchards. In Comacchio, you'll stay in an elegant boutique hotel and dine outdoors on a terraced boat romantically set in the waters of the Maggiore Canal!

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Ravenna

Arrive at your luxurious hotel, perfectly positioned in the heart of Ravenna's historic quarter. You'll spend two nights here.(Staying at Palazzo Galletti Abbiosi, Breakfast only)

Day 2 - At Ravenna (Optional cycle: 22km/14mi or 32km/20mi)

Ravenna's early Christian churches and superb Byzantine mosaics have collectively been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and showcase a wonderful blend of Greco-Roman tradition, Christian iconography and Oriental-meets-Western styles. You could easily spend the day exploring the old streets, fine shops and peaceful squares here, but if you fancy venturing further afield, the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic are just 5 miles away and offer lots of cycling choices.(Staying at Palazzo Galletti Abbiosi, Breakfast only)

Day 3 - Ravenna to Comacchio 45km/28.5mi

Leaving Ravenna this morning, you'll pedal gently north through the protected landscapes and wetlands of the immense Po Delta Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife and an ornithologist's paradise. Look out for pink flamingos, herons and great crested grebes - don't forget the binoculars! Your final stretch takes you along flat country lanes to delightful Comacchio, also known as 'Little Venice' for its network of canals and pretty brick bridges. Enjoy an early evening aperitivo watching locals cycle past on old rickety bikes as retired fishermen play cards in the piazza.(Staying at Hotel La Comacina, Half Board)

Day 4 - At Comacchio (Optional cycle: 13km/8mi or 52km/32.5mi)

Spend the early part of the day exploring the hidden maze of Comacchio, visiting perhaps the C9 abbey and adjacent bell tower (dating to 1063). We then suggest taking the dedicated cycle path to Porto Garibaldi, an atmospheric fishing port and original beach resort. If you get here in time for lunch, there are some amazing seafood restaurants with stunning views. Alternatively, a longer ride north through the Valle Bertuzzi Nature Reserve, takes you to the historic Benedictine monastery of Pomposa, where the 'Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do' scale of musical notes was invented!(Staying at Hotel La Comacina, Half Board)

Day 5 - Comacchio to Runco 48km/30mi

Today's route takes you alongside the clear waterways of the Comacchio lagoon, an area rich in fish and rare bird species, before heading inland along poplar-lined country lanes, towards the bread basket of the region: Ferrara. You'll spend the next two nights as guests of Giovanni and Christina Tosti at their rural, vine-engulfed farmhouse, crammed with paintings, antiques and period pieces.(Staying at Agriturismo Le Occare Guesthouse, Half Board)

Day 6 - At Runco (Optional cycle: 54km/34mi)

The tiny hamlet of Runco lies in the rural countryside close to Ferrara. Take the train or enjoy a lovely relaxed cycle through immaculately tended vineyards and fruit orchards, passing aristocratic villas, rivers and canals, to reach the splendid UNESCO World Heritage city of Ferrara. Known as Italy's bicycle capital, this vibrant university city boasts a wealth of intricately decorated palazzi, hidden squares and alleyways, all surrounded by well-preserved walls and gateways, and packed with mediaeval and Renaissance art.(Staying at Agriturismo Le Occare Guesthouse, Half Board)

Day 7 - Runco to Budrio 32km/20mi

Your final day's cycling takes you south on a series of usually traffic-free country roads, through charming farming hamlets to the ancient mediaeval town of Budrio. A pretty town with cobbled streets and atmospheric piazze, it's best known for the invention of the ocarina, a musical instrument similar to a flute and made from terracotta. There are lots of little cafes if you fancy a spot of people-watching, before you make your way to Roberta's charming agriturismo, home for the next two nights.(Staying at Agriturismo la Dondina, Half Board)

Day 8 - At Budrio

Considered by Italians to be the gastronomic capital of the nation, the university city of Bologna is just 30 minutes away by train. With one of the largest, and most perfectly preserved historic centres in Italy, this great art city is also home to the oldest university in Europe. There are over 40kms of ancient terracotta-coloured porticoes and marbled walkways to discover, so you'll soon work up an appetite for your final dinner, served on the agriturismo's terrace.(Staying at Agriturismo la Dondina, Half Board)

Day 9 - Leave Budrio

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

If you'd like to keep your bikes with you for any extra nights we can arrange this for you for just £25 per adult per day and £18 per child per day. Please contact us on 1-800-567-6286 for further details.

Hotel Galletti Abbiosi , Ravenna (4 Acorn)

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The magnificent Palazzo Galletti Abbiosi Hotel is conveniently positioned right in the heart of Ravenna's historic quarter, located within easy reach of all the city's top landmarks and attractions, including the famous C6 Basilica of Saint Apollinare Nuovo with its figurative mosaics that date back to 500AD. This luxurious hotel is housed in a C18 palace, once the residence of Ravenna nobility - there's even a 60-seat chapel inside the building, which Count Galletti Abbiosi commissioned himself.

The hotel has now been fully modernised, fashionably blending traditional charm and sophistication with contemporary design and comfort. It boasts stylish public areas and elegantly decorated guest rooms, each equipped with the latest amenities including free Wi-Fi internet access.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Superior Room Frescoed Room/Suite
06/05/2017 - 07/10/2017 £14 £44

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. The superior rooms are larger than the standard rooms. The frescoed room is larger again than the standard or superior rooms, and also comes with high frescoed ceilings.

Dates Double Room Single Room
06/05/2017 - 07/10/2017 £72 £102

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016. Prices are per person per night including breakfast. Bike hire is not included in the above prices.

Locanda La Comacina, Comacchio (***)

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Right in the heart of beautiful Comacchio, along narrow paved streets and just steps from the town's C19 clock tower, lies the wonderful Locanda La Comacina. This family run hotel has just 14 elegantly furnished, air-conditioned rooms, each with modern amenities like LCD TV and minibar. The hotel is managed by the ever-present Carli family who have been looking after their guests for generations. Dining is outdoors on a terraced boat set in the waters of the Maggiore Canal and illuminated by candle light!

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Junior Suite
06/05/2017 - 07/10/2017 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 30/05/2017. Supplements are per person per night based on 2 sharing. Junior Suites are more spacious room with traditional timber ceiling.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Agriturismo Le Occare, Runco (3 Acorn)

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In rural countryside on the outskirts of Ferrara lies Le Occare. It's an ancient vine-engulfed country house built in the mid-C18 and surrounded by gardens and 30,000 square metres of woodland. This 4-bedroom property is owned by Giovanni & Cristina Tosti and has been in Giovanni's family for the last four generations. The house is furnished with antiques and period pieces including hand-woven rugs, ornate polished silverware, black and white photographs and oil paintings.

Cristina and Giovanni have restructured their land, by planting pine, poplar and walnut trees, to encourage the growth of truffles and they often go truffle hunting with guests over the autumn.

In the farmhouse restaurant Cristina serves only typical Ferrarese dishes, which are all home made (even the pasta and bread!) using the organic ingredients grown in their garden.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Agriturismo La Dondina, Budrio (3 Acorn)

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The Agriturismo La Dondina is ideally situated just outside the small town of Budrio, sitting amongst cultivated fields and ancient farmhouses. The origins of the building date back to the 16C when it was a hunting lodge used by the Dondini counts, before being transformed into a farm with stables. In 2001, the property undertook its final transformation, and the stables were converted into the characterful agriturismo that it is today, with each bedroom being named after the last horse that lived there. The comfortable rooms are brightly decorated, with antique furniture and exposed wooden beams; all are ensuite with views onto the garden. Your evening meal is taken in the agriturismo’s cosy restaurant. The produce here is organically grown and features heavily in the traditional dishes on the menu. The pasta and bread is also all home-made, and vegetarians are particularly well catered for.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Dates Suite
06/05/2017 - 07/10/2017 £24

All prices shown above are valid from 01/12/2016.

Please contact us for extra night prices.

Extending your stay

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel Touring , Bologna (***)

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Our 3 star hotel is located next to the law courts in a quiet part of the old town, within the city walls. The hotel is tastefully decorated and furnished, to offer a very comfortable stay in Bologna.

The 34 rooms are well appointed and a good size. The hotel's best feature is its superb roof garden with views over the rooftops of the old city, which also benefits from a Jacuzzi!

In order to give the best available rate, prices are on request. Please contact us for a quote.

Find out more on the hotel website and read customer reviews on Tripadvisor.

Room upgrades are not available at this hotel.

Please contact us for extra night prices.


Transfers included from Bologna airport at 11:30, and back to Bologna airport at 09:15.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.


Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Mrs Hulme

Excellent accommodation throughout, very flat landscape and a good range of pretty towns and cities to visit.

Mr Struthers

Lovely flat cycling which is essential in an Italian mid summer heat

Mrs Peter

Excellent bicycles, excellent route instructions, would like upgrade in accommodation in future

Mr Leggett

Your booking service was efficient and professional. The holiday itself was only average, particularly given the cost

Mr Bellion

A fascinating and varied area - great flat cycling, good hotels and great food.

Dr Duthie

All good. If the receptionists at Palazzo Galletti Abb would ever remove the telephone receiver from their ear and make eye contact it would have been excellent.

Ms Marshall

This cycling holiday was an excellent way to visit the relatively unknown region of Emilia Romagna. The cycling was relatively easy - if hot (in August/September) and the stopover places were really varied and interesting. The accommodation at Le Occare was particularly good, with Cristina's excellent cooking, warm welcome and attention to detail. The old house is beautiful, spacious and comfortable. Our stay there was just very very special.

Mr Nicol

everythink is so planned so well . from the minute you land to the minute you leave

Mis Ward

If you want a mix of history, art and good food with cycling along flat routes then this holiday is for you. But be aware that there is no shade on the first day's cycling, so if the weather is hot it might be a bit of a struggle! Not the most interesting scenery, which is perhaps to be expected in this type of flat agricultural landscape. However, this is made up for by visits to Ravenna, Ferrara, Comacchio and Bologna - and some welcoming hotels.

Mrs Cartwright

Really good bikes.

As ti was very hot (end of June and 32 degrees ) we were pleased that the cycling was very easy.

Mr MaxwellJackson

A very enjoyable, easy (flat) cycle through a beautiful and interesting part of Italy. Apart from one 4-5 mile stretch on a busy road, all the rest of the cycling was on cycle tracks or quiet country roads. The accommodation/meals were varied and of a good standard, and our hosts were all friendly and welcoming. The route descriptions were very clear, accurate and easy to follow - so we didn't get lost!

Ms Henry

Our first cycling holiday and we had a great time - lovely countryside and towns which were also fun to cycle around. Instructions easy to follow so we never got lost! Already thinking of another trip!

Mr Powell

An excellent trip all round.

Mr Duncan

Excellent holiday. Arrangements made by H.O. much appreciated. Taxi company gave first class service.Agency used by Headwater should also be complimented.with special mention to Sarah who spent time & patience when meeting us at base hotel with our bikes etc.

Mr Wade

People see the phrase 'cycling holiday' as a contradiction in terms. However this type of holiday affords one the opportunity to see things that are impossible to see or even smell when one is in a car. The carefully thought out routes are a joy to follow as they are so incredibly safe , as well as being stunningly picturesque. The distances prescribed meant that a journey completed at your own leisurely pace enabled one to sample the local delights of the town or village later on in the day. Th... read moree different types of accommodation is one of the beauties of the holiday. Needless to say I can hand on heart swear that the meals in each of the venues where exquisitely delicious. To finish off I can point to the holiday experience of my wife as evidence of the sheer pleasure of the cycling component. She is reasonably fit but does not cycle at home. She was worried before we went about the distances to be covered and the fear of saddle soreness. Our friends were apprehensive for her as they know that I cycle regularly but my wife does not at all. After six days cycling through beautiful Italian countryside under unremittingly clear blue skies, covering about 350 km, my wife turned to me and said, 'I am going to miss cycling when I return to England.' This is a brilliant concept and I can honestly say that this was one of the most relaxing and interesting holidays that I have ever experienced. Thank you.

Mr Creighton

Easy cycling through flat but attractive countryside with the added advantage of being able to visit a number of larger towns (Ravenna, Ferrara and Bologna). Plenty of restaurant options in Ravenna but we would recommend Osteria dei Battibecchi for outdoor dining and regional cooking, just a short walk from the hotel. As the cycling is close to the Po delta, there are mosquitos, so make sure to take insect repellent.

Mr Lamb

The day after we got back we were on the Headwater website looking for another cycling holiday with you! This was our first time travelling with Headwater, and going on such a cycling holiday, and we were extremely impressed with the organisation and arrangements, the detail and accuracy of the cycling routes and itineraries and all the hotels. We had a fantastic time!

Mr Blades

A well chosen route with easy cycling

Ms Bernard

We were delighted to find Italian drivers more bike aware and patient than in the south of England, which made cycling a pleasure

Mr Jenkinson

We have enjoyed many Headwater holidays. However, we have to say that the welcome and advice provided by the representative was the poorest we have experienced. Little guidance on where to buy provisions, drinks, snacks en route, had no knowledge of the likely impact of a public holiday, provided little or no advice on places of interest en route. No wrap-up meeting at end of holiday, and no handover of bikes. We had one damaged bike stand and one lost key, but it was not possible to provide feedback.

Mr Robb

This was the fifth holiday for our group of eight people with Headwater - we just keep on returning! Might try Spain next year.

Mrs Stratford

Holiday is accurately described in the brochure and most of the feedback is useful, we done all of the ride's covering 327km bikes were good it was our first experience of hub gears the Shimano version of the Rolhoff type work well, the Cateye was a useful addition for measuring distances on route first time we have had one on any cycling holiday. Ravenna was typical town/city Hotel, we did struggle a little finding somewhere to eat, the one recommended by the Rep was closed for a wedding, where... read more we did eat we got in a bit of a muddle our expected courses never came out together. Comacchio Hotel was excellent the 13km rough straight road as mentioned by others was a bit of a chore, La Occare was different we can understand some peoples views, but we loved it!! La Dondina we had a few problems namely getting in, good job the cook came along. The food and the waitress were brilliant. In summary a good holiday and we enjoyed it.

Ms Lewis

The holiday was extremely well organised, the accommodation was varied, interesting, unusual - and excellent. The bikes were in very good order, comfortable and ideal for the terrain. The electric bike was superb! The route notes were a bit tricky - not easy to read going along (we had better ones with Exodus biking in Puglia) but they were accurate and we didn't lose our way. Local information was v good and accurate. The holiday allowed plenty of time to explore: Ferrara and Ravenna were wonde... read morerful, Comaccio a charming surprise.

Last, but by no means least, the staff who dealt with our last minute holiday plans in the Headwater office could not have been more helpful, efficient and friendly.

Mr Mitchell

Very flat, easy cycling. Less to see en route, but fantastic towns to visit with wonderful food.

Dr Easton

As novice cyclists we were pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and varied the trip was. The food in the region lived up to its reputation. We were particularly impressed by the food at Agriturismo LeOccare and by Christina's wonderful hospitality. The Hotel Touring in Bologna is a lovely hotel. The staff very helpful in recommending a couple of excellent restaurants .

Our only complaint is about the accommodation at La Dondina. We killed over 15 flies in our room on the first... read more day and many more after that. It is a real problem which is a shame because the food is excellent and the waiting staff very helpful. Also, it was not clear that we were expected to phone to be let in and ended up waiting outside the gate for 30 minutes with no one in sight.

Mr Furze

Whilst very flat made for easy cycling the lack of hills made for a somewhat uninteresting landscape. A straight 13km road gets a little tedious.

Roads were quiet in terms of traffic volumes but what traffic there was, which included large articulated lorries, drove past at some considerable speed.

The holiday location was a good alternative to Holland. Next time we shall be looking for some hills!!

Mrs Day

This was a super flat cycling itinerary, attractive to novices. However a good percentage of the route was fairly uninspiring and some of it was on very busy roads. There were some lovely routes to savour and some very special accommodation highlights ( Cristina Tosti's hospitality in particular, was outstanding) but overall we thought our last trip around Lake Constance was better value for money and offered more variety and a better quality ride.

Mrs Ripley

We combined the Secrets of Tuscany Walk and the Exploring Emilia Romagna Cycling. This option worked extremely well. We arranged extra nights at Hotel Touring, Bologna at beginning and end of the holiday. Transfer from first to second holiday was seamless with a lift to Castel Bolognese and short train journey to Ravenna.

The village of Palazzuolo, Locanda Senio and Bar Gentilini provided perfect respite between walks.

It is well worth seeing the mosaics at various sites in Ravenn... read morea. Locanda La Comacina and Comacchio provide an idyllic destination. Agriturismo Le Occare is a little isolated and lacks atmosphere, especially if you are the only guests, although Cristina is a very kind hostess and excellent cook. Santa Maria Maddalena is disappointing. The bar is expensive, extra payment was expected for pool towels and loungers, breakfast fare was dismal with awful coffee and no home baking, as promised. Contrary to the current brochure dinner is not taken in the agriturismo's leafy gardens. We were provided with a lift, by the owner, from Bagnarola to a restaurant in Budrio. Ristorante del Mulino was very good but the fact that you have to be taken and picked up curbs your freedom ( we would have considered cycling the few kilometers but there are no lights on bikes)

As noted by some previous Headwater guests some of the stretches of roads were ,on occasion, fairly busy and/or with heavy, large lorries.

We walked or cycled every kilometer which Headwater suggested in the route notes and enjoyed having two holidays rolled into one!

Mr Evans

We chose this holiday because of the flatness of the terrain - we can't manage some of the strenuous rides we have in the past. However this inevitably meant that there were some times on the holiday when we were faced with long roads stretching out into the distance with not much change of outlook. This wasn't true of the whole of the holiday however and there were many other days when the environment was varied and interesting. Virtually everyone we met was warm and welcoming and the food was ... read morevery good. The towns of Ravenna and Bologna have lots to interest not just those who want to spend their time in old churches. We really enjoyed the holiday and would visit the area again.

Mrs Shelley

Accurately graded,excellent accommodation: all but one providing food of a very good standard. Excellent bikes and guidance notes.

Mr Tyler

Flight connections from Birminham via Germany had clearly been well thought out.

All concerns about accuracy of directions were dispelled. Although the bikes were very heavy, they were robust and the gears easy to use. We did not take the 52km loop ride on our fourth day because it seemed over-long. In terms of accommodation and food, Ravenna scored highly with a palatial room and extensive choice at breakfast. Local guide's recommendation of Ca' de Ven as a good restaurant was spot... read more on. Comacchio had the best location and the evening meals were excellent, with friendly staff.

At Runco, the hostess, Cristina, was pleased to share her home and truffle wood. The many small luxuries were a delight.

At Budrio, management were a little impersonal. Food was taken across the road at Accademia Dei Notturni, there were no written menus and the steward, although very friendly, had no English. We think the main course of our meal may have been missed on the first night. No wine prices given. Courtesy bus was appreciated.

Mrs Lewis

The holiday was good. The cycling was on flat roads . Sometimes the long straight, flat roads made the cycling a bit tedious especially if it was into the wind.

The final hotel Ag St M Magdelena was not good. Meals were taken in a place across the road, wonderful location but the food was poor. Pool closed. We did not receive an itemised bill and found the wine and drinks in the 'restaurant' expensive.

Mrs Bolton

This was our first cycling holiday and one that we thoroughly enjoyed. The only problem we had was following the instructions to find Bagno Massimo n.84

in Punta Marina, which we subsequently found did not refer to a specific 'Bagno' but the whole area. It did waste rather a lot of beach time.

Mr Henniker-Major

Easy biking, good food, great historic cities and cultural sites...lucky with the weather

Ms Livesey

Very enjoyable

Mr Harris

We enjoyed the cycling route, althoughit was not particularly scenic compared with other Italy holidays, but we knew the Po delta area would be flat.

Disappointed not to be met at Bologna airport which meant our party had to phone Headwater and the Taxi transfer company and wait over one and a half hours on a very hot day. The anxiety that this gave was a bad start to what was supposed to be a nice break, and no one seemed to accept the responsibilty or even cared that we were thoroughly ... read morelet down.

On day 3 the road up to S Alberto was very busy with very large lorries overtaking us, quite dangerous, then just before S.Alberto the road was being completely resurfaced, so we had to ride over the grit for about half a mile.We ended up with a puncture in the rear wheel. I repaired it, which was difficult as the hole was near the valve. but one hour later the tyre deflated again. The tube had split so I decided to change the inner tube. However the spare tube provided in my kit was of the wrong type, wider, and with a schrader valve, rather than the racing style valve. Clearly it was for another type of wheel. Fortunately my wife's kit had the right sort of tube. Changing the tube meant removing the rear wheel, but my kit had no spanner, again fortunately my wife's kit did.

When we got to the hotel, I phoned Bike RentalPlus and asked them to supply another tube in case we had another problem. They denied that they would have supplied the wrong inner tube and thta they were not oblged to prove inner tubes anyway! Then said I should buy another from the bike Shop in Comacchio (until then we did not know there was one) She said the hotel would refund the cost. Bike Rental did phone back next day to see if all was now OK and said the htel would refund the 9 Euro. On departure however. The hotel refused to!

Fortunately we had no more punctures. and we enjoyed the rest of the cycling.

Generally we felt that there were too many people involved in supporting customers, with no one person being a local contact point or overall holiday coordinator. Who was responsible for booking the transfers?

We felt the food at the 2 agroturismos was not what we would have expected. Le Occare owner was very pleasant, but food small quantities and menu poor.

Having cycled 28 miles we needed more than a small plate of spagetti and what looked like a poached/baked egg in breadcrumbs! The next evening was better. At S.m. Maddelena we were clearly on a low price and quality menu compared with non cycling guests.

Dr Lucas

An excellent holiday with easy cycling along quiet back roads through beautiful fertile countryside. The hotels were all of a good quality, with individual features which made them memorable. We saw very few tourists and felt immersed in 'real' Italy.

Ms Slade

Friendly and helpful locals (with one exception). Very easy cycling (though very hot in July and shortage of shade). Three beautiful cities within easy reach. Lovely food. Le Occare was particularly charming. Main downside was very troublesome midges/mosquitoes!

Dr Madhvani

Well organised rural cycling holiday

Mr Donnelly

The chosen holiday was beautiful, easy cycling, great towns to visit, good Food!!

Mr Barrow

In the heat, which reached 38C, the terrain was often too flat and monotonous to be truly enjoyable.

Mrs Gittins

A very enjoyable and relaxing cycling hooiday for leisure cyclists who do not want a too demanding route. Beautiful soft scenery and lovely hotels.

Mrs Chessum

This is our second Headwater cycling holiday in Italy. On both occasions we had a thoroughly good time. Arrangemenrts worked like clockwork; directions were accurate and easy to follow; bikes good quality; hotels lovely. A special thank you to Sarah in the admin team for being unfailingly helpful. Very different from our Headwater cycle trip to the Loire last year when I had cause to complain both about the quality of the directions and about the cleanliness of the hotels. This trip has restored my faith in Headwater, although I still feel wary of booking another of the France trips!

Mr Barnett

Excellent holiday, first class directions, poor arrangements for bikes if you wish to take the train to Ferrara or Bologna let the whole experience down.

Mrs Spriggs

Generally accurate description in the brochure in terms of difficulty and accommodation. The only point I would like to make is that on occasions the roads were quite busy compared to previous Headwater holidays. Especially the ride to the abbey on our rest day at commachio.

Mr Munn

This was our 11th cycling holiday with Headwater in consecutive years and at our present ages of 72yrs and 69yrs we intend to continue. We have considered other companies but have adopted the principle "if it ain't broke don't fix it!" so it will be Headwater again next year.

This was probably the easiest Headwater tour that we have undertaken.The total of 295km was, as indicated in the brochure, on pan flat roads. The scenery was lovely and all the hotels were ones that we were happy to ... read morestay at.

The quality of the bikes and other equipment was good. We are raising one localised issue with Headwater separately and are confident that the reaction will be positive.

Mrs Ryan

great holiday, not as pretty as Piemonte but a lot flatter, Cristina in Runco was a superb host and we were only let done by the service in the last hotel.

Mrs Hancock

We loved this holiday: our enjoyment was very much helped by the weather which was excellent. The bikes were very good quality and the cycling easy. The hotels were well chosen and in or close to 3 very interesting cities.

Mrs Rodely

Enjoyable, very friendly and helpful staff and people who we came into contact with. The hotels were all very comfortable, the routes easy to follow and the suggested visits on the non moving day were good. A holiday much enjoyed.

Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday. Find out about The Headwater Price Promise to ensure you're getting the very best value for money.

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

Holiday details

Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

This holiday is unsuitable for children.

Holiday type
Self-guided cycling Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.


All Continental breakfast and 6 evening meals included

Electric bikes
It is possible to hire electric bikes for this holiday at a supplement of £292 per person. As these are available on a first come first served basis, we recommend early booking to avoid disappointment. Please call us for further details.

Other details
Airport and luggage transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure. Please note no solo travellers are accepted on this holiday. .

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers included from Bologna airport at 11:30, and back to Bologna airport at 09:15.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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