Best known as the gastronomic capital of Italy - parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar and Parma ham all come from here - Emilia Romagna also offers some of the most gentle cycling in the country. With pancake-flat country lanes linking huge swathes of vineyards and orchards, and offering ancient towns, formidable villas and revered shrines.
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One of the flattest cycling routes in our programme, this is a great holiday for older couples or first timers. Highlights include gorgeous Comacchio, historic Ravenna, the university town of Bologna, with its leaning towers, and the splendid Renaissance city of Ferrara.