With a short train journey we will reach Vergato, where our itinerary starts. Here, our guide will help us to adjust our bicycles and will explain us how to use them in the best way then, after wearing our helmets and technical clothing, we'll go on our adventure.
We will reach the nearby Grizzana Morandi, where where we could visit the house of the famous painter Giorgio Morandi. Indeed, he stayed in these places from 1913, where he loved to go out early in the morning for drawing and painting. Today, the museum house collects family memories, brushes, tubes of color, jugs and jars.
We will cycle immersed in the nature of the Apennines, following paths and dirt roads, passing through a series of medieval villages well preserved along ancient Etruscan and Roman roads, such as Castelvecchio and Tudiano. These are the gateway to the Historical Park of Monte Sole, crossed by the Gothic Line.
In addition to its extraordinary natural beauty and the richness fauna, the Park is characterized by its historical value originated from the tragic events of the autumn of 1944. Here, in fact, hundreds of innocent people were slaughtered, by the Nazi-Fascist forces, writing one of the darkest pages of the War of Liberation and of the italian history. We will ride along the memorial, from San Martino to Casaglia and admiring the wide panoramas and the nature of intense beauty, we can understand how the Second World War marked these areas.
We will stop at the foot of Monte Sole, where we could enjoy an open-air picnic, in the shade of the old oaks. If you are not tired, you could hike to the top of the mountain, where a memorial stone commemorates the Red Star Partisan Brigade that fought on these mountains. Back in the saddle, we will descend to the valley, following the path that runs along the River Rhine to Marzabotto. Here we can visit the Memorial to the Civilian Fallen and the House of Remembrance.
Before returning to Bologna, we will finish our day with a well-deserved aperitif.
Length: 30 km
Difference in height: +800, -850
Bike ride time: 3 hours