Emilia-Romagna: gastronomy, music and cyclotourism

Emilia-Romagna: gastronomy, music and cyclotourism


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Arrival in the hamlet of Roncole, in the Municipality of Busseto, birthplace of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi for the visit of the Maestro’s birthplace. Lunch in Osteria with tasting of local products and visit to a seasoning room of the famous Culatello di Zibello. Afterwards you can continue towards Busseto, for a walk to discover the most significant places related to the composer’s life. You will visit the Theater, built on the site of a pre-existing theater and in Sant’Agata the Villa designed by Giuseppe Verdi where he lived together with Giuseppina Strepponi. At the end of the visits transfer to the LOCANDA DI SAN PIETRO IN CERRO, a very cozy boutique hotel in country-chic style a few steps from the Castle of the same name. Free dinner.


After breakfast departure for Castel San Giovanni for the collection of the E-BIKES. From here a cycle path leads to Borgonovo V.T. where you take the Sentiero del Tidone, until you reach the main villages of Val Tidone: Pianello, Trevozzo, Nibbiano and Caminata. Some villages are really delightful and the path along the river is not challenging, but very pleasant in nature. Free lunch. We recommend tasting menu of local products in a characteristic restaurant in Genepreto. After lunch it will be your decision whether to continue to Nibbiano and Caminata or to return to Castel San Giovanni. Return to the hotel in San Pietro in Cerreto.


Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. The day has great discoveries in store! We advise you to reach the ancient village of Bobbio, considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. Enter the harmonious Piazza del Duomo, push yourself towards the castle that they say is haunted. Here and there around the village you can still meet ancient mills, to remember the relationship that Bobbio has always had with water. Stroll along the Ponte Vecchio of the Trebbia River, which some actually call Ponte Gobbo or Ponte del Diavolo. The name Ponte Vecchio comes from the age: the 11 arches are more than 1,000 years old. Following the course of the Trebbia you will encounter spectacular landscapes, such as the “Meandri di San Salvatore” with beaches and crystal-clear water, ideal for an unusual swim in the Apennines. If the weather allows it and you have brought the swimsuit is another experience to do in these magnificent lands.

In fact, before leaving them to reach your headquarters, we still recommend “a walk-through history” in the village of Rivalta which houses one of the most evocative castles of the whole territory of Piacenza, an imposing fortified complex, residence of the Counts Zanardi Landi, branch of the noble Landi family who owns it since the fourteenth century. At fixed times there are interesting guided tours that we are sure you will appreciate. Last admission at 6 pm and reservation is required.

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