WHEN TO GO
May-Jun / Sept-Oct
DURATION
6 days / 5 nights
BIKE TYPE
Road Bike
RIDER TYPE
Level 2 & 3
NUMBER OF GUESTS
Max 6 Cyclists
PRICE FROM
€2.790 / person

Tour
Overview

FROM PARMA TO THE LIGURIAN SEA

Rolling hills, unbeaten mountains and a gran finale to the sea

Welcome to the Food Valley, an unspoiled microcosm of everything beautiful about Italy: delicious food, warm hospitality and a rich cultural heritage. Our expertly planned route connects Parma, the Unesco Creative city of Gastronomy, to the fishing village of Camogli and touches 3 different regions: Emilia Romagna, land of rolling hills and medieval hamlets; Lunigiana, the remote northermost corner of Tuscany, and Liguria, a sliver of land where the Appennino mountains dive into the sea. A feast for your legs, palate and eyes is about to start. Join the ride!

Tour Highlights

  • Unbeaten Appenini climbs
  • Parma, Unesco creative city of Gastronomy
  • The fishing village of Camogli
  • Medieval hamlets and castles

Eat and Drink

  • from Emilia: Parma Ham, Parmigiano, Pisarei 
  • from Liguria: Croxetti, Trofie al pesto, Focaccia 
  • from Lunigiana: Testaroli, Torta d’Erbi, Pattona
  • Wine tasting at Cantina il Poggiolo
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WHAT'S INCLUDED:

All accomodations
Luggage transfers
High end road bike and helmet
Cycling Guides and Support Vehicle
Vago cycling gears
Daily meals and beverages

Passo della Cappelletta on a Parma bike tour

Map

Map from Parma to the Sea bike tour
TOTAL DISTANCE

385km / 240mi

TOTAL ELEVATION

6.600m / 21.600ft

AVG DISTANCE PER DAY

65km / 40mi

OUR FAVOURITE DAY

Day 4

STARTING

Castell’Arquato

ENDING

Camogli

Day by day

Day by day

01 Welcome to the Food Valley

Settle in your cozy Agriturismo and make yourself at ease. When ready, shake off your legs with a gentle ride through rolling hills, quiet backroads and the charming hamlets of Vigoleno and Castell’Arquato. Tonight we celebrate the beginning of this adventure with a wine tasting at our favourite cellar and a bountiful dinner of local delights. Welcome to the Food Valley!

Distance

40km / 25mi

Elevation

700m / 2300ft

Sleep

Castell’Arquato

Eat

Dinner

02 The hills of Parmigiano

Soak in the sights and smell of endless vineyards and enjoy another day of great cycling. After the ride, visit a a traditional caseificio to unveil the secrets of Parmigiano cheese and explore Parma, the Unesco creative city of Gastronomy.

Distance

60km / 37mi

Elevation

900m / 3000ft

Sleep

Castell’Arquato

Eat

All meals

03 The castles ride

Time to leave the hills and head to the Appennino mountains. Two passes, Pellizzone and Montevacca, and two imposing castles, Bardi and Compiano, guard the way to Borgo Taro: the Slow Food city of good living and capital of the Porcino mushroom. Another feast awaits for dinner. Buon appetito!

Distance

85km / 52mi

Elevation

1500m / 4900ft

Sleep

Borgo Val di Taro

Eat

All meals

04 Unbeaten Tuscany

New day, new region to ride and explore: Lunigiana, the unbeaten northernmost corner of Tuscany. The village of Pontremoli is a tiny treasure to discover and the whole area offers an astonishing mixture of nature, history and culinary tradition. Today’s route is a hard challenge with 3 passes to be conquered: Bratello, Cirone and Sillara.

Distance

90km / 56mi

Elevation

2300m / 7500ft

Sleep

Borgo Val di Taro

Eat

All meals

05 To the sea

Passo del Bocco, covered by a splendid beechwood forest, is our gateway into Liguria. From the top of the climb, head down to the fishing village of Camogli, relax by the beach and celebrate another great ride with a delicious slice of Focaccia and a cold beer. Cheers!

Distance

100km / 62mi

Elevation

1200m / 3900ft

Sleep

Camogli

Eat

All meals

06 Arrivederci

Time to say goodbye after this incredible week of cycling. See you soon for your next adventure!

Distance

Elevation

Sleep

Eat

Breakfast

2022
Tours

2022
Tours

May 18 - 23
From €2.790
Scheduled
Sep 20 - 25
From €2.790
Scheduled

OUR BIKES FOR THE RIDE

The available models for this tour are Trek Emonda SL 6 Pro Disc, Colnago CLX Disc and Ridley Fenix SL Disc. You can upgrade to Trek Emonda SLR 7 or Trek Domane SLR 7, for just €170.

Other
details

Pick up

  • On Day 1 Vago team will meet you at Piacenza train station at 11am. Trains from Milano Centrale depart frequently for Piacenza and journey time is about 55 minutes. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any logistic and planning support.

Drop off

  • Drop off point is Camogli train Station. The station is well connected for travellers heading both north and south. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any logistic and planning support.

PRE and AFTER tour tips

  • The main airports to reach and leave the tour are Milan Linate (LIN), Milan Malpensa (MXP) and Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY). Genova (GOA) is a minor airport but you may consider it if after the tour you’re flying within Italy. In order to minimize the risk of jet lag and enjoy every moment of your cycling vacation, we suggest to land in Italy at least one day prior to the beginning of your tour. Before the tour we suggest to spend some days visiting the city of Milan while after the tour the best options are the beautiful city of Genova (north of Camogli) or the wonderful area of the Cinque Terre (South of Camogli). Please do not hesitate to ask any help or informations.

What's included

  • 5 nights of accommodation at carefully selected hotels
  • Daily meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Snacks and drinks for each day’s ride
  • At least two experienced local guides
  • Daily route support with cycling guides and support van
  • High end carbon frame road bike equipped with flat pack, lights and pedals
  • Vago Cycling jersey to keep
  • Luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events as outlined in the itinerary

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Single occupancy supplement (from €500)
  • Any optional activity not outlined in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not listed in the “What’s included” section