Host Towns – Where we will stay
The municipalities hosting the Appenninica Race Village are middle-mountain towns, spas and medieval villages. Each town is unique in its own way and unforgettable, surrounded by the beauty of national parks, mountains and lakes.
These areas are still to be discovered by the international mountain bike community. Thanks to all participants and supporters, this event will have a positive and direct economic impact on local businesses.
1) Not to be missed: The ancient LONGOBARDE origins of Berceto whose precious witnesses are the Cathedral (including the art pieces decorating the inside), the village with its buildings and narrow streets and especially the VIA FRANCIGENA MEDIEVALE, which from Berceto connected the Po Valley with Tuscany and Rome.
2) Signature dish or typical product: porcini mushroom is a product of excellence and you should taste the tortelli of potatoes with porcini mushrooms sauce!
3) History: LUIGI MALERBA Literary Prize: Luigi Malerba, well-known writer, was born in 1927 in Berceto, where his family owned lands. To honor his memory was founded the Luigi Malerba Prize based in Berceto and in Rome where he lived.
CASTELNOVO NE’ MONTI (RE)
1) Not to be missed: THE STONE of BISMANTOVA is a rocky massif with an unmistakable and isolated profile in the shape of a ship that dominates the landscape near the town. With a length of 1 km, a width of 240 m and a height of 300 m, it is a giant that welcomes you to Castelnovo from far away. Its summit is a panoramic plateau.
2) Signature dish or typical product:: ERBAZZONE REGGIANO is a typical gastronomic specialty also known as scarpazzone, from the Reggio Emilia dialect scarpasòun, because, in its preparation, the most humble farming families used also the white stem, that is the ‘shoe’, of chard. The erbazzone is a savory pie made from a pasta base filled with a mixture of boiled beets and flavored with egg, shallot, onion, garlic and lots of Parmigiano Reggiano.
3) History: La Pietra di Bismantova is mentioned by Dante Alighieri in the fourth canto of purgatory in the Divine Comedy. According to some commentators, the poet would have personally visited the place in 1306, while he went from Padua to Lunigiana, and would have drawn inspiration for the description of Mount Purgatory.
1) Not to be missed: Fanano is a mountain village surrounded by nature and located in the Apennines Park of the high Modenese province at the foot of the Monte Cimone massif (2165 m, the highest peak of all Appenninica mtb stage race) with a territory whose altitude varies from 600 to 2165 mt asl.
2) Signature dish or typical product: the FRESH BLUEBERRY, which you can buy in large quantities from producers at farmer’s markets and fruit stands. You can not miss this delicacy after cycling right on the ridge trails among endless fields of blueberries!
3) History: The story of Felice Pedroni (Felix Pedro 1858 -1910), a pioneer born in the town of Fanano who, in the era of gold rush, contributed to the foundation and became the president of the new mining district of Fairbanks (Alaska), which was founded on September 8th, 1902, right in his shack. His is an adventurous and fascinating history.
ALTO RENO TERME (BO) – formerly Porretta Terme
1) Not to be missed: the Lakes Park of Suviana and Brasimone sits in the central sector of the Bolognese mountains around the two large basins built starting from the early twentieth century. It is an ideal relaxing break, amid the cool woods of oaks, beech and conifers that surround the two lakes.
2) Signature dish or typical product: Tagliatelle with Bolognese ragù sauce, what else?! Everyone knows what it is: one of the most characteristic dishes of good Italian cuisine.
3) History: the Thermal Baths of Porretta are over 2000 years old and legend has it that it was thanks to a sick ox, now unable to hold the plow and left free by its owner, that the properties of the waters were discovered: the ox quenched his thirst in one of his wanderings at the Fonte termalee and regained his vigor. Since then the cured ox is the emblem of the Terme di Porretta, which is a classic destination for spa tourism in the Emilia Romagna region.
CASTEL DEL RIO (BO)
1) Not to be missed: The Alidosi Bridge has stood on the Santerno River for more than five hundred years. It was commissioned by Obizzo Alidosi and built in 1499 by Mastro Andrea Gurrieri from Imola. Its structural features are still incredible today: the “humpback” bridge has a single 42-meter arch with an arch rise of about 19 meters. From its vertiginous height you can also see the Palazzo Alidosi fortress and noble residence (1542).
2) Signature dish or typical product: Chestnuts (marroni) from Castel del Rio IGP. It’s a delicious product from centuries-old chestnut woods and the only one in the Emilia Romagna region with the IGP certification (typical, protected product), for this reason their cultivation is promoted and protected by a Consortium that brings together the main producers.
3) History: MAGNUS and BONVI: The name of Castel del Rio is linked to some leading figures in the world of comics: Roberto Raviola, aka Magnus, creator of unforgettable characters like Alan Ford, and Franco Bonvicini, aka Bonvi, who gave the public the Sturmtruppen satirical strips. In October of last year, this “comic strip army” turned 50 and was celebrated with an exhibition in Bologna.
BAGNO DI ROMAGNA (FC)
1) Not to be missed: The National Park of the Casentinesi Forest, Monte Falterona, Campigna covers an area of about 368 sq. km equally divided between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, from Forlì-Cesena, Arezzo and Florence. It extends along the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennine ridge, and is one of the most prized forest areas in Europe, which hides inhabited centers rich in history and artistic and architectural gems, such as the Hermitage of Camaldoli.
2) Signature dish or typical product: TORTELLI ALLA LASTRA is a ‘poor’ dish of ancient tradition. When there was little available, here it was an ingenious and inexpensive single dish, very popular even today in the upper Savio river valley and in the whole area of the Appennino Tosco-Romagnolo. It’s based on ingredients always available in the vegetable garden or in the countryside.
The “compenso” (dough) is in fact obtained – depending on the season – with potatoes, pumpkins, wild herbs flavored with bacon or lard, spinach combined with ricotta or raviggiolo, potatoes and pumpkin in equal parts or with the addition of cabbage or excellent “carline”.
Tortelli is a complete meal that only requires a glass of wine. Excellent also cold, they last several days.
3) History: Bagno di Romagna owes its origin, name and development to its thermal waters, whose beneficial properties – already known to the Romans – are enhanced by 3 spas, beauty farms and wellness centers. The ancients considered the thermal waters of Bagno di Romagna to be of divine origin, a precious and healthy gift of the mysterious depths of the earth.