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.
Four Emilian provinces are crossed by Appenninica MTB Parmigiano Reggiano Stage Race: the start is in Porretta Terme (Bologna), before moving to Fanano (Modena), Castelnovo ne’ Monti (Reggio Emilia) and ending in Noceto (Parma).
PORRETTA TERME (BOLOGNA)
It is the most populous village of the Alto Reno Terme municipality. It is renowned for its thermal waters, the green of the woods, and the picturesque villages nestled in the mountains. The EDEN project has awarded it as an excellence destination for sustainable tourism. Porretta Terme, in particular, is the home to some remarkable musical events such as the Porretta Soul Festival and several others. The local gastronomy is wealthy of typical products and is positively contaminated by Emilia and Tuscany’s culinary traditions. Also, there is a suggestive network of mountain biking or trekking trails in an unspoiled environment.
It is a mountain municipality, surrounded by the nature of the Parco dell’Alto Appennino Modenese and located at the foot of Mount Cimone, which is the highest point touched by the race with 2165-metre-altitude. Trekking and orienteering are typical sports in Fanano, since there are many trails for the more experienced but also no less fascinating paths for families. There are also Mountain Bike routes that create links with other municipalities on the slopes of Cimone, such as the demanding 45-km-long track called “Ring of Cimone” through the territories of Fanano, Sestola, Montecreto and Riolunato.
CASTELNOVO NE’ MONTI (REGGIO EMILIA)
Castelnovo ne’ Monti sits between the valleys of Secchia and Enza, Reggio Emilia and the Cerreto Pass. It is nestled in the green of three conifers, including the famous Pineta di Monte Castello, where a Matildic era’s tower and support walls can be found. The heart of the entire landscape is the Bismantova Stone, a superb grey sandstone rocky emergency that stretches on the top in a flat plateau. Many sports disciplines can be practiced, from trekking to jogging, passing through horse riding and cycling trails around the Bismantova Stone, which is also a perfect place for those who love climbing on the rock.
Collecchio and six hamlets count about 14.000 resident citizens and it extends 11 km south west of Parma in a splendid area located between the hills and the plains, where you live in a privileged relationship with the environment natural surrounding also thanks to the presence of two historic regional parks, the Taro river, covering an area of 2600 hectares, and the Boschi di Carrega, with an area of 1270 hectares.
Artistic and natural treasures coexist Collecchio. A particularly active urban center is capable of combining development with attention to culture and the territory. The historical and artistic presences preserved since the Middle Ages, when “Culliculum” was the possession of the bishops of Parma and a significant stop along the Romea road, are worth a visit.