On the roads of Pantani

On the roads of the "Pirate" Marco Pantani, the famous Italian road racing cyclist. To discover the places in Romagna that prove his achievements and shared his life. In collaboration with "Terrabici" Regional Product Club.

We live the places and roads that Marco Pantani has lived in his flourishing career. We ride on two of the climbs that have coached her legs, crossing wonderful territories in Romagna, the traditional home of great champions. For the participants ia great opportunity to know two of the "places of worship" of cyclists in Romagna: the Montecodruzzo climb, the 5km long ascent that Marco Pantani always used to cycle to prepare for great events as the Tour of Italy and the Cippo climb. This was another favorite workout by Marco Pantani, in fact in an interview he declared: The Carpegna is enough for me. Starting from Fausto Coppi on, it is a climb that has made the history of cycling.


  • Total km 310
  • Paved roads
  • Roads with steady and rideable ascents, in some cases quite hard. The stages are about 30 km with a touristic pace.
  • Suggested bike: Road bike (bike hire catalogue)
  • Difficulty level: Hard. Please check Useful Information
  • Suggested clothing: Technical equipment. Please check our Bikelife Store


  • By car: exit tollgate A15 Valle del Rubicone or Cesena. Plan your journey on GOOGLE MAPS
  • By train: railway station Cesenatico, timetables on TRENITALIA


  • Leonardesco Port Channel in Cesenatico, Pantani Monument, Antico Torchio a mano, Fiume Rubicone, Arco trionfale D'Augusto, Castello Sismondo, Carpegna, Monte Fumaiolo, Monte Aquilone, Valle del Savio, Montecodruzzo, La Ciocca, Il Cippo, Saline di Cervia, Magazzini del Sale, Antiche fosse di Sogliano al Rubicone, Ca de Bè a Bertinoro, Biblioteca Malatestiana a Cesena


DAY 1: Arrival in Cesenatico. Free visit of the town and Leonardesco port channel. Rooms available from 15.00. At 19.00 meeting with guide and briefing. Dinner and Overnight.

DAY 2: Cesenatico/Montecodruzzo/Cesenatico. (100km, elevation gain 600mt)

Breakfast. From Cesenatico we proceed towards the town of Sala di Cesenatico, past the house of the Pantani family. Still riding on the plains between the fields and vegetable gardens, we continue to Bulgarnò, Sant'Angelo, Savignano sul Rubicone, until arriving at the foot of Montecodruzzo climb (about 50 km). From there begins a breathtaking climb, 5km of ascent with an average of 10%, with peaks up to 14%, a newly paved road on which the many fans of Marco Pantani have written in yellow and pink praising the champion who died in February 2004. Once at the top you can enjoy a wonderful view over the Savio valley. A must see for all cyclists is a stylized copper statue dedicated to "Pirate" near a useful fountain of fresh water. We pedal on towards Calisese and, when arrived in Cesena, we cut the beautiful town by making a brief stop in the elegant cafes and well-preserved historic center. After crossing the town continue towards Cervia along the Cervia road. Once in Villa Inferno, we keep pedaling on the road (on the passage of the "Grand Cross of the Cervia Salt") and we get, with a detour to the Saline, to Cervia. Through quiet roads, we cycle back to Cesenatico.

Free lunch during the path.

Dinner: in a typical restaurant on the Port Channel. Overnight stay in hotel.


DAY 3: Cesenatico/Bertinoro/Cesenatico. (65km, elegation gain 500mt)

Breakfast. From Cesenatico we get to Villalta, then Pisignano following the signs for Cannuzzo, Matellica and Mensa and we continue towards Forlimpopoli, reaching Santa Maria Nuova. Crossing the via Emilia and climbing gradually, we arrive in Bertinoro, a typical medieval village, on the top of a mountain (Mount Cesubeo). From near Bertinoro origins the stream Bevàno, which flows forming the only still intact estuary in the northern Adriatic Sea (deviations are possible for Polenta, where stands the beautiful Romanesque church of San Donato, and for Fratta Terme, a hydrotherapy station with natural thermal waters, whose benefits are known since Roman times). A Bertinoro we stop for visiting and tasting in a winery where we can find the typical local wines. We pedal back continuing for Cesena and Settecrociari. We cut to Gatteo Mare along the river Pisciatello to return to the hotel.

Free lunch during the path.

In the afternoon visit to the Pantani Museum in Cesenatico.

Traditional dinner with piadina, squacquerone and local products.

Overnight stay. 

DAY 4: Cesenatico/Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna/Rimini. (60km, elegation gain 200mt)

Breakfast. Pedalling along the Rubicon River we get to Gatteo, then to San Mauro Pascoli (possibility to visit the home of the famous poet Giovanni Pascoli), San Vito and arrival in Sant'Arcangelo di Romagna, a splendid medieval village, where we stop for a coffee. Very characteristic is the wooden press that was used to print fabrics.  We cross the village heading to Verucchio (where the poet Tonino Guerra lived) along the river Marecchia to reach Torriana. We get to Rimini cycling along the harbor and the old fishing village.

Free lunch during the path.

Free afternoon to visit Rimini town centre.

Luggage transfer.

Traditional dinner in a typical restaurant in the fishermen's village on the Port Channel.

Overnight stay at hotel. 

DAY 5: Rimini/Carpegna/Rimini(85km, elevation gain 700mt)

Breakfast. The most awaited excursion to get to the "Cippo" (in the Marche region), the legendary climb in the natural park of the Central Apennine, so dear to Marco Pantani. We reach the village of Carpegna after crossing the villages of the Montefeltro area and the Malatesta Castles. Along the way we find Coriano, birthplace of the ill-fated MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli. After entering the narrow paved street, the ascent immediately set in: in the first section of just over 2 km we have to overcome a elevation gain of 290 meters (average gradient 13%). From here the cars have not free access anymore, here we find a monument to Pantani. The climb that had just sets in now resolutely; this stretch is definitely challenging as there's a continuous alternation of ascents, from 10 to 13%. The well-paved but narrow road winds through a dense and sometimes dark woods in a crescendo of difficulty due to the absence of stretches for catching the breath. Outside the wood, the road begins to level and the top is now almost reached. A breathtaking view, you may well recognize the Republic of San Marino, Fumaiolo Mount and Aquilone Mount, the Marecchia valley and, when the sky is really clear, even the outline of the Adriatic coast.

Free lunch along the path.

Free afternoon to visit Riccione town centre.

Traditional dinner in a typical restaurant in Riccione.

Overnight stay at hotel.

DAY 6: After breakfast, we say goodbye and head back home. 

Detailed route information, maps and any other infos will be available after booking confirmation


  • departure date: On request
  • Price: € 680 per person
  • custom-made: A possibility to organize individual tours, guided or self-guided (supply of the maps); on request, we could modify the itinerary (length, difficulty degree, etc); for individual tours, the date of departure can be decided in according to your needs
  • min group size: 4
  • accommodation:

    In approved with an agreement Hotels, B&B, guest-houses

  • what's included:

    5 nights and 6 days in HB in double room (arrival in the afternoon of the first day in Cesenatico). Departure on day 6 from Rimini after breakfast. Guide, bike garage, technical assistance. Luggage transfer until Rimini hotel. 

  • not included:

    Last day lunch, drinks, tourist tax, return journey, health and luggage insurance and everything not listed in "what's included"

  • surcharges & reductions:

    Bike rent , equipment, lunches

  • category: Mini Group / Individual
  • Purchase price: 680
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