The route runs along the Modena-Vignola cycle path, that is developed along an old railway line. The best season to afford this pleasant journey is late spring, because after visiting the town of Modena and after riding between green fields and ancient towns, at the arrival you will have the chance to enjoy the famous cherries of Vignola.
The path starts from the Novi Sad Park in Modena ands after 25 kilometers of flat cycle path, in the countryside, it reaches Vignola.
The route is along an old railway line and it doesn’t have any difficulties. Along the way you can visit the old flat country towns of Castelnuovo Rangone and Spilamberto, before entering in Vignola, take a look at the Rocca and taste the famous cherries.
Vignola - The name Vignola comes from the Latin "vineola", which means "small vineyard" and even today the plant of the vine appears in the banner of the city. The year of the Rocks foundation is not known - it is the most important monument of the city - but we can assume that it was built in the years after the end of the Carolingian dynasty to face the invasions of the Hungarians. In recent decades it has been done a careful and scrupulous work of restoration that has allowed the architectural and pictorial recovery of the structure.
For over two centuries it was the seat of the Este Court, from 1862 it hosts the Military Academy of the Italian Army. They started to build the Palace in 1643 next to the old botanical gardens of the Este family, the Palace has architectural works by Bernini and Borromini.
The bell tower of the Cathedral of Modena is traditionally known by this name. Its the original Tower of San Geminiano, whose tip is adorned with two garlands, two marble railings, thats why the name. Symbol of the city, it contains a copy of " The Stolen Bucket", the famous poem by Alessandro Tassoni, narrating the story of the conflict between Bologna and Modena.
City of departure: Modena
City of arrival: Vignola
Length (Km): 25
Discipline: Racing bicycle
Type of Itinerary: Half Day
Difference in height (m): 12
Difference in downhill (m): 58
Highest point (m): 109
Lowest point (m): 35
Duration (h.): 2