A classic MTB ride through Bologna’s vineyards, starting from the village of Ceretolo, in the Municipality of Casalecchio di Reno.
After a few kilometers on a busy road begins the real path, with a climb on a dirt road through vineyards and a beautiful view of the city. During the ascent you pass next to an ancient villa known for its stables. At the top you travel along a scenic ridge and you pass by the Tizzano’s Hermitage from which you can admire Bologna, before going down again towards the main road.
The 11 km long loop path is not particularly difficult, although the few kilometers long ascent on dirt road may be difficult for untrained people. You can still overcome this problem by doing the tour in a longer time and making some stops along the climb.
No special precautions. Once you start the climb there aren’t fountains or bar on the way, so you should bring water.
The Marescalchi Villa is located on the hills of Bologna, near Casalecchio di Reno, and was built by Count Vincenzo Marescalchi in the mid-eighteenth century. The Villa - now owned by the family Visconti di Modrone - is surrounded by a beautiful forest and vineyards, for the production of fine wines. Inside, some important works attributed to the Bolognese painter Cesare Baglioni were lost, because of the serious damages suffered by bombing during the Second World War.
The Hermitage of Tizzano is a church in Casalecchio di Reno, in the province of Bologna, of which it is one of the most important monuments. Its full name is Sanctuary of Santissimo Crocifisso alla Parrocchia dei SS. Giovanni Battista e Benedetto di Tizzano and it owes its name to the most important work of art preserved inside: a wooden crucifix dating back to the second half of the 16th century. The monastery stands on a hill and was built in 1655. It is named in honour of two saints: Saint Benedict, in memory of the monastic community, and Saint John the Baptist, which even the old town church was named after.
City of departure: Casalecchio di Reno
City of arrival: Casalecchio di Reno
Length (Km): 11
Type of Itinerary: Half Day
Difference in height (m): 483
Difference in downhill (m): 458
Highest point (m): 305
Lowest point (m): 10
Duration (h.): 2