3rd STAGE: Monte Cerignone – City of San Marino (40 km)
The third and final leg of this impressive MTB tour features the approach (along the Marecchia River bike path) and finally the ascent to Città di San Marino.
From Monte Cerignone, the first 5 km proceed uphill and then pedal along some ups and downs that lead to San Leo, with its picturesque fortress suspended on a rock ridge, overlooking the Valmarecchia. It is part of the Most Beautiful Villages of Italy circuit and was disputed between the Malatesta and Montefeltro. From San Leo it’s back downhill and, after a flat central section, the climb up Mount Titano to the Republic of San Marino begins, where the tour ends with a visit to the medieval historic center of the capital of the same name.
Length: 40 km
Height difference in ascent: 1314 m
Downhill elevation gain: 1161 m
Highest point: 834 m
Lowest point: 120 m
Type of surface: dirt road
The tour is suitable for all types of MTB: the first section is very technical and suitable for “full” bikes, while after the Monte San Bartolo Park the trail becomes very scenic and rideable. It is usually very easy to get a supply of water. Contact the Route Tutor for help with guides and possible E-bike rental.
Municipality of departure: Monte Cerignone
Starting location: Monte Cerignone
Municipality of arrival: City of San Marino
Place of arrival: City of San Marino
May to September
Where to park:
Free parking in San Giovanni in Marignano. The guided tour includes a return by shuttle from San Marino.
A dip into the past to the rhythm of mountain biking! The Malatesta Tour is an unmissable opportunity to ride along the roads and paths that were owned by the Lords of Verucchio between the 12th and 17th centuries. The Malatesta, one of the most prestigious families of the Middle Ages, ruled the Seignory of Rimini and numerous territories in Romagna and Marche.
The excitement of MTB, the history of a past still alive in well-preserved fortresses and castles, and the fascinating views of Mount Carpegna and the Sasso Simone and Simoncello Park are the elements that weave harmoniously together in designing an unforgettable tour.
This is a route suitable for those with some experience because of some technical sections and significant elevation changes.