Itinerary for “A Romantic Bike Ride”
Km 64 - Riccione – Gradara – Pesaro – Riccione
A reasonably short route, in terms of kilometres, but quite challenging because of the climbs and descents that you come across. But the beauty of the locations will completely repay you of the effort.
You start from the Palazzo del Turismo of Riccione in the direction of Cattolica and then Gradara, a beautiful, timeless village entirely enclosed in its walls and protected by towers, characterized by its Medieval layout and known from its mention in Dante’s Divine Comedy as its famous fortress is where the sad story of Paolo and Francesca took place.
From here you proceed in the direction of Pesaro, a very old town where you can stop to admire the charming Piazza del Popolo, that hosts the 15th century Palazzo Ducale, and the mighty Rocca Costanza built in 1487. From Pesaro you have a nice climb up Mount Gabicce
If you wish to you can take a brief detour and admire the park with the Imperial Villa. After crossing Fiorenzuola di Focara, a real jewel between the hills and the sea, you get to the peak.
A well deserved rest to admire the beautiful views and away again towards Cattolica along a great descent to tackle with enthusiasm, but with much care. From Cattolica you return to Riccione after a romantic and exciting, albeit challenging, bike ride.