With their consecration to the cycling tradition, its values and its extraordinary power to evoke strength, willpower and determination, Imola and Emilia-Romagna have forever been the land of cycling.

It is the birthplace of great champions such as Ercole Baldini and Marco Pantani not to mention Vittorio Adorni. 

Some very prestigious races as well as some of Europe’s most famous Granfondo events take place here. The positive trend has data to confirm it: 500,000 bike tourist arrivals for an overall number of approximately 1.5 million visitors, hundreds of bike hotels and 8,000 km of bike routes for both road and mountain bike lovers.

The UCI Road World Championships will be an opportunity to put this welcoming and hospitable region in the limelight, and to tell the world about its traditions and excellencies. 

Valle del Santerno e Codrignano
La Rocca - Riolo Terme
Partenza Giro d'Italia
Scorcio di Via Emilia
Olio di Brisighella
Basilica di San Vitale - Ravenna
Sagiovese DOC
Piazza Maggiore - Bologna

To name just a few, there is the Food Valley with all 44 of its Dop and Igp certified products (the record in Europe), and the Motor Valley with its world-famous brands Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Ducati. 

Then there is the culture with the art towns along the Via Emilia, the year of Parma capital of Italy 2020-21 as well as the celebrations to mark the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, with the restoration of the poet’s tomb in Ravenna and a full calendar of events. 

Not to be overlooked are the Appenines with their ancient villages and the network of national and regional parks that hold great treasures in terms of biodiversity.

imola - faenza: the emilia-romagna HEART

The Imola-Faenza territory, crossed by the street named Via Emilia, extends along the border between the region of Emilia and Romagna. Land of engines, art, nature, well-being and good cooking. 

A tourist area in the hinterland between the Adriatic Coast and the city of Bologna, crossed by the Regional Park named La Vena del Gesso Romagnola and the valleys of four rivers (Sillaro, Santerno, Senio and Lamone). 

At the center of all there is Faenza, ceramics city, and Imola with its Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit.

The territory which stretches from Via Emilia to the crests of the Apennine, is a tour cycling area with a great variety of landscapes and routes. The four valleys created by the Rivers Lamone, Senio, Santerno and Sillaro contain a vast network of well kept roads with little traffic, studded with climbs of various lengths and degrees of difficulty, suitable for all levels. On the plains, even the less trained will appreciate the tranquil country roads, on itineraries dedicated to nature and history.

Rocca Sforzesca - Imola
Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola (RA)
Museo delle Ceramiche - Faenza
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari - Imola

imola 1968: an unforgettable world championship

If the Imola area is the beating heart of Emilia-Romagna, the Imola Racetrack is the operational and emotional centre of the network of cycle tourism experiences offered. 

A ring of asphalt where the sports passion beats strongly, and not only the kind for four wheels. 

Just a stone’s throw from the Racetrack, the climb of the Circuito dei Tre Monti begins, theatre of the world cycling championship of 1968. On that day Vittorio Adorni raised his arms on the finishing line of the Racetrack after a memorable breakaway.

Agostinho, Adorni, Lewis, Spuhler, Van Looy, Stevens - Mondiale 1968, Imola
La vittoria di Adorni con Ricci e Colnago sull'ammiraglia - Mondiale 1968, Imola