“Ciclovia sulle tracce degli Etruschi” (Cycle Route in the Footsteps of the Etruscans) is a mountain bike trail that combines the natural and historical beauty of the area with the traces left by the ancient Etruscan people.
The route starts from the Comacchio Valleys and the ancient port of Spina and ends in Piombino (Populonia). On the way, it crosses the Adriatic coast and the Po Delta Park towards the city of Bologna and its Apennines. It connects areas of environmental and historical interest, parks and nature reserves in eastern Emilia.
The route continues into Tuscan territory, passing through the cities of Prato and Volterra, until reaching Piombino (Populonia) where the route ends.
In the Bologna section, the route passes through the village of Budrio, where some of the historic villas of Bolognese aristocratic families are located; Villanova di Castenaso, a place rich in Villanovan heritage; the historic centre of Bologna; Sasso Marconi and Marzabotto, where the remains of the Etruscan city Kainua and its dedicated site can be found; the Monte Sole Park; Grizzana Morandi, famous as the place of the master and artist Giorgio Morandi; Montovolo (sacred mountain) and the Parco dei Laghi Suviana e Brasimone lake park, very interesting areas from a naturalistic and historical point of view.
Mainly asphalted terrain
From Comacchio to Piombino
Difference in level: about 8000m
Technical clothing for cycling
First aid kit
GPS system for orientation
Telephone and battery charger + power bank
The cycle route can be travelled all year round. The best times are most definitely the spring, with its blossoms and mild climate, and the early autumn period.
The summer season, particularly during July and August, is not recommended due to the high temperatures, just as winter is not recommended due to the risk of snow, rain and fog.