The Cycle Routefollows the River Santerno and crosses it at several fording points. As the river descends from the Apennines, its fast-flowing rapids give way to a wider river bed and calmer waters as the terrain flattens.
From the plains, the route takes in the Bubano Nature Reserve (Oasi Naturalistica di Bubano)and the apricot orchards of Mordano before passing through Imola’s green beltand heading into the hills with their vineyards and olive groves.
Further up the Santerno Valley in the area between Casalfiumanese and Borgo TossignanoHere, the craggy ridge of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola appears, its gypsum crystals sparkling in the sun. The geology of the Regional Park offers a window into past eons, when rock strata emerged from a prehistoric sea to form imposing cliffs like those at Riva dei Cavalli. inFontanelice