There is a way to cycle to Italy and Emilia-Romagna from anywhere in Europe. It is called the Eurovelo, a network of 15 long-distance cycle routes spanning the entire area of central Europe, regardless of geopolitical division.
Established from a project by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF), these routes incorporate national sections of existing bike paths, favouring and enhancing cycling as an excellent means of transportation as compared to motorised traffic.
Each route is numbered from 1 and 17. The roads along the way never have inclines of greater than 8% and are subject to traffic of less than 1,000 cars per day. Unfortunately, at the moment, not all the routes are complete or well signposted.
Three of these Eurovelo routes pass through Emilia-Romagna: numbers 5, 7 and 8 which pass through the province of Ferrara in Romagna, with the "Destra Po".
Eurovelo 8, also known as the “Mediterranean route”, cuts southern Europe in two from west to east, starting from the Strait of Gibraltar and stretching all the way to the island of Cyprus.
The route involves passing through several mountain passes, which is why it is perhaps one of the most difficult sections of the entire Eurovelo network, not least because in many cases the cycle paths along the way are still poorly developed.