I recently came across this week-long, self-guided cycle tour from Parma to Lucca through the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park, via Lunigiana and the Garfagnana. Starting and ending in beautiful cities, the route is designed for foodies, providing opportunities along the way to sample the best local cuisine. All the logistics, kit and accommodation are taken care of for you, and if you’re worried that it sounds a tad too energetic, electric bikes are available for hire. Sounds excellent.
Starting in Parma and using the new network of cycle paths around the city, you head for the beautiful Torrechiara Castle following the Colli di Parma wine route. There’s a trip to the parma ham museum in Langhirano and a stop in Corniglio. After crossing the Passo del Lagastrello, you head for a stop at Apella, where you can indulge in the best of Lunigiana’s food at Montagne Verde. Heading towards the Garfagnana, you follow a panoramic route over the Carpinella Pass to Ponteccio, famous for it mushroom soup. From Ponteccio, you head for Castelnuovo Garfagnana, on to Barga, past Ponte del Diavolo and Villa Reale di Marlia and on to Lucca via cycle paths.
Map credit: www.girolibero.com
I have no connection whatsoever with the company organising the tour, but if you are interested you can find more information about the trip on their website, where you can also download a detailed itinerary.
A gastronomic cycle ride from Parma to Lucca via Lunigiana appeared on Ciao Lunigiana on 11 March 2013.