132 KMS – 2130 ELEVATION – 7/8 DIFFICULTY – RECOMMENDED SEASON: Spring & Autumn
IMAGINE TO GO FROM BOLOGNA TO FLORENCE BY BICYCLE ACROSS APPENINI
Monte Calderaro and Monte delle Formiche are two I’m sharing with you a couple of options to expThis is an itinerary that involves two of the most famous Apennine passes. For more than 300 years Futa and Raticosa Passes have connected Florence and Bologna and up until the construction of the Autostrada del Sole, it was the main road connection between the two cities. Nowadays, above all, it is motorcyclists and cyclists who know it well and come to take on its various slopes.
I’ve chosen a secondary road to reach Futa, cycling from Bologna towards Val di Setta and then climbing up to Madonna dei Fornelli. It will just make your experience unique. Reaching Futa from there will keep you away from the usual motorcycle traffic and lead you to the pass with no stress. Futa and Raticosa are very close to each other, remember to check on the weather forecast because it is a windy area (as you can tell from the many wind turbines installed on the top) and it can be difficult to cycle straight!