Excursions and Golf in Ravenna
Ravenna: different natural environments for different sports
The following sites are worthy of interest: old town centre of Bagnacavallo, Rocca of Bagnara di Romagna, Pavaglione of Lugo, Villa Romana of Russi and the hillside villages of Riolo Terme, Casola Valsenio and Brisighella with their towers and medieval fairs. Cervia combines a 17th century town centre, a salt pan and age old pinewoods with the lively atmosphere of one of the top quality and greenest seaside resorts on the Adriatic coast.
The province of Ravenna offers many sporting activities thanks also to the varied landscape of this area: the woods, pinewoods and lagoons of the Parco del Delta del Po offer opportunities for horse tourism and cycle tourism in the plain or in the hills; the 50 km of beaches offer beach volley, beach tennis... on the coast, and golf.
As regards cycle tourism, the province of Ravenna has two strong points: an ancient culture/passion for cycling which involves a large part of the inhabitants, and a territory which offers routes that in just a few kilometres go from the plain to the hills and mountains.
For this reason, the Province of Ravenna has undertaken initiatives to promote the hills and valleys of the Apennines: hiking trails in the Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola between the province of Ravenna and the province of Bologna and the La Corolla delle Ginestre route, in cooperation with local towns.
The first initiative promotes trails (CAI and non-CAI trails) of different lengths in the Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola in the provinces of Ravenna and Bologna. The second initiative identifies a more complex network of itineraries suitable to be enjoyed on foot, by mountain bike and on horseback; these trails are specially signposted with information on the alternative routes, accommodation facilities and services available for tourists.
The characteristic logo of the Corolla is a symbol of quality of the accommodation available in the area which offers the possibility to stay in genuine countryside farmhouses. The itinerary is in the area between the Municipalities of Brisighella, Casola Valsenio and Riolo Terme (mountain and hill section of the province of Ravenna) and leads trekking, horse riding and mountain biking lovers along routes at the discovery of the great richness of this environment. The aim is to reveal a territory rich in perfumes and sounds and an amazingly varied landscape. The routes signposted with the Corolla delle Ginestre, Broom Corolla, (about 55 km for hikers, about 70 km for horse tourism and mountain bikes) can be divided into sections of one or more days, taking advantage of the services and accommodation available along the routes.
In the area of Ravenna a point of reference for cyclists and mountain bikers is the Hotel Senio in Riolo Terme. This hotel, unique of its type with all mod cons and services, is ideal for the wide choice of bicycle and mountain bike itineraries of different levels that unfold across beautiful landscapes: in fact the routes unfold from the most beautiful passes of the Tuscan Emilian Apennines (Colle di Casaglia, Sambuca, Giogo, Futa...) to the routes along the ridge that reach the Apennines in the province of Rimini, down to the sea with stretches that cross the borders of Umbria and Marche.
The province of Ravenna also offers the opportunity to play golf with 2 courses in the hills and 1 in Cervia. The golf clubs in the hills are in Faenza and Riolo Terme, and they organise events and tournaments all year round.
The Golf Club Le Cicogne in Faenza, created in 1991 by a group of golf lovers, still preserves its original structure made up of a driving range (210 m) with outdoor and sheltered hitting stations, a 552 m 4 hole par 3 course and a clubhouse. Over the years several plants have been planted and today they have transformed the golf course into a beautiful park visited by storks, a green lung just outside the city. A project is underway to expand the Golf Club which is open all year; the project involves the extension of the course to 9 holes and the building of a new clubhouse.
The Riolo Golf & Country Club in Riolo Terme, designed by the architect Marco Croze and opened in 1992, has a 200 hectare course open all year. Surrounded by the fascinating Vena del Gesso Romagnola and the green hills of Romagna, the course is extremely modern and technical: holes on even ground alternate with holes on steep slopes to test the precision and power of players. The game is made even more interesting by lakes, bunkers and a badlands, an unexpected obstacle, which features the highest holes in this course. The clubhouse is in an old farmhouse and includes a living room, pro-shop, bar and restaurant that serves typical local dishes.