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Mountain Bike – 3. Salt Knights


Mountain Bike – 3. Salt Knights

Salt Knights namely “Cavalieri del Sale”

A long trail of medium-high difficulty which lets you discover the valleys surrounding Salsomaggiore Terme. The route is named after the ancient salt merchants travelling to the town in order to buy salt – used for cooking and food preservation – obtained from the natural salsobromoiodic water of Salsomaggiore. Travel time: amateur 3h

  • 51 km




  • DifficultyMedium
  • Difference in altitude1627 m
  • Minimum height111 m
  • Maximum height465 m
  • Road surfacemixed: pavement, country roads and paths
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1 Salsomaggiore
2 Villa Paradiso
3 Sivizzano
4 Località Vascelli
5 Strada della Boffalora
6 Tabiano Castello
7 Tabiano
8 Tabiano Castello
9 Variatico
10 Bargone
11 Campore
12 Costa Marenga
13 Salsominore
14 Scipione
15 Cangelasio Alto
16 Moracchi
17 Tosini
18 Faieto
19 Marzano
20 Salsomaggiore

The departure of this route is recommended by the free car parking in Viale del Lavoro. Head to Berenini Avenue towards the roundabout and continue uphill on Romagnosi Avenue passing the former Grand Hotel des Thèrmes and the neighborhood of the cottages in front of the Palace of Congress. Continue on the paved road that will take you out of the village to the locality Sivizzano and proceed, going up to the locality Vascelli where you will take the path that will lead you to Boffalora road, with 1 km of double track surrounded by vegetation. You will pass the motocross circuit "Predella" and bump on the road of Boffalora. Walk 5 km through the hills, evenly divided between ascent and descent that will take you to the village of Tabiano Castello, where in the last stretch you can see the ancient manor. You will see in the distance the parish church dedicated to Saints Gervasio and Protasio. Then downhill to Tabiano "City of Breath" and again to return to the village of Tabiano Castello that you will leave behind to head to the locality Colombaia and go back by road to Variatico. After a couple of km the asphalt gives way to the double track that will take you to the road of Bargone and from there to the castle of the same name with the church dedicated to the Assumption. Down to the last path surrounded by greenery, which will make you pop on the bike path of Salsomaggiore Terme. In locality Campore go out on the provincial and take the uphill road that will lead you to the trail in the direction of Costa Marenga, a couple of km of ascent to get on the hill and admire the view. Continue on asphalt and pass San Rocchino and then take the path indicated by the CAI tables (path P1). Downhill, surrounded by vegetation you will arrive in the small hamlet of Salsominore where the remains of the Ancient Salts are located. Continue for a few tens of meters and on the left a unpaved road will take you to a stretch of track off asphalt and completely immersed in the hills. Reach the small village of Scipione Castello; still a stretch between the vegetation, dirt and downhill passing near the Osteria of the Castle. Passing through Case Boselli, on the provincial, enter the road Via dei Gelsi and enter the Stirone Regional River Park. You will find refreshments in the park in the "La Bocca" rest area, fill the bottles before continuing. Proceeding on the path that runs along the course of the Stirone stream, you can face the single track among the trees of the riparian forest that will allow you to see the fossil outcrops dating back to the time of the Late Miocene (8 million years ago). At the end of the route head to SP 109 and head uphill to Case Moracchi resorts in Cangelasio. An alternation of stretches on asphalt, dirt and trails will lead you to the small town of Faieto. The last challenging climb awaits you, in the hills that once welcomed the transits of salt traders. From Faieto continue on the path to Mount Pianazzo and then again trails and asphalt to reach locality Marzano. You will meet the church of Our Lady of the Snow. The return to Salsomaggiore is downhill. Finish the excursion by returning to the starting point.

Once in the centre of Salsomaggiore, we recommend a stop at bars, ice cream parlours or clubs that offer exquisite local specialties.

Elevation profile
Crossed locations
  • 1  Salsomaggiore
     - Start 0,0 km
  • 2  Villa Paradiso
     0,9 km
  • 3  Sivizzano
     4,7 km
  • 4  Località Vascelli
     5,1 km
  • 5  Strada della Boffalora
     7,9 km
  • 6  Tabiano Castello
     13,5 km
  • 7  Tabiano
     13,8 km
  • 8  Tabiano Castello
     13,9 km
  • 9  Variatico
     17,6 km
  • 10  Bargone
     23,2 km
  • 11  Campore
     26,8 km
  • 12  Costa Marenga
     28,2 km
  • 13  Salsominore
     29,9 km
  • 14  Scipione
     32,1 km
  • 15  Cangelasio Alto
     40,7 km
  • 16  Moracchi
     41,3 km
  • 17  Tosini
     43 km
  • 18  Faieto
     43,9 km
  • 19  Marzano
     48,4 km
  • 20  Salsomaggiore
     - Arrive 51,5 km
Itinerary highlights

Palazzo dei Congressi

Situato nel cuore di un magnifico parco, il lussuoso Grand Hotel des Thermes, conosciuto da oltre trent'anni come Palazzo dei Congressi, è uno splendido edificio in stile Liberty-Decò. Al suo interno potrai ammirare sale antiche, affrescate ed affascinanti, e sale di costruzione più recente.

Historic Building - Conference Centre

The luxury hotel Grand Hotel des Thèrmes, known from more than 30 years as Congress Centre, is a splendid Liberty-Decò style building where you can breathe the charme of the Belle Epoque.

Castle of Tabiano

The Castle was built during XII and XIII centuries and was completly renewed at the end of XIX century when it was reconverted in a private house.

Church of S.S. Gervasio and Protasio - Tabiano Castello

The small church of Tabiano Castello is dedicated to the saints Gervasio and Protasio.

Castle of Scipione

The Castle of Scipione of the Pallavicino Marquees is the most ancient castle of the region and the only one still inhabitated by the descendants of the Pallavicino family.

Liberty Building - Lorenzo Berzieri Thermal Spa

The Berzieri Palace is one of the most complex and fascinating building of the thermal city, landmark of the European thermalism and unique example of thermal Art Decò style. The liberty palace is counted in the Emilia Romagna Cultural Heritage.

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