A wonderful road full of curves to discover the villages, the cuisine and the Piacenza roads, between mount Penice and Bobbio by motorbike.
Bobbio, in Val Trebbia, is located at the foot of Monte Penice. It was one of the main centers of religious culture in Italy and a cosmopolitan center of art, culture and science. A destination not to be missed for your motorcycle tours or as a stop in the planned itinerary.
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The little borgo, with its medieval magic, narow streets, stone made houses and rich palaces, surrounds the monastery and it’s a holiday destination of Piacenza thanks to the spectacular landscapes of the valley. Bobbio has gained the Orange Flag of Touring Club Italiano.
You can admire this borgo in every season especially for the landscape, with the scenic background of Val Trebbia. In summer, however, Bobbio becomes a bathing attraction full of visitors who want to enjoy sunny days and the fresh and restorative waters of the river.
In summer, you can’t leave Bobbio without visiting the Ponte Gobbo and entering a bar in the center, to escape the heat and to enjoy fresh air and a pleasant walk.
It’s worthy the Museum of the Abbey, housed in the monastery where in old times there was the Scriptorium of Bobbio and its library. The City’s Museum makes you jump back to the past into the monastic life and into the amanuensis’art, using audiovisional multimediale systems. Santa Maria Assunta’s Cathedral and San Colombano’s Abbey (here in the crypt the sarcophagus of the saint and a beautiful mosaic floor are conserved) are two major stops and don’t forget Castello Malaspina with a wonderful view on the upper part of the city.
How to get? You are spoiled for choice, as Bobbio is at the center of 4 main roads, such as the Val Tidone from Castel San Giovanni, the Val Trebbia from Piacenza towards Liguria, and obviously the SP461 that from Varzi leads to the Passo del Penice, one of the most popular roads for motorcyclists in general. For its curves and its slopes it is always necessary to pay attention, especially on holidays when the traffic is more intense together with the traffic police checks.
Along “The road of wine and taste of Colli Piacentini”, you can taste the “macaroni alla bobbiese”, prepared even today with a knitting needle and cooked with “stracotto sauce”. Don’t miss the salty donuts on sale in the bakeries. At the local restaurants, in fall, you have to taste the stewed snails prepared according to the traditional recipe.