The Apennines - the range that forms Italy's boot and stretches from Liguria to the country's southernmost tip. Most Northern Europeans know little more about this range which is certainly overshadowed by the Alps. But by the end of today, and not just thanks to the dip in the Mediterranean in the evening, everyone will hopefully be convinced that the sparsely populated range, with its multiplicity of small and tiny passes, would be worth more than just one stage. The range can even be seen from Parma, on the other side of the Po Valley, and we head straight there, to the south. During the first 40 kms we follow the River Parma, thus choosing the easy way to enter into an area where the elevation gain tots up surprisingly quickly. At Corniglio we leave the valley and snake up to our first viewing point of Grammatica which, after a short descent, is followed by the Passo di Ticchiano. We drop back down again and then scale the Passo del Legastrello, on the main ridge of the Apennines - the Mediterranean is calling us. We ride into the Taverone Valley, and then the Magra Valley, which we practically just need to follow to the Med. One last still stands in our way, and then we reach the pretty resort of Lerici, where we spend the night.