1: We set off from Rome early on a Sunday morning whilst the eternal
city is still sleeping or having its early cappuccino. We reach the
Amalfi Coast mainly on the ancient Appian way. Lunch in the small
fishing village of Sperlonga with fantastic buffalo mozzarella and
Bassiano ham. Along our way we have the chance of visiting Pompei
with a professional guide before ending the day at the beginning of
the Amalfi Coast in Vico Equense with an incredible dinner with true
Neapolitan delicious pizza by the meter!!
2: We ride through the magnificent Amalfi coast enjoying sites such
as Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. We run the full length of this very
famous road and in the late afternoon reach the harbor of Napoli to
set sail toward Palermo in Sicily.
3: Once we land in Palermo at 7am we shall ride through this town
with no traffic and head for the renowned Cathedral of Monreale just
outside of Palermo, where we shall have a proper Sicilian breakfast
and visit this incredible church. Once we are finished here we will
ride along the SS118 all the way to Agrigento enjoying the Sicilian
countryside. Once we reach Monreale we shall take a stop to another
Sicilian wonder, the Valley of Temples. The visit with the evening
sun is really amazing.
4: From Agrigento we set our first port of call at the truly amazing
Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina. This ancient Roman
villa was only discovered at the beginning of the 20th century and
and until then it kept some of the most amazing floor mosaics
intact. They have been fully restored and now you can view them from
the top of a raised promenade. It is a truly amazing visit. After
this visit we head for Siracusa on the SS124, a truly great road to
ride across Sicily. We spend the night in heart of the old baroque
city on the island of Ortigia.
5: We head out of Siracusa and ride the valley of the Anapo river to
visit the Necropolis of Pantalica from here we head for the Etna
volcano by passing Catania on the ring road. We then cirmcum ride
the volcano on the east side riding incredible roads across recent
lava fields in remarkably good condition. We reach Taormina in the
late afternoon, giving us enough time to enjoy the evening stroll
and aperitif before dinner.
6: We spend a few hours in Taormina to visit the Greek theater and
then take the SS120, one of the best roads in Sicily across the
Nebrodi and Madonie mountains. We reach Cefalu for a visit to the
cathedral and then head into Palermo along the coast to reach our
floating hotel which will take us back to Napoli overnight.
7: We get off the ferry at 7am and aim to get out of town as soon as
possible. We shall take the autostrada until we reach Cassino from
there we shall take the minor roads across the hills of Ciociaria
and get back to Rome in the evening.