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Central Highlands

11 - 19 June 2016

This tour covers an area often unjustifiably ignored by many travelling to Italy. The mountains known as the "Appennini" reach their peak in altitude just to the east of Rome with the Gran Sasso at 2912 meters. This area is blessed by its position: approximately 600km south of the Alps and in the middle of the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic seas, means it offers great mountain riding earlier than the Alps and later on than the alps.
The great natural beauty of this area is also confirmed by the presence of 4 among Italy's most important Natural Parks: the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, the Parco Nazionale della Maiella, the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga, and the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini

We shall have time to ride all these and enjoy the variety and beauty of regions set so close to each other. The roads are in excellent conditions and no business traffic will be around to disturb our ride.

Touring programme day by day:

Day 1: after a short stint on the highway to put the busy suburbs of Rome behind us, we start by riding the small mountains towards Subiaco. After a short stop in this town to view St Benedict's Abbey, we take the SS5 Via Tiburtina and head for the Abruzzi mountains. Another brief interesting stop will be had by Alba Fucens in the vicinity of Avezzano before reaching Sulmona, our stop for the next 3 nights. Sulmona lies in an excellent position to allows us to explore both the National Park of Abruzzi and that of the Majella.

Day 2: Loop ride south through the National Park of Abruzzi. The highlights will be the Gole del Sagittario, the Devil's pass, and short visits to Anversa degli Abruzzi  and Scanno.

Day 3: Loop ride of the Majella mountain with visit to the charming villages of Pescocostanzo and  Guardiagrele. Reach the height of Passo Lanciano from where on clear day you can sea the coastline of Croatia across the width of the Adriatic sea.

Day 4: we head north and cross the Gran Sasso National park. The run is fascinating and the roads just perfect. We reach the height of 2130 meters asl. to view the "Corno Grande" (big horn) of the Gran Sasso d'Italia mountain, the highest point in the Appenino mountain chain at 2912 meters. We also visit Rocca Calascio and Santo Stefano di Sessanio before reaching Norcia, our final destination for today and base for the next 3 days.

Day 5: Loop ride the National Park of the Monti Sibillini. We visit the town of Visso and ride around lake Fiastra. A fantastic day. The setting of the plateau of Castelluccio di Norcia leaves everyone in awe. We visit on the June tour exactly when the flowering of the plain has begun. The colours are amazing.

Day 6: Loop ride the Monti della Laga and reach the backside of Gran Sasso and view the "Corno Piccolo" (little horn) by Prati di Tivo. Another great ride to complete all of the interesting areas of the Central Peaks.

Day 7: Our final riding day. We head back to Rome over the Terminillo mountain, known as the mountain of Rome. It is the easiest and quickest skiing resort to be reached by Romans at weekends. It offers a great and wild climb from the northern side and an easy fast run down into Rieti. We regain the entrance to Rome along the banks of the Tiber river.


Prices in EURO per person:

motorcycle double occupancy passenger
single occupancy supplement
BMW F700GS (twin)
Moto Guzzi V7 Classic
2280 1280 270
2415 1280 270
BMW R1200RT (AC)
2500 1280 270
BMW R1200RT (LC)
Alfa Romeo Spider
2595 1280 270
Honda Goldwing 1800
2740 1280 270

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minimum number of participants: 10
maximum number of participants: 14

closing date: 60 days prior to tour commencement

If minimum number of participants isn't reached the tour can be cancelled or run with different format.

Booking fee 10% of total to be paid on reserving a place on the tour.


what is included:

1) motorcycle rental of a touring prepared bike with side cases, top case, tank bag, locks and alarm, and tubeless puncture repair kit.

2) 8 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star family run hotels with breakfast and safe parking for the bikes, especially selected for being located in the historical centre of each town

3) welcome and farewell dinners in Rome

4) Francesco (owner of CIMT) will be your motorcycle guide always on a motorcycle. He will be there as a point of reference and to facilitate things during your trip. You can ride following him or decide to seek your own way. You will always be able to reach him on his mobile phone in case of need or get advice during riding breaks. Think of him as your local source of information and a fellow traveller.

5) support van with second guide to carry your luggage (one piece per person) from hotel to hotel, provide necessary assistance during the tour with tools and spares, and carry any purchases you have made along your way. It also has two extra seats for passengers who wish to take a rest from the pillion seat.

6) an Italian GSM phone, that you can use to receive calls from home free of roaming charges or make emergency calls in any situation.

7) maps and road book of the tour


what is NOT included:

1) fuel for your motorcycle
2) motorway tolls and ferries
3) entrance to museums or other sites
4) gratuities and tips
5) all lunches and dinners except for welcome and farewell dinner
6) beverages with your dinner
7) credit used on the CIMT GSM cell phones
8) airport transfers (we will give you all options - including a chauffer driven car if you wish)
9) flights to and from Rome



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