TOUR OF ITALY
- 21 June 2019
Aug. - 15 Sept. 2019*
- 28 June 2020
Aug. - 13 Sept. 2020
is a 14 full riding day motorcycle tour of Italy: the ultimate
Italian Motorcycle Grand Tour. The concept is incredibly simple.
Take the most important sites in Italy and put them all in a two
week tour. Then connect everything with the best roads available
and there you have it. A masterpiece!
start in Rome and end in Venice in the June tour, and *start in
Venice and finish in Rome on the September run. We cover the Amalfi Coast,
Classic Tuscany, Cinque Terre, visit the Ferrari, Lamborghini
and Ducati museums and ride the Dolomites and Stelvio pass. It doesn't get much
better than this.
1: An easy day riding the southern region of Lazio, getting acquainted
with the new bikes and road conditions. We reach the small
fishing village of Sperlonga for our first night.
2: Within a couple of hours we are in Pompei for a guided visit
of this amazing Roman archeological site. In the afternoon we
reach Amalfi and make base here for two nights.
3: We spend a full day in the Amalfi coast enjoying the sites (Ravello
and Positano) and the views this amazing coastline has to offer.
4: We back track on the autostrada to Cassino and, after a short
visit to the Abbey of Montecassino, we ride the foothills of the
Abruzzo mountains via Avezzano and Rieti, aiming for the
historical town of Orvieto in the Umbria region. We spend
the night right in the center by the cathedral.
5: We transfer to Siena via Lake Bolsena and southern Tuscany.
Along the way we shall stop in towns such as Radicofani,
Pienza, Montalcino and reach Siena riding the amazing rolling hills of the
6: You can take a rest day in this ancient Tuscan town with lots
to see and to do, or take a loop ride around the areas of
Chianti and the Metallifere hills, visiting sites such as
Volterra and San Galgano.
7: We ride north west across Tuscany with stops in San Gimignano,
Pisa (leaning tower) and Lucca. We then reach Lerici by the Mediterranean
sea across the mountains of Garfagnana.
8: Loop ride of the Cinque Terre with visit to Portovenere and
lunch in Vernazza. These 5 villages of the Ligurian coast rival
the charm of the Amalfi Coast from their northern
9: We leave the coast and head north across the Appennino
mountain range along some very twisty roads. Whilst entering
Modena coming from the Passo del Cerreto we pay visit to a
Maserati private collection leaving Ferrari, Lamborghini and
Ducati for the following day.
10: We spend the day visiting the motor museums of the area and
riding a quick loop to the top of the Abetone pass SS12. The
SS12 was often used as testing ground for the motor producers of
11: We head north across the great plain known as the Pianura
Padana and reach Lake Garda for our
lunch stop. In the afternoon we witness the first
Dolomites, those of the Brenta Group by lake Molveno and then
make our base near Bolzano for the next 3 nights.
12: We take the classic Dolomite loop ride over the most famous
and beautiful passes like the Pordoi, the Giau, the Falzarego,
the Valparola, the Gardena and the Sella passes.
13: We take on the BIG ONE! the one and only Stelvio pass with
its 96 switchbacks. We ride up the Merano side and down the
other side to Bormio. Then do it again and head back to Bolzano the way we
came. By the end of the day you'll have mastered 192 switch
backs : )!
14: After a few more Dolomite passes we ride south to Monte
and then reach our final destination in Venice/Mestre.
1: Rome - Sperlonga
Day 2: Sperlonga - Amalfi
Day 3: Amalfi loop ride
Day 4: Amalfi - Orvieto
Day 5: Orvieto - Siena
Day 6: Siena loop
Day 7: Siena - Lerici
Day 8: Cinque Terre loop
Day 9: Lerici - Modena
Day 10: motor museums loop
Day 11: Modena - Bolzano
Day 12: loop ride of the Dolomites
Day 13: loop ride of Stelvio
Day 14: Monte Grappa - Venice
participated in the Grand Tour of Italy from Sept 22nd to
Oct 5th. It was a fantastic tour!! Not only did Francesco
lead us through the best riding experience I've ever had,
but also showed us the most interesting parts of Italy along
the way. He pointed out the historical significance of the
areas, as well as the food and wine specialties of each
region. He brought us to "out of the way"
attractions that are real gems to see and experience.
There's no way that we could have possibly seen and
experienced this much on our own. Francesco had planned out
a detailed tour for every day, however, he was very flexible
to our individual wishes and capabilities on modified the
tour as required for our group. Through this tour, the four
participating couples developed friendships that will
continue into the future. A truly awesome experience that I
will never forget.
and Cheryl Schmidt from Canada, Grand Tour of Italy 2018