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Coastline around Sperlonga

Sermoneta castle - southern Lazio

view of Vesuvius from Faito mountain

view towards Capri from Faito mountain

fruitstall on the side of the road - Amalfi coast

Praiano in the foreground - Positano in the background

near Papasidero - Pollino National park

tartufo gelato di Pizzo

tropea - calabria

selinunte archeological site

sea by sciacca

etna ride in fall

fiat cinquecento sicilian style

pollina on the madonie mountains

riding around ragusa

by the ceramic stairs in caltagirone

temple in agrigento

taormina riding down to isola bella

pantalica on the way to siracusa

boroque town of modica

windmills by the saline of motia (trapani)

sicily is famous for its red oranges

climbing to Erice - palermo rest day

 

 

 

Amalfi Coast + Sicily

This Motorcycle Tour of the South of Italy and of Sicily is a 11 full riding day ride combining 4 days to reach Sicily and 6 days around Sicily and 1 day getting back from Napoli to Rome. We shall aim for the most significant towns, historical sites and scenic areas riding the best roads available off the beaten track and use highways only when it is practical to do so. 

It's a full immersion in the beauties of the south of Italy. its culture, history and food. An incredible ride to understand the deep South. 

There are 3 double night stopovers in Amalfi, Taormina and Siracusa, which allow rest/shopping days or interesting loop rides.

Dates:

7 - 19 April 2018 13 - 25 Oct. 2018

 

Map:

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Day by day:

Day 1: we exit Rome on a Sunday morning and ride the volcanic lakes and hills south of Rome with Sperlonga as our lunch destination. From here we follow the Appian Way (Via Appia) all the way to Capua and Pompei. A visit here is a must for those of you who who have not visited this site before. After the visit we reach our final destination in the heart of the Amalfi Coast in Amalfi itself. 

Day 2: a full day is available for you to explore this incredible bit of Italian coast. Visit Ravello and its villas, Positano with its exclusive boutiques, and ride to end of the Sorrento peninsula with the best view over Capri. 

Day 3: We leave the Amalfi Coast behind following it all the way to Salerno. Our first stop is at the archaeological site of Paestum to view the magnificent Greek temples. From here we follow the coastal road south to Palinuro and Maratea, finally reaching Scalea in Calabria as our overnight destination. 

Day 4: More coastal roads to the tip of Italy's boot. We cross the Messina straight and samle the first twisty roads in Sicily riding over Sella Mandrazzi with a great view over the northern part of the majestic Etna volcano before reaching Taormina for another two night stop over.

Day 5: An easy day out of Taormina just riding to Savoca to visit the famous Bar Vitelli, set of the Godfather movie, and up to Castelmola. This easy day will let you catch your breath and fully appreciate this very beautiful Sicilian town and its treasures. 

Day 6: Etna awaits so we climb first on the north side and then ride around it on the eastern side to reach Etna Sud. From here we descend ride through the quiet Anapo Valley and its pre-historic Necropolis before reaching the ancient island of Ortigia, the baroque heart of Siracusa for the last of our double night stop overs.

Day 7: We ride a short loop across the Iblei hills viewing the finest examples of Sicilian baroque architecture in the towns of Noto, Modica and Ragusa. 

Day 8: Our ride takes us west to Caltagirone, the ceramic and pottery capital of Sicily, and to Piazza Armerina, where a visit to the Roman Villa del Casale is an absolute must. This Villa offers the best preserved Roman mosaics in the world. Our final destination is however by the sea near Agrigento. There is a chance to visit the Greek temples of the Valley of Temples here. 

Day 9: We transfer across the center of Sicily and reach Marsala across immense vineyards. We will enjoy a visit to one of the top wineries in Sicily and sample their wines at dinner which will also be our farewell dinner. 

Day 10: Once we have ridden across the salt plants of Trapani and visited medieval Erice we enjoy lunch by the white sandy beaches of San Vito lo Capo before reaching Palermo for the overnight ferry back to Napoli. 

Day 11: We ride back from Napoli to Rome with bits of the Autostrada and along the SS6 Via Casilina with a stop at the Abbey of Monte Cassino. 

 

to recap:

Day 0: Arrive Rome, briefing and pick up of bikes
Day 1: Rome - Sperlonga- Pompei - Amalfi
Day 2: Amalfi Coast ride
Day 3: Amalfi - Paestum - Maratea - Scalea
Day 4: Scalea - Taormina
Day 5: Taormina - loop ride - (free/rest day)
Day 6: Taormina - Siracusa
Day 7: Siracusa baroque loop (free/rest day)
Day 8: Siracusa - Caltagirone - Agrigento
Day 9: Agrigento - Marsala
Day 10: Marsala - Erice - Palermo (ferry)
Day 11: Napoli - Rome

motorcycle solo rider sharing double room
BMW F700GS
Moto Guzzi V7 (35kW)
Ducati Scrambler
4370 euro
BMW F800GS
BMW F800GT
4470 euro
BMW R1200GS
BMW R1200R
BMW R1200RS
Africa Twin
Ducati Multistrada 950
4590 euro
BMW R1200RT
BMW R1200GSA 
BMW S1000XR
Ducati MTS1200
Alfa Spider
4660 euro
Honda Goldwing GL1800 4810 euro
   
passenger supplement +1590 euro
single room supplement +470 euro


minimum number of participants: 8 bikes
maximum number of participants: 10 bikes

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.

 

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what is included:

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

2) 11 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star family run hotels with breakfast and safe parking for the bike

3) 1 ferry overnight crossing with cabin from Palermo to Napoli + short ferry crossing from Villa San Giovanni to Messina

4) Francesco (owner of CIMT) will be your motorcycle guide always on a motorcycle. The guide is 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 traveler.

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. The second guide will join the ride on the spare bike located in the van on loop days. 

6) Dinner in Rome at the start and dinner in Marsala at the end of the trip

7) maps and road book of the tour

 

what is NOT included:

1) fuel for your motorcycle
2) motorway tolls
3) entrance to museums or other sites
4) gratuities and tips
5) all lunches and dinners (except as per included ones) 
6) beverages with your dinners
7)
airport transfers (we will give you all options - including a chauffer driven car if you wish)
8) city taxes