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Terre di Motori 

28 May - 5 June 2011
27 August - 4 September 2011

This tour is dedicated to all of you who love anything to do with cars, bikes, driving and riding. This area is the Italian region where it all started. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini and Ducati are all within 30km of each other. Why? The roads in this part of the Appenino mountains are incredible. Some passes are 80/90km long and produce an ongoing set of twisties which is hard to find anywhere else.

In this region when you decide to stop for a rest and park up by a coffee bar, inevitably someone will greet you and share a few words with you about the bike you are riding and tell you stories about the road you are on. Coffee bars here will have pictures of the local Ferrari and Ducati club. 

The tour starts and ends in Florence. Makes a 3 night stop in Modena, the heart of our Land of Engines (Terra di Motori). We then move to the West and have a two night stopover in Sestri Levante (beside Cinque Terre). Some of the Ligurian passes are also amazing. 



Day 1: Florence is a great base to ride the Appenino passes and make a fantastic loop around the National Park of the Casentino forrests. Amazing roads and views coupled with excellent food make it an unforgettablke sunday ride

Day 2: we point our wheels north and take on the Futa and Raticosa passes heading towards Bologna and then take the minor transversal passes into Modena through Zocca and Vignola. We set base in Modena for the next 3 nights right in the centre of town. 

Day 3: a full day dedicated to museums and factories. In turn we shall visit Maserati (Modena), Ferrari (Maranello), Lamboghini (Sant'Agata Bolognese) and "dulcis in fundo" the Ducati factory and museum in Borgo Panigale. Not many km but lots to see.

Day 4: a loop ride that will take us to Lucca and back over the highest Appenino pass, the Abetone pass. Lucca makes a perfect lunch stop. It's a fantastic place to visit.

Day 5: we head for the Ligurian coast and enjoy some great riding along the Cerreto, Cisa and Cento Croci passes. You will still be twisting and turning in your dreams when you finally get some rest in Sestri Levante.

Day 6: possible rest day by the beach in Sestri or a hike in the Cinque Terre using the local train or ferries. For those riding, the SS45 Val Trebbia awaits as well as the blessing of Saint Colombano on the Penice pass. Saint Colombano was chosen as the patron saint for Italian motorcyclists and a statue in his honour is diplayed at the top of the Penice pass. 

Day 7: we return to Florence riding the top of the Cinque Terre and along the Garfagnana valley. Visit an old marble quarry near Carrara. And before we reach Florence we pay tribute to the genius of all machines, Leonardo da Vinci, at the museum in his home town, Vinci. 


Prices in euro for the guided tour:


double occupancy


single occupancy supplement

Suzuki V-Strom 650




BMW F650GS (twin)
Triumph Bonneville 800
Moto Guzzi V7 Classic




Ducati ST3




Ducati ST4s




Ducayi MTS1200




own bike





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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, tubeless puncture repair kit and break down assistance.

2) 8 nights accommodation in 3S 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 

4) Francesco, the owner of CIMT will be your guide. 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 Francesco as your local source of information and a fellow traveller.

5) Support van with second guide to carry your luggage 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.



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

6) beverages with your dinners

7) credit used on the CIMT GSM cell phones



28 May - 5th June 2011
27 August - 4 September 2011 


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