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  Motorcycle Tour of the Amalfi Coast and South of Italy

Amalfi Coast and South

29 Sept. - 9 Oct. 2023

10 - 20 April 2024

This is a motorcycle ride to the tip of the heel of Italy, Puglia. We explore what lies south of Rome on the way towards Greece and the middle east. As a matter of fact before the Romans the Greeks had colonised this part of Italy and it was known as "Magna (Big) Grecia (Greece)". We design a loop from Rome to Santa Maria di Leuca where the Jonian and Adriatic seas meet. We partially follow ancient Roman Via Appia (SS7), which connected Rome to the main commercial port to the middle East, Brindisi, and visit the highlights of the marvellous territory and enjoy its views, ride its best roads, appreciate its culture and food.

 

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Read the day by day info and join us on this amazing ride.

Day 1: We set out of Rome and head for the Prenestini mountains. We ride the little Stelvio (21 switchbacks in 5 km), visit Subiaco, and reach Fiuggi for lunch. From here we ride towards the coast  on a superb road and reach Sperlonga. A great place to be by the sea near Rome right on the beach.

Day 2: We follow the SS7 (Via Appia) and head directly to visit Pompei in the morning. We have a guided visit of this fascinating site and have lunch in Pompei. In the afternoon we have all the time we need to ride to Amalfi, our first double night stop.

panorama costiera amalfitana

Day 3: A full day to enjoy the Amalfi coast. We ride to the tip of the Sorrento peninsula to view Capri island. We have time to visit Positano, the small fiord of Furore, Ravello, and generally soak up the atmosphere of this amazing coastline blessed by the mountains that fall directly into the deep blue sea and which protect it from the northern winds.

Day 4: We complete the coastal ride reaching Vietri sul Mare and head inland across the mountains of Campania and Basilicata and reach Matera, culture capital of Europe in 2019, and home of the Sassi di Matera, ancient dwellings carved in the stone. Another two nights in a hotel right by these ancient dwellings. It's an amazing experience.

Day 5: We have full day to ride to see the "Piccole Dolomiti Lucane", the small dolomites of the south. Not far from Matera there's a small area of amazing rock formations and badlands which make for an amazing day ride. We'll also ride by the abandoned town of Craco, which was abandoned in the 60s as it started sliding away. Of course it's a loop ride which also means you can take rest and explore Matera and its Sassi.

dolomiti lucane pietrapertosa

Day 6: From Matera we ride to Alberobello, the town of the cone shaped houses known as Trulli, and from there we head south to Taranto and ride the coastline with its white sandy beaches and reach Lecce, the capital of Salento, the heel of Italy. Lecce is a baroque city and well worth staying in with its lively historical centre.

alberobello trulli puglia

Day 7: We ride the loop of Salento to Santa Maria di Leuca and back counter clockwise to enjoy being always on the side of the water. We stop at the second tallest lighthouse in Europe and for the fit ones you can climb to the top (234 steps), and enjoy the view of the surroundings from 102m above sea level. It's claimed that one can see the Albanian mountains on a clear day. We return to Lecce via Otranto and enjoy and incredible bit of coastal road.

Day 8: We head back north visit Ostuni, the white city because of its white painted houses,  cross the Murge area by Altamura, famous for its bread, and reach the famous octagonal castle of Fredrik II. This castle is unique in its shape and size and no one really know exactly what it was built for. Too small for defensive reasons and with its geometrical structure it suggests a place for esoteric purposes. A fascinating visit just before reaching Trani for the night with its amazing white cathedral by the sea.

castel del monte puglia

Day 9: We ride north along the Adriatic coast and explore the spur of Italy's boot, the Gargano peninsula. Many curves, incredible coastlines and an ancient forest, called the Foresta Umbra (umbra = dark). Lunch in Vieste and final destination Termoli in Molise, the small region of Italy no one (even Italians) ever remembers. 

Day 10: Time to head back to Rome across Molise and southern Lazio. Rolling hills and relaxing scenery before reaching our starting point in Rome. Farewell dinner and arrivederci to the next adventure. 

viadotto molise

 

Summary:

Day 1: Rome - Sperlonga
Day 2: Sperlonga - Pompei - Amalfi
Day 3: Ravello - Sorrento, Positano - Amalfi
Day 4: Vietri sul Mare - Matera
Day 5: loop ride of the Small Dolomies of the South
Day 6. Matera - Alberobello - Lecce
Day 7: loop ride of Salento
Day 8: Lecce - Ostuni - Castel del Monte - Trani
Day 9: Trani - Gargano - Termoli
Day 10: Termoli - Roma

 

 

 

included:

not included

10 days motorcycle rental with unlimited km equipped with side and top cases

fuel for bike

11 nights accommodation

dinners, lunches and snacks

welcome and farewell dinners in Rome (2)

beverages apart from water with your dinners

1 tour guide on bike at all times

entrance fees to any museums or historical sites

1 tour handbook

toll roads (if necessary)

1 map of Southern Italy (1:400.000)

anything not expressly included

 chase van for luggage and support

city taxes

 

Motorcycle

Sharing a Double room riding solo

own bike

2960 euro

Moto Morini X Cape 650

3955 euro

BMW F750GS, Honda NC750X, Moto Guzzi V85TT, Moto Guzzi V7

4055 euro

Honda Africa Twin 1100

4175 euro

BMW R1250GS, Ducati V2

4265 euro

BMW R1250RT, Ducati V4

4335 euro

single room supplement

+495 euro

passenger sharing double

+2525 euro

 

Pricing Example: 
if you want to participate riding a BMW F750GS in a single room: 4055 euro + 495 euro = 4550 euro
if you are a couple riding two-up on a BMW R1250GS: 4265 euro + 2525 euro = 6790 euro
if you are two riders sharing a room there is no supplement and you pay according to the bike of choice. 

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