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Motorcycle Tour of Abruzzi - Campo Imperatore and Castelluccio di Norcia

Central Highlands

A stunning 7 day riding program in the mountains to the east of Rome. We cross several regional and national natural parks of great beauty and historical interest. The riding is amazing! There's always something interesting to see and quaint hilltop villages to explore.

This week tour will give you an unforgettable flavour of Italian mountain life both present and past.

Day 1: we exit Rome on A24 and then take the Via Tiburtina (SS5). After Arsoli, we veer north along the shores of Lake Turano, reaching Mount Terminillo, also known as the mountain of Rome, as it's the closest ski resort. The views from the top are amazing. Riding down on the other side of this mountain we reach Leonessa, worth a visit, and then on to Norcia and the Sibillini mountains.  Castelluccio di Norcia is famous for the flowering at the beginning of the summer, exactly when we ride this guided tour. People from all over come to see this. We'll have the privilege to stay here overnight, sample the local produce and soak up the atmosphere for two nights.

the top of the Terminillo mountain 2217 mt - Oct 2020

Day 2: We ride a loop around the back of the Monti Sibillini, visit Camerino, ride along the shores of Lake Fiastra, visit the small town of Ascoli Piceno, and return to Castelluccio from the eastern approach. We spend a second night in Castelluccio which gives you another opportunity to enjoy the flowering of this amazing place and enjoy its hospitality.

flowering in castelluccio di norcia June 2020

Day 3: We leave Castellucio and head towards the Gran Sasso mountain which is the highest peak in Central Italy. The setting is amazing and the riding superb. This plateau is known as Campo Imperatore. Before we reach Campo Imperatore we ride through the ruins of Amatrice (destroyed in the 2016 earthquake), along the shores of lake Campotosto and also take a quick visit the archaeological site of Amiternum, near l'Aquila. We also ride the SS80 which is one of the best roads in Central Italy, also known as Passo delle Capannelle. We visit Campo Imperatore, where, in the hotel under restoration now and built in the 30s, Mussolini was held captive at the end of WW2. We end our day in an amazing place where our hotel rooms are spread across a small mountain village. We'll be sleeping in old restored homes of the middle ages, of course with all modern comforts.

Corno Grande 2990mt - Campo Imperatore

Day 4: We take another loop ride and this time head across the valley to the Plateau of the Rocche (fortresses). We reach Albe Fucens and visit another ancient Roman site with a magnificent amphitheatre. We then ride the amazing Forca Caruso SS5 (Via Tiburtina) before returning back to the hotel via the Sirente mountain range for a second night in our medieval village.

Rocca Calascio in the Gran Sasso National Park

Day 5: We set out back north to Campo Imperatore and complete our ride towards Castel del Monte and Rocca Calascio, Ladyhake's castle (film 1985). From here we ride through the small village of Navelli, famous for its high quality saffron, and reach the massif of the Majella. Our destination is the dead end at the top of Blockhaus, where on a clear day you can view the islands of Croatia all the way across the Adriatic sea. We finish our day over the Leonardo pass into Sulmona for another two night stop

blockhaus majella in moto

Day 6: We take a loop ride in the National Park of Abruzzi, Molise and Lazio as far as Isernia on the "toboggan" which is the old SS17. We then ride to view the San Vincenzo Lake, in a unique setting, and then head north on the Devil's pass returning to Sulmona.

Day 7: It's the last day of the tour and we have to make our way back to Rome. Our ride however still has some surprises. We ride the Sagittario gorges and then reach Lazio over the Forca d'Acero pass. This pass is especially beautiful in fall with the incredible foliage colours of the Beech and Maple trees, but still offers refreshing shade in summer and an array of greens. Before we reach Rome we shall be enjoying the rolling hills of Ciociaria, a region in the past known for its intense herding of sheep. A short blast on the autostrada, as we did on day one, will see us at our hotel in no time at all, ready to hand over the bikes and aim for our farewell dinner.



Prices in EURO per person:

sharing a double: 2200 euro

in a single room: 2750 euro

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minimum number of participants: 8
maximum number of participants: 12

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 to CIMT on reserving a place on the tour.

Balance to be paid to Freelance srl between 60 and 30 days prior to tour start


what is included:

1) 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

2) welcome and farewell dinners in Rome

3) 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.

4) support van with second guide not only to carry your luggage from hotel to hotel, but also 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.

5) maps and road book of the tour

6) a CIMT gift of the tour


what is NOT included:

1) motorcycle rental (you can come with your bike, rent one of ours, or from any other rental outfit)
2) fuel for your motorcycle
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) motorway tolls and ferries
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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