arrive in one of the two International airports in Rome, check in and take
the day to rest or visit the eternal city. At 5pm be back at the hotel for the start of the tour.
there will be a
briefing followed by a welcoming drink and dinner.
If you'd like to arrive a couple of days early and
enjoy the sites please let CIMT know, we can help you.
Day 1 (sun).
We leave Rome on the via Cassia running up the Cimini volcanic
hills and then down to Bolsena. From here we run along the lake to
the west and ride some excellent roads in lower maremma arriving to
Siena from the south west. Siena will be our base for the next two
days. You'll enjoy evening strolls through this wonderful city
and dinner on the Piazza del Campo.
(mon). The ride takes to Montalcino, home of
the Brunello red wine, then to S.Antimo to witness a gem in
Romanic architecture and the few remaining Gregorian chanting
monks. We carry on through Val d'Orcia to Pienza. From here we
ride the Crete Senesi along some obscure back roads and make our
way back to Siena.
(tue). The hills of Chianti await. We
ride north and explore the valleys and hills of this beautiful
and rich region, origin of such a valuable nectar. We then turn
west and ride to S. Gimignano for lunch. The afternoon ride
takes you south to S. Galgano on some fantastic roads to
discover the real "sword in the rock", away from mainstream
tourism. Buses can't get there without making all passengers
motion sick ;)!
Day 4 (wed).
transfer day to Garfagnana, a region squashed between the Apuan
Alps and the Tusco-Emiliano Apennine mountains. Ride to Volterra and
then down to Pontedera. Visit the Piaggio/Gilera museum and then go on to Pisa.
Check the lean on the tower. Ride to Lucca and admire this wonderful
Tuscan city and view the devil's bridge.
Day 5 (thur).
Ride takes us across the Apuan Alpine park to Cinque Terre. The
Apuan Alps are an amazing formation. Michelangelo's David is
carved from the marble extracted from these mountains in the
province of Carrara. The Cinque Terre are in Liguria not in Tuscany.
The beauty of the coast
line makes it a must. We
stop for lunch in Monterosso and then return to Castelnuovo over a
different route. You also have an opportunity to visit a private
collection of classic 150 Italian motorcycles, in an amazing
Pizzeria lost in the middle of nowhere.
Day 6 (fri).
Ride to Maranello over the Radici and Abetone passes. Incredible
riding plus the
Ferrari gallery. Unfortunately the factory cannot be visited,
you'll soak the atmosphere of a town which pulsates like a V12.
The Abetone pass awaits in inverted sequence with additional
Day 7 (sat).
Transfer day to Arezzo. We cut across the Apennines
and make base
on the Marche, Umbria and Toscana border. From here riding and
cultural options are plenty. Arezzo is the city where Benigni's
"Life is Beautiful" first part was played. You'll recognise the
locations, if you've seen the film. Our hotel is in the
old city centre.
We make base here for the
rest of the tour.
Day 8 (sun).
It's the Italian Moto GP race Sunday
and from Arezzo you can
reach the circuit in about an hour on your bike. For those of
you who are not interested, the
alternative is to ride the passes through
the Casentinese forests. Incredible roads and fabulous scenery with
some of the most famous Italian motorcycle passes like the
(mon). Loop ride Marche to San Marino along an area
called Montefeltro and come back through Urbino. The hills of
Marche offer great opportunities for riding and the frequent
villages and small towns are very welcoming.
On this ride you also have a chance of
reaching Valentino Rossi's home town and have a coffee in
(tue). Loop ride into Umbria over Bocca
Seriola to Gubbio. Then ride to Assisi, city of world Peace and
home town of the legendary San Francis.
Return to Arezzo via Lake Trasimeno and some more empty
11. (wed). The last riding day with transfer to Rome and end of tour. Before we finish you must ride
the 79bis "university of motorcycling" also known as "mille curve" (thousand
bends!). Visit Todi and have lunch in Orvieto and then ride back
through Bolsena and ride back to Rome along the SS2.
Day 12. (thur).
Transfer to Rome
airport and depart to your next destination
If you would like to extend your stay in Rome ask CIMT to reserve extra
nights for you.