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The Heart of Italy - spring run

 

An amazing tour with culture, roads, breathtaking scenery, excellent food and the possibility of going to the Italian Moto GP event at the Mugello circuit in spring.

We'll just list a few of the towns you'll see: Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Bologna, Modena and Maranello, Urbino, Assisi. This tour takes all of the highlights of Central Italy. A great tour which condenses so many excellent parts of Italy yet blends them in with some awesome riding.

Tuscany needs no presentation on our behalf, we'll just make sure you get on the best roads available and enjoy your stay. All the rest was prepared by nature and history.

 

daily route

 
 Day 0 (sat): 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.
Day 2 (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.
Day 3 (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 visit the Ferrari gallery. Unfortunately the factory cannot be visited, but you'll soak the atmosphere of a town which pulsates like a V12. The Abetone pass awaits in inverted sequence with additional entertainment.
Day 7 (sat). Transfer day to Arezzo. We cut across the Apennines and make base in Arezzo 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 "muraglione" pass.
Day 9 (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 his café.

Day 10. (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 backroads.

Day 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. Farewell dinner!
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.

 

 

summary 

  guided self guided
Dates 2007 26 May - 7 June April to October
(not available during guided dates)
Riding days: 11 11
Support vehicle: yes no
Nr. overnights 12 12
Nr. breakfasts 12 12
Nr. dinners 2 2
Airport transfers: yes yes
Welcome and farewell dinners: yes no
Starting/Ending in: Rome/Rome Rome/Rome
Riding ability level: experienced experienced
Riding distances per day: 200-300kms 200-300kms
Min. / Max. Participants 6 / 12 n/a
Moto GP race tickets no (ask CIMT for purchase as extra) n/a

 

guided tour prices per person in € euro:

bike \ accommodation single
(1bike/1pers)
double
(2bikes/2pers)
couple
(1bike/2pers)
V-Strom 650 / CBF600F / Monster 695 3510 3055 2480
Breva / ST3 / Multistrada 3790 3335 2620
R1200GS/R 3890 3430 2670
R1200RT 3990 3530 2720
own bike 2750 2290 2100

self-guided tour prices per person in € euro:

bike \ accommodation single
(1bike/1pers)
double
(2bikes/2pers)
couple
(1bike/2pers)
V-Strom 650 / CBF600F / Monster 695 2790 2245 1660
Breva / ST3 / Multistrada 3075 2520 1800
R1200GS/R 3170 2620 1850
R1200RT 3270 2720 1900
own bike 2030 1480 1280

 

how to book this tour

for further information please contact: tours@cimt.it

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