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  Motorcycle Tour of Tuscany and Cinque Terre

Tuscany and Cinque Terre

Dates: 15 - 26 May 2021 / 17 - 29 September 2021

 

This is a 11 day Motorcycle Tour of Tuscany and Cinque Terre. It starts and ends in Rome and designs a loop to the Cinque Terre and back to Rome covering all of the nice roads and Tuscan gems. 

We have 4 double night stopovers so this allows ample space to discover the historical towns we stay in. Our support vehicle will follow the route so the bikes will be free of luggage for maximum enjoyment.
We start by heading to the amazing town of Orvieto. We stay the night in a hotel right by the cathedral and enjoy stroll down the main street for shopping and our evening meal. We then head north to Cortona (Under the Tuscan Sun), and visit the famous towns of Assisi and Gubbio on the way. Out of Cortona we take a loop into Marche and ride two amazing roads on the way to Urbino.
Our route then heads north into the mountains of the Appennino on the historical pass of the Muraglione and a visit to the Mugello MotoGP Circuit before reaching Florence for another two night stop. Enjoy a day,in Florence, or ride Chianti. Tough one, but it's up to you.
From Florence we head for Lucca and reach the coast of Liguria over the amazing Apuan Alps and its white marble quarries. Our base for two nights is in Lerici. From here we take a day to explore the Cinque Terre. Time to head back south and our route takes us to Pisa and to San Gimignano before reaching our last double night stopover, Siena. What a wonderful place Siena is. We have dinner in the main square where the Palio is run. Another chance to visit an incredible historical city, or ride to the abandoned Abbey with the sword in the rock.
Leaving Siena takes us through the most classic of all Tuscan sceneries. We ride the Crete Senesi and the Val d'Orcia. We stop in Pienza and Montalcino before stopping for the night in Bolsena, by the biggest volcanic lake in Italy, lake Bolsena. It's the last day and we return to Rome in the early hours of the afternoon to beat rush hour traffic and get ready for our farewell dinner.

Join us for this fascinating tour of Central Italy.

 

On day 1 we shall ride out of Rome on a Sunday morning and ride to the volcanic lakes of Bracciano and Vico, visit the amphitheatre of Sutri and visit the dying village of Civita di Bagnoregio before reaching Orvieto in the historic centre right by the Duomo (cathedral), a real masterpiece!

On day 2 we shall ride from Orvieto to Assisi, to Gubbio and then reach the "Under the Tuscan Sun" Etruscan town of Cortona via the Trasimeno Lake. It's an amazing day with short twisty rides and incredible towns to visit like Assisi and Gubbio. Lake Trasimeno is the largest natural lake in Central Italy and we view it from the spot where the Romans lost a very important battle to Hannibal the Carthaginian. 

lago trasimento tramonto

The loop ride out of Cortona (day 3) will offer a run to Urbino in the Marche region over two of the best Central Italian passes, Bocca Serriola and Bocca Trabaria. On this ride, if you are a MotoGP fan, you'll also have the possibly to visit Tavullia, Valentino Rossi home town. It's just down the road from Urbino.  

On day 4 we continue north passing Arezzo and heading into the Casentino forests of the Appenino mountain range. We enjoy some great mountain passes, including the very famous "Muraglione pass", and reach Florence via the Mugello area. We also have two nights in Florence. This will give you a chance to take it easy, potentially taking a day off to visit this magnificent city. 

On day 5, as mentioned, you can take the day off, or enjoy an incredible ride around the amazing Chianti area. Rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves, set the scene for some of the best riding in Italy. We'll be back early, so that even the riders will have time to enjoy some time in Florence. Dinner will be in the heart of Florence right by the Uffizi gallery.

On day 6 we head for the Cinque Terre. Along the way we shall visit Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci's birthplace, and Lucca, the perfect Tuscan town. After viewing the Devil's bridge just north of Lucca, we cross an amazing pass of the Apuan Alps and witness where the White Marble of Carrara is still extracted. We reach the town of Lerici for the evening for another double night stop. We'll be just across the bay from the Cinque Terre.

It's day 7 and we run the loop ride of the Cinque Terre. Anyone wanting to take the day off the bike can use the small ferries that connect Lerici to Cinque Terre and view the coastline from the sea, hopping on and off the ferries in each of the 5 marine villages. The rest of the group will ride the SS1 Via Aurelia to the top of the Passo del Bracco and then reach Levanto for lunch.  We then follow the Cinque Terre coastal road back to Lerici admiring and riding this beautiful Liguria coastline. 

san gimignano filari vigna

On day 8 we head back south to the heart of Tuscany, Siena. On the way there we shall stop in Pisa to check the lean on the tower, and in San Gimignano to see if all of its 13 medieval towers are still standing. We finish our day in Siena just outside the ancient city walls. Thsi enables us a leisurely stroll down to the heart of the city for an amazing evening meal right in the Campo where twice a year they hold the famous and controversial Palio.

 crete senesi strada

On the loop ride out of Siena (day 9) we'll explore the hills to the south towards Maremma, visit the town of Volterra, famous for its alabaster crafts. We have lunch in Massa Marittima and visit the place where the myth of King Arthur's sword in the rock may have originated, San Galgano.
You can also take a rest and enjoy Siena. There is plenty to see in this beautiful town. 

On day 10 we leave Siena heading south. Our first area to explore are the Crete Senesi, a small area south east of Siena where the action of time and of mankind have moulded the clay hills and badlands into rolling hills. It's a spectacular area that inspired many poets, photographers and painters. We also visit two gems of Tuscany, Pienza, a Renaissance gem, and Montalcino, the home of the Brunello red wine. We finish our day in Bolsena after a tour of the Amiata ancient volcano and parts of Maremma stoping in Saturnia, Pitigliano, Sovana and Sorano. 

Day 11 is our last day and we make our way back to Rome around the Bolsena lake, Tuscania, Tarquinia (Etruscan site) and the Tolfa hills before reaching our tour hotel well ahead of the rush hour in Rome. This will give us an easy ride back and enough time to hand back the bikes, and get ready for the farewell dinner. 

 

Map of Itinerary:

 

 

Only for a small group of riders: min 10 people - max 14 people 

  

included:

not included

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

fuel for bike

12 nights accommodation with breakfast

dinners, lunches and snacks

welcome and farewell dinners in Rome

beverages 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 Central Italy (1:400.000)

city taxes
support vehicle for luggage anything not expressly included

 

Bike Sharing a Double room riding solo
own bike 3170 euro
F750GS, Ducati Scrambler 800 4445 euro
F850GS, Ducati Scrambler 1100 4590 euro
R1250GS, Multistrada 950S 4770 euro
R1250RT, Ducati Multistrada 1260S 4820 euro
 
single room supplement +640 euro
passenger sharing double room

+2400 euro

 

Pricing examples:

1 person in a single on a BMW F750GS =  4445 euro + 640 euro =  5085 euro

a couple riding two-up on BMW R1250GS = 4770 euro + 2400 euro = 7170 euro

 

for dates look at our calendar on the tour page