Italy Motorcycle Tours 2015

Italy Guided Motorcycle Tours 2015

motorcycle tours italy

As you might know, I go to Italy 4 times a year and I have been travelling the country far and wide. Motorcycling is one of my passions and a long-time dream of mine is to organize motorcycle tours and share the fun with my U.S. motorcycle buddies.

 

I am planning my first trip as an all inclusive Motorcycle tour of Italy from Saturday May 23 2015 to Sunday May 31st 2015. My Italian house is in Bolsena, an area famous for Lake Bolsena and an ideal place to explore central Italy. Bolsena is along the Via Cassia, and the Via Francigena (an old pilgrim route from Canterbury, UK, to Rome ) cuts through the center of town. It has its own basilica, built as remembrance of an ancient miracle, and is a pilgrimage destination in its own right. The town of Bolsena is located next to the borders of Tuscany, Lazio, and Umbria, therefore it is an ideal place from which to explore all three regions.  ( see my motorcycle history )

 

Being centrally located is ideal for motorcycle tours of central Italy. The advantage is that we can leave all the luggage in Bolsena and do daily trips. It takes at least 1 hour to pack bikes and unpack them so I think that,  by having a good central location, we can save time and aggravation. Maybe we could also have a two-day trip: I am open to your suggestions. Ideally, I would alternate a long day riding, from 8am to 7pm,  with a shorter day with an easy schedule,  from 10am to 7pm. 

 

I’ve just started planning the routes but possible day trips are:

 

Italy Motorcycle guided tours Italy on a motorcycle

 

Italy motorcycle tours 2015:

D-Day-1 D-Day-2:  

I will be in Rome  2 days early, so lets meet in Rome, Italy:  I can help out with what to see, where to go  and we can have dinner together.

Trip 1: Transfer Rome to Bolsena – Via Cimina and visit to medieval towns along the way (i.e. Viterbo, Tuscania,  the dying town of Civita di Bagnoregio).

 

Italy guided motorcycle tour Italy Tour Day 1 and last day transfer from Rome to Bolsena

 

Trip 2: Orbetello - a day at the seaside (Orbetello is a very beautiful small town situated on a lagoon that is a Natural Reserve 35 km South of Grosseto, in Tuscany) - Approx 250 km ( 160 miles) round trip. Visiting Porto Ercole, Porto Santo Stefano, Montalto Di Castro, Capalbio.

 

Orbetello , a great motorcycle route Orbetello : a great motorcycle route

 

Trip 3: Tuscany – stop at the hot springs in Saturnia and visit of several medieval towns along the way: (i.e. Pitigliano, the Little Jerusalem, Grotte di Castro, Acquapendente, Sovana, Sorana) - Approx 200 km or less.

 

Pitigliano, the Little Jerusalem of Italy
Ph. depositphotos/Creativemarc

 

Trip 4: (1 or 2 days) Tuscany – visit to Siena (a World Heritage Site,  with its beautiful Piazza del Campo and the striped Cathedral), and San Gimignano (also called the Manhattan of the Middle Ages because of its many towers, and another World Heritage Site) – Approx 400 km. This covers more or less the heart of Tuscany so it could be split into a two day trip, stopping at San Gimignano for the night.  We should also stop at Montalcino, world famous for its red wine (Brunello di Montalcino).

 

Montacino Stopping for a wine taste in Montalcino
 

 

Trip 5: Umbria –  tour of Umbria to see Orvieto (its cathedral is a gothic architecture masterpiece), Todi (a walled town whose Piazza del Popolo was one of the most important squares in the Middle Ages), Perugia (enclosed by two series of walls: one Etruscan and one Medieval, that with many other monuments testify its long and important history), Assisi (where the two Patron Saints of Italy were born, San Francesco and Santa Chiara, an enchanting town that attracts millions of visitors every year). This would be a long day – Approx 300 km.

 

The cathedral in Orvieto
Ph. depositphotos/StevanZZ

 

Trip 6: Abruzzi – a long day up in the mountain toward the Gran Sasso (a mountain and National Park) and Campo Imperatore (a large plateau – Italy’s Little Tibet - at 1800 m above sea level). This would be another long day – Approx 600 km

 

Campo imperatore on a motorcycle Campo imperatore on a motorcycle

 

Trip 7: Umbria – Cortona (a medieval town where “Under the Tuscan Sun” was filmed), Lago Trasimeno (the largest lake in Central Italy), Gubbio (a medieval town of dark grey stone, narrow streets and gothic architecture) – Approx 350 km.  Since Umbria has so many medieval towns to visit, this trip could be extended and split in two days.

 

Trip  8 : A to be decided long trip, possibly to be split in two days – Some ideas could be the Elba Island, if people will prefer some seaside views, or  other coastal destinations, such as San Marino etc.

 

Prices include:

9 days riding +  8 nights at the Hotel  (7 night in Bolsena + 1 night  during the 2 day trip)

We will spend 2 days in Rome  ( prior to the tour ) so also co-riders can relax and get over their jet lag. Hotels  in Rome are not included, but I will be happy to help find accomodation and planning tours of the city. 

Food and lodging will be included for the riding portion of the trip ( food and lodging in Rome is not included since people might just eat out ). Drinks and local (house)  wine are included.

A car should be availble to help move luggages from Rome to Bolsena.

 

ALL PRICES ARE IN EURO.  On January, 30,  2015 exchange rate was 1 Euro = 1.14 US Dollar   ( ** prices and schedule may change depending on the requests from the riders )

 

Motorcycle couple  solo rider 
double room Single room
BMW F700GS  E     1,700  E     2,750
BMW F800R        
Moto Guzzi V7        
BMW F800GT  E     1,920  E     2,900
BMW F800GS        
BMW R1200GS  E     2,000  E     3,000
BMW S1000XR         
BMW R Nine T        
BMW R1200RT (AC)        
BMW R1200RT (LC)  E     2,020  E     3,100
BMW R1200GSA        
Alfa Spider        
BMW K1600GTL   E     2,150  E     3,300
Honda GL1800 Goldwing         

 

 

Riding in Italy could be tricky in cities like Rome or Florence. Riding in the countryside of Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzi will be not much different than riding in the country roads in the U.S. However, I suggest this trip only to good experienced riders, for any questions please talk to me directly.

 

Cost: Prices proposed are, at the moment, indicative. I am still working them out  and more details will be online soon. Contact me if you are undecided, or need more information.

 

If enough members are interested, we could organize a meeting to discuss the trip and its  possible variations. 

From the U.S call me directly at 301 793 1197.

 

Paolo Nascimbeni

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