Italy Guided Motorcycle Tours 2015
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 tours 2015:
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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 )
|double room||Single room|
|BMW F700GS||E 1,700||E 2,750|
|Moto Guzzi V7|
|BMW F800GT||E 1,920||E 2,900|
|BMW R1200GS||E 2,000||E 3,000|
|BMW R Nine T|
|BMW R1200RT (AC)|
|BMW R1200RT (LC)||E 2,020||E 3,100|
|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.