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CENTRAL ITALY TOUR

 Tour dates:

 9 - 21 June 2012

8 - 20 September 2012

The Central Italy tour per excellence. This is Central Italy at its best. 11 days spent riding around Classic Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Abruzzi. An incredible sequence of neverending fantastic roads and amazing scenery from the rolling hills of Tuscany to the high mountains of Umbria and of Abruzzi. Unforgettable. If there is just one tour you can do in Italy in your life, this should be it.

Starting and ending in Rome we always have a double night in every town we stay in. This allows a relaxed schedule and a rest day whenever one needs it.

We start on a Sunday out of Rome and to reach Orvieto we wind our way along the roads of Tuscia, once inhabited by the preroman population known as the Etruscans. We enjoy the roads around lake Bracciano, Cerveteri and Lake Vico. We also stop in Civita di Bagnoregio, the enchanting "dying" village, before reaching Orvieto a gem of a town, often the favourite stay of the entire trip.

From Orvieto we enjoy the great ride that sets up the visit to Assisi. The visit to the cathedral of Saint Francis is breathtaking. The ride back through Montefalco and Todi offers the possibility of enjoying the Umbrian backroads and scenery.

From Orvieto we head for Siena along the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia visiting Pienza, Montalcino and the small medieval Abbey of Saint'Antimo, set amongst Brunello vineyards and olive groves. We reach Siena in the evening and settle in for our next two night stopover. On the loop ride out of Siena we visit S.Gimignano, Volterra, ride the fantastic roads of the Metallifere hills to reach the ancient and abbandoned Abbey of San Galgano, home to our very own "sword in the rock".

Chianti Classico is served on our way to Arezzo, but not in liquid form. The Chianti Classico is the Tuscan area between Siena and Florence from which this exquisite wine comes from. It offers also amazing roads and endless rolling hills covered in vineyards of the best quality, woodlands and olive groves. Here and there are hill perched picturesque medieval villages. In all a tremendous day for riding (like all others really)...

Arezzo isn't a tourist town, in fact not many tourist are to be found in Arezzo. Here you get a good sense of what Tuscan real life is about. Of course there is art and history, but the tourists hords are missing. It also offers a great base to ride into the Marche region on our loop ride. The loop ride takes us to Urbino, birthplace of Valentino Rossi. The ride there and back takes us over two incredible roads, Bocca Trabaria and Bocca Serriola. Amazing sequences of twisty riding.

From Arezzo we used to make our way back to Rome in previous editions, but from now on we extend our riding and head for Norcia in the mountains of Umbria. On the way there, we stop in Gubbio and Camerino and reach Norcia at the foothill of the Sibillini mountains. In June the Piano Grande of Castelluccio will be in bloom. An amazing spectacle that we can enjoy on the loop ride around the Sibillini mountains.

From Norcia our next destination will be Sulmona in the heart of Abruzzi. To reach Sulmona we cut across the Gran Sasso national park. The Gran Sasso (Big Rock) is the highest mountain in central Italy and the surrounding highplane offers incredible wild scenery. One of our guests said it reminded him of South America. Sulmona is a wonderful town with Roman remains and beautiful city centre. Ideal as a double night stop. The loop ride takes us to the Majella National Park. At the very top of Passo Lanciano the views over the Adriatic sea on a clear day allow you to see nearly across to Croatia.

From Sulmona we head back to Rome crossing the National Park of Abruzzi and parts of Ciociaria. We get back mid afternoon, so as to avoid the critical rush hour traffic. 

motorcycle                                         couple in double           solo rider in shared room            solo rider in single room 
Suzuki V-Strom 650                                  2545                                  3160                                             4170    
BMW F650GS (twin)                                   2545                                  3160                                             4170
Triumph Bonneville 800                             2545                                  3160                                             4170 

Ducati ST3                                               2950                                  3860                                             4400 

BMW R1200GS                                         3025                                   4015                                            4550 
BMW R1200RT                                         3100                                   4170                                            4705
Ducati MTS1200                                       3100                                   4170                                            4705 


minimum number of participants: 10maximum number of participants: 14
closing date: 60 days prior to tour commencement If minimum number of participants isn't reached the tour can be cancelled or run with different format. Booking fee 10% of total to be paid on reserving a place on the tour. for currency converter click herewhat is included: 1) motorcycle rental of a touring prepared bike with side cases, top case, tank bag, locks and alarm, and tubeless puncture repair kit.  2) 8 nights accommodation in 3 or 4 star family run hotels with breakfast and safe parking for the bikes, especially selected for being located in the historical centre of each town.3) welcome and farewell dinners in Rome. 4) The guide always on a motorcycle. He will be there as a point of reference and to facilitate things during your trip. You can ride following him or decide to seek your own way. You will always be able to reach him on his mobile phone in case of need or get advice during riding breaks. Think of him as your local source of information and a fellow traveller. 5) support van with second guide to carry your luggage (one piece per person) from hotel to hotel, provide necessary assistance during the tour with tools and spares, and carry any purchases you have made along your way. It also has two extra seats for passengers who wish to take a rest from the pillion seat. 6) an Italian GSM phone, that you can use to receive calls from home free of roaming charges or make emergency calls in any situation. 7)maps and road book of the tour.


what is NOT included:

1) fuel for your motorcycle2) motorway tolls and ferries3) entrance to museums or other sites4) gratuities and tips5) all lunches and dinners except for welcome and farewell dinner6) beverages with your dinner7) credit used on the GSM cell phones8) airport transfers (we will give you all options - including a chauffer driven car if you wish)9) flights to and from Rome

IN COLLABORAZIONE CON FIOCCO ROSSO VIAGGI

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