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Mugello MotoGP and Motorcycle Tour in Italy

Arrive in Rome, pick up your Ducati, BMW, or Moto Guzzi motorcycle, and then spend six fantastic days riding the twisty roads in the heart of Italy, and two days at the Autodromo del Mugello circuit to watch Vale and his MotoGP competitors put on a stunning show of speed, talent, and craziness to make this tour the ultimate Italian experience for the serious motorcycle enthusiast!

Key information

  • Bike: rented bikes (BMW, Ducati, Moto Guzzi models)
  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Mileage: 1586 kilometers / 986 miles
  • Daily rides: 64 - 250 kilometers / 40 - 156 miles
  • Riding gear: Helmets are mandatory in Italy. It is essential that you bring one with you. Also bring your own motorcycle boots, armored jackets, rain gear, and gloves. It will not be possible to hire this equipment in Italy.
  • Meals: Breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners in Rome

Meet the guides

Enrico
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Rome
  • Ride between 6 to 8 hours a day
  • Ride the endless curves to the small hills towns
  • Join the passionate celebration of MotoGP for 2 days
  • Visit the Ducati factory and museum
  • Experience MotoGP like an Italian
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


6 riding days
Group size: 8-12 participants
Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

The following stays are included in the package: 2 nights including breakfast in a 4-star hotel in Rome, and 7 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in the towns where you will stop during the tour.

Program

Yes, this is Italy, a motorcycle riders paradise! The endless curves, the historic small towns, the high mountain passes, the quaint little hotels, the food & wine, and watching MotoGP action at Mugello. Top it off with a visit to the Ducati Museum and Factory makes this the ultimate trip for motorcycle touring for MotoGP fans.

The passion of Italy is what makes this tour sexy. The food, the cars, the motorcycles, the people are all made with a passion for life. Enrico Grassi, founder of Hear the Road Tours, and Cat MacLeod, owner of Leod Escapes in the USA work together to make this tour unforgettable. Like, so many great Italian things, the tour is authentic, curvy, exciting, and delicious.

The tour starts and ends in Rome, which allows easy planning to extend your visit to this fabulous city should you want to.

Day 1: Welcome to Rome

A private car will take you from the airport to your hotel where Enrico, host of Hear The Road, will be waiting for a friendly Italian welcome. Arrival in the late morning / early afternoon is recommended.

Freshen up and settle into your room before gathering in the bar of the hotel for a “meet and greet” to get to know your tour colleagues. You are now ready to pick up the bikes and return them to the hotel garage. Back in the hotel, Enrico will brief you on the tour and answer all your questions.

It’s finally time to go out and enjoy your welcome dinner, where you’ll have the chance to learn more about the stimulating next 10 days. Overnight is in Rome.

Highlights: Meet your motorcycle, meet your guides, meet your fellow riders and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2: Rome to Siena (282 kilometers / 176 miles)

You start by heading north towards Tuscia, the land of the ancient Etruscans. Here you have one of Italy’s biggest hazelnut-growing areas, the tasty nut that Ferrero transforms into the world-famous Nutella spread.

On the road, you will stop shortly in Civita Castellana for a cup of good Italian coffee, and then, back on the bikes, you’ll ride the lovely lakeshore roads around Lake Vico and Lake Bolsena, and continue through the scenic backroads of Val D’Orcia – one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Arriving in Radicofani, you will stop for lunch. Radicofani is a small, stunning town that has been awarded an Orange Flag (the Orange Flag is the Italian Touring Club award for less-known, well-kept tourist sites, promoted since 1998). The town perches on top of a small hill, just below a majestic fortress dated 973 AD.

On the way to Siena, you stop to visit Pienza, considered to be the incarnation of a Renaissance utopia and an ideal city. Today it continues to show off to the world its refined and sophisticated Renaissance urban plan: its spaces and perspective onto its 15th-Century “piazza and palazzo” are organized according to the era’s ideals of rationality and humanism.

Back on the bikes, you ride the sweeping roads that cross the Crete Senesi, famous for its stunning moonscape.

The delicious arrival dinner in Siena is home-cooked by Mrs. Letizia, proprietor of a lovely 16th century Inn. You will be truly spoilt in celebration of your first ride in the heart of Italy.

Overnight is in Siena. The hotel has a swimming pool.

Highlights: Tuscia Viterbese, Civita Castellana, Val D’Orcia, Radicofani, Pienza, Crete Senesi, homemade dinner.

Day 3: Siena to Siena (Chianti loop) (247 kilometers / 154 miles)

Are you ready to be amazed by the stunning Tuscan roads? Marvelous landscapes, historic art, delicious food, and great wine! The first part of the morning will be spent riding south on roads that are a real ecstasy for motorcyclists: sweeping bends, scenic stretches of tar, beautiful landscapes, miles and miles of vineyards, and lots of historic stately villas.

The first stop is going to be in San Galgano where you will be seeing the stunning, roof-less Abbey, and the tiny church of Montesiepi, birthplace of your own “sword in the rock”.

Once back on the bikes, you will head towards the lovely hill-town of San Gimignano, also known as “la Città delle Torri” (City of Towers), surrounded by its 13th-Century walls, where you will immerse yourself in Medieval atmospheres.

San Gimignano is a masterpiece of creative human genius, it is a unique testimony to a past civilization, and as an exceptional exemplar of both architectonic complex and landscape, demonstrates significant passages in human history. These are just some of the reasons that made San Gimignano earn its place in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.

From here, you will cruise the less-known roads of the Chianti Region, going north to Greve in Chianti, where Giovanni da Verrazzano was born: the famed Italian explorer who first arrived into what today is New York Bay.

Back on the saddles, you will head South to Siena, riding more fantastic miles along the sweeping Chianti roads.

You’ll spend the night strolling around the narrow streets of the beautiful town of Siena. With the perfect restaurant, you’ll celebrate another day that you will remember fondly when you are back home!

Overnight is in Siena.

Highlights: San Galgano, San Gimignano, Chianti, Greve in Chianti.

Day 4: Siena to Borgo Panigale (242 kilometers / 151 miles)

You start the day riding the Strada Statale Chiantigiana and then you ride the winding roads that will take you through the mountains between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

You stop to visit Vinci, the birthplace of Leonardo the Italian polymath of the Renaissance. As you pass Pistoia, you’ll give your right hands a workout to tackle the twisty road of the Tosco-Emiliano Pennine. As the sun begins to set, you will reach Borgo Panigale: the city of the speed…the city of Ducati! Overnight is in Borgo Panigale.

Highlights: San Casciano Val di Pesa, Vinci, Porretta Terme.

Day 5: Visit Ducati factory > Borgo Panigale to Florence (115 kilometers / 72 miles)

In the morning, you will visit the Ducati Factory and Museum, to see where passion on two wheels is built. Ducati has always represented the unique motorcycle philosophy that fuses Italian genius to contemporary and avant-garde technology. They make a damn sexy bike!

With your eyes and heart full of beauty, you twist the throttle to challenge the endless curves of the Tosco-Emiliano Pennine. With adrenaline pumping, you take on the Raticosa Pass and Futa Pass, two of Italy’s most famous motorcycling venues! When a new Ducati is being tested, this is where it goes.

In the afternoon, you fall in love with Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Yes, today is a really amazing day when you witness the future of passion and speed in the morning and the modern birthplace of art and science in the afternoon! Overnight is in Florence.

Highlights: Ducati Factory and Museum, The Raticosa Pass, The Futa Pass, Florence.

Day 6: Mugello loop and MotoGP qualifying (159 kilometers / 99 miles)

It’s time to unleash your passion for motorcycle sport! Before you arrive at Mugello, you tackle the Gioco Pass and Sambuca Pass, two famous Italian motorcycling venues! A short break in Palazzolo Sul Sieno, then finally you get to Mugello World MotoGP Circuit to attend the MotoGP qualifying. Overnight is in Florence.

Highlights: The Giogo Pass, The Sambuca Pass, qualifying at the Mugello.

Day 7: Moto 3, Moto 2, and MotoGP races (64 kilometers / 40 miles)

Today you learn why a hundred thousand fans are here at Mugello. Nothing compares to watching the drama live, especially in Italy!

Set in the rolling farmland hills outside Florence, this is THE race that defines Italy. This battleground track with elevation changes and sweeping turns makes it a favorite with riders and spectators. These are the ultimate bikes, the ultimate circuit, and the ultimate crowd.

There’s no language barrier today. The cheers and jeers of your fellow fans are clearly understood and you will find yourself screaming along with them. The environment is infectiously passionate.

With your adrenaline surging, join the wild party as the track officials open the circuit at the end of the racing. Walk, run and take your photos on the way to watch the podium award ceremony. Maybe you’ll get close enough to get sprayed with champagne.

This is why MotoGP fans from all over travel here to watch and be a part of the spectacle. This is a day you will never forget!

Overnight is in Florence.

Highlights: Moto 3, Moto 2, and Moto GP races at Mugello.

Day 8: Florence to Orvieto (277 kilometers / 173 miles)

You leave Florence heading towards Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi which, with its sweeping and twisty roads, will be another proof of how Italy is sexy for riders!

A short break in Stia and then you get back on the bikes and you reach Anghiari where you will have lunch. Anghiari is a small medieval jewel enclosed in massive 13th-century walls that preserve the ancient and original atmosphere of small medieval towns.

And the day is not over yet! On the way to Orvieto, you stop at a bar faced on the beautiful Lake Trasimeno. Dad and son, owners of the bar, are two enthusiast riders, so they will be happy to make the best coffee of Umbria for you! Then, you join the scenic SS71, plunging towards Orvieto. Overnight is in Orvieto.

HIghlights: Consuma Pass, Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Anghiari, Lake Trasimeno, SS71.

Day 9: Orvieto to Rome (200 kilometers / 125 miles)

Today you’re going to finish in style. You’ll be leaving Orvieto going east on the fantastic “Strada Provinciale 79”, named by the locals ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ (the Road of 1000 Curves). Although it is true that the world is too large to ride the same roads twice, you will be making an exception for ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’: you’ll be riding uphill from Orvieto to Colonetta di Prodo, and then coming down again from Colonetta to Orvieto, back and forth over 20 kilometers of pure adrenaline!

On the way back to Rome, you will stop to take a photo of Civita di Bagnoregio, a spell-binding town, suspended as if by magic on a tuff rock.

Your last lunch on the road together will be a picnic on the shores of Lake Vico, nestled under the Cimini Mountains, where you will feast on panini stuffed with cheese and local prosciutto!

It will then be time to mount up once again and head for the motorway that will take you to Rome, where you’ll return the bikes. A refreshing shower, and then off to dinner to celebrate your wonderful Italian experience.

Overnight is in Rome.

Highlights: ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ (the road of 1000 curves), Civita di Bagnoregio, picnic at Lake Vico, farewell dinner, Rome.

Day 10: Departure day

And now it’s time to say “Arrivederci” to your tour friends, pack souvenirs and cameras into your bags. After breakfast, all guests will be taken to the airport.

Highlights: Transfer to the airport.

Motorcycles available for this tour

  • Motorcycle class 1: BMW F800 R, BMW F750 GS, Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone
  • Motorcycle class 2: Ducati Scrambler 800, Ducati Monster 797
  • Motorcycle class 3: BMW F800 GT, BMW F850 GS, BMW F900 R, BMW F900 XR, Ducati Hypermotard, Ducati Supersport, Ducati Multistrada 950, Moto Guzzi V85 TT
  • Motorcycle class 4: BMW R1250 GS, BMW R1250 R, BMW R1250 RS, BMW R NINE T, Ducati Scrambler 1100
  • Motorcycle class 5: BMW R1250 GS ADV, BMW R1250 RT
  • Motorcycle class 6: BMW S1000 XR, BMW S1000 R, Ducati Monster 1200
  • Motorcycle class 7: BMW K1600 GTL, Ducati Multistrada V4, Ducati Diavel, Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

For rented bikes, a deposit for damage theft and fire, between 1,250 and 3,000 EUR is required (depending on the chosen model).

What is the damage security deposit? Each motorcycle has a damage deposit. This amount will be frozen on your credit card, but not cashed. The deposit is your maximum liability for theft or damage to the vehicle. Please ensure that you have enough funds to cover the damage deposit on your cards.

Support van

There will be a support van following the group on this tour. The van will be carrying a toolkit for small repairs. You’ll be able to leave your cases (one suitcase + one handbag per person) in the van, as well as any souvenirs you pick up along the way. The van also has a couple of seats that passengers might like to use if they feel they need a little rest from the bikes!

Skill level(s) required for this tour: Intermediate

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

Enrico Grassi

Location

Food

Daily breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners are provided to you.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Motorcycle rental with side cases, top case, tank bag, locks, and alarm
  • The bike rental prices include costs for public-liability insurance and insurance for any road assistance in case of break-down
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Rome
  • Accommodation: 2 nights including breakfast in a 4-star hotel in Rome, and 7 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in the towns where you will stop during the tour
  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Italian tour leader
  • Courtesy van to pick up and leave the bikes
  • Entrance ticket to Ducati Factory and Museum in Borgo Panigale
  • Entrance tickets to Mugello Circuit to attend the qualifying and the races (Grandstand on Saturday and Sunday)
  • Support van that is driven by Enrico’s assistant
  • A detailed road-book with all the information you’ll need; a map with the route well marked; the “Wordless Travel Book”, and a Hear the Road T-shirt.
  • Insurance covering most of any medical issue during the trip including, doctors, ambulance, hospital and any appropriate family travel

What's not included

  • Deposit for damage theft and fire, between 1,250 and 3,000 EUR is required depending on the chosen model
  • Fuel for your motorcycle
  • Tolls on motorways
  • Entrance fees to museums or other sites, except for Ducati factory and Museum in Borgo Panigale
  • Gratuities and tips
  • All meals and beverages, except for the welcome and farewell dinners in Rome
  • Flights to and from Rome
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Book your flight to arrive in Rome, at Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci) (FLR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) Airport transfer included: Florence Airport, Peretola (Amerigo Vespucci Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 8 participants

Availability

Start: Monday May 30, 2022
End: Wednesday June 8, 2022

Tour information

If the minimum number of participants isn’t reached the tour may be canceled or run in a different format.

Pricing information
  • 1 rider with Class 7 motorcycle in a shared twin room: 5590 EUR
  • Apart from shared rooms, private rooms are available, if you are interested, please send an inquiry.
  • Pillions are welcome to join with a rider. For more information about the rate, please send an inquiry.

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