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Riding on two wheels through the chic Mediterranean towns of Amalfi, Positano, and Ravello is unforgettable. The visions of historical Matera and the witnessing the devastation of Pompei are without words. The exciting and picturesque coastal road of the Gargano Promontory in Puglia makes this trip almost surreal. Ride the Italian “coast to coast” from Abruzzo to Lazio through the dramatic back-roads of the Abruzzese Pennines, which is one of the gems of the trip! And once the sun has set, pulling off your boots and relaxing in a four-star hotel, eating great food, enjoying superb wine, and exploring what the local night-life has to offer.
When you are in Rome you will be staying in four-star hotels, and when you are on the road, wind down in three or four-star family-run hotels which offer comfort, friendliness, and a welcoming atmosphere: something which the big hotels just don’t have. Hear The Road Motorcycle Tours' aim is to give you an intense flavor of Italy, the real Italy.
A private car will transfer you from the airport to the hotel where you will find your Hear The Road host Enrico, waiting to give you a warm Italian welcome. After you’ve put your luggage in the room and take a good refreshing shower, you'll convene in the bar of the hotel for a "meet and greet" with your tour colleagues. Then you are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel garage.
Back to the hotel, Enrico gives you a general briefing of the tour and will be very glad to answer to all your questions. Finally, you are ready to go all together to taste the "welcome dinner", where you’ll learn more about what to expect for the next exciting week. Overnight is in Rome.
It’s 09.00 a.m. on Sunday morning, the town is still sleeping. This is the perfect time to leave Rome without having to deal with its traffic. You will leave Roma heading east towards Subiaco where you stop to visit the Abbey of Saint Benedict. Back on the bikes, you ride the narrow scenic road that brings us to Jenne (passing through many natural tunnels dug into the mountain!), and then to Guarcino, where you stop for your first lunch on the road.
Then, with your batteries re-charged, you are ready for a great plunge towards the Mediterranean Sea. You reach Sperlonga just in time to admire the sun setting in the sea while you drink your Italian aperitif to celebrate your first great day on the challenging roads of Southern Italy. Overnight in Sperlonga.
You will leave Sperlonga heading South towards Pompei where you stop to visit this famous archaeological site. Pompei is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization, and, like an open book, provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. Back on the bikes, you head south again to reach the Costiera Amalfitana. Your overnight is in beautiful Ravello.
Today you fall in love with the colors and the fragrances of the Costiera Amalfitana. A day of pure pleasure: riding on the dramatic coastline roads, having lunch on a beautiful terrace facing the sea at Marina di Cantone, shopping in the beautiful city of Positano, drinking an aperitif while sitting at the table of a characteristic bar, waiting for the sun to set into the sea. There is also time to visit the factory of the pasta in Gragnano, where they still make pasta following old traditions. Overnight again in Ravello.
You will leave Ravello, heading south for the last unforgettable ride on the Costiera Amalfitana that brings you to Vietri Sul Mare. Time for a coffee and for the last picture of the coast, and then you are ready to challenge the winding roads of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento. You enter Basilicata and a special lunch is waiting for you!
You will stop at Latteria Salvia (Diary Salvia) for a cheese tasting. This is really an uncommon food experience! You will eat all kinds of cheese that the Salvia family continues to produce using production methods of the old pastoral tradition.
Back on the motorcycles, you will join the spectacular Strada Statale Appia, which was built by the Romans to arrive at Brindisi, the port from where merchant ships departed to reach Magna Grecia. Finally, you reach Matera, home of the most outstanding, intact example of a Troglodyte (cave dweller) settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. Your overnight is in Matera.
There is so much to see and do in Matera, so Hear The Road Motorcycle Tour Italy chose this as your free day, where you can visit the town on your own. There are lots of historic buildings to visit as well as some wonderful shopping, Italian style! For those who prefer to ride, they’ve organized an afternoon ride led by Enrico that leaves from and returns to the hotel. Overnight is again in Matera.
Today is the last day on the coastline roads of Southern Italy, so it has to be a great day! Before reaching the coast, you will visit the magnificent Castel del Monte, that was built directly on a rocky bank, in some places cropping out, and is famous for its octagonal shape. Finally, you ride the stunning roads of the Gargano Promontory, with its dramatic cliffs that plunge into the Adriatic Sea. On the way, you pass through the villages of Vieste and Rodi Garganico. Your overnight is in Termoli.
You will leave Termoli heading west towards Rome. This is the "Italian coast to coast" from East to West, which brings you through three spectacular regions: Molise, Abruzzo, and Lazio.
You will ride along beautiful mountain roads until you reach the village of Anversa Degli Abruzzi. It is here that we join the highway that brings you back to Roma. After returning the bikes, you arrive back at the hotel in time to freshen up before the final fabulous dinner together celebrating this wonderful Italian motorcycle experience.
Time to say, "arrivederci" to your new friends, collect the souvenirs and cameras and pack the bags. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
If you decide to rent the bike through Hear The Road Motorcycle Tours Italy, the following equipment is 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.
Please note that a deposit for damage, theft, and fire between 1,500 and 3,000 EUR is required for the rental bikes, depending on the bike you will rent. Each motorcycle has a damage deposit. This amount will be frozen on your credit card, but not cash. 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.
The van will be carrying a tool-kit for small repairs. You’ll be able to leave your cases (one suitcase plus 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!
Enrico Grassi, the founder of Hear The Road Motorcycle Tours Italy, is a native of Rome. Spending years traveling every corner of the country, he is so proud to claim to be his home. Enrico has spent many hours developing the routes to ride, the cities to visit, the sites to see, as well as the hotels and food options as keys to make this kind of adventure something to remember and cherish.
This tour will bring you to some of the most fascinating places in Italy, such as Rome, Sperlonga, Amalfi Coast, Matera, and Termoli.
Matera counts about 55.000 inhabitants, is located 400 meters above sea level and is 45 kilometers from the seaside. Much appreciated and renowned for its Sassi districts, the town also boasts other charming and beautiful buildings. You can visit the Dome, built in the 13th century, in Romanesque style, standing impressive on the Civita Hill.
The Sassi district is the ancient heart of the city of Matera. The Sassi surround the Civita and constitute a city unto itself, completely carved out of the face of the calcareous rock - what is known as tufo stone. The Sassi district is a system made of dwellings carved out of the steep slopes of a deep valley with surprising and unusual features called the "Gravina". Elegant and multi-faceted buildings are interspersed with underground mazes and cave labyrinths, forming one single stunning landscape.
Daily breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners in Rome are included.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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