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This amazing central Italy tour is a real challenge for you. Latium, Umbria, Abruzzo, and Campania are the beautiful regions that you’ll explore. This tour is an interesting mix of traveling through natural sceneries and historical periods resulting in a very tasty cocktail of emotions. All places enshrine hidden treasures that absolutely deserve to be seen. This is a multifaceted tour over 4 amazing Italian regions immersed in the very essence of the Bel Paese and its Dolce Vita. Trust Italy on Motorbike and you won’t regret!
Your accommodation will be in an en-suite room with buffet breakfast in hand-picked, classy, and charming first-class hotels (4 stars) that will satisfy even the most demanding guests, for it is emphasized to all the aspects that go into making a luxury holiday.
Wherever possible, Italy on Motorbike will choose high-rated hotels with top facilities and excellent food in historic and scenic settings, often in exquisitely beautiful villages offering inviting backdrops for a romantic dinner or evening walk.
This is a concentrated loop tour which starts in the heart of Latium, in the “Eternal City”, and shall bring you on the discovery of many various facets of the Italian panorama, history, way of life, and cuisine. From the west to the eastern coast through Umbria, Campania, and Abruzzi, you shall explore a fascinating territory that enshrines the most variegated concentration of natural landscapes, historical remains, and reliefs that one can imagine to find in a small area.
You meet up in the afternoon at your hotel in Rome and pick up the rental bike. You all meet up before dinner and get to know each other through a welcome aperitif and a short but important briefing, the time to explain a few simple rules for organizing and synchronizing things, thus ensuring that everyone has a safe holiday that is unforgettable for all the right reasons. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Rome.
Latium, that you might not know, is the region where Rome is found and holds many other interesting treasures beside the Eternal City. You’ll first stop in Tivoli and visit the amazing Villa d’Este with its magnificent frescoes and Renaissance gardens. You go on riding along lake Turano before being swallowed by the astounding underground universe of a beautiful medieval town in Umbria. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Rieti.
Today’s tour is set in the green and delightful Apennine Mountains, between Mount Terminillo and Lake Campotosto, in the natural park of Gran Sasso in Abruzzi. You will ride through an enchanting route in a timeless atmosphere amid absolutely charming burgs dating from the middle ages and farming sceneries, skirting the area that suffered the 2016 earthquakes in Norcia and Amatrice.
After a ride along the northern side of it, you’ll arrive in Loreto Aprutino, a jewel embedded between the Gran Sasso massif and the Adriatic Sea. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Loreto Aprutino.
You take a spin through the Gran Sasso Park and a string of stunning perfectly preserved medieval villages that formed the setting for unforgettable film masterpieces set in the middle ages such as Ladyhawke and The Name of the Rose.
A self-cooked barbecue will be your lunch on top of the highest Apennine Mountains, you can choose to have the famous Abruzzi lamb and mutton kebabs, for one. Today, you can dine wherever you please. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Loreto Aprutino.
Today is another whole day amid the green natural parks of Abruzzi, admiring wonderful pristine landscapes along fantastic twisty roads. Forests, charming stone burgs, lakes, and gorges are yours to see. Today’s route ends in the elegant town of Sulmona which is the world capital of sugared almonds. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Sulmona.
Another amazing day awaits you, but actually isn’t it every day? Through the Sagittarian Gorges, you leave Abruzzi heading to Campania region, in south-western direction, crossing the Matese national park.
When arriving in Caserta, you cannot miss visiting one of UNESCO world heritage sites, the gorgeous Reggia Royal Palace of Caserta which is constructed by King Carlo of Naples, founder of the cadet Italian branch of the House of Bourbon, to compete with the magnificence of Versailles in France. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Caserta.
You will experience a complete change of environment from high mountains to gorgeous coastal and cliff-side panoramas! You’ll reach the Mediterranean coast where you’ll first enjoy the spectacle of the Phlegraean Fields, it is the combination of extraordinary natural sites and admirable human masterworks that create a unique scenery. There, you’ll see the Flavian amphitheater, a sheer testament of antique engineering with the biggest subterranean galleries network ever found. Your last stop is in Posillipo before reaching Naples. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Naples.
It’s time for a rest. It is recommended for you to leave your bike in the garage and go for alternative activities. Italy on Motorbike's staff and the hotel's personnel are at your disposal to organize your day. There are plenty of possibilities of what you can do today including:
Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Naples.
Another outstanding day awaits you. You’ll first ride up to the Vesuvius to enjoy the awesome view of the Gulf of Naples and the whole Sorrento peninsula with a spectacular vista from above of the extraordinary archeological site of Pompeii, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the most beloved, unique touristic areas in the whole world that you’ll subsequently visit on foot.
After visiting Pompeii, you carry on your ride through the Sorrento Peninsula to reach beautiful Ravello, the terrace par excellence of one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Amalfi coast. Your last stop today is Salerno, the most southern destination of the whole tour. Enjoy a typical Campania lunch on the Amalfi Coast and dinner at the hotel. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Salerno.
The Sorrento Peninsula is on the program today and especially, its amazing southern coast is better known as one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Amalfi Coast. You ride just a few kilometers today in order to let you enjoy each single stretch of this amazing area.
This “wow” program starts with visiting Amalfi then your winding ride along the enchanting coastal road brings you for lunch in the pasta hometown Gragnano. In the afternoon, you will visit Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, and Positano before gaining back to your hotel in Salerno. You can dine wherever you please. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Salerno.
You start your amazing return trip today, but actually isn’t it every day? You leave one coast for a great ride in the mountains before reaching the sea again on the Latium coast. On your way, you will visit Caserta old town in the hinterland then go on skirting partly the coast and calling at the amazing spurs of Gaeta before reaching your hotel in another enchanting sea resort. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Terracina.
A magnificent loop in southern Latium awaits you, rambling through the leafy Colli and Castelli Romani or Roman Castles area with the volcanic lakes Nerni and Albano where you’ll see the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo and Albano Laziale with its awesome Roman cistern.
In the late afternoon, you finally ride back to your initial hotel in Rome where you drop off the rental bikes. An opulent farewell dinner at the hotel is the only appropriate happy ending you could think of for this great adventure together. Stay overnight at a 4-star hotel in Rome.
You say your goodbye after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Italy on your own. There are plenty of opportunities to continue your trip that Italy on Motorbike can help you planning!
To ensure the utmost attention to each traveler, as well as the safety of the group, the tour is fully escorted. Specifically, the personnel traveling with the group is:
This tour starts and ends in Rome. During the tour, you will visit several places of Italy including Latium, Rieti, Apennine Mountains, Loreto Aprutino, Sulmona, Caserta, Mediterranean coast, Naples, Salerno, Amalfi Coast, and Terracina.
Many people know nothing about Lazio except its main city, Rome, the most visited destination in Italy for pedestrian tourists. Yet Lazio has a strong identity that goes far beyond its capital. It is an ancient and bewitching land rich in tradition, the authentic nursery of Italian roots where the Etruscan, Roman, and Catholic civilizations arose.
A treasure trove of artworks and architectural gems, the whole region offers many and varied glimpses of the past, of inestimable beauty and appeal Roman remains, castles, crypts, and monasteries with such a choice that deciding what to see can be a real headache.
All this is against an impressive backdrop of majestic parks and lakes such as Nemi, Bolsena, and Bracciano. Lazio is still sprinkled with gorgeous noble villas, many now converted into first-class hotels, often nestling amid vineyards that offer visitors white wines as refreshing and cheerful as the region’s people.
The Abruzzi region, also known as the green land of Europe because of its many parks, protected areas, and natural reserves, features the highest peaks of the Apennine Mountains. Its highest summit, called the Corno Grande, belongs to the Gran Sasso massif, very similar to the Alps, and peaks at 2,912 meters.
The Majella massif, south from the Gran Sasso, features the second highest peak, the Mount Amaro with 2,795 meters of height. Gran Sasso and Majella also lend their names to two national parks, while Abruzzi’s territory also includes the Sirente Velino regional park and part of the national park of Abruzzi, Latium, and Molise.
Actually, Abruzzi is Italy’s leading region for environmental conservation. Yet, despite the majesty of its landscapes, the beauty of its many birds perched at top of steep cliffs, and the enchanting atmosphere of such fine towns as L’Aquila and Sulmona, Abruzzi is still barely touched by mass tourism.
As regards Umbria, the land of St Francis and St Claire, it exudes spirituality and is still an ideal environment for seekers of tranquility and meditative moods. The region is covered with swathes of dense woodland and expanses of vines and olive trees.
This is a land of strong flavors. Wines, oils, truffles, charcuterie, and all of the supreme quality create extraordinary dishes wreathed in aromas, fragrances, and personality that permeate your tour amid the natural beauty of the Apennine Mountains and the Monti Sibillini.
You counterpoint all this with visits to the ancient papal seats and Franciscan sites in Umbria, gliding through historic centers steeped in otherworldly charms, like the magnificent towns of Orvieto and Assisi.
Not forgetting the gorgeous serpentine roads that lead you to the splendid monasteries and hermitages that arose in the heart of these mountains at the start of the middle ages. There will be Campania, a very peculiar, messed-up region with a strong identity, incomparable to any other place in Italy, that you will fall in love with or definitely hate but can no way remain indifferent to.
Out of your itinerary but liable to be visited individually on the rest day, Naples, the city most often depicted in the classic Italian post-war cinema with its chaos, theatricality, immense contrasts, and its inhabitants’ unique characterization is probably the Italian town that foreigners know best, even if they have never set foot in the country.
Capri, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Pompei, Herculaneum (Ercolano), the Vesuvius are names everyone has heard and dreamt of and you’ll be there!
You will enjoy 12 buffet breakfasts at your hotels, 3 lunches at typical restaurants, and 9 dinners at your hotels or external restaurants.
Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
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Please book your flight to arrive at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO). Private airport transport via NCC can be organized upon request for the additional cost.
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