Welcome to the heart of Rome
Today it's finally time for our group to travel and today we have the first information about the fantastic places we will explore in the next few days. But even more important - which dream roads of southern Italy we will drive.
Thomas and I (Axel) are already looking forward to getting to know everyone at our welcome briefing in order to show them the beauty of Italy in the next few days and how else should it be - on a motorbike!!!!
One or the other of our group arrived yesterday because they would like to explore the city with us. That's why Thomas is already on the way of the Roman Empire and explores the city - you could also say 3000 years of history in one day - you think that's not possible!? then just come along on a guided city tour by Edelweiss
Now it's time to prepare the bikes for our handover so that everyone can set up their own motorcycle.
Thomas and I are looking forward to our new Edelweiss Rome to Sicily family.
Well then, I'll continue to prepare and I'm curious how our customers' day in Rome went.
Welcome to the show on day one
Our journey today takes us from Rome to Pompei, where we will be at home for the next 2 days. But before we feel at home in pompei we still have 316 km to drive today. The day starts with a typical morning traffic jam around Rome. But once off the Highway, the motorcyclist's heart beats faster and faster, because the first curves are already waiting for us. A quick look at the former summer residence of the Pope and a photo as a reminder and the journey continued. From now on it was just pure enjoyment for our group, one curve joined the other until our coffee stop in Rocca Massima. We were rewarded with a fantastic view and a good espresso. After recharging our batteries, the journey continued to Sperlonga. But the way there was one of the nicest of the day - wide curves, tight curves, switchbacks - simply a dream for every motorcyclist. Arrived at the coast in Sperlonga everyone in the group had a smile on their face which makes every tour guide happy. Now it was time to get some food: so said so done - some treated themselves to pasta others just wanted a small snack - there was something for everyone. Well, because we are not sleeping here today and Thomas was already waiting for us in Pompei with the room keys, our journey continued along narrow, winding streets, which again just put a smile on our faces. At the end of the day we took the highway to avoid the slow traffic on the country roads around Naples. Finally here we come Pompeii. We parked the motorcycles and then we went to the hotel where a nice 4-course menu was waiting for us.
Despite a bit of rain on the way to the hotel, this was a fantastic start to our Rome to Sicily tour.
It was a pleasure to ride with you on the first day and I'm already looking forward to the next ones.
So tomorrow, it's restday but we will make ride to the Amalfi coast.
See you tomorrow then
What a day !!!!!!
It's a rest day but part of the group has decided that the weather is perfect to explore the Amalfi Coast. Therefore 120 km of pure pleasure along the coastline of Amalfi. The smell of the sea in your nose and fantastic roads that meander up and down the mountains along the coast - what more could you want on a rest day!!!
The rest of the group went to see Pompei today and followed in the footsteps of the past. Just impressive what was built here back then.
Tonight, we go to the city center of Pompei, which starts right around the corner from our fantastic hotel - and who knows, one or the other will certainly treat themselves to a cannoli - Sicilian cream rolls - tonight - but why wait until Sicily when there are already some here - my tip right on the corner at the Santuario della Beata church is a great way to end up in the evening for sweets or one or the other drink
This was our 2nd day on our trip to Sicily and tomorrow we continue to Maratea.
See you tomorrow here on our block
Welcome to day 3
Pompei to Maratea and on top a surprise for our groupe
After a good breakfast it was luggage to the van and then the usual daily briefing which Thomas did today because he was the tour guide of the day.
For whatever reason, Axel disappeared immediately after he had the luggage, but I know, maybe he was just in a hurry.
But after a few kilometers in the saddle and a coffee stop, he appeared completely unexpectedly out of nowhere. Right next to the historical site of Paestrum - and on top there was a famous Edelweiss Pick Nick overlooking the Greek temples built 600 BC.
Now it was only once bon appetite Axel said it must be eaten.
After refreshment, one or the other went directly to the temple complex and others surprised us with a drone and enjoyed the temple from a bird's perspective.
Not bad I would say for a morning with Thomas and Axel
Well, now it was time to continue the journey to Maratea, where we will stay overnight on the way south.
With the sun on my face, curves over curves lined up and at the end of the day there was a dream road towards Maratea - curves over curves
Another day that so many will never forget.
Here we go again - Day 4 – The Way to Tropea
This morning we went to breakfast as usual and then eagerly awaited Axel's little presentation.
First we climbed high up for southern Italian conditions to the San Biagio with 623 meters to take a look at the Christ of Maratea. On top of that there was live music because today was the famous day of Patron San Biagio. After the excursion we went through tight curves down to the coast to continue following it.
The weather wasn't that great at the start today, but it got better and better as the day progressed.
As a small highlight on the way we stopped in Diamante, a picturesque town in the truest sense of the word. Which was embellished by artists in the 80s. Well, a coffee later, we continued towards Tropea and of course a little refreshment.
Finally we arrived early in Tropea and everyone has the chance to enjoy the pool and the beautiful sea view and on Top Thomas welcomes us with a cold boot beer and for the wine lovers he also organised some Red wine
From here we will continue tomorrow and we come to a more winding area – it is known as: Siciliy - that means we will take the ferry to Sicily and set up our camp in Taormina for 2 days.
Well then - next time we'll hear from Sicily - Thomas and I are looking forward to showing our group this wonderful island from the motorbike - be curious what our group will see from tomorrow on
Riding Day 5 - Tropea to Taormina
Today we are going to Sicily - the time has come
The business as always in the morning - a good breakfast a good briefing and let's get on the motorcycles.
At first we drove to Scilla a small town on the coastline of the boot of Italy. So once again we caught up with the history and explored the city on side we enjoyed a good Italian coffee and made lunch right away so that our little Edelweiss family went strengthened towards the ferry. Today, I have to admit that there was quite an interesting swell, which was quite a challenge for one or the other - but we can proudly report that everyone mastered it!!!
Afterwards the journey went through Messina to Taormina where we will stay for the next 2 days. The view from the rooms is a delight, not only because each room has a balcony but also because the bay is right in front of our feet. To top it off, the small island - Isola Bella is directly in sight.
Tonight we'll all go to bed with the sound of the sea and we're already looking forward to the next day - you can read about what's happening there tomorrow in our block.
Well then now it means taking a hot shower and then we will go to a restaurant over the cliffs here. And no, we won't reveal what we enjoyed - you have to come to the tour for that
Day 6 - Taormina at its best
Waking up with the sun in your face and a brilliant view from the breakfast terrace - what more could you want!
According to Wetter forcast, it was raining and Mount Etna was covered in clouds and even snow was mentioned in the forecast for Mount Etna. So we switched over to Plan T - Taormina.
After a long breakfast we met to take the cable car up to Taormina with our friends, what we allready become after several kilometers on this tour. At the top, Thomas and I started our spontaneous guided city tour of Taormina. The first stop was the amphitheater of Taormina, which is also known as the Greek theater but dates back to Roman times because they converted the theater into a colloseum. After exploring this really well preserved historical site. We continued through narrow streets along many small delicatessen shops, suvenier shops and coffee´s where we had a coffee stop and enjoyed the flair of taormina. A short time later we continued in the direction of the cathedral and the baroque fountain. Taormina itself is a wonderful little town and our tour is here at just the right time, the season only starts in a few weeks, so we were able to discover all the little highlights and small streets to the right and left of the path without getting lost from the flow of tourists witch move trough the city. Afterwards we went back down towards the coast with the cable car.
It is difficult to describe the day briefly when you see the pictures, you understand it best - Taormina is simply a dream, just like every room where you can sit on the balcony and listen to the rushing waves and with a view that is second to none.
Tonight we sleep here again and tomorrow we continue to the picturesque town of Cefalu.
We are looking forward to the next few days, even if it means that we are getting closer and closer to our goal of Catania and that is also the end of our journey.
As a tour guide, Thomas and I enjoy all the days with the group and the conversations are a pleasure - whether jokes or serious topics - the group and we just fit together - and if my feelings don't push me then the journey could just go on and on.
See you tomorrow
Good Morning Good Morning from Taormina
Well now we arrived at Cefalu and we did already our ride
Yes, today it was said: the journey to Cefalu continues and so we did! Again a small dreamy old town waiting for us. On the way there were some highlights today, on the one hand we hoped to be lucky and to see Mount Etna and on the other we went to Sperlinga where a cave castle was waiting for us. But not only does the castle consist of 50% caves, but also normal apartments have been hewn into the rock over the years - imagine you describe your friends where you live now and you would tell them the 3rd cave from above - crazy Afterwards there was a small snack directly opposite and then we continued towards Castelbuono. Unfortunately, the streets themselves were a bit damp today because it had rained during the night and the weather wasn't the best today, but taff as we are we moved on . Today's goal was not far afterwards!!! Cefalu we are coming was the motto from here and so we arrived in Cefalu with nice weather, where we will stay for the night.
By the way - The road towards Cefalu through the mountains is dream road
So now it is almost: Bon appetit time because the kitchen is already waiting for us.
See you tomorrow here
rain rain rain and rain
Theme of The day – some thinks you cant change
Well what can I say about the day. First the positive, the highlights of today would have been: Caccamo with his old castle but in the rain we agreed that it would also fit in - the drive past. After that we went for a coffee and then to Corleone the famous place of the Mafia. The weather today showered us with rain for the remainder of the year making our stay in Corleone more nutritious than a trip down memory lane. Well, some things even Thomas and I can't change. After a little refreshment we decided it was time to get to the hotel. So the journey went on and you have to say if it hadn't rained then the roads to agrigento would have been just a dream!!! So it was time to concentrate and look ahead and hope that there will be a break in the rain.
It was a strenuous day and it's good that we arrived at the hotel early - so everyone can relax a bit and go to dinner where we have a nice little restaurant and will certainly enjoy the evening. In terms of pictures, the weather isn't great today so there have been not that much, but tomorrow is another day - unfortunately our last one on this tour, because tomorrow we'll arrive in Catania.
Well then, we'll freshen up and enjoy the evening with delicious food and who knows, maybe Petrus will be better disposed towards us tomorrow.
Until tomorrow have a nice one
Good morning on riding day 9 on our tour
Theme of the day - it is sunny and we will enjoy it as much as we can
What was on our to do list today?
It started with breakfast and after our last morning briefing, we jumped on the bikes and shortly afterwards we drove along the Valle dei Templi for a last look at the history of Agrigento. Well, since it was surprisingly dry and sunny today, nothing stood in the way of enjoying the small, narrow streets towards our goal – Catania. So things went quickly and the Villa Romana del Casale was on the order of the day. However, a call later from Axel there has been good news: Etna can be seen and with snow on top. Now there was a vote between Etna - which we couldn't see on the rest day in Taormina - and the Mosaki of the Villa… - 3 times you can guess - of course we went to Etna and it was worth it - we had already missed this highlight on the tour and hoped that we will be lucky when we arrive in Catania . Now Thomas let his hands fly over the navigation device and the route was complete. Etna here we come !!!!
After a dream day on the bike towards Catania with fantastic weather, we finally went up to Etna - lava fields and a dream view were the reward.
All in one this final riding day mad the Tour complete:
Sun + Nice Sweepers + Etna = perfect Day
But it's also our last day today, after arriving at the hotel it was time to give back the keys and review the tour at our fair well dinner.
The smiles on the faces of our group were a pleasure and at the same time you could feel the feeling of farewell getting stronger.
At the end of the evening there were the first hugs.
It's always a strange feeling to say goodbye because on a tour like this you grow together like a small family and that's a fantastic feeling not only for the guests but also for us as tour guides, because that's what this job is for us - to share unforgettable time and roads with friends on a bike.
I can only say thank you for such a great group, it was really a lot of fun.
I'm already hoping that it won't be that long before we're on tour again.
Well only thing what is left over to write is:
I wish you all a safe flight home and see you soon