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The Heart of Italy 4IT1403

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Day 5, Urbino - Florence

The last day of this great tour has arrived but, after the rain of yesterday, the weather today was simply great and we enjoyed a great riding! After a quick picture stop on the top of the hill in Urbino, we reached to San Leo, a very important town in the middle ages, where we stopped for a nice coffee break. Then we took the highway for a short stretch and, after lunch, the famous “Passo del Muraglione”, a road that is very well known by italian motorcyclists, took us back to Florence.

Sue, Don, Emily, Mark and Scott... thank you for a great time together, let’s hope to meet again and let’s keep in touch!

The view from the fort of Urbino


Sue taking a picture of San Leo


The view from San Leo

Muraglione Pass: Don...

... Scott ...

... Sue ...

... Mark & Emily

Motorcyclists meeting on the Muraglione

Back in Florence

Goodbye folks!!! It was a great pleasure to have you on this tour!

Day 4, Urbino - San Marino - Tavullia - Urbino

Rain, rain and more rain! Today, despite the weather, we rode to San Marino, the smallest republic in the world, and then reached the Adriatic coast in Cattolica where we had lunch. Before going back to the hotel, the famous bar of Valentino Rossi (the doctor!) was waiting for us! Everything was ready for the MotoGP race that will take place on sunday in Misano... hopefully they will have chance to celebrate a good performance of their hero! Riding in the rain was very tiring, so we deserved the best food in town and had a delicious dinner together... of course with some good red wine of the region!

The view from San Marino

in Tavullia at Valentino Rossi's bar


Day 3, Perugia - Urbino

What a heavy rain when we left Perugia this morning! When we reached Cortona for the first coffee break we were already tired like if it had been a whole riding day... but then fortunately, while we were still in this beautiful town, the sun came out and we could enjoy a very nice ride through the hills before reaching Città di Castello for lunch and then finally the beautiful reinassance town of Urbino!

Coffee break in Cortona

Very cloudy sky when we reach Cortona...

... but then the sun slowly comes out!

Our hotel in Urbino

Day 2, Perugia - Orvieto - Assisi - Perugia

Today, since the weather forecast was a little bit threatening, we decided not to go too much uphill on the Sibillini mountains and instead had a great ride to Orvieto, a nice town situated on the flat summit of a small plateau of volcanic rock. After having lunch there, and of course after seeing the magnificent Cathedral, we went to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis... and then back to Perugia!

Picture stop before reaching Orvieto

the wiew from Orvieto... and I feel like a pie (up high!)

The Well of St Patrick in Orvieto



Mark and Emily at the Cathedral of Orvieto

Don and Sue in Assisi after their very first ride in the rain!!!

Emily and Mark

Ready to go!

Leaving Assisi

The view of Perugia from our hotel

Day 1, Florence - Perugia

Leaving Florence is always a pity, this is one of the most beautiful towns in Europe! Riding southwards we soon entered the Chianti area. This area, very well known for its excellent wines, seems like it was made for motorcyclists: beautiful landscapes, good roads… what else could we ask for? We reached Siena just in time for lunch and there we could admire one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, the “Piazza del Campo” where twice per year the famous “Palio” takes place. Another break in Montepulciano and then we were ready to reach Perugia for a tasty dinner in the historical centre.

The Chianti countryside

Scott, Sue, Don, Mark and Emily

A view of San Gimignano

Lunch in Siena in the famous "Piazza del Campo"


Perugia by night

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Susan Heuchert
Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 06:32

Looking back, this was a whirlwind 1000km tour! Every day we experienced different sights in and around Tuscany, Perugia and Urbino. Everyone enjoyed the food, wine, company and leadership of our excellent and always optimistic guide Dominico. I rode a bike, which was made a lot easier with Dominico's help moving it around in the tight spots. Everyone enjoyed a good conversation about motorcycles, throughout the trip, as we tested Dominico's expert knowledge. This combined with his eye for photography and blogging, he is truly an Italian Renaissance man! Great trip and great company Mark, Emily and Scott. We leave with may great memories and photos.
Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 00:51

A week later and back in the USA and it still fill like a pie!
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 16:32

What an awesome experience. See the sites if Italy that very few people get to experience, up front and personal. Dominico was a top notch guide. He looked out for our safety as well as making sure we experienced his country as it was meant to. One of the best parts we got to talk bikes! Italian bikes even better! Our new friends Mark, Emily, Scott were also great companions on our quest.
Monday, September 15, 2014 at 07:25

This tour was absolutely the best way to experience Italy. Domenico was an awesome guide. The tour provided phenomenal sights. We spent time with great people. It was excellent riding. And, above all, it was the experience of a lifetime with my my best friend!


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