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Tour of Tuscany - BIT1403 - The "Down Under Gang"

Monday, September 29, 2014 | Ursula Peter | Europe

The tour is over - what a great week, awesome food, new experiences,good  riding, lot of fun.

The first group ever with not even a single tip over!!! Well done!!

Hope you all had a good flight back to "Down Under" - we are looking forward seeing you again.

Keep the rubber side down

Ursula and Guido

7. riding day: San Marino - Florence

Forli - best bakery ever


Saturday afternoon at Muraglione Pass - what a good place to be

the zebras showed up

the first Nine T I`ve seen on Italian roads

the yellow fits well amongst all these blue ones

Boot beer in Villa Pitiana

6. riding day: Restday Assisi - hop on hop off

A lot of things to do today - have a look

First stop at Rimini - the "German Barbeque" - but Mrs. Schneider, Mrs. Müller and Mrs. Schmid are already at home, but....

some nice Russian girls have arrived instead

next stop: Coriano - the hometown of Marco Simoncelli

Misano Race track name after Sic

view from Gabicce Monte down to the Adriatic sea - a beautiful stretch on the "Strada panoramica Adriatica" starts

not too bad...

The Ranch - Valentino Rossi`s private little race track in Tavullia

Tavullia -  Rossi`s fan shop

The fanclub got a new member

5. riding day: Assisi - San Marino

After we made it round Perugia on the highway we made a special coffee stop for our "anniversary" couple high above the Lago Trasimeno

Lunch in Cortna....

Gelatooooo, Gelatooo

Some impressions from Cortona the filmset for "under the Tuscan sun"

After a great lunch at "Il Grillo" - Urbino - the  Renaissance town.

Lloyd and Anne-Maree

Graham and Bronwyn

Louis and Janie - in the background the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino

Ursula`s drive way

Ok, I bought something stupid - 2 cypress trees - beautiful!!!! Now they are in the van (will be anyway a problem to get them home in my car) but as the driveway will look like that on the picture it`ll take a little bit...

4. riding day: Restday Assis - we went to Orvieto

Breakfast time in the oldest cellar of Assisi - Giotto hotel

the hidden treasures

San Francis in Assisi

I am not hungry

The "Down under" gang

3 riding day:  Siena Assisi

as usual the day started with a little bit of work - copying the map

the audience is listening to Guido`s briefing

the Australian gang

some impressions along the way

first coffee stop in Montalcino, worldwide famous for the  "Brunello di Montalcino" wine

the abbay of Sant'Antimo not far from Montalcino

Inside the old Abbey of San Antimo

Ursula has prepared a tasty picnic ....

at the picnic spot high above the Orcia Valley

enjoy your lunch

arrived at Assisi

2. Riding Day - Restday in Siena - "Il Crete"

Typical Tuscan landscape and beside that a lot of curves

San Galgano

these both are in construction business - they were amazed

Monte Olvieto Maggiore - the old Benedictan Abbey

the group was enjoying our beautiful hotel "Scacciapensiere" in Siena.....

with the mediterranean garden

1. Riding Day - Florence - Siena

the rolling hills of the Chianti are waiting for us

The van is ready to load the luggage

Morning briefing at Villa Pitiana

copying the maps before briefing

Villa Pitiana

Off we go....

first stop: Greve in Chianti - Macelleria Fallorni

Sunday market in Greve with the local products

Il Gallo Nero - the black rooster - icon of the Chianti area

At lunch at "Il Pestello" these Ducati riders showed up

Graham would like to have one...

Royal Dinner at our hotel in Siena -" Scacciapensieri"

We are ready, everything prepared...

Antonella is getting the dinner tables done

Villa Pitiana

Back in the Villa an Irish wedding was going on. These guys gave us a rumorous night....

The Tour of Tuscany starts tomorrow and we getting the bikes ready for our Australian group

View from our start hotel "Villa Pitiana" outside Florence

Anne-Maree and Lloyd did the Guided City Tour in Florence. Some impressions from this outstanding city - despite we were spending most of the time shopping leather goods, we had some cultural highlights as well

Cappelle Medici - the Dusk and the Dawn, the Night and the Morning - all originals from Michelangelo

Inside the great market hall

The Duomo

David in front of Palazzo Vecchio - what a man....

Some strange guys in front of the Uffizi

Ponte Vecchio in the back ground

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Bronwyn Gerlach
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 08:19

Hi, we went out this morning and 'our bike' is gone!!! So the tour is really over - Ursula & Guido have gone home for a rest (well earned) to recharge for their next tour in a few weeks. We thank them 'heaps' for the fun and fantastic sites on our Tuscany tour ... Bronwyn (Blondie) & GG
Lou & Janine
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 18:54

Awesome tour of Tuscany, sadly now ended. We have had a wonderful time enjoying the best of Tuscany - the winding roads, the beautiful countryside, the food, the coffee, the wine - Superb.
Outstanding accommodation with beautiful views. Thanks to Ursula & Guido for taking care of us so well.
Graham Gerlach
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 17:25

Hey there, bike trip now completed (unfortunately), we saw a huge variety of Tuscany, it's rural areas growing all sorts of things and lots of villages to the beach. Safe place to ride - other traffic much more polite than in 'Aus' ... There are definitely never 'too many corners' when you are on the bike ... even if it is a BMW !!! (1200 GS - spot on actually) - I know I will cop it for saying that when I get home ... GG
Andrew Squires
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 01:54

I have let BMW Southbank know that you are coming.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 09:31

Unique way of seeing and experiencing Tuscany. It all seems so relaxef.Looks like it's
easy riding between stops for coffee and food! Those markets look so good.
Lloyd and Anne-Maree
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 22:18

We have had a great time on this tour. Dare I say it but can you have too many corners!? Highly recommend this tour. Great guides to keep you on track and show you all the best that there is to see. Hanging with motorcyclists so all with something in common. Two nights in each town so not constantly packing. Will be saving for the next one when we get home.


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