Our Tour Sicily to Rome just started on Thursday in Catania with the hand-over of the motorcycles and a nice place for the "Welcome" briefing in the garden of Hotel Etna Paradiso.
On our first riding day we head out of Catania westward in direction to our first Foto stop and coffee break in Raddusa.
Sandra, Laura and Kent are happy with best and sunny weather.
Jürgen and Jan enjoy the twisting roads and the beautiful landscape of Sicily.
Phil and Nigel
Further on Piazza Amerina with the famous Villa Romana della Casale was our highlight of the day. More than 3000 square meters of mosaics were found there and - even - ladies in bkinis.
Valle die Templi
Today was the riding day through Mafia region, we stopped in small villages like Prizzi and Corleone.
Phil in Corleone
Jacky and William- the Mafia village Prizzi in the back
For lunch our picnic spot was situated at Ficuzza forest and even thoug the weather wasn't really good, we had a lot of fun.
William and Eric
Jürgen and Ian
Alan guided them to this lovley spot here on the table with Jacky
And the rest of the Group
Motorcycling in beautiful landscape
Ian on the BMW 1200 GS
Dinner at Hotel Baia Taormina with fresh made pasta with squid - Kent, Eric and Phil are having fun with the italian chefs
Restday today in Taormina
Some of us stayed in our hotel or went for sightseeing in Taormina.
Just before the ride, Eric and John at their bikes.
Claudia guided the rest of our group to vulcano Etna.
Nice coffee stop in Rifugio Brunek - Eric and Claudia
John, Eric, Jacky and Bill
Phil and Nigel
Phil in the cable car to the crater
...above the clouds at Monte Etna.
Lava fields at Etna
No comment..... just sit and wait
... what a nice parking lot for our motorbikes in our Hotel Baia Taormina
The old Teatro Greco with a lovely view to Monte Etna
Lots of small alleys
The symbol of Sicily - in the ancient Greece called "Trinakria" which means three capes
Dinner at Forza d'Agró
In this little village north of Taormina the three Oscar nominated film "The Godfather" was filmend in this spectacular scenery.
We also have some film stars on our tour... look at this
Eric on top of the hill
Phil with "The Godfathers" gun
Delicious seafood and a lot of fun
Discussing the excellent view from Forza d'Agró, Jürgen, Alan and Phil
Our riding day from Taormina to Tropea
Nice and winding roads between Novara di Sicilia and Francovilla di Sicilia
Sandy, Kent and Laura
.... Phil.... also a very good rider here
... Alan always busy
... fresh seafood and "Pasta Vongole" for lunch
Jürgen and the boss of Grotta Azzurra
... meeting the locals
A short loop through Tropea with the motorcycles ...Santa Maria Dell'Isola on the hill
Today our trip from Tropea to Maratea, daily morning briefing at the pool
First coffee stop in Amantea in a excellent "Gelateria"
Everybody is gettin ready to start again after lunch
Eric and Jürgen
Bill and Jacky
Next stop - Il Redentore - a 22 m hich statue of Jesus Christ in Maratea
... with breathtaking view over the sea
Our day from Aquafredda/Maratea to Pompeij
Jacky, Bill and Jürgen in front of Paestum a major ancient Greek City at the coast of Threnian sea.
... look at the red poppy at Ian's cap
Picnic right next to Paestum at Caseificio Barlotti, a buffalo Mozzarella production site
Apero, Bitter with Cracker
... the buffalo loves Jack's selfy, look at his eyes
... really fres Mozzarela die buffalo.... the ladies have fun at their work
Afternoon stop in Montechiaro
Arrival at our hotel in Pompeij - Alan guides everybody "home" safely
Phil and Sandy
Restday in Pompeij
We started with Hector -our tourguide - the visit of the ruins of the ancient City of Pompeij
... the Basilica at the main foro
The public bath.... this ara, only allowed for men
Sandy and Kent visiting the old houses
Short trip to Napels in the evening to get the best Pizza in town
A short espresso in a traditional Cafe.... and EVERYBODY knows who had to pay for it and why...!!!
Pizzeria "Brandi", where Pizza Margherita was founded
..... the running gag of our tour
OLIV OIL and bread
Everybody arrived happy and safely on our last riding day from Pompeij to Rome .
After ten beautiful riding days, sightseeing and delicious food and wines we had a nice farewell dinner in our hotel.
Have a safe trip home and see you again soon......