With my being born (and living) in Southern italy I felt a bit "disappointed" that Edelweiss didn't offer yet a tour through my beautiful regions, except the Rome to Sicily. So I proposed this itinerary and, after a short meeting, I saw it coming true!
Now I just finished scouting this tour, that also gave me the opportunity to ride again my own bike... and here I am with some impressions. It was a great week, I hope you enjoy the pictures... and see you soon on the Southern Italy Extreme!
This tour starts in my beloved Naples! This is the famous wiew with the sleeping giant Mount Vesuvius in the background.
Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples. Naples' historic city centre is the largest in Europe, enclosing 27 centuries of history, and is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Naples has long been a major cultural centre with a global sphere of influence, particularly during the Renaissance and Enlightenment eras.
Cusano Mutri... hitting the Appennine!
The National Park of Abruzzo is a paradise not only for the many animals living here, but also for motorcyclists!
Melfi, the view from the castle
The beautiful lakes of Monticchio, inside the crater of the extinct Mount Vulture volcano
Castel del Monte, in Apulia, built in the 13th century by the legendary king Frederick II.
Matera is well known for its historical center called "Sassi", considered World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Matera was declared Italian host of European Capital of Culture for 2019.
My bike in the Sassi
The area of what is now Matera has been settled since the Palaeolithic, it is definitely one of the oldest continuously-inhabited settlements in history.
Matera by night
Castelmezzano, located in the Dolomites of Basilicata
In 2007 Castelmezzano was included by Budget Travel magazine among "The best places you've never heard of".
I could have spent the whole day admiring this view
beautuful roads... and landscapes!
not really much traffic here!
Craco, a ghost town in Basilicata. The old town was abandoned due to natural disasters. The abandonment has made Craco a tourist attraction and a popular filming location.
The Calanchi (badlands), a landmark of this region.
Motorcycling in autumn has its charme!
good that cows stay on the sidewalk