Welcome to Rome, the eternal city. Our start hotel is close to the Vatican. Vincent arrived already. We will be on the Guided City Tour tomorrow. Tony will bring the bikes tonight, the rest of the guests will arrive tomorrow. Quite an international group, most of them "old" Edelweissers.
Perfect temperature 20 C, blue sky! Stay tuned....
our last riding day - everybody is a bit sad. We are heading to Catania back to the Etna.
first coffee stop in Sommatino - all the old men sitting round and chatting. What a cosy atmosphere
Villa Romana - the Bikini Girls
3.500 qm of mosaics
La Trinakria in Villa Romana. After visiting the Roman Villa we had another delicious lunch
with the right sunglasses I can apply for the job of the operation manager
Days later the sunglasses have found its destination - happy birthday Stephan
everybody back in the Villa Paradiso dell`Etna - everybody in one piece, no damages - well done
It's time to say goodbye to the north coast and head south.Our first stop is in the wonderful town of Caccamo, home of one of the largest and best maintained Norman castles in Italy. Situated on top of a rocky outcrop, the castle boasts a commanding view of the sorrounding valleys.
Our next stop is one of the highlghts of this trip, a classic Edelweiss picnic prepared by our tour guide Ursula. We feast on local specialities while listening to the song of the local birds and the sound of the wind in the trees.
After lunch we head into deep into history as we follow the road to the town of Corleone, made famous in the classic movie series "The Godfather". After the obligatory picture stop at the town entrance we carry on into the mountains and hills of central Sicily for some of the best riding of the trip. Narrow roads, sweeping turns and breathtaking views are all we need to put a massive grin on or faces. Our final stop is in the town of Agricento, where we park our bikes and immediately head out to the hotel terrace and an amazing view of the Valley of the Temples.
the castle of Caccamo
Picknick in Godrano
Fennel - maybe Tom Ritt knows for whom it was
the Mafia town of Corleone
Valle dei Templi in Agrigento
It is hard to leave this beautiful hotel Baia Taormina. But a great riding day is waiting for us. We crossing the Island of Sicily over the Madonie and Nebrodi mountain ranges - 1000 of curves are waiting for us - let go!!!
view from the terrace of Baia Taormina - but we have to leave today Thanks to all the staff for 2 wonderful days
lava is very fertile. Pistachio trees and gorse is blooming at the bottom of Mount Etna - beautiful
wild fennel - they making Finochello (not Limoncello) out of it
Andre got some good pictures - as always
Canolli time at the coffee stop in Cesaro
but Federico chose an icecream
the castle of Sperlinga - since a rock broke off the castle is closed but Nino the owner of the Bar di Castello opened the castle for us only...
and we climbed up
all carved into the stone - amazing
what a great spot high above the village
and these crazy guys even climbed higher
our motorcycles in front of the bar
Nelson and Beatriz - in the background Gangi
Gangi - you could buy a house there for 1,00 € - you have to renovate it inbetween the next 3 years - what a great idea to bring new people into the village
curves, curves, curves
we skipped the afternoon coffee break so that the group had a little bit time for Cefalu
the Norman cathedral
upppps - whats that? You will see tomorrow
we started out for our Mount Etna adventure with a perfect clear and sunny day
Coffe at Refugio Bruneck - Michele
and Andre in the lava fields
lava sand is slippery - but we found clean roads. What a ride and what a view!!!
and at the evening we went to lovely Taormina. Some impressions....
The Etna from Piazza IV Aprile, next to Kaffee Wunderbar
No... we don`t go for a pizza - we go for "Slow Food" - Tischi Toschi is the place. A hidden treasure, hard to find, but worth looking for it
Slow Food is a movement which started in the Piemont region. It means: organic, seasonal, fresh, local. Osterie d`Italia - that is the "bible" you need if you want exceptional good food in Italy
vine from the Etna
Just perfect to finish a great day!!
we left Tropea and went along the Calabrian cost. We entering the Sicilian Island today - have a look
Javier and Clara
Calaria - 780 km of coastline, dramatic, awesome...
and the boys
Federico - the Iron Man - I would like to understand his jokes
best ride there is.....
the monster of Scilla!!! There is an English idiom "between Scilla and Charybdis" - means between a rock and a hard place - further explanation you got at the briefing
the castle of Scilla
down there we had lunch in Grotta Azzurra - the best lunch on tour - despite not everybody agreed - specially not the principessa - but ask the others
Mr. and Mrs. "Apple" waiting for the ferry to Sicily
Beatriz and Federico
Sicily we are coming
High above the sea in Forza d`Agro - filmset of "Godfather" - what a picture!!!! and not photoshoped at all
right down there is our hotel "Baia Taormina" for the next 2 days
the church in Forza d`Agro - you maybe know it from the movie
cloudy and rainy in the morning so we had to skip the Pollino National Park. Despite it was a good rinding day
we had to say good bye to lovely Villa Cheta and it was a pity that we couldn`t use the brand new pool in the back of the Villa - it was just to cold. Not even Federico jumped in
No it is not Rio de Janeiro.... it is Maratea, high above on Mount Biagio
Andre - Jesus Christ Superstar
the coast line of the Basilicata - undiscovered and beautiful
the highlight of today was definitely Paestum, founded by the Greek 700 BC!!! originally known as Poseidonia, 120 hectares, 3 major temples
our daily morning briefing in the lovely garden of Hotel Forum - you see, everbody is concentrated
the temple of Poseidon, the god of the sea, is the biggest and best preserved.
on september 9th, 1943, Paestum was the location of the landing of the US 36th infantry division during the allied invasion in Italy.German froces resisted the landings from the outset, causing heavy fighting within and around the town.
Campania is famous for bufalo mozzarella and "Caseificio Barlotti" is the place to be.
What do you expect from a video on a blog of a motorcycling tour?? Open it
the young ones....
Vincent is delivering the bufalo milk
we ended up in the romantic hotel "Villa Cheta"
It happened 79 AD - the Vesuvio erupted and buried the wealthy Roman Pompei under ash and mud. The vast ruins provide a fascinating insight into how the ancient Romans lived. But before we had a guided tour through the excavations with lovely Antonella, we went for a restday ride...
some impressions of Pompej
that`s for Vicky - a new hotel is going to get ready
the garden of our Hotel Forum, opposite of the entrance to the ruins - we are in the very center but all is quite and relaxed there
on the restday ride we went to the Amalfi Coast - world famous, stunning....
the Dome of Amalfi
in case a local Amalfitano dies and gets in paradise, it is just a normal day for him - means they have been there life long in paradise
organic, cheep, effective - try!!!
After the restday ride we had a guided tour in Pompej - what an amazing place. Here the Forum
Pompej with the Vesuvio vulcano in the background, which caused the destruction of the city
and to make a big day even bigger - we had special meeting in Naples - not the DGA meeting of course but the NET - Naples - Exclusive - Tourguide meeting
Domenico met us at the harbour and we started our walk through beautiful Naples - one of the most beautiful cities on this planet
Galeria Umberto - under construction of course - but once it is done it will be awesome
Gambrinus - the famous coffee shop, exclusive. Angela Merkel had a coffee here as well as the Pope and maybe Maradona.
It could be a Kaffeehaus in Vienna
Piazza del Plebiscito - looks like the Pantheon in Rome
Domenico ordered a Brass Band for us
VIP`s of Naples - Toto - Higuain - Maradona
the Pizza was invented here - Brandi is the name
"100 years the ago Pizza Margherita was born here"
typical streets in Naples
an Vincent found maybe his ancestors - unbelieveable!!!
for building the houses they digged out the Tuff from the underground - all Naples is like a Swiss cheese. In the old days it was a water reservoir, in WWII it was a shelter, now it is a place for exhibitions and events - really amazing
the old electricity wires necessary for the shelters during WWII are all still there
Vincent was with Domenico and me on the Tuscany Tour, Fernando was with Domenico on the Magestic Alps - Edelweiss family!
Cheers on a fantastic day
what would Naples be without a delicious pizza
of course we had to try an icecream and specialty of Naples - Baba!!
Thanks Dome for a fantastic evening
our destination for today is Pompej, a city preserved under ashes from the Vesuvian eruption 76 A.C.
But before we arrive there we have a lot of things to enjoy....
chaotic traffic on the G.R.A. - the tangenziale around Rome - but than we got the first pictures stop on Castel Gandolfo - the summeresidence of the Pope - and all the chaos was forgotten
the Brasilian ladies
Coffee stop in Rocca Massima - after all this curves a break was necessary
Ich bin ein bisschen beunruhigt.... ich fang diese RT an zu mögen
Sperlonga at the Tirrenian Sea
and Leo at the "Tropic" restaurant made us a perfect lunch, despite a broken down Pizza oven.
Alan - best regards to you from all the staff - they said you might be too old for giocca calcio
maybe you should think about that....
all our hotels are handpicked, also the "Hotel Forum" in Pompej. It has a beautiful garden with a lot of lemon trees and a perfect menu as well