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Southern Italy Extreme 4SI1601

Sunday, May 1, 2016 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Riding day 6, Matera - Pozzuoli (Napoli)

Last riding day of the first ever "Southern Italy Extreme" tour, today we went back to Naples but first we had to cross the Basilicata region, so we could also see Castelmezzano and the "Small Dolomites" before entering Campania through nice twisty roads. Near Salerno Salerno, to avoid the traffic of the metropolis and, before reaching the hotel, we had time to take the last pictures in Naples with the beautiful view of Mount Vesuvius dominating the bay.

Thank you Alisa, Yoshio, Steven, Ralf, David, Roger, Jörg and Bert, for a great time together! Ride safe!

Castelmezzano, with the houses that look like welded on the rocks
shopping fresh vegetables
riding through the "small dolomites" of Basilicata
no doubt we are in Italy
Last picture stop in Naples!
Napoli, what else

Riding day 5, Matera - Alberobello - Polignano a Mare

Since the weather forecast in the inland was not good, today we decided to ride towards the Adriatic coast of Apulia... so now we can say that we rode Italy "coast to coast"! But before reaching the beautiful Polignano by the sea, we could also see the enchanting trulli buildings in Alberobello, and feel like being in a fairytale.

Alberobello and its famous trulli, the typical buildings of this region
walking in the trulli
Alisa in Polignano a Mare
Polignano a Mare, what a gem
in the central square of Polignano, where we had lunch
the boat is nice, but the motorcycles more!
The monument dedicated to Domenico Modugno, a very famous italian singer. Ever heard the song volare... oh oh ... cantare ...
back in Matera, this is our hotel in the sassi
the restaurant we chose for dinner
Matera by night

Riding day 4, Melfi - Matera

This morning we said goodbye to Ralf, who went back to Naples to meet his wife. We will meet him again at the end of the tour. Leaving the hotel, we rode around the extinct Vulture volcano and even entered its crater to see the beautiful and peaceful Monticchio lakes. After that, we reached Venosa for the first coffee break and then entered Apulia to see see the imposing medieval Castel del Monte. But the highlight of the day was of course Matera, one of the oldest continuosly inhabitated settlements in the world, where we could take advantage of a guided walk through its incredible historical centre!

group picture before leaving
the Monticchio lakes
Stephan and Alisa in Venosa
coffee break
the castle of Venosa
the square of Venosa
Jörg and Steven
Castel del Monte
inside the castle
Antonio, who watched our bikes and let us leave all our stuff there, helmets, jackets and so on. Thank you!
Being in Apulia we saw of course some typical trulli
this region is very famous also for the olives
Picture stop between olives
First look of Matera
Parking in Matera
guided city tour through the "sassi"
this cave was a house until 1960! No running water or electricity yet...
Matera at dusk

RIding day 3, Pescasseroli - Melfi

Weather forecast was good for today, but we spent the first part of the day in the rain, until we left the beautiful Matese mountains. A good pizza for lunch in Telese and then we headed to Melfi to see its beautiful historical centre and the castle dating back to the 11th century!

Rain finally stopped but the clouds are still threatening...
rain gear still on
a camouflaged car, maybe a new model for 2017? This car came probably from Melfi, where there is a very big Fiat car factory
Lunch break in Telese
A very nice old Lambretta, ancestor of all scooters
our pizzas almost ready!
buon appetito!
The historical centre of Melfi
relax in the sun for Jörg
The shape of mount Vulture, an extinct volcano that gives its name to the whole region
The view of Melfi from its imposing medieval castle
Stephan leaving the castle on his modern horse

Riding day 2, Rest Day Ride in the Abruzzo region

A backlash of the winter, what else can I think? I rode in this area around 3 weeks ago and the spring had arrived, green and flowers everywhere... and now snow again! The ride was anyway amazing, especially in the morning, when we rode the Passo Godi and the Sagittario Gorges with blue sky and white all around... are we really in southern Italy?

Passo Godi
no words...
some curves were a little slippery, so we had to take it easy
Parking in Scanno
Already looking like the locals...
A beautiful view of Scanno
Arrived in Sulmona, where we had lunch
Ovidius, the famous latin poet, was born here
Sulmona is famous for the "confetti", sugar coated almonds, that are exported everywhere
Some impressions of Sulmona
Ralf relaxing
on the way back, what a great ride today!

Riding day 1, Pozzuoli (Napoli) - Pescasseroli

What do you normally imagine when you think about Southern Italy? Most of you will think about sun, warm weather, nice beaches... well, that was not the case today! We left our hotel under the rain and reached Pescasseroli under the snow! In between we could anyway enjoy also good weather and we had a great riding day! After leaving the traffic of the city behind, we reached Sperlonga on the Thyrrenian coast, a very nice and picturesque medieval centre located on a rocky promontory. It was the perfect spot to say goodbye to the coast and to the sea, because after that we hit the Aurunci mountains and perfect curvy roads took us to Isola del Liri with its beautiful waterfall. The last challenge was to climb the "Forca d'Acero" pass in order to enter the Abruzzi region and its famous National Park.

first coffee break... with some delicious typical sweets!
Jörg and Ralf
in Sperlonga
The beach of Sperlonga
Yoshio san
Roger forgot to take the helmet off
some impressions of Sperlonga
lunch break
we started seeing snow-capped mountains... and the question was: "do we have to go there"? Yesss!
locals playing cards in the cafe... very authentic!
Steven at the waterfall in Isola del Liri
Children love motorcycles, a very good sign!
Jörg on his Africa Twin
Entering Abruzzo on the Forca d'Acero pass, pity we did not have time for skiing
The complete group: Alisa, Yoshio, Steven, Ralf, David, Roger, Yörg, Bert and Domenico. Not exactly in the same order
The sky when we reached the hotel, tomorrow we expect better weather!
Happy birthday Bert!

The first Southern Italy Extreme tour is about to begin, stay tuned!!!

Welcome to Napoli, Naples, Italy's third-largest city as well as one of its oldest and most artistic. A tour through southern Italy has to start from here, the former Capital city of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, that extended over the southern part of mainland Italy and the island of Sicily and was the largest of the states of Italy before the Italian unification in 1861.

At the crossroads of civilisations for millennia, southern Italy is littered with the detritus of diverse and gilded ages, from Greek and Roman to Saracen, Norman and Spanish. It is home to no less than 13 Unesco World Heritage cultural sites and we can't wait to start exploring!

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Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:47

War eine super Tour,vielen Dank Domenico für das tolle Drumherum!
Basil Stetson
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 19:02

Awesome pictures Domenico. Looking forward to doing the ride with you in October, minus the snow! Cheers - Basil
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 00:14

Hey there, I am spotting a familiar face

Ralf, ich wusste gar nicht, dass dir nach dem warmen Spanien so sehr nach Schnee zumute ist

Ich wünsch dir ganz viel Spass auf Tour und viele schöne Kurven!

Liebe Grüße aus dem Allgäu, wo es übrigens ebenfalls schneit
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 22:32

So far a fantastic ride and I expect it to get even better. Great roads, guide, and new friends.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 18:36

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night (no, wait, we didn't ride at night yet) can stop Domenico from leading on some the most fun roads in Italy!


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