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Southern Italy Extreme 4SI1701

Sunday, April, 23nd, 2017 | Domenico Schiano | Europe

Day 6, Matera - Napoli

Last riding day of this beautiful tour! We left Matera under a beautiful blue sky and we headed to Castelmezzano for a very chilly coffee break in the "small Dolomites". After that, many curves took us back to the Campania region where, thanks to a flat tyre, we could enjoy a last break near the Amalfi Coast before reaching Napoli.

Thank you for a beautiful week together, folks, have safe rides and keep the rubber side down!!!

Castelmezzano
Stuart
Inga
Group picture
the Amalfi Coast
Ken, Donna, Inga and Keith
Cetara
the last gelato of the tour

Day 5, Rest day Ride to Alberobello and Polignano a Mare

Looking at the weather forecast (and the temperatures as well!), we decided to reach the Adriatic coast today and complete the "Coast to Coast" of Southern Italy! So we first headed to Alberobello, a town famous for its unique Trulli buildings, and then to Polignano a Mare, with its gorgeous historical centre located on a cliff above the sea. After a very good lunch and (of course) a gelato, we rode back to Matera in time for another walk before going out for dinner. Enjoy the pictures of today!

First photo stop just outside Matera to look at the whole Sassi district
Matera
In Alberobello, next to a Trullo
Our bikes in Alberobello. The Trulli have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.
The Giro d'Italia will be here in may!
Polignano a Mare
Buon appetito, Donna!
handicraft
ready to go back!

Day 4, Melfi - Matera

What a temperature drop today! Around three or four degree in the morning (celsius, of course!), and also around lunch time the temperature was not above 10! Fortunately it was not a very long ride, we stopped in Venosa for a cofee break and paid homage to Frederick II in Castel del Monte, before reaching Matera in time for a warm shower and then a guided walk through the historical centre (called Sassi), that is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The Monticchio lakes, in what was the crater of the extinct Vulture volcano
Inside the Abbey of San Michele
Coffee (and gelato) break in Venosa
As I wrote, the temperature dropped down! Here Ken and Donna
Castel del Monte. Described "the most fascinating castle built by Frederick II", the site is protected as a World Heritage Site and it also appears on the Italian version of the one cent Euro coin.
Vilnis next to a Trullo, a typical building of the Apulia region
Arrived in Matera
Bikes parked!
Ready for a guided walk through Matera
inside an old cave-house
other few impressions of Matera
Ready to go to the restaurant for dinner!

Day 3, Pescasseroli - Melfi

The longest riding day so far, around 300 kilometres that took us to the region of Basilicata, in the "deepest" south of Italy. After leaving the Abruzzo National Park, we rode through the Matese mountains and, after that, the landscape started to change and the mountains left place to nice green hills and cultivated fields. We reached Melfi in time for a ride through its beautiful historical centre and a picture from its castle. Another beautiful day!

At the Matese lake
Peter and Volker
preparing pizzas for our lunch break!
Pizza ready
At the arch of Trayan in Benevento
some details of this 1900 years old monument.
In Melfi
The castle of Melfi, one of the most important ones from the Middle Ages because the emperor Frederick II spent much time here!
Trying to reach the castle by bike!

Day 2, Rest day in the Abruzzo National Park

What a great rest-day ride through the beautiful landscapes of this region! Perfect weather with good temperature, tasty food... and great motorcycles of course! What else could we ask for? We left Pescasseroli and headed to the old town of Sulmona with a beautiful ride on the Passo Godi and through the Sagittario Gorges. Then, after a "gelato" break, we rode back to Pescasseroli and, on the way, we stopped in Alfedena for lunch. After that, there was the possibility of an optional "afternoon loop"... and of course everybody took the chance!

First picture stop in Scanno
The Sagittario river and gorges
in Sulmona
A very tasty gelato, I suppose! When I came there, only Kurt had not yet finished his one!
also the other typical products look quite tasty!
Alfedena
A good coffee after lunch is a must!
In the centre of Ortona dei Marsi
Group picture
tiny tiny streets!

Day 1, Napoli - Pescasseroli

Greetings from Southern Italy, where another amazing Edelweiss tour has just began! We are going to ride through places which have not yet attracted massive tourism, and we are all eager to explore the area! Today we left the busy Naples and we rode along the coast direction northward until we reached the pretty village of Sperlonga. After that, we said goodbye to the sea and hit the curvy roads of the Aurunci mountains and the Forca d'Acero that took us to the Abruzzo National Park. Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned!

ready to go!
First coffee break
Inga and Keith
Alan, Vilnis and Peter
the view from Sperlonga
Sperlonga
time for a quick shower!
Ken and Donna
Stuart
Volker
At the beautiful waterfall in Isola del Liri
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Domenico Schiano
Wednesday, April, 26nd, 2017 at 12:16

thank you for your kind comments, my friends! I hope we can ride together again and finally spot some white-breasted woodpeckers!!! Many greetings from Napoli!!!
Stuart Metcalfe
Sunday, April, 23nd, 2017 at 01:06

Thanks to Domenico for leading a thoroughly enjoyable tour. Great roads, scenery, company and pace with some memorable hotel stays and food and drink along the way.

So many good memories, but Matera, Puglian Seafood Restaurant and great Gelato throughout are just a few.

Thanks to all for making it such fun and to Domenico and Edelweiss for the logistics, organisation and great riding.

Ride safe one and all. Till next time.

Stuart
Ken
Saturday, April, 22nd, 2017 at 10:12

As the Italian saying goes, there's no second without a third. To all our friends we've met along the road, a Reunion tour may be in order. And of course Domenico must be our leader!
Donna
Saturday, April, 22nd, 2017 at 10:04

How lucky am I to have something that makes it hard to say goodbye. To great freinds and the most beautiful country I hope to see you again! The adventure was filled with amazing landscapes,incredible riding and delicious food. Thank you Domenico !!
Stuart Metcalfe
Saturday, April, 22nd, 2017 at 07:22

The coast to.coast day riding through Puglia was a joy. To see the Trulli buildings in real life was great having seen them in magazines and TV often. The sea was a beautiful blue green in the sunshine and the food at lunchtime some of the very best. A fantastic restaurant selection for Domenico. One more great day riding in Southern Italy.
Stuart Metcalfe
Thursday, April, 20nd, 2017 at 08:16

Wow....nothing quite prepares you for the sight you behold after driving through the new part of Matera to see the Sassi, old and ancient part. What an experience. Simply stunning and worth riding for.

A really cool hotel located in ancient caves and superb meal and wine in a restaurant in another cave within the city.

A memorable arrival in Matera.

alan rehm
Thursday, April, 20nd, 2017 at 22:29

good riding & great food for sure! the food here in southern italy will not disappoint. Great wine as well, of course!
Stuart Metcalfe
Tuesday, April, 18nd, 2017 at 19:57

Having a great tour around Southern Italy. Some lovely blue skies, great roads and scenery and coffee at 1 euro a go. Plus great gelato and over 1200 years of history when we stop. All well organised by Domenico.

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