Greve in Chanti and the "skyscrapers" of San Gimignano
Finaly the scooter riding season has open!! What better way to do so, than in very sunny Italy?! Our flaming red Vespas are ready and we're ready to GO! First days ride towards the south, puts us in the Chianti valley towards the beautiful and charming town of Greve in Chianti. A long coffee stop to get to know each other in a little more depth and we continue towards the beautiful town of San Gimignano, the walled city can only be accessed by foot through the city gates. Since 1990 it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mugello race track and the Muraglione Pass
After the easy riding of the first day, getting used to the bikes, comes the twisty roads that lead to Firenzuola the Mugello circuit. Originally a 66 km (bout 40 miles) track on public roads!!
Siena and the hidden town of Rada in Chianty
After the brutal ride the day before, comes a calmer one. We ride to Siena, following through the SR222 (Strada Chiantigiana) to enjoy the beautiful city sights. First stop, was not planned, but everybody liked the cooffee and the affogato so much, we had to go get another one!
Villa Pitiana coffee with a well desereved afternoon coffee
Due to the very long previous days riding, we decided to make a slightly shorter route, a little 2 hour ride with a long coffee stop in Villa Pitiana so we could enjoy the afternoon doing some shopping and sightseeing.
Arezzo after the "High" Pass of Consuma
Final riding day is here, and we are off to the beautiful town of Arezzo. First things first, the highest pass of the week, a 1050 m (almost 3500 feet!!) where we enjoyed the first capuccion, all said, someone may have had more than one!!
The return trip was through the SP1, one of those hidden jewels where there is barely anyone. A couple of switchbacks and some huge sections of sweepers and, before we know it, we were having a coffee in Reggello and back in Florence.
What a magnificent week, the guys were absolutely magnificent, the weather was outrageous, the roads were all we could have dreamed off, the food was delicious and the wine, well, the wine was simply Chianti!!
Thank you for everything guys, it has been fabulous riding with you, hope we ride again soon!!