We spent our first day attending the MotoGP race in Mugello in Italy close to our starting point Florence. Florence is the capital of the Tuscany region and it's perfect for motorcycling - of course. We took the bikes to ride for half an hour to the Mugello racetrack and spent almost the whole day there watching the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP races. They put on a great show and everybody loved it. Afterwards the motorcycles saved us a huge amount of time because traffic wasn't even moving but we could go by and having a cold beer at the end of the day.
Our second day was our first big riding day leaving Florence and heading for Livorno, the ferry port. On the way we stopped in Vinci, Leonardo Da Vinci's birthplace and we had a lovely coffee and visited his museum. Afterwards we had a walk through the medieval town of Lucca before reaching our destination.
Today we had to get up early, grab an Espresso and then head for the ferry port close by to our hotel in Livorno. The big ferry took us in 4,5 hours straight to Bastia on Corsica. Our first ride on French territory took us around the Northern peninsula called Cap Corse. Plenty of sweepers and twisties awaited us and some incredible views along the coastline. On the afternoon we had some icecream in Ile Rousse and ended up in Calvi which was going to be our stay for two nights.
On our first restday we had the chance to take an actual rest and enjoy the magnificent little town of Calvi right on the coast with all its views and streets and shops and sightseeing or go for a ride into the mountains of Corsica. Going for a ride I present you now the pictures of our spectacular ride up the Haut-Asco ski resort area.
Leaving Calvi after the restday wasn't really hard because tons of twisties and sweepers along the Western coastline of Corsica awaited us. In the middle of the Calanche rocks lied Porto, our first coffee stop. The area between Piana and Porto is also Unesco World Heritage and a magnificent piece of road construction. The road is like glued to the cliffs and the colour of the cliffs is just spectacular. We rode all along the coast until we reached Ajaccio, the capital of Corsica.
Leaving Ajaccio we had a long way to go because we wanted to cross the whole island to reach the Eastern side of Corsica. The best saying to describe the day would be 'The journey is its own reward' by Konfuzius as well as 'This is my favourite riding day' by Michael the tour guide. A gazillion turns making our way into the mountains of the island was very refreshing compared to the 'mostly straight' days before.... Our trip of Corsica ended in the magical city of Bonifacio, the southernmost city and probably the most picturesque.