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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Day 5, Cooking Class

Last day of this beautiful Tuscany by scooter tour! Is there a better way to finish it then with a cooking class? In the beautiful hotel Villa Pitiana we prepared salad, pizza, pasta and a delicious tiramisù dessert! After we ate all these things that we prepared, we relaxed a bit in the beautiful garden and then we took our scooters again and rode back to Florence. A last stop for a delicious ice cream was really deserved after such a nice tour.

It was a great week together, thank you everybody!!! Keep in touch!

photo stop

our group

Vallombrosa

our pizzas!

the cooks

relaxing in Villa Pitiana

last photo stop

Richard

smily faces

Day 4, Arezzo

After leaving Florence we could enjoy the twisties of Passo della Consuma, reaching a height of 1050 metres above sea level. After a first break in Poppi, a little village listed among the 100 most beautiful ones of Italy, we finally reached Arezzo, a charming old town that now is the centre of the Italian jewelry industry. Roberto Benigni filmed many scenes of his Oscar-winning film "Life is Beautiful" in the "Piazza Grande" of Arezzo, its most noteworthy medieval square. After a good lunch and of course a coffee, nice twisty roads throuch vines and olive trees took us back to Florence!

the castle of Poppi

Coffee break in Poppi

The main square of Arezzo

Arezzo

too much fun riding!

Last break in Reggello

Day 3, Siena

Crossing again the Chianti wine region, we reached the beautiful and famous town of Siena, where we could admire one of the most beautiful squares in the world, the famous "Piazza del Campo". A traditional horse race takes place in this square twice a year, the "Palio di Siena", where the contrades of the city compete against each-other. Since it was raining a bit, why not go inside the Cathedral? The interiors are incredibly beautiful and richly decorated. Gaiole in Chianti was the village chosen for our last coffee break!

rainy day... no problem!

the Cathedral of Siena

Siena

Day 2, the Appennini mountains!

Soooo many curves today! We rode through the Appennini mountain range and our first stop was in Scarperia to see the worldwide famous Mugello Circuit (owned by Ferrari) where every year the Italian Grand Prix of MotoGP takes place. After hundreds of curves we reached the nice village of Palazzuolo where we had lunch and then we also rode on the twisties of the famous "Muraglione" pass before heading back to Florence!

The Mugello circuit

coffee break in Scarperia

Riding on the Appennini... where the roads are not less challenging than on the Alps!

lunch break

riding again!

last break

picture stop overlooking Florence

Day 1, San Gimignano

Our scooters are ready to explore Tuscany, the place where the Vespa was born!

On our first riding day we rode southwards, through the winding roads of the wonderful Chianti region, famous for its good wine. After a first stop in the nice village of Greve, we went to San Gimignano, the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages”, famous for its towers and listed in the Unesco World Heritage sites. San Gimignano is also famous for its ice cream, the two ice cream makers in the central square are "the best in the world" and the "world champion". Which one is better?

Donna and Donald

Isa and John

John, Susan and Heather

first stop in Greve in Chianti

Phyllis, Jefferson and Patrick

view of San Gimignano

San Gimignano

Linda and Melanie

Heather can read just anywhere!

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Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 08:30

Words cannot describe the emotions that were created this past week. This trip was not only the best vacation I've ever had, it also changed my traveling soul! Never again will I think about traveling by car when I can travel by motorcycle (or scooter)!
When we first arrived into Firenze, I wasn't overly impressed with the place - just another busy city - but as soon as we hopped onto those scooters, my eyes were opened to the most amazing places I've ever seen! Ever. One minute we are in a busy city, the next zooming down a winding road by acres of vineyards, and the next, spotting deer rustling in a dark, cold forest.
The people I met in this group were vastly different, yet got along famously. I could ride on forever with them all! Especially Domenico. Wow. Not only is he damn sexy in his motorcycle gear, but he has an amazing, welcoming, happy personality. He went above and beyond to make each one of us have the best (and safest) time, and he took care of those in need without batting an eye! Truly amazing person.
In February, I am heading to Ireland. Edelweiss has yet to create a tour there, so I am going to rent a motorcycle and do my own thing. Anybody want to tag along???
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 08:08

Hello Don and all group members of the AZ Beemer Club!
Thank you Domenico for setting up this great blog. Looking at all these happy faces our Edelweiss team can imagine the fun you have and the wonderful moments you experience. It is a great pleasure for us to host your trip and we hope, you have a fun and safe last riding day!
Talk to you soon,
Karin + the team
Don Stanley
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 06:37

Last day of riding today and we are going to make the most of it with a trip to our Italian cooking class.
We have enjoyed traveling with Domenico Schiano so much, plus his fun and humor at dinner is great!
Don Stanley
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 18:02

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Chartered Club #89 - AZ Beemers wants to thank our Tour Guide Domenico Schiano for a fantastic Scooter Tour of Tuscany. We AZ Beemers Group have been using Edelweiss Bike Travel for over decades now and each tour gets better and better. We started utilizing the Custom Tours two years ago, Rainer and Karin have been building these trips to our specs and we love them!
We still have one day of riding tomorrow and we are so very sad that this AZ Beemers Italian trip will be ending!
However, AZ Beemers have discussed having EBT putting together a Spain/Portugal trip for us in Spring 2016!
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 08:14

I certainly hope that my name is on the Roster for that next trip!!!!

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