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The heart of Italy 4IT1502

Sunday, September 13, 2015 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

The Heart of Italy 4IT1502

Welcome to Florence, Tuscany, where another great Edelweiss tour is about to begin!

We will ride through central Italy, through the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Marche, an area full of history and art... and of course wonderful roads! The weather forecast looks very good and our bikes are ready to hit the roads! Follow us!!!

Everything ready!

Day 5, Urbino - Florence

Also this beautiful tour is over, today we went back to Florence and it was another great riding day, with thousands of curves that took us to San Leo and to the Muraglione pass before finally reaching our hotel.

Thank you Diane, Larry, Sachiko, Wes, Basil, Nick and Sonia for a wonderful time together! See you hopefully soon again, ciao!

Nice view of Urbino
Group picture before entering San Leo
Coffee break!
San Leo
At the Muraglione Pass, where hundreds of motorcyclists meet during the weekends...
... and it is possible to admire beauties like the Ducati Desmosedici RR! Ducati produced only 1500 bikes like this!
Back in Florence

Day 4, Urbino - San Marino - Tavullia - Urbino

Rest day in Urbino, but of course some of us always want to ride! Today we reached San Marino, one of the smallest states in Europe and, after a coffee break at the main square, we continued our tour until we reached the coast where we had a good lunch by the beach. Then, the beautiful "Panoramic Road" took us to Pesaro and Tavullia, hometown of the Doctor Valentino Rossi!

first photo stop in the Montefeltro hills... guys, what are you looking at?
San Marino...
...hosting the MotoGP race this weekend, here the 3 challengers Nick Marquez, Domenico Rossi and Basil Dovizioso!
new challengers?
The walls of San Marino
we reached the adriatic coast
lunch by the sea!
Valentino Rossi's backyard!

Day 3, Perugia - Urbino

Today everybody got a very good dose of curves! We left Perugia and, after a photo stop at the Trasimeno lake, we headed to Cortona, where we could sip a very good cappuccino in the crowded square. After lunch we decided to hit the "Bocca Trabaria" road, with lots of curves and no traffic... what a beautiful ride until Urbino!

 

group picture at the Trasimeno lake
Coffee break in Cortona
The central square of Cortona... where the movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" was filmed
bike parking... see the no parking sign?
lunch
Urbino, one of the most beautiful historical centres in Italy!

Day 2, Perugia - Castelluccio - Assisi - Perugia

Also today the weather looked great and the "Monti Sbillini" were waiting for us. To get there in time, we used the motorway and, before hitting the mountain roads, we had the chance to see Norcia, famous for being the hometown of Saint Benedict... and famous also for the truffle! After another couple of photo stops up high in the mountains, we finally reached the small village of Castelluccio, overlooking a great valley, where we had lunch and then we headed to Assisi for our last stop of the day. Before dinner a nice walk through Perugia was also a nice experience!

Norcia
The valley of Castelluccio
Sonia and Nick and the famous "Green Italy", just before Castelluccio!
What a nice spot for lunch!
The valley of Castelluccio
Castelluccio seen from a distance. Have you noticed the road? Simply beautiful!
Wes
Sachi
Basil giving gas after a switchback
Wes and Sachi in Assisi, where we took the chance to visit the great Basilica dedicated to St. Francis. If you live in California by San Francisco, definitely a must!
Perugia, the old city walls at dusk
Stunning view over Perugia

Day 1, Florence - Perugia

The first riding day of this tour is also its longest, but we managed it well! After a few pictures from the famous "Piazzale Michelangelo", we quickly got out of Florence and rode into the hills of the Chianti region. For the morning coffee break we chose Greve and then the road to Siena amazed our senses! We reached the hotel around 7pm, tired but happy, and then we enjoyed a great dinner together.

First picture stop in Florence, this is the view from Piazzale Michelangelo
Our brave riders, Nick, Sonia, Wes, Sachiko, Basil, Larry and Diane
Bike parking in Siena, we were very lucky to find room close to the Cathedral!
The Cathedral of Siena
Sachiko and Wes
Ready to go?
Picture stop near Montalcino...
... to admire the beautiful grapes that will create the famous "Brunello" wine! Harvesting will be in a few days!
Nick and Sonia
Nick is trying some "off-road"
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Diane Goldberg
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 04:42

Thank you, Domenico, for the trip of a lifetime! Fun, food, beautiful riding and spectacular views. And new friends to share this with. This trip far exceeded my expectations in every way.
Basil Stetson
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 02:46

This adventure far exceeded my expectations. First of all, I have never had so much fun riding a motorcycle! Several days had 3-4+ hours of twisties, sweepers and hairpins, with minimum traffic. And then when the road straightens out, you look up and think, OMG, look at this amazingly beautiful country. Domenico was an awesome guide. I made new friends, had a lot of laughs and am headed home delightfully exhausted.
Nick
Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 08:45

Fantastic riding in fantastic weather with a great group of people. Domenico is a great tour leader!
Ursula.peter1@googlemail.com
Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 06:34

Great blog Dome. Can't wait to go. Its getting cold in ggod old germany❄️☁️. See you Wednesday!
Domenico Schiano
Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 07:28

Grazie Ursula! Today last riding back to Florence... pity, it's a great tour! See you soon! Freue mich

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