The tour is over - the circle is closed, we are back in Villa Pitiana. What a fantasic, flexibile, optimistic group. Thanks for your cooperation. It was a pleasure to guide you round Tuscany and it was fun riding with you. Have a safe flight back home and stay in touch.
All the best
Ursula & Marko
Once again a multinational group from Canada, US, Korea, Great Britain and Saudi Arabia did the long way to ride in Italy.
The tour leads us through Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Emilia Romagna and will give us a taste of Italian culture, food, wine, the open-hearted people and last not least of amazing roads.
After the welcome briefing and motorcycle handover, the team of Villa Pitiana spoilt us with a variety of Antipasti and plates loaded with all kind of different meat. We couldn`t also resist the desert - pannacotta, stuffed hot apricots and warm brownies - sooo good.
Tomorrow we will be ready for the Chianti region.
Our start hotel - Villa Pitiana
everybody was hoping that it will clear up to do the long riding day over the stretches of the Apennin.
And yes - the sun came out
The ladies! All tough passengers, can`t get enough of theses curves
a quick coffee at passo della cantoniere
La Verna - a thunderstorm ruined the restaurant "La Melosa". Everything repaired and the truffle ravioli were delicious
Passo della Consuma - what a ride!
boot beer at Villa Pitiana - all in one piece, all in a good mood - perfect!
Christina the only female rider amongst this gang. He met Simoncelli in Indianapolis and got some "58" stickers
a last impression from Villa Pitiana in the evening sun
The optimistic attitude of this group is unbeatable!!!
Despite a dense fog and rain they wanted to ride. Short discussion at the breakfast table - and the deal was made. We gonna go!!!
Let`s make the best out of this day - and it was even better than the best!!
First of all we had to get 2 new plastic bags for Chris shoes from the room mate.
Off we went - and the first highlight was Coriano - Marco Simoncelli`s hometown. Here the memorial for Sic - blowing every Sunday at 4 pm for 58 seconds.
the guys let us in for a quick picture stop despite a car race was going on. Thank you - you friendly Italians!
our lunch place on the beach
Christina couldn`t resist to dip a least her feet into the Adriatic Sea
Fish, fish, fish - so delicous
Agripino - the Rossi fan - totally happy! We thought we wouldn`t see the Ranch because of fog and rain - but it cleared up
Tavullia - Rossi`s hometown
and a special capucchino
the group was positiv despite a bit of rain and posing for a group picture at the Assisi Giotto Hotel
Christina and Agripino - nothing can destroy their good mood
In Cortona we were already wet. Kevin and the wedding car
Chris tries to get his plasic shoes dry for the next 2 hours of driving in the rain
man! and it is cold!!!!
Gianni - "Il Grillo" took best care of us
We arrived wet and tired but safe in the Grand Hotel San Marino. What a good group - patient, always positive and good and safe drivers - Yeahhh!
Which route we`ll gonna take today?? Of course long - you can`t get enough of these curves!
We headed south, direction Norcia and Monte Sibillini National Park.
Lovely Norcia - the city of San Benedetto - the holy Benedict
Here he is - in the middle of the market place, blessing everyone passing by or sitting and chatting
Norcia stands also for all kind of wild boar products, mushrooms, truffles and lentils
Christina on top of the pass, behind the Great Plain
our new tourguide on the left
It is Chris Engel - a German Journalist - soon are coming some video clips of the tour - watch out!!
Mathew and Cortland
Kevin - our lovely Korean. In the background Casteluccio
OK - no comment
what are all these guys looking for??
Montalcino - famous for the Brunello.
Bondi-Santi - that is the top brand
Abdel - you better take that T-Shirt off before going home to Saudi Arabia
John and I climbed up to the top of the fortress - it was worth it
Bottles start at 30 Euro. The 1955 Brunello is one of the dozen world top wines.
San Antimo - the Romanesque Abbey founded by Benedictan monks in 781.
Flexible group, good riders - so we tried again a new picnic spot. Bagno Vignoni, a thermal spa
51 wells, all hot, filling the pool in the market place.
Cortland wanted to go to Trasimeno Lake - that`s what we did. Beautiful!
The "Gang" in front of San Francis of Assisi
Malcolm and Cathleen
San Galgano - the great, roofless, stone and brick monolith stands silent in the fields.1786 the bell tower simply collapsed, as did the ceiling vaults a few years later. In the "open air" church classic concerts taking place in summer.
the area of "Le Crete" - cypress alleys along the driveway to the tophill farmhouses. Like in a calenderpicture
Apripino - he is having fun
John an Pat, Malcolm and Cathleen
Daily Briefing - the guys are all a bit excited
like in paradise
yes - it is still running
The Black Rooster - the icon of the Chianti area
first coffee - first impression of an Italian sunday morning
the sunday market in Greve
Mathew and Cortland - in the background is the farmhouse where Mona Lisa lived
Kevin from South Korea
after the first hundreds for curves we arrived luckily at our lunch place....
"Il Pestello" - Abdel looks forward to a good Italian lunch.
Francesco spoilt us with delicious Antipasti and Gnocchi and Spaghetti Arabbiata
the skyline of San Gimignano - the Manhattan of Tuscany
(Dome vede - ho travato io )
The Cathedral of Siena right and Torre del Mangia left