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Tour of Tuscany - BIT1601 - Spring in paradise...

Saturday, May 21, 2016 | Ursula Peter / Pierre Baumgärtner | Europe

The tour is over! Everybody in one piece. Names like Pisa, Siena, Assisi, Montalcino, Tavullia, La Crete and much more will have a different meaning to you now. I hope you enjoyed the Italian lifestyle, the culture, the food, the riding - the tour. Have a safe flight back home. We hope seeing you again.

All the best Ursula and Pierre

Day 8: San Marino - Florence

over two stretches of the Appenin we are going back today to Florence. National Parks, nature, and passes....

Rudy ready to go

so is Reto! But were is John`s motorcycle key???

First stop at the castle of San Leo

after the first 500 curves we deserved an excellent lunch. A pipe, a cigar, a little bit sightseeing at La Verna

even the horses love Italian coffee

last stop at Passo della Consuma

there is no GS, everything is red.... Ducati

Day 7: Restday San Marino

The plan is to go down to the Adriatic coast, have a look at the beaches called the "German Barbeque", visiting Simoncellis memorial and Misano Race Track and having a coffee in Tavullia, hometown of Valentino Rossi.

Be try to have lunch at the Strada panoramica adriatica at a place called "Falco". Maybe we are lucky and we`ll meet Valentino.

view to the Monte Feltro Mountains

uiuiui - I thought its gonna a be a restday today, even for the tourguides. But some of the tough guys wanted to ride. We will go down to Rimini, we`ll take the swimming suits, just in case

We start at 9.30h. Because at 9.00 h the Mille Miglia is passing by on their last lap to Rome

the mille miglia on the start

Ursula and Rudolph at the Rimini Beach..it was windy however the sun came more and more through the clouds. ☺

we went on dry streets down to the Adratic Sea, to the German Barbeque beaches. The sun was coming - I mean not really but nearly

Marco Simoncelli`s memorial in Coriano

Bel Sit - a fishrestaurant high above the Adriatic Sea

Yummy, yummy

that was my choice

On the Strada Panoramica Adriatica - bellisimo

Finally the sun came through completetly and Rudolph was enjoying the panoramic view of the Adriadic Coast.

Rudy - thank you, it was your idea to go for a ride today. And we had a perfect ride

Rossi`s Ranch in Tavullia

in Rossi`s Cafe the fans watched the qualification for the Mugello race on sunday

no Cappucchino without the "46"

high above San Marino in "Nido del Falco" the Eagles Nest we celebrated Rudy`s 50th birthday.

He got a special treatment today - 2 Tourguides and him on a perfect restday ride

Congratulation Rudy to your milestone holiday

full moon, clear night - its gonna be a sunny day tomorrow, yeah

6.Day: Assisi-San Marino

Weather forecast was horrible today - but lucky as we were, we made it dry and safe to our first stop in Cortona. Passo di Cerventosa direction Citta di Castello, Bocca Serriola another twisty pass and in the afternoon we had at least a picture stop in Urbino. Ok, the last half an hour was a bit wet, but we made it.

Cortona - high on top of a hill, filmset for "Under the Tuscan Sun"

thanks to Edelweiss we have different motorcycles

Urbino - the unique Renaissance town, birthplace of Valentino Rossi. The palace of the Duke of Montefeltro facing the street and showed the power of the city in the old days and still now.

Bye Bye Assisi and welcome to the "Republic of San Marino".

5. Day: Restday Assisi

Beautiful sunny day invited us to take the bikes and drive south to the Nationalpark of Monte Sibilini - which is as well called the "Tibet of Italy" . A coffeestop in a nice littlle village called Norica made the day perfect.

Norcia - birthplace of Saint Benedict

Shop in Norica where you csn buy delicoius ham, chese and any local Bio culture products.
the area is famous for lentills and all kind of beans - of course for wild boar
Ursula in action buying a ham sandwich

Rudy on top of the great plain

Arth and Rudy

Monte Vettore

National Park of Monte Sibillini
Trees planted in the shape and form of Italy
Spectcaular view to the snow topped Monte.

Castelluccio

From left to right , Ursula, John, Rudolph and Arthur.

After a great ride here some impression from Assisi the city of peace, San Francis town.

here the Cathedral

4. Day : Siena - Assisi

This is a riding day at its best! Meteo blue - the Italian weather forecast - had 90 % chance of rain - we had sunshine .

To the average Italian tourist, an itinerary that includes Siena, Montalcino, San Antimo,  Assisi, Bagno Vignoni sounds like a cultural overkill. Tonight these names will have a different meaning to us.

And riding is spectacular here!

Bagno Vignoni - the little village dates back to reh Roman times and was a popular overnight stop for prilgrims on their way to Rome. 36 springs of hot sulphurous water bubble up into a picturesque pool, built by the Medicis.

Picnic at Bagno Vignoni - under the Tuscan sun

just beautiful

Coffee stop at Lake Trasimeno - we were lucky with the weather ☺.
John from Texas needed a strech after an intense ride through the Tuscany hills whereas Reto our Swiss rider is observing
and Rudolph is enjoying the famous Italian Pasta....

3. Day: Restday Siena

Crete - that`s the area south of Florence, well known for the calendarpicture-like driveways with cypress alleys. Wonderful! As it rained hard yesterday, we found clean roads, no traffic and a lot of curves.

San Galgano - a historically important ruin,standing completely isolated on a flat plain. It was abandoned for reasons unknown in the 15th century. 1962 a Roman monk settled down here and brought life back to this place of peace. You will feel it!

Happy Danielle 

yes, that is typical Tuscan landscape

Pierre waited with a surprise for us. All Italian specialites. Thanks Pierre. And I must say I like that when I am coming back from a nice ride and the male part has done the picnic . Ok, tomorrow it will be the other way round.

And Siena in the afternoon. Pizza del Campo - one of the most beautiful plazas in Italy.

Il Palio - the famous horse race takes place here twice a year

Dome of Siena

Santa Maria Assunta - Siena`s cathedral is one of Italys great Gothic structures. Building began 1196 and was largely completed 1215

the interior is really stunning. Walls and pillars continue the black-an-white-stripe theme of the exterior.The vaults are painted blue with golden stars

after looking up - look down... you`ll see the cathedrals most precious feature - the inlaid-marble floor. 56 glorious panels, done by about 40 artists over the course of 200 years, depicting historical and biblic stories.

Lucky shot in front of the main entrance gate in Siena. 10 minutes later the sun was back. ☺

2. Day: Florence - Pisa - Siena

the highlights of Tuscany in one day!! We couldn`t go through the Chianti area, everything was blocked due to the Giro d`Italia.

We decided to go to Pisa. Weather forecast was horrible, but we are in Italy - so expect the unexpected.

Piazza dei Miracoli - the place of miracles in sunshine, but the hell was waiting for us....

Danielle and Arthur

1173 they undertook the first construction work, barely 2 m above sea level, shaky ground, clay and sand to a depth of more than 40 m was hardly ideal for italys most monumental icon. 3 storeys completed, the earth below started to give. Some meetings, some espressos than 100 years later they worked on it again. Their solution was compensating the leaning with a "banana curve" You can still see it....

Marina di Pisa - the Mediterranean Sea

after a sunny time at the sea we hit a thunderstorm and hale!!!!

we hided in San Gimignano in a bar, put the whole floor under water and meet these guys having a bachelor party. They had a big meal already and at least 1 bottle of Chianti each and they didn`t care at all about the weather

San Gimignano - the Manhattan of Tuscany. Just to give you guys an idea what we missed. You have to come back...

Welcome to the Tour of Tuscany - the spring version. It`s green everywhere, everything is blooming, specially these white Robinie trees. There is a smell outside like in the production hall of Channel

 

 

A short intruduction to our start hotel,, south of Florence - Villa Pitiana -  another awesome handpicked Edelweiss hotel we work together with for nearly 20 years.

Situated 430 m above sea level, first mentioned 1039, the oldest part of the Villa was built in the 14th century. Due to the strategic position, high above the Arno valley, 1483 Lorenzo il Magnifico de Medici tried in vain to purchase the Villa. Villa Pitiana was restored several times, the Villa itself as well as the Abbey connected to it. Every room is different, Modern Italian design and colours combined with these old walls and historical furniture makes this place so special.

The bikes are already at the parking lot, waiting for beeing cleaned and getting prepared for the handover tonight. Weather forecast is perfect, the streets as well, 1000 of curves are waiting for us, as well as delicious food, passionated Italians and a lot of interesting history. More about this gorgous peace of land and our tour soon... stay tuned....

We have an "Angels" group - Arth and Danielle Engel (German word for angel), Rudolph Angeli (Italian word for angel) and some non-angels John Powell - all American, and Reto from Switzerland.

Wellcome to the welcome briefing....

and afterwards "bistecca fiorentina" served by Antonio

Welcome Dinner with the group. From left Rudolph, John, Reto, Ursula, Danielle and Arthur are tasting the famos Chianti and enjoying a wonderful meal.
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André
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 10:11

Hey Ursula, wieder auf Tour? Wünsche viel Spass und eine sichere Fahrt. Enjoy!
Ursula Peter
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 15:17

Hey Andre, nett von Dir zu hören. Wir haben einen Landsmann von Dir auf Tour. Morgen post ich ein Foto von ihm vielleicht kennt ihr Euch ja. Schade, dass Du nicht dabei bist, es ist wie im Paradies.
bis bald
Liebe Grüße
Ursula
Ursula Peter
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 15:18

Fast hätt ich es vergessen. Meine Bilder haben Wolken
Grüße
Andre
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 20:29

Hey, Lake Trasimeno sieht super aus, besonders mit Wolken. Viel dekorativer als ohne. Take care
Ursula Peter
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 21:37

John Powell
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 05:18

Villa Pitiana is quite a way out of Florence, costs €100 each way to get there by taxi or shuttle. I am sure there are hotels closer to City that are as good or better to stay in that would make it easier to explore the city.
Art
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 19:48

Great pics rain then hail!
Eva Köfler
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 14:33

Hey Ursula & Pierre

Have a great Tour and enjoy the Villa Pitiana. My favourite Hotel - if maybe someday somebody will marry me- this will be the location ......

Stay tuned

EVA
Ursula Peter
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 22:04

Even if I wouldn`t be invited I will be there
Pierre
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 15:36

I'm sure this will be sooner than expected ☺. For sure this is the right ambience..

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