Also this beautiful tour has come to an end. Being Domenico's last tour of this long and great season, what could be better than finishing in his hometown? We left Matera under a beautiful blue sky and after countless curves suddenly the shape of Mount Vesuvius was rising in front of us! That was meaning just one thing: we were almost in Napoli! Thank you for a beautiful week together, guys, hopefully our paths will cross again!
Two groups and two different routes today, some of us went to Alberobello in Apulia to see the famous "Trulli" buildings, and some decided to explore the inland of Basilicata and reach the "Small Dolomites" and the beautiful little village of Castelmezzano. When we came back to Matera, there was still time for a very interesting city tour with Michele, a local guide who explained us a lot about the incredibly long history of this place!
Weather forecast for today was not good... and unfortunately it was also right! Pouring rain in the morning, water and sometimes mud flowing on the road and fallen leaves everywhere, not really the best grip one can dream of, but we made it! Leaving Melfi, we reached the beautiful Monticchio lakes, and then Venosa for a coffee break. Then we proceeded to Castel del Monte, but we could not see it because of the fog... until it slowly appeared! We finally reached Matera in time for some relax before going out for dinner.
Long riding day, today we passed through 4 regions of Italy: Abruzzo, Molise, Campania and Puglia... before reaching our destination in Basilicata! Today we entered the "deep south" of Italy, and everything changed, landscapes especially but also the road conditions sometimes!
Abruzzo must have been created with motorcycling in mind: beautiful roads, landscapes... and no traffic at all! And today also wonderful weather, what else could we want? Today we rode the Passo Godi and the Sagittario gorges to reach Sulmona, where we had a coffee break, and then came back to Pescasseroli for lunch. After that, some decided to go back to the hotel and others went for an extra loop through the National Park. What a beautiful day!
Wonderful weather this morning in Napoli, as we hit the local traffic leaving the hotel! The coast of Campania is quite crowded, but immediately after having lunch in Sperlonga we started to ride towards the inland, and the traffic immediately disappeared! Our destination for today was Pescasseroli, a nice little village in the centre of the Abruzzo National Park, one of the oldest parks of the country that tomorrow will be our playground for the rest day ride!
We hope you had time to visit at least a bit of this great city, while Alan and Domenico were busy washing the bikes, checking oil and brakes... and preparing the welcome briefing!
Tomorrow we take off, stay tuned!