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Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

RIding day 6, Matera - Napoli

The last ride of this tour was also the longest, but we used the highway approaching Naples, so it was not too bad! Leaving Matera, we headed westward and our first stop was in Tricarico, a quiet little village of Basilicata. After that, the road became a little bit rough but soon we could enjoy the curves that took us to Atena Lucana, where we had a quick lunch. Passing by the Cilento National Park, we finally entered the highway that easily took us to Napoli, but before reaching the hotel there was time for another picture break... see Naples and then die!

Goodbye everybody, great tour, great weather... and great people first of all!


in Tricarico
coffee break
some riding fun, despite the Carabinieri!
The view from Atena Lucana
Mark, Joe and Richard
the last dinner ended with a great dessert!
goodnight from Napoli

Riding day 5, reaching the Adriatic coast

Today everybody wanted to reach the ocean, so we completed our "Coast to Coast"! We first reached Alberobello, famous for its "Trulli" houses, and then had lunch in the enchanting Polignano a Mare. Not a very long ride, and not too curvy, so we came back to Matera by 3pm and we could enjoy some free time in this unique place before meeting again for dinner. Another good day!

some fog around Matera as we left the town early morning
In Alberobello
the Adriatic sea
Polignano a Mare
Seafood, of course...
...and then a gelato!

Riding day 4, Melfi - Matera

This morning, we left the hotel and rode to the centre of Melfi for the first photo stop, then we went around the extinct Vulture volcano and even entered its crater to see the beautiful and peaceful Monticchio lakes. After that, we reached Venosa and then entered Apulia to see the imposing medieval Castel del Monte. Reaching the hotel in Matera was not the easiest task, being located inside the ancient "Sassi" district, but it was definitely worth the extra effort!

First coffee break in Venosa
The castle of Venosa
Castel del Monte
RIchard and Joe
The Cathedral of Altamura, the town where we had lunch
finally in Matera
After reaching the hotel, we went for a guided walk
The group with Michele, our guide
At dusk
goodnight from Matera

Riding day 3, Pescasseroli - Melfi

What a beautiful morning today as we started riding! Sun, blue sky and great landscapes as we left the Abruzzo National Park, this time heading southward. We rode through five different regions: leaving Abruzzo we entered Molise, then Campania, Puglia and finally Basilicata, where we will spend the following three nights.It was quite a long day, around 300km, and we passed through some remote areas in the Matese mountains, where a "scary" surprise was awaiting us after a corner!

Barrea and its lake, we are still in the Abruzzo National Park
the Matese mountains.
are we lost?
standing in front of a bull with a red bike was maybe not a great idea!
The 1900 years old "Arch of Trayan" in Benevento
this is the best preserved ancient Roman arch
coffee break and then...
... group picture!
After Benevento, the landscape changed and the mountains turned into nice hills
Ken, Mark and Joe
Mark, Joe and Richard
a nice view of Melfi

Riding day 2, the Abruzzi National Park & more...

Today the group split into three! Joe and RIchard decided to reach Agnone, where the Marinelli family comes from, while Ken and Iain went to a big shopping mall (close to Napoli!). So just Jean Pierre and Mark went for the "official" rest day ride in the Abruzzi National Park. The weather today was spectacular and everybody enjoied it, so we had a lot of stories to share when we met again at dinner! Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned!

the beautiful village of Scanno
the weather was amazing today!
the Sagittario Gorges
Jean - Pierre
Coffee Break in Sulmona
this town is famous for the production of "confetti"
last break in Ortona dei Marsi

Riding day 1, Napoli - Pescasseroli

Welcome to Naples, one of the "Capitals" of the Mediterranean sea, where another great tour is about to begin! Everybody was keen to get on their bikes to start the tour this morning. We first headed northward to Sperlonga, a beautiful medieval village nested on a cliff, where we said goodbye to the sea and then rode to the Appennines. As soon as we left the coast, traffic disappeared and the fun began! We reached Pescasseroli, the heart of the Abruzzo National park and went out for a very plentiful dinner. Tomorrow we will explore this beautiful region, stay tuned!

early morning in the bay of Naples, but one can already see the shape of Mt. Vesuvius
a picture in Gaeta
The beach of Sperlonga
Green, white and red
In isola del Liri
reaching the Forca d'Acero pass
first group picture!
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Mark Gullusci
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 17:18

What a tour. The riding, weather, food, company and the experience will never be forgotten. Thank you Dominico! I will show everybody the blog and photos. I already can't wait for my third Edelweiss tour. Hardest thing is picking wich one. I will be doing these tours for many many years to come.
Rick Blum
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 13:51

Arrived home safely ! Telling everyone that will listen about the great tour ! Great roads, wonderful food and terrific sites and of course our super tour guide! Any one that enjoys motorcycle touring should put the Southern Italy extreme tour on their bucket list!
Ursula Peter
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 21:33

The "Capital" of the Mediterranean Sea is maybe a little bit too much, haha.
Domenico Schiano
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 07:44

Hi Ursula! Well, I wrote "one of the Capitals"
How are you? Keep following us! A big hug, ciao!


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