Sunday, June 3, 2018 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe / Italy
The last riding day has finally arrived. But it was not simply a quick ride to Bologna, we had to cross the Appennine and then we paid homage to Ferrari in Maranello, probably the most legendary carmaker in the world. From Maranello to our Hotel in Bologna there were only around 50 km left, but the traffic around the city was terrible, fortunately our brave riders managed to "filter" throug the cars and trucks!
Hasta luego amigos, what a nice tour, thank you for a great time together!
Today we left Corsica and headed back to Italian mainland. Some decided to go straight to the port of Bastia, but Andres and Edgar decided not to miss anything of Corsica, so we went for a ride around Cape Corse before reaching the port in time for the departure. We arrived in Livorno around 9pm and then it was already time to say goodbye to Fernando before going for a late pizza!
We started moving north across Corsica again but this time of course we took a different route.
We left Bonifacio along the scenic western coast and, once we reached Sartene we embarked on a very curvy journey along the D69. This island is really a little paradise for motorcyclists. Our destination for today is Corte, the former capital of the island, a very neat place between the mountains.
Our last day in Sardinia. Unfortunately some rain in the morning "suggested" us not to use the very curvy roads of the Gennargentu, but we still could enjoy the Costa Smeralda and a coffee break in the famous Porto Cervo, before heading to Santa Teresa di Gallura from where we took the ferry back to Bonifacio. What a view from the ferry!!!
Time to cross Sardinia, the second biggest island of the Mediterranean, from West to East. The SS198, passing through the Gennargentu mountains, is a real heaven for motorcycles, and this explains why the hotel was packed with bikes from all over Europe!
After a relaxing ride to the beautiful coast around Stintino, we headed back to Alghero where we could also watch the final laps of the Montecarlo F1 race. After that, time for a swim and then dinner in the old town. Another beautiful day!
Very early departure today because we had to use another ferry, so meeting at 5am in the lobby and we headed to Porto Vecchio, from where we "sailed" to Golfo Aranci in Sardinia! Welcome back to Italy!
Today we crossed Corsica from west to east before heading to Bonifacio, the southernmost town of the island. Spectacular ride!
What a beautiful ride today! In a list of the best motorcycle roads in the world, the western coast of Corsica, and especially the part from Porto to Piana, should be amongst the top-ranking! The region called Calanche is decorated with clear blue water, green Macchie and marvelous red rocks. It was a long day because we stopped for pictures so many times... but it was definitely worth it!
Today everybody decided to go for a ride, so after leaving the quite busy road that goes along the coast, we took some very nice backroads that took us to Belgodere, where we stopped for a coffee break, and then to the impressive Asco gorges, what a perfect ride! Once back to the hotel, we still had time to chill by the beautiful harbour of Calvi.
Time to leave Italy and embark on the ferry, but we could take it very easy because departure time was scheduled only for 2pm! Once we reached Bastia in Corsica, around 100 km of a beautiful ride took us to Calvi, where we will spend the next two nights.
As soon as we left the urban area of Bologna, we started climbing the twisty Apennine: we havd to cross these mountains to get to Tuscany! After a lunch break by the "Devil's Bridge", we visited the beautiful town of Lucca and then we could also see one of the most famous monuments in the world, the leaning tower of Pisa, before reaching Livorno where we will spend the night.
Welcome to Bologna, one very important town of northern Italy (hometown of Ducati, for example!), where another tour is about to begin. This time we are going to visit Corsica and Sardinia, two of the biggest islands of the Mediterranean sea, the group from El Salvador has arrived safe and sound... stay tuned!