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Tuscany by Scooter, 2TU1601

Saturday, June 11, 2016 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Europe

Riding day 5, Volterra

Last riding day of this beautiful Tuscany by Scooter tour, today we customized a bit the itinerary because Marcela and Donald are already going to Siena for three days after the tour, so their wish was to see something else. So Volterra was the best option for today, perfect riding weather and nice twisty roads to reach this beautiful old town... and of course to come back!

Marcela and Donald, thank you for a great time together!

on the way to Volterra
arrived in Volterra, the good thing of having scooters is that we can always park as close as possible to the historical centre!
In Volterra
not a bad spot for lunch
Volterra is famous for alabaster handicraft
on the way back to Florence, typical Tuscan countryside!
last group shot
Edelweiss in Tuscany

Riding day 4, Vinci

Weather forecast for today? Bad all over Tuscany, so we decided not to go too far from Florence, in case a thunderstorm came! Very close to our hotel there is Motorama, a big motorcycle clothing store, so why not go for a visit? Then we headed to Vinci, hometown of one of the most important genius of all times, Leonardo da Vinci, where we could have lunch and then visit the museum dedicated to him and to the incredible machines he designed. Time had come to ride back to Florence, and to challenge some quite heavy traffic before reaching the hotel... and before rain came! The weather forecast for tomorrow is much better, so let's keep fingers crossed!

 

inside Motorama
done with some shopping!
in Vinci, next to a monument dedicated to Leonardo
Leonardo between Marcela and Don
Flying machines. He definitely was ahead of his time
a nice view of Vinci
Some people have not discovered photography yet Just joking!
Marcela was very proud of her new Dainese jacket
Leaving Vinci...
... time to put rain gear on!
dinner time!

Riding day 3, Arezzo

Being the weather a little bit crazy in these days, we decided to "swap" the rides and today we went to Arezzo, one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany, due to its tradition in gold-smithery. This town became very popular in the last years also because of the oscar-winning movie "La Vita è Bella" by Roberto Benigni, that was filmed here. On the way to Arezzo, we rode the beautiful "Passo della Consuma" and could enjoy a good coffee in the little medieval village of Poppi, while on the way back, trying to beat the rain, we could enjoy a lot of twisties between olives and vines. But, well, in the end the rain has beaten us!

Morning break in Poppi by the castle
Don and Marcela in Poppi
Domenico
In Arezzo, restaurants try to tempt visitors by preparing fresh pasta outside...
Maria, la chiave! One famous scene of "La Vita è Bella" was filmed by this door
the countryside by Arezzo
And some riding...

Riding day 2, Mugello area and Muraglione pass

Today we rode in the area nort-east of Florence, famous especially for the Mugello racetrack! We first reached Scarperia for our morning coffee break and then, after a picture at the entrance of the Mugello circuit, we headed to Marradi and San Benedetto in Alpe where we had lunch with home-made pasta! After that, the beautiful "Muraglione" pass was waiting for us to take us back to Florence!

Scarperia
The entrance of the Mugello racetrack
scooters parking...
Don and Marcela
what a nice road...
... perfect for our scooters!
last picture from Fiesole, overlooking Florence

Riding Day 1, San Gimignano

Today we went to visit the "Manhattan of the Middle Ages". San Gimignano, situated on a hill and surrounded by the lovely Tuscan countryside, became famous mainly through its exceptional medieval architecture, in particular its numerous medieval towers (12th – 14th century) which have survived. The walled city can only be accessed by the medieval city gates, from where you can really go back in time! Since 1990 the historic centre has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Leaving Florence, the view from Piazzale Michelangelo
Marcela and Don
in Greve in Chianti, this is the momument dedicated to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the local guy who discovered the Hudson River and the area where New York was founded!
Antica Macelleria Falorni, outside...
... and inside!
Leaving Greve
in San Gimignano
Don & Dom
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Don Aldridge
Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 18:57

Thanks so much Dominico for being a great tour guide. You make it so easy. In rain, heavy traffic, or "wait just one more minute" while I check out this shop, you made it all enjoyable. For the first time, I feel like I know Italy. The Tuscany landscape is beautiful. In my mind, I will always have those images whenever thinking of Italy.

Another memory I have is our Scooters passing the Ferrari. We do not need a Ferrari, a Scooter is OK.
Robert Hochstein
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 07:35

We are about to do our first Edelweiss tour - Tuscany on Scooters. We are very curious about the clothing a riding gear we see in the photos. Does Edelweiss provide helmets? Do they provide foul weather gear like jackets and pants?

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