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Best of Italy - the new one

Monday, June 17, 2019 | Björn Greibig / Ursula Peter / Peter Rollmann | Europe / Italy

Day 9: Pienza - Rome

Like a balcony sits Pienza high above the Val d`Orcia. Beautiful views down into the typical Tuscan landscape. We have to leave this wonderful Convent which hosted us for 1 night. We are heading to Rome.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta
The last meters of the tour.
Thank you guys - it was a pleasure guiding you
Good bye Mr. Steven - hopefully my ears will stop bleeding

Day 8: Siena - Pienza

At some point in Tuscany you are wondering if it can get any better...But it can!  Today  we are riding straight into the region of Tuscany which you know from the postcards and calendar pictures - rolling hills, cypress-lined roads, sunflowers and vineyards. We have reached the Crete Senesi a landscape formed by erosion.

The thermal spa region around Bagno Vignoni and the water of this health resorts have been well-known since the Etruscs.

And from here on the riding fun will not stop. Twisty roads will take us all the way to the southern border of Tuscany and around Monte Amiata, a sleeping vulcano. The Romanesque abbey of Sant`Antimo is absolutely worth a stop, so is Montalcino, where the famous Brunello is produced. Finally we`ll see the beautiful skyline of Pienza, high above the Orcia valley and our destination for tonight.

Wayne is ready to go.
Abbazia San Galgano
Sandra & Waldyr with Monte Oliveto Maggiore in the background
Picnic in Bagno Vignoni
Bagno Vignoni dates back to Roman times and was later a popular overnight stop for pilgrims. 36 springs of hot sulphurous water bubble up into a picturespue pool, built by the Medicis. The whole piazza is a big pool surrounded by restaurants and mellow stone buildings.
Sant'Antimo
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Just for you Charles
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Day 7: San Gimignano - Siena

Today we will have the pleasure of riding the winding roads of the Chianti area. The region seems as if it were made for motorcyclists, with its small villages inviting us for a coffee break along the way. Many castles and fortresses, most of them privately owned, are scattered throughout the countryside. The area is also well known for its excellent wines, many of them produced in small wineries embedded in those same castles and fortresses. Once we have seen enough of the Chianti region, and after  a good lunch, we continue to Siena, Italy`s gothic metropolis. 

Chianti
Antica Macelleria Falorni
Time for booot beeer!
in the afternoon we had a guided tour through Siena
the Duomo inside - a dream like in 1001 night
Il Faccatone - some went up and had a 360 degree view over Siena and the Tuscan countryside
Il Campo
A bottle of Chianti wine is just perfect to celebrate the 20th tour!
good night - see you tomorrow

Day 6: Florence - Pisa - San Gimignano

Pisa is on the list in the morning. Whatever you have seen on postcards - nothing preprares you for reality! The leaning tower is really leaning!!

After comparing the leaning angle of the tower of Pisa to that of our bikes we continue through an area shaped by erosion, headed for San Gimignano, the small village with its high towers,"the Manhattan of Tuscany".  You will know where the name came from when you see the city from a distance. 

Steve - I can`t tell you what he said
Everyone listens
ready to go
The "Manhattan of Tuscany" - San Gimignano
our hotel is right in the center on the Pizza Cisterna
Never getting tired of italian pasta. Pici.

Day 5: Restday Florence

the whole group appreciates a 2 night stay in the same hotel. Eveything is possible the nex morning: Riding, sightseeing, sleeping.....

Half the group went riding, half the group went on a guided tour in Florence.

you should have a drone to see the full beauty of the floor in the Medici Chapel
Michelangelo`s Dusk and Dawn, Night and Day - a real gem an doable nearly without a queue
Kaitlen is trying a lampredotto in the Mercato Centrale
it was a big wow
Ghiberti`s "gates to paradise" at the Baptistery
uiii Domenico is here with the Scooter Tour
the Hercules fountain, newly restored - just beautiful
there is one wrong person in that picture
The Uffizi Gallery
Ponte Vecchio
Welcome to Mugello

Day 4: San Marino - Florence

Despite the rain yesterday everybody was happy in the evening. 4 brave riders took off by their own earlier and had fun exploring the area alone. 2 overslept and started later - they also arrived happy and smiling. Last not least Björns group was a bit more soaked than the rest - but also had a great day.

Today we visit Rossi`s hometown Tavullia. We ride the Strada Panaoramica Adriatica, a scenic road high above the Adriatic Sea.

Than we`ll have 50 km on the famous “Strada del Sole” Highway, which brought all the sun-hungry Germans in the late 60th to the Adriatic beaches in their VW Beatles. That is the reason, why this part of the Adriatic was called the "German Barbeque".

And than their is a riding highlight: Before the well-known race courses, like Mugello and Imola, were built, the passionated Italians closed public roads on Sundays and raced there.

80 km of this old "race track" will lead us up to Passo Muraglione. So a lot of things to do today - let`s go!

good bye San Marino
view from our hotel over the Montefeltro mountains
at Rossi`s fan shop
The legendary VR46 cappucino!
Good bye Tavulia.
What a view from the top of STRADA PANORAMICA ADRIATICA!
Picnic in Portico di Romagna - along the legendary SS67
Passo Muraglione
PASSO DEL MURAGLIONE
Steve needs both hands for this little bottle of wine.

Day 3: Assis - San Marino

Because of the bad weather forecast for today we decided to start a little bit later and shorten the route a bit. Lunch at Il Grillo will be the culinary highlight today. The cultural ones are definitely Urbino and San Marino, the riding highlights today should be dry. 

It's been 20 years... .
Bertoni is part of the world tourer family and got his t-shirt for the 5th tour!
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Just the good stuff.
Coffee stop in Urbino.
Warm up at "Il Grillo".
Wayne is almost ready to go.

Day 2: Rome to Assisi

A good bottle of wine belongs to Italy like pizza and pasta!
Coffee stop in Narni - Peter and Bruce
Natan and Gerald
Bruce and his Italian racer
Montefalco
Mike is happy about a good warm italian capuccino, after riding in heavy rain.
Assis under clouds - but still very impressiv
Basilica of St. Francis

Day 1: arrival & welcome briefing

Little birthday surprise for the "queen of Italy".

Guided City Tour Rome

A walk through the "Eternal City" on a beautiful morning.

after a bus ride with all the locals we started at Piazza Venezia, at the foot of the Capitaline Hill next to the Trajans Forum. Here you can see the monument of Vittoro Emanuele II,first king fo Italy.

around the corner ist the piazza Campodoglio and the surrounding palazzi created by Renaissance artist and archtitect Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536-1546.
Natan, Gerald, Mark and Reva at the Forum Romanum
The Colosseum - the icon of Rome - built 22 B.C., room for 50 000 spectators, 80 entrances, emptied in 5 minutes. Famous for the gladiator fights and even sea battles.
Piazza Spagna - the Spanish Steps
Trevi Fountain - newly renovated with a 2 billion donation from Fendi
the fascinating Pantheon
Piazza Navona
Castel Sant Angelo
Mark and Reva
and last not least St. Peter with the obelisk
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Mark and Reva Ortega
Monday, May 27, 2019 at 18:42

Grazie. grazie, Ursula, Bjorn and of course Peter. Edelweiss did not disappoint, and exceeded our expectations. Excellent experience, and great riding partners. But it was you Folks that made the trip. We are a bit banged up, but will heal and plan our next one! Ciao!
Björn Greibig
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 09:47

Mille grazie Reva & Mark! We would be very happy to see you again. And we hope Reva get well soon!
James and Daisy
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 08:43

Grazie Mille Peter, Bjorn and Ursula for a fun tour. We appreciated you negotiating nice weather and through the mazes of Italy.
Björn Greibig
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 10:24

We thank you for having fun with us on your 20th tour!
Judi Stark
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 17:55

Charlie

Looks like you are having a fabulous time and eating well. Enjoy.

Judi
Charlie Green
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 18:51

Hi Judi
We are having a good time&eating 2 much see u soon Charlie
Michaela Achatzi
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 09:42

Hi Daisy and Jim,


Congratulations!
I am glad to have met you

Cheers Michaela
James and Daisy
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 08:47

Thanks Michaela. We were happy to meet you too! We hope to see you on another tour!
Jodie Clarke
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 17:29

Hey Ursula! Jay & I were just in Tuscany last month with of course....a Harley. Oh -if only we had of waited one more month we could have run into you and the Edelweiss tour - that would have been awesome! We met up with Lisi, Leo, Petra & Jorg for a few days - but it just wasn't the same without our Edelweiss Tour guides! Hope you continue to have a great trip and hope to see you again in 2020 when we sign up for another trip......Europe or South Africa I think.....
Ursula Peter
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 15:35

Hi Jodie,
that would have been great. We have a big group, but no Harleys, the weather is nice and the roads are awesome.
Stay in touch
Ursula
Pierre Baumgärtner
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 18:15

Hi Mr Green ,Jim and Daisy,
have a great tour through Italy and enjoy every minute of culture, vino, pasta and great roads… and challenge the Tourguides !!!!!

Cheers, Pierre
Charlie Green
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 06:25

Hi Pierre
We are all having a great time Hope to ride with you again. Charlie
Albert Franck
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 13:22

Hi Ursula! These glorious pictures takes me back 6 years- and what fond memories they were! Enjoy Italy!
Ursula Peter
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 07:44

Hi Albert,
man such a long time ago. Remember the snow on Passo della Consuma .?
You should come again. Italy is still the best.
Say regards to your wife.
All the best
Ursula
Björn Fath
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 12:07

Hey Charly, good to see that you are back to Europe, enjoying the Italian roads and food. I wish you a lot of fun and hope to see you again on another tour.
Charlie Green
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 06:31

Hello Bjorn
Nice hearing from you Great trip so far
The guides&company have been great
Hope to see you again Charlie
Perry Cogburn
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 21:26

Bjorn, have a great tour friend. Good to see you back to work.
Björn Greibig
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 18:53

Thank you Perry!

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