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Sicily to Rome RTS2203

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 | Michaela Achatzi / Thomas Fellechner | Europe / Italy

we say thank you to Jordan, Albert, Tom ,Brain , Julie, Martin, Cathy, Toni, Tracy and Dick.  It was a pleasure for us to spend an unforgettable time with you in the beautiful south of Italy. We meet again Your Tourguides Michaela and Thomas

this is how tour guides talk in italian

Welcome in Catania

Ready to go 

Thomas puts the finishing touches on the bikes

Michaele @ the Welcome briefing

Riding Day 1: Catania to Agrigento

On our first riding day we leave Catania in the morning. The first kilometers take us west on the highway. After we have enough distance to the hustle and bustle of the city we leave the highway and ride through the mountains. The rain of the last weeks has left its traces. The roads are partly covered with sand and earth. A small adventure, so to speak. We ride kilometer after kilometer towards our highlight of the day. An old Roman villa from the fourth century. After a typical Italian lunch we reach Agrigento. Here not only our hotel awaits us but also the unique Valley of the Temples.

An unserem ersten Fahrtag verlassen wir morgens Catania. Die ersten Kilometer führen uns über die Autobahn nach westen. Nachdem wir genug Abstand zum trubel der Großstadt haben verlassen wir die Autobahn und fahren durch die Berge. Der Regen der letzten Wochen hat seine spuren hinterlassen. Die Straßen sind teilweise mit Sand und Erde bedeckt. Ein kleines Abenteuer sozusagen. Wir fahren kilometer um kilometer unserem Highlight des tages entgegen. Einer alten römichen Villa aus dem vierten jahrhundert. Nach einem typisch Italienischem Mittagessen erreichen wir Agrigento. Hier wartet nicht nur unser Hotel auf uns sondern auch das einzigartige Tal der Tempel.

Anthony is still checking the options on his bike
first coffe brake of the tour... very italish place...in Raddusa
one of the Mosaik´s @ Villa Romana del Casale
"The great hunt" impressive mosaik @ Villa Romane del Casale
Who invented the bikini? Find the answer in a 1600 year old Roman villa in the middle of nowhere
this is also a fitness trip
Albert and Jordan
Brian and his Italian stallion
..... and whats your name...doesent matter...you are cude
Catherine and Anthony
riding in sicaly
coffee brake
valley of temples in Agrigento
after a long day of riding. joga always helps....right Catherine and Michaela?

Riding Day 2 - Agrigento to Chefalu

Our second day starts with fantastic weather.  Today we drive from the south of the island to the north.  Before we arrive in Cefalú we surf through the mountains and see where all the mafia bosses were born.  Coreolone.  But surely no one will stop us .  Curvy it goes through fantastic landscape.

Prizzi

typical scene in Italy in the villages

at the lunch stop, interesting historical history of the train connections on the island

Jorden our youngest on the tour, visits the castle in Caccamo with interest

Brain and Martín 

Riding Day 3 - Cefalu to Taormina

Another day in paradise awaits us. The weather is fantastic, we have countless curves ahead of us and there is a lot to see. First we go to Castlebueno which means "beautiful castle" and yes the name fits. We even saw one of the famous garbage donkeys. In Sperlonga we climb the mighty fortress and enjoy a magnificent view over the surrounding countryside. And then there are those countless curves

Ein weiterer Tag im Paradies wartet auf uns. Das Wetter ist Traumhaft, wir haben unzählige Kurven vor uns und es gibt eine Menge zu sehen. Zuerst geht es nach Castlebueno was soviel heist wie "schönes Schloss" und ja der Name passt. Wir haben sogar einen der berühmten Müll Esel gesehen. In Sperlonga erklettern wir die mächtige Festung und genießen eine herrliche Aussicht über das Umland. Und dann sind da ja noch diese unzähligen Kurven

riding along the coastline in the morning
castel bueno
our Pack Thomas, Anthony, Catherine, Brian, Martin, Julie, Richard, Tracy
riding in sicaly
caves @ fortress of Sperlinga
view from the very top of the fortress
little chapel in the fortress of Sperlinga
cool down Tracy
Sicaly is so pretty

Rest Day - Taormina

Today is rest day...that means resting of course. But by no means that we do not ride a motorcycle. After all, today we have the chance to go up on Etna. And this chance we use. The ride up the volcano is a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the view is somewhat limited. But hey we go today on an active volcano... not everyone can claim that. We are also back in time to see the beautiful old town.

 

Heute ist Rasttag...das heist natürlich Ausruhen. Aber keineswegs das wir nicht Motorrad fahren. Immerhin haben wir heute die chance auf den Ätna hoch zu fahren. Und diese chance nutzen wir. Die Fahrt hoch auf den Vulkan macht ordentlich Spaß. Leider ist die Sicht etwas eingeschränkt. Aber hey wir fahren heute auf einen aktiven Vulkan... das kann nicht jeder von sich behaupten. Wir sind außerdem rechtzeitig zurück um die Wunderschöne Altstadt von Taormina zu genießen.

Etna we are coming
Lava fields @ the bottom of Mt. Etna

Riding Day 4 - Taormina to Tropea

it's time to say goodbye .today we leave this beautiful island of Sicily we had a fantastic time here on the motorbike .we saw great turns and beautiful scenery the ferry is waiting for us we transfer to the mainland to arrive in Tropea tonight  and see the rest of Italy

the day begins with a fantastic sunrise

...... and  breakfast 

it always smokes, the Etna volcano

Happy birthday Thomas 

Riding day 5 - Tropea to Maratea

Another day in paradise... Today we had the choice between the coastal road and the way through the mountains. Some of us can not get enough of curves. Others want to enjoy the country and culture to the fullest. Fine that we have on an Edelweiss tour at any time the choice, driving in the group or discovering on your own. So off we went with our tour guide into the mountains.... and oh my god what a motorcycle paradise.

Ein weiterer Tag im Paradies... wir hatten heute die wahl zwischen der Küstenstraße und dem weg durch die Berge. Einige von uns können nicht genug von Kurven bekommen. Andere möchten Land und Kultur in vollen zügen genießen. Fein das wir auf einer Edelweiss Tour jederzeit die Wahl haben, fahren in der Gruppe oder dem entdecken auf eigene Faust. So ging es also mit unserem Tourguide hinein in die Berge.... und oh mein Gott was für ein Motorrad Paradies.

this Map is way to big Tracy, Thomas and Richard
David vs. Goliath?
no , Tracy saved Tony
ready to ride
Beautifull Altamonte...our Lunchplace today...this town is over 1200 years old
it becomes a bit foggy on our way to the coast.
beautifull view from the Mountains
Diamante is waiting for us, with coffee and over 180 little pieces of art all around the town
what is this Car doning in the Lobby
dawn @ our Hotel in Maratea
this guy is waiting for us tomorrow

Riding day 6 - Maratea to Pompeii

The view from the balcony of our rooms already suggests that another great but also full day is waiting for us....does not matter tomorrow is rest day. Almost next to the hotel we could already admire last night the ramps which lead us to the top of a small mountain on which a statue of Jesus is enthroned. From there we enjoy the wonderful over the landscape and enjoy the magic of this place. Then we will go along the coast and through the mountains to Paestum. Where we can enjoy a picnic and admire the ruins of an ancient Greek city. After a few kilometers of highway we reach Pompeii. There a local guide will be waiting for us to lead us through the excavation site. Oh man so many impressions...that screams for a rest day.

Der Blick vom Balkon unserer Zimmer lässt bereits vermuten das ein weiterer großartiger aber auch voller Tag auf uns wartet....spielt keine rolle morgen ist Rasttag. Fast direkt neben dem Hotel konnten wir schon gestern Abend die Rampen bewundern welche uns zum Gipfel eines kleinen Berges Führen auf dem eine Jesus Statue Thront. Von dort genießen wir den Wunderbaren über die Landschaft und genießen die Magie dieses Ortes. Danach geht es entlang der Küste und durch die Berge zum Paestum. Wo wir ein Picnic genießen und die Ruinen einer alten grieschischen Stadt bewundern können. Nach einigen Kilometern Autobahn erreichen wir Pompeij. Dort wartet ein lokaler führer auf uns welcher uns durch die Augrabungsstätte führt. Oh Mann so viele Eindrücke...das schreit nach einem Rasttag.

Tracy and Tony doing the holy handover of the sweeper vest
the jesus of Maratea
Cathy has an eye for flowers it seems
Albert and Jordan
Jordan we hope you enjoy the view
someone never pays attention the pack @ redentore in Maratea
Michaela prepaired a nice picnic for us
guidet Tour in Pompeii
the pack infront of the Vesuvio @ the excavation site in Pompeii

Rest Day -Pompeii

Today we're doing a nice round on the Amalfi coast.  Because today is rest day.  The weather perfect.  In the evening we went to Naples for the best pizza in the world, where we also met our lueven colleague Domenico.  Another day with many impressionsP

Coffee stop 

The amazing Dom of Amalfi 

.... and icecreme 

Riding Day - Pompeii to Rom

Unfortunately, today we start our last day of driving together... on this tour.  we can hardly believe it.  So let's quickly draw the map and get on the bike.  again with fantastic weather we go from Pompeii to Rome - the city of love.  nice along the coast and again in the mountains.  Monti Lepini should have a lot of curves in store for us again.

Before riding a motorcycle, it's good to know where you're going

Sperlonga 

one last time the honor of the swipper is given to his

Today so true 

Tracy

Dick

Tom

Brain 

Cathy and Toni 

Julie and Martín 

Norden and Albert from South Afrika 

Bootbeer — After a beautiful day 

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Uli Fischer
Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 20:16

liebe michaela
deine lunchen sind wie bei jeder tour ein mega erlebnis
Axel Schneider
Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 16:14

Hey you two Qigong master

Wish you a great ride and greetings from around the corner ( Greece)

Michaela Achatzi
Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 18:14

Hey Gru,
What’s going on round the corner ?
Diane & John
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 02:03

Hi Michaela,
Albert took super good care of us in Africa so please do the same and make sure he rides on the correct side of the road.

Hi Albert,
It is so good to see you enjoying an Edelweiss tour instead of working an Edelweiss tour. No bent rims, okay?

Hoping that our paths will cross on another tour! All the best,
Diane
Michaela Achatzi
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 07:14

Hello Diane and John ,
thank you for your kind words.
Nice to see you on the Blog . Albert is a great driver and of course we take care

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