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Rome to Sicily - Spring Edition (RTS1802)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 | Manuel Marabese / Julian Fischer / Björn Greibig | Europe / Italy

Day 1 - Welcome to Rome!

Quite a big group of enthusiastic motorcyclists is gathering in Caput Mundi, the glorious Rome, for a long ride across Southern Italy, all the way down to Sicily! Some of them have decided to join our guided city tour to explore some of the most famous corners of this ancient capital.

We start with the Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) and the Capitoline Hill.
Visiting inside the Colosseum, quite an impressive "stadium" 2000 years old, capable to welcome 80.000 spectators.
Trinità dei Monti and the Spanish Steps, always busy yet spectacular.
And of course a classic... Trevi Fountain, perhaps the most famous fountain of the world.
After over 12.000 steps and about 8km walking... I think we all deserve a great traditional Roman pasta: tonarelli cacio e pepe... a delicious sauce based on pecorino cheese and black pepper.
Last picture stop for today... The Vatican!
And in the meantime, while Manuel was guiding the small group around Rome, Julian and Björn have prepared all the bikes: ready to go!

Day 2 - Rome to Pompei

Time to leave behind us the morning traffic of Rome and to move on our way south. In less than an hour we are far into small backcountry roads up on the hills. For lunch we went back down to the coast, enjoying some sun and (guess what?) some pasta in Sperlonga, a popular beach town. In the evening we reach Pompei, where we are going to spend two nights: this area is so rich of sights that one day is just not enough!

The bikes are ready to go...
Beautiful hotel garden with lemontrees
Best buffalo mozzarella of the world

Day 3 - Pompei Restday

Today we have plenty of possibilities: morning stroll around the impressive ruins of Pompei and then afternoon ride to Sorrento and Amalfi Coast  for example. And what about ending the day with a tasty pizza napolitana? 

Start of the guided tour through Pompeii.
very impressive this antique city
Capri in the background, nice guys in the foreground.
a bit stretching with a stunning view
Debby & Will
Sightseeing in the morning, great ride in the afternoon!
Robert is a real Ducati guy.

Day 4 - Pompei to Acquafredda

Leaving Pompei we head once again towards the coast, cruising along the southern part of Amalfi until Salerno. From here we continue our journey through Campania savoring one of its most renowned produce: the mozzarella di bufala. And where it's the best place to try it? In Paestum, famous not only for the ancient Greek ruins but also for this cheese.

greek temples of Paestum
Julians very first picnic on tour was perfect!
...needed two hours to prepare...
...and 5 minutes to disappaer
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hungry "vikings"

Day 5 - Acquafredda to Tropea

Today we have to share the road with bycicles, but not just regular bikes. The Giro d'Italia runs along the coast just south of Maratea, so we are forced to a fairly long detour around the mountains until we can reach the coast again.

Lunch in Fiumefreddo Brizio, a fantastic hidden gem of Calabria. The restaurant La Torretta is in a 400 years old monastery.
A drone view over the coast of Tropea, where the Mediterranean sea is really deep blue.

Day 6 - Tropea to Taormina

Our discovery of southern Italy will leave Calabria today and with a short ferry ride reach Sicily. A late morning stop in the beach town Scilla is the perfect way to say bye to the continent (as Sicilians like to refer to mainland Italy) and to move forward with the island. 

Just beautiful.
this view from the hotel terrace is not bad
...private tour in the evening, sunset over sicily from scilla...

Day 7 - Taormina Restday

Another rest day... And of course we have several options to shape the day ad we prefer. We start with a ride up and down Etna  first climbing the north side and then riding up to Piano Provenzano from east. 

In the afternoon there is still time to either visit Taormina - of the prettiest city in Sicily - or to walk down the steps to the beach. 

Stop at one of the lava fields from the Etna.
Diane and her tourguide.
4 people 3 nationalities
Choosing wine is not easy, sometimes you need help.

Day 8 - Taormina to Cefalù

An old Edelweiss tradition - BOOT BEER....
...or also POOLtBEER

Day 9 - Cefalù to Agrigento

Picnic at a very nice spot in the forest...
Mafia hotspot Prizzi
After riding some sightseeing in the valley of temples, agricento
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Rob Winkworth
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 15:13

Brilliant tour, Great rides, great people, lovely Hotels and good food and wine...what more could anyone ask.
Well done to Manuel, Bjorn and Julian for their excellent tour management and route choice.
Ursula Peter
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 00:05

Cacio e pepe - I am envious.
Have a good tour


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