Amalfi Coast and Southern Italy
Motorcycle Tours Italy
6 - 16 October, 2017
Nine riding days on the beautiful roads of Southern Italy! Fall in love with the colors and the fragrances of the Costiera Amalfitana; ride the Italian “coast to coast” from Campania to Puglia; get lost on the off-beaten tracks of Basilicata; return to Rome through the dramatic back-roads of the Abruzzese Pennines; visit historical venues such as Pompei and Matera. And, if all of this is not enough, get ready to enjoy the Italian night-life! Yes, riding on 2 wheels through the chic Mediterranean towns of Amalfi, Positano & Ravello is unforgettable. The visions of historical Matera and witnessing the devastation of Pompei are without words. Endless miles of exciting and picturesque coastal roads of Southern Italy’s shoreline make this trip almost surreal. We won’t forget the fabulous food and hospitality.. and nor will you!
This fabulous tour starts and ends in the beautiful city of Rome.
You will be in very capable hands during your days here in Southern Italy. Tour Leader Enrico Grassi, Founder of Hear the Road Tours has spent many hours developing the routes to ride, the cities to visit, the sites to see as well as the hotels and food options key to making this kind of an adventure something to remember and cherish.
|Amalfi Coast and Souther Italy in a Glance|
Where We Ride – What We See – What We Hear
Day 1 “Welcome to Rome!”
A private car will transfer you from the airport to the hotel where you will find your Hear The Road host Enrico, waiting to give you a warm Italian welcome. Late morning/early afternoon arrival is recommended.
After you’ve put your luggage in the room and take a good refreshing shower, we convene in the bar of the hotel for a “Meet and Greet” with your tour colleagues. Enrico gives you a general briefing of the tour and will be very glad to answer to all your questions.
Finally we are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel garage.
Then we go all together to taste the “Welcome Dinner”, where you’ll learn more about what to expect for the next exciting week.
Overnight is in Rome.
Highlights: Meet you bike, Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 – Rome to Sperlonga (229 km / 142 miles)
We leave Rome heading east towards Subiaco where we stop to visit the Abbey of Saint Benedict. Back on the bikes we ride the narrow scenic road that brings us to Jenne (passing through many natural tunnels dug into the mountain!), and then to Guarcino.
After a nice lunch in Altipiani di Arcinazzo, and our batteries re-charged, we are ready… for a great plunge towards the Mediterranean Sea.
Overnight in Sperlonga.
Highlights: Abbey of Saint Benedict, Plain of Arcinazzo, Sperlonga.
Day 3- Sperlonga to Ravello (167 km / 104 miles)
We leave Sperlonga heading South towards Pompei where we stop to visit this famous archaeological site. Pompei is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization, and, like an open book, provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past.
Back on the bikes we head South again to reach the Costiera Amalfitana.
Our overnight is in beautiful Ravello.
Highlights: Visit of Pompei.
Day 4 – Amalfi Coast Loop (121 km / 75 miles)
Today we fall in love with the colors and the fragrances of the Costiera Amalfitana. A day of pure pleasure: riding on the dramatic coastline roads, having lunch on a beautiful terrace facing the sea at Marina di Cantone, shopping in beautiful city of Positano, drinking an aperitif while sitting at the table of a characteristic bar, waiting for the sun to set into the sea. But there is also time to visit the Factory of the Pasta in Gragnano, where they still make Pasta following old traditions…What else?
Overnight again in Ravello.
Highlights: Factory of Pasta in Gragnano, Marina di Cantone, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Amalfi
Day 5 – Ravello – Matera (298 / 185 miles)
We leave Ravello heading south for the last unforgettable ride on the Costiera Amalfitana that brings us to Vietri sul Mare. Time for a coffee before we challenge the winding roads of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento. We spend the night in Matera, home of the most outstanding, intact example of a Troglodyte (cave dweller) settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem.
Our overnight is in Matera.
Highlights: Amalfi Coast, Cilento National Park.
Day 6 – Matera – Gallipoli (192 km / 119 miles)
We spend part of the morning visiting Matera, then, riding along the coastline road of the Ionian Sea, we enter Puglia and reach the village of Gallipoli.
Our overnight is in Gallipoli.
Highlights: Visit of Matera, Gallipoli.
Day 7 – The booth loop (194 km / 120 miles)
There’s no better day to be on the bikes! From Gallipoli we head towards Santa Maria di Leuca, know as il Tacco d’Italia (the heel of Italy), just one bend and we are on the other side of Italy! We then head north, following the breathtaking coastline road of Salento to the beautiful city of Lecce, a Baroque masterpiece of Southern Italy. After visiting the city ride towards Gallipoli. A nice glass of wine will be waiting for us!
Overnight is in Gallipoli.
Highlights: Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto, Salento, Lecce.
Day 8 – Gallipoli to Altamura (228 km / 141 miles)
We leave Gallipoli heading North riding along back roads surrounded by century old olive trees that, with their huge and contorted trunks, seem to remember the faces of wise elders. After a quick break at Ostuni, we reach Alberobello, a town characterized by its famous dry stone huts with conical roofs, called Trulli. After visiting Alberobello, we ride towards city of Altamura.
Our overnight is in Altamura.
Highlights: Ostuni, Alberobello.
Day 9 – Altamura – Termoli (347 km / 216 miles)
Today is the last day on the coastline roads of Southern Italy, so it has to be a great day! Before reaching the coast we visit the magnificent Castel del Monte, that was built directly on a rocky bank, in some places cropping out, and is famous for its octagonal shape.
Finally, we reach the stunning roads of the Gargano Promontory, with its dramatic cliffs that plunge into the Adriatic Sea. On the way, we pass through the villages of Vieste and Rodi.
Our overnight is in Termoli.
Highlights: Castel del Monte, Gargano Promontory, Vieste.
Day 10 – Termoli – Rome (356 / 221 miles)
We leave Termoli heading west towards Rome. This is the “Italian coast to coast” from East to West, that brings us through 3 spectacular regions: Molise, Abruzzo and Lazio. We ride along beautiful mountains roads, till we reach the village of Anversa Degli Abruzzi.
It is here that we join the highway that brings us back to Rome. After returning the bikes, we arrive back at the hotel in time to freshen up before our final fabulous dinner together celebrating this wonderful Italian motorcycle experience.
Overnight in Rome.
Highlights: Scanno, Abruzzo National Park, Farewell Dinner.
Day 11- Departure day
Time to say, “Arrivederci” to our new friends, collect the souvenirs and cameras and pack the bags. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport.
Art / History
Food / Wine
|Rider in Shared Room||Rider in Single Room||Couple|
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW G650 GS – BMW F700 GS – BMW F800 R
MOTO GUZZI V7
|€ 4.410||€ 4.940||€ 7.330|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
|€ 4.570||€ 5.100||€ 7.490|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
|€ 4.660||€ 5.190||€ 7.580|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW S1000 XR – BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV
|€ 4.700||€ 5.230||€ 7.620|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 R – DUCATI MONSTER 1200
DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
|€ 4.890||€ 5.420||€ 7.810|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 5.040||€ 5.570||€ 7.960|
||€ 3.480||€ 4.010||€ 6.400|
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Thank you Enrico. We will be joining you for a ride in 2017. Just having difficulty picking which one.”
What I loved: Everything, way beyond my expectations, “near perfect”!
What I would change: Some of us wanted to ride a little slower to take in the stunning view, others wanted to ride fast. I understand deadlines and you can’t please everyone. So once again “near perfect”!
Thanks again Enrico, for all you did for us to make this tour a life time memory.”
Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.