Mugello MotoGP and The Italian Ride
Motorcycle Tours Italy
29 May - 6 June 2018
DATES WILL BE CONFIRMED AT THE END OF JANUARY 2018, WHEN DORNA WILL ANNOUNCE THE 2018 CALENDAR OF THE MOTO GP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
Arrive in Roma, pick-up your Ducati, BMW or Moto Guzzi motorcycle and then spend 6 fantastic days riding the twisty roads in the heart of Italy and 2 days at the Mugello World MotoGP circuit to watch Vale and his MotoGP competitors put on a stunning show of speed, talent and craziness to make this tour the ultimate experience!
Yes this is Italy, a motorcycle riders paradise! The endless curves, the historic small towns, the high mountain passes, the quaint little hotels, the food & wine, and watching MotoGP action at Misano.
Top it off with a visit to the Ferrari Museum and Ducati Museum and Factory makes this the motorcycle tour for MotoGP fans dream package.
The passion of Italy is what makes this tour sexy. The food, the cars, the motorcycles, the people are all made with a passion for life. Enrico Grassi, founder of Hear the Road Tours and Cat MacLeod, owner of Leod Escapes in the USA, work together to make this tour unforgettable for our style of riders and MotoGP fans. Like, so many great Italian things, it turned out authentic, curvy, exciting, and delicious.
This fabulous tour starts and ends in the Eternal City of Roma.
|MUGELLO MOTO GP AND THE ITALIAN RIDE IN A GLANCE|
Where We Ride – What We See – What We Hear
Day 1 – “Welcome to Roma!” – (Late morning/early afternoon arrival is recommended.)
A private car will transfer you from the airport to the hotel where you will find Enrico and Cat, waiting for you to give you a warm Italian welcome.
After you’ve put your luggage in the room and taken a good refreshing shower, we convene in the bar of the hotel for a “Meet and Greet” with your tour colleagues. Then we are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel.
Back to the hotel Enrico and Cat give you a general briefing of the tour and will be very glad to answer to all your questions.
Then, it’d time for your first taste of true Roman cuisine at the “Welcome Dinner”, where you’ll learn more about what to expect for the next exciting week. No tourist plates here, we eat where the locals eat and be sure to take Enrico’s advice on what to order.
Overnight is in Roma.
Highlights: Meet your motorcycle, Meet your guide, Meet your fellow riders, Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 – Roma to Siena (278 km / 173 miles)
Leaving Rome, we head North towards Tuscia, an area once inhabited by the Etruscans. This is also one of Italy’s biggest hazelnut grove areas, the small nut that Ferrero magically transforms into the famous Nutella spread. After a short break for your first good shot of Italian espresso in Ronciglione, we get back on the bikes and ride, first the beautiful coastline roads that run along the shores of Lake Vico and Lake Bolsena, and then the scenic back roads of Val D’Orcia – an UNESCO World Heritage site.
We arrive in Radicofani where we stop for lunch. Radicofani is a stunning Orange Flag awarded town (The Orange Flag Award was an idea formed by the Italian Touring Club in 1998 with the aim of promoting tourism in lesser known places in Italy) which surrounds the base of a hill on which the majestic fortress has stood since 973AD.
On the way to Siena we stop to visit Pienza, considered to be the incarnation of a Renaissance utopia and an ideal city. Today it continues to show off to the world its refined and sophisticated Renaissance urban plan: its spaces and perspective onto its 15th-Century “piazza and palazzo” are organized according to the era’s ideals of rationality and humanism.
From Pienza, we ride the sweeping roads across the Crete Senesi, famous for its moonscape vistas.
For your first dinner in Siena, you will be pampered to a delicious dinner by Ms. Letizia, the owner of our lovely 16th century Inn. With views of Siena and nestled in olive groves, this is how we celebrate your first riding day Italy.
Overnight is in Siena. (The view from the swimming pool here is divine, bring your swim suit)
HIGHLIGHTS: Tuscia Viterbese, Ronciglione, Val D’Orcia, Radicofani, Pienza, Crete Senesi, Homemade Dinner overlooking Siena.
Day 3 – Siena to Borgo Panigale (295 km / 183 miles)
From Siena we take the Strada Statale Cassia, where to this very day you can still hear the echoes of the Mille Miglia race engines roar! A short break at San Casciano Val di Pesa and then we ride the winding roads that will take us through the mountains between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. As we cross the Abetone Pass we’ll give our right hands a workout!
On the way to Borgo Panigale we will stop in Maranello to visit the one and only Ferrari.
As the sun begins to set, we will reach Borgo Panigale: the city of the speed…the city of Ducati!
Overnight is in Borgo Panigale.
HIGHLIGHTS: San Casciano Val di Pesa, Vinci, Abetone Pass, Ferrari Museum.
Day 4 – Visit to Ducati Factories / Borgo Panigale to Mugello (241 km / 150 miles)
In the morning we will be visiting the Ducati Factory and Museum, to see where passion on two wheels is built.
Ducati has always represented the unique motorcycle philosophy that fuses Italian genius to contemporary and avant-garde technology. They make a damn sexy bike!
With our eyes and heart full of beauty we twist the throttle to challenge the endless curves of the Tosco-Emiliano Pennine.
With adrenaline pumping, we take on the Raticosa Pass, Futa Pass, Giogo Pass, and the Sambuca Pass: all of them Italy’s most famous motorcycling venues! When a new Ducati is being tested, this is where it goes.
Overnight in Mugello area.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ducati Factory and Museum, Raticosa Pass, The Futa Pass, The Giogo Pass, Sambuca Pass.
Day 5 – Free Practice and Qualifying at Mugello and visit to Florence (68 km / 42 miles)
Welcome to Mugello…today is just a little aperitif for one of the best shows in the world! We spend the morning watching the free practices and qualifying of all the classes: Moto3, Moto 2 and Moto GP.
In the afternoon we fall in love with Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Yes, today is a really amazing day when we witness the future of passion and speed in the morning and the modern birthplace of art and science in the afternoon!
Overnight is in Mugello area.
HIGHLIGHTS: Free Practice and Qualifying at the Mugello and visit of Florence
Day 6 – Moto 3, Moto 2 and Moto GP races at Mugello
Today you learn why a hundred thousand fans are here at Mugello. Nothing compares to watching the drama live, especially in Italy!
Set in the rolling farmland hills outside Florence, this is THE race that defines Italy. This battleground track with elevation changes and sweeping turns makes it a favorite with riders and spectators. These are the ultimate bikes, the ultimate circuit and the ultimate crowd.
There’s not language barrier today. The cheers and jeers of your fellow fans are clearly understood and you will find yourself screaming along with them. The environment is infectiously passionate. With your adrenaline surging, join the wild party as the track officials open the circuit at the end of the racing. Walk, run and take your photos on the way to watch the podium award ceremony. Maybe you’ll get close enough to get sprayed with champagne. This is why MotoGP fans from all over travel here to watch and be a part of the spectacle. This is a day you will never forget!
Overnight in Mugello area.
HIGHLIGHTS: Moto 3, Moto 2 and Moto GP races at Mugello.
Day 7 – Mugello to Orvieto (264 km / 164 miles)
We leave the Mugello area heading towards Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi that, with its sweeping and twisty roads, will be another proof how Italy is sexy for riders!
A short break in Stia and then we get back on the bikes and we reach Anghiari where we will have lunch. Anghiari is a small medieval jewel enclosed in massive 13th century walls that preserve the ancient and original atmosphere of small medieval towns.
And the day is not over yet! On the way to Orvieto we stop at a bar faced on the beautiful Lake Trasimeno. Dad and son, owners of the bar, are two enthusiast riders, so they will be happy to make the best coffee of Umbria for you! Then we join the scenic SS71, plunging towards Orvieto.
Overnight is in Orvieto.
HIGHLIGHTS: Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Anghiari, Lake Trasimeno, SS71.
Day 8 – Orvieto to Roma (193 km / 120 miles)
Today we finish in style. We leave Orvieto heading East on the exciting Strada Provinciale 79, a stretch of road called, by the locals, ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ (the road of 1000 curves). It’s true that the world is too big to ride the same road twice… but with ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ we do an exception! Yes, we will challenge the road twice: uphill from Orvieto to Colonetta di Prodo and downhill from Colonetta to Orvieto… 20 km of pure adrenaline is calling to you!
On the way to Roma we stop to take pictures of Civita di Bagnoregio, an enchanting town, perched as if by magic on a rock of tufo.
Our last lunch on the road is a picnic. Yes, we stop on the shores of Lake Vico surrounded by the Cimini Mountains, to devour panini loaded with local prosciutto and cheese!
Then it’s time to mount up again to join the Strada Statale FlaminIa, our last twisty road that brings us to Roma where we return the bikes. A quick shower at our Rome hotel and then we get together for our last dinner to celebrate this wonderful Italian experience.
Overnight is in Roma
HIGHLIGHTS: ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ (the road of 1000 curves), Civita di Bagnoregio, Picnic at Lake Vico, Farewell Dinner.
Day 9 – Departure day
Time to say “Goodbye”, shop for any last minute souvenirs, and pack your bags. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport. Please let us know your flight schedule and arrangements will be made for your car or van.
Want to come early or stay later in Rome? Let us know and we can arrange extra nights with our special hotel rates.
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|Rider in Shared Room||Rider in Single Room||Couple|
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW G650 GS – BMW F700 GS – BMW F800 R
MOTO GUZZI V7
|€ 3.760||€ 4.200||€ 6.420|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
|€ 3.850||€ 4.290||€ 6.510|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
|€ 3.950||€ 4.390||€ 6.610|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV - BMW S1000 R
DUCATI MONSTER 1200
|€ 4.050||€ 4.490||€ 6.710|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 XR – DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
|€ 4.110||€ 4.550||€ 6.770|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 4.190||€ 4.630||€ 6.850|
||€ 3.150||€ 3.590||€ 5.810|
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Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.