The Italian Factories
Motorcycle Tours Italy

6 - 13 May, 2017

Welcome Riders,

Six days of pure adrenaline along scenic back-roads to the discovery of the great temples of Italian motor sport!
Ducati in Bologna, Modena in Ferrari, Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese, epitomize the concentrated talent and Italian passion for both 2 and 4 wheels.

But in the land of the engines there is time to discover also little gems like the private museum of the Panini family, which has one of the most complete collections in the world of Maserati cars or the Pagani Museum.

And, between one factory and the other we’ll get lost in the beautiful rolling hills of the Chianti Tuscan Region, we will challenge the Apennine passes, we will ride the back roads of Marche and Umbria, all the time riding with the throttle and our hearts wide open.

The Italian nightlife will certainly complete this fabulous tour. Staying in quaint little hotels, enjoying delicious food and the superb wine will make this trip memorable in so many ways! Yes…this is Italy!

Your extraordinary motorcycle tour starts and ends in the beautiful city of Rome.

Enrico Grassi, Tour Leader and Founder of Hear the Road has spent many hours discovering the riding routes and the extraordinary hospitality to leave you with a Holiday Adventure you will always remember with a smile.

The Italian Factories in a Glance
> Date/s: 6 - 13 May, 2017
> Tour Grading:     
> Total Distance: 1.401 Km – 871 miles
> Riding Days: 6
> Riding Hours per day: 6-8
> Longest riding day: 292 Km – 181 miles
> Shortest riding day: 73 Km – 45 miles
> Free Day: NO
> Support Vehicle: Yes
> 8 days / 7 nights (6 riding days )
> Day 1 − “Welcome to Rome”
> Day 2 − Rome to Siena (292 km / 181 miles)
> Day 3 − Siena to Modena (272 km / 169 miles) > Ferrari in Maranello
> Day 4 − Modena to Modena - Factories Loop (73 km / 41 miles)
> Day 5 − Modena to Riccione - Ducati Museum ( 287 km / 178 miles)
> Day 6 − Riccione to Orvieto (267 km / 166 miles)
> Day 7 − Orvieto to Rome (km 178 / 110 miles)
> Day 8 − Departure day

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 Enrico waiting for you with a warm Italian welcome. Late morning/early afternoon arrival is recommended.

After checking in and some relaxing, we will convene in the bar of the hotel for a “Meet and Greet” with your other tour colleagues. Enrico will give you a general briefing of the tour will be very glad to answer all your questions.

Finally it’s time to pick up the bikes so they will be at the hotel garage for our morning departure. Prepare to enjoy your first taste of true Roman cuisine at the Tour “Welcome Dinner”, where you will have terrific food and learn more about the upcoming exciting week.
Overnight is in Rome.

HighlightsMeet your motorcycle, Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 – Rome to Siena (292 km / 181 miles)
We leave Rome heading 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 on the road 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.

Back on the bikes we ride the sweeping roads that cross the Crete Senesi, famous for its stunning moonscape.
For your first dinner in Siena, you will be pampered by the delicious dinner that Ms. Letizia, the owner of the lovely 16th century Inn, nestled in a quiet grove of ancient olive trees, has prepared for you to celebrate your first riding day Italy.

Overnight is in Siena. (The hotel has a swimming pool)

Highlights: Tuscia Viterbese, Ronciglione, Val D’Orcia, Radicofani, Pienza, Crete Senesi.

Day 3 – Siena to Modena and visit of Ferrari factory in Maranello (272 km / 169 miles)
From Siena we take the Strada Statale Chiantigiana, where to this very day you can still hear the echoes of the Mille Miglia engines roar!

A short break to 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 will give our right hands a workout!

On the way to Modena we stop in Maranello to visit one of the greatest car brands in the world: Ferrari. And, for those of you who don’t feel it is enough just to see the flaming red Ferrari colors, there is the opportunity to experience the thrill of a true Gran Prix car by driving the F1 Ferrari simulator. With our eyes still filled with so much beauty we reach Modena.
Overnight is in Modena.

Highlights: San Casciano Val di Pesa, Vinci, Abetone Pass, Ferrai Museum in Maranello.

Day 4 – Modena to Modena with stops to visit Enzo Ferrari Museum, Panini Private Collection, Pagani Museum, and Lamborghini Factory and Museum. (73 km / 45 km)

The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, housed in the painstakingly renovated workshop where Enzo’s father used to work: a history within the history that enables visitors to understand why Ferraris are such unique cars.

The private museum of the Panini family that hosts one of the widest collections of Maserati and the Pagani Museum where is possible to admire amazing sport cars which are the dream of everybody

The incredible Lamborghini Museum. A very eccentric Ferruccio Lamborghini was known for having a simple yet effective method to immediately realize the impact of his cars. While driving, he paid careful attention to people on the road side. If they did not turn around in astonishment, the car’s style was simply not attractive enough. Lamborghini’s cars were conceived to thrill not only the drivers, but also the people that saw them.

Yes today is a truly full immersion into the Italian beauty and genius!
Overnight is in Modena.

HIGHLIGHTS: Enzo Ferrari Museum, Panini Private Collection, Pagani Museum, Lambroghini Museum.

Day 5 – Modena – Riccione (287 km / 178 miles)
In the morning we will be visiting the Ducati factory and Museum to see and hear the exciting red engines of Borgo Panigale. Ducati has always represented the unique motorbike philosophy that fuses Italian genius with contemporary and avant-garde technology. The world agrees…They make damn sexy bikes!

With our eyes still filled with so much beauty, we ride the Raticosa, the Futa and the Muraglione Passes, three of Italy’s most famous motorcycle venues!
Overnight is Riccione.

HIGHLIGHTS: Ducati Factory and Museum, Raticosa Pass, Futa Pass and the Muraglione Pass.

Day 6 – Riccione to Orvieto (km 267 / 166 miles)
We leave Misano heading towards Tavullia, home of the great Valentino Rossi! Just enough time to get some souvenirs of the Doctor and then we get back on the bikes to ride up and down on the roads of the Marchigiano Pennine, where we challenge the twisty Bocca Trabaria Pass.

And the day is not over yet! On the way to Orvieto we stop to visit Castiglion del Lago and then we join the SS71, plunging towards Orvieto.
Overnight is in Orvieto.

Highlights: Tavullia, Bocca Trabaria Pass, Castiglione del Lago.

Day 7 – Orvieto to Rome (207 km / 128 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) to Todi. There, we enjoy a relaxing stop for lunch at a restaurant in the main square of this very medieval town.

The village of Narni is next where we will join the Strada Statale Flamina, our last twisty road that bring us back to Rome. After returning the bikes, a short time to relax and refresh we once again go all together for one last dinner to celebrate this wonderful Italian experience.
Overnight is in Rome.

HighlightsStrada Provinciale 79 , Todi, Farewell Dinner, Rome.

Day 8 – Departure day
Yes, it’s time to say Arrivederci to Rome and all your new friends. Pack your bags and shop for any last minute souvenirs. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport.

 

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2017 Prices

*Motorcycle Models Rider in Shared Room Rider in Single Room Couple
Rider in Shared Room Rider in Single Room Couple
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW G650 GS – BMW F700 GS – BMW F800 R
MOTO GUZZI V7
€ 3.470 € 3.930 € 5.740
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
€ 3.650 € 4.110 € 5.920
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
€ 3.750 € 4.210 € 6.020
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW S1000 XR – BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV
€ 3.820 € 4.280 € 6.090
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 R – DUCATI MONSTER 1200
DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
€ 3.860 € 4.320 € 6.130
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
€ 3.980 € 4.440 € 6.250
Own Motorcycle
€ 2.840 € 3.300 € 5.110

*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability

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Testimonials

Trent“Last summer was the most amazing vacation I have ever taken. First of all, the planning and organization of the trip was top notch. I truly believe I got to experience Italy in the greatest possible fashion. There is a plethora of tours and choices available to anyone wanting to visit the country. Many of them concentrate on quantity vs the quality of the trip. Enrico’s focus was certainly 100% quality as we made time to see all the splendors our custom trip offered. His knowledge of all the sites was beyond impressive. It was the perfect blend of Art, culture, food oh an yes the best motorcycle ride I have ever experienced. Even if the motorcycle portion of the trip was removed; I would say our personal tour of all the villages and points of interest was above and beyond all the name brand large scale tours. The quality of the motorcycle trip exceeded my already high expectations. I cannot wait to book another trip with “Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours”. I truly feel like it was more than a vacation. It was life enriching and I sincerely feel like I left there with a new lifelong friend in Enrico Grassi not to mention the best Tour Guide Italy could offer! Looking forward to our next trip!”
Adan & Lilian A.“Best, fantastic, excellent ect ect ect!! Hear the road is the best motorcycle tours!
 Thanks Enrico for everything your personal attention makes the difference!!!”

Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.

Participants

Minimum number of participants: 8
Maximum number of participants: 12

If the minimum number of participants isn’t reached the tour may be cancelled or run with a different format.

What is included

  • only for those who have decided to rent their bike through usmotorcycle rental with side cases, top case, locks and alarm. (For rented bikes a deposit for damage, theft, and fire between € 1.500 and € 3.000 is requested, depending on the chosen model)
    WHAT IS THE DAMAGE SECURITY DEPOSIT ? Each motorcycle has a damage deposit. This amount will be frozen on your credit card, but not cashed. The deposit is your maximum liability for theft or damage to the vehicle. Please ensure that you have enough funds to cover  the damage deposit on your cards.
  • the bike rental prices include costs for public-liability insurance and insurance for any road assistance in case of break-down.
  • welcome and farewell dinners in Rome.
  • accomodation: 2 nights including breakfast in 4-star hotel in Rome, 2 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotel in Modena, 1 night including breakfast in 4-star hotels in Riccione, and1 night including breakfast in 4-star hotels in Orvieto.
  • transfer from and to the airport.
  • entrance at Ferrari museums in Maranello and Modena, Panini museum in Modena, Pagani museum in San Cesario Sul Panaro, Lamborghini museum and factory in San’Agata Bolognese, Ducati museum and factory in Borgo Panigale.
  • Italian tour leader.
  • courtesy van to pick up and leave the bikes.
  • support van. The van will be carrying a tool-kit for small repairs. You’ll be able to leave your cases (1 suitcase + 1 handbag per person) in the van, as well as any souvenirs you pick up along the way. The van also has a couple of seats that passengers might like to use if they feel they need a little rest from the bikes!
  • a detailed Road-book with all the information you’ll need; a map of Central Italy; the “Wordless Travel Book”, a courtesy mobile phone with 10 euros of credit and a Hear the Road T-shirt.
  • insurance covering most any medical issue during the trip including, doctors, ambulance, hospital and any appropriate family travel.

What is not included:

  • fuel for your motorcycle.
  • tolls on motorways.
  • entrance fees to museums or other sites.
  • gratuities and tips.
  • all meals except for the welcome and farewell dinners.
  • flights to and from Rome.

We also suggest that anyone traveling abroad for one of our Tours consider purchasing  “Travel Insurance”. It can take the worry out of the unexpected situations that can arise in any travel plan. 

Terms of payment:

  • 800 € Deposit, to be paid, on reserving a place on the tour.
    (The deposit is totally refundable in case we don’t reach the minimum number of participants).
  • Balance, to be paid, 60 days before the starting date when you get confirmation from HEAR THE ROAD.

In case of cancellation:

If you decide to cancel the tour for whatever reason that does not depend on HEAR THE ROAD, these are the penalties that will incur:

  • up to 60 days prior to the starting date, HTR holds the deposit, that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year;
  • between 59 and 10 days prior to the starting date you lose the deposit. HTR holds the balance that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year.
  • from 9 days prior to the starting date you lose 50% of the total amount. HTR holds the remaining 50% that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year.

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