Amalfi Coast and Southern Italy Motorcycle Tour
April 12 - 20, 2019
This fabulous tour includes 6 riding days and one free day in Matera.
Riding on 2 wheels through the chic Mediterranean towns of Amalfi, Positano & Ravello is unforgettable. The visions of historical Matera and the witnessing the devastation of Pompei are without words. The exciting and picturesque coastal road of the Gargano Promontory in Puglia makes this trip almost surreal.
Ride the Italian “coast to coast” through the dramatic back-roads of the Abruzzese Pennines is one of the gem of the trip!
And once the sun has set, pulling off your boots and relaxing in a four star hotel, eating great food, enjoying superb wine, and exploring what the local night-life has to offer.
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 tour starts and ends in Rome, which allows easy planning to extend your visit to this fabulous city should you want to.
*HARLEY-DAVIDSON® MODELS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST!*
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|Amalfi Coast and Southern 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. Then we are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel garage.
Back to the hotel 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 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 your motorcycle, Meet your guide, Meet your fellow riders. Welcome Dinner.
DAY 2: ROME TO SPERLONGA (248 km / 154 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, where we stop for our first lunch on the road.
Then, with our batteries re-charged, we are ready… for a great plunge towards the Mediterranean Sea.
We reach Sperlonga just in time to admire the sun setting in the sea while we drink our Italian aperitif to celebrate our first great day on the challenging roads of Southern Italy.
OVERNIGHT IS IN SPERLONGA.
HIGHLIGHTS: Abbey of Saint Benedict, Ciocaria, 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.
OVERNIGHT IS IN RAVELLO.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit of Pompei, Amalfi Coast, Ravello
DAY 4: AMALFI COAST LOOP (122 km / 76 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 IS IN RAVELLO.
HIGHLIGHTS: Factory of Pasta in Gragnano, Lunch by the sea at Marina di Cantone, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Amalfi, Ravello
DAY 5: RAVELLO TO MATERA (282 / 175 miles)
We leave Ravello heading south for the last unforgettable ride on the Costiera Amalfitana that take us to Vietri sul Mare. Time for a coffee and for the last picture of the Coast, and then we are ready to challenge the winding roads of the Parco Nazionale del Cilento.
We enter Basilicata and a special lunch is waiting for us. We stop at Latteria Salvia (Diary Salvia) for a “cheese tasting”. This is a really an uncommon food experience… You will eat all kinds of cheese that the Salvia family continues to produce using production methods of the old pastoral tradition.
Back on the motorcycles we join the spectacular Strada Statale Appia, which was built by the Romans to get to Brindisi, the port from where merchant ships departed to reach Magna Grecia.
Finally we arrive 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.
OVERNIGHT IS IN MATERA.
HIGHLIGHTS: Amalfi Coast, Cilento National Park, Cheese Tasting, Matera.
DAY 6: FREE DAY IN MATERA
There is so much to see and do in Matera, so we chose this as our ‘Free’ day, where you can visit the town on your own. There are lots of historic buildings to visit as well as some wonderful shopping, Italian style! For those who prefer to ride, we’ve organized an afternoon ride led by Enrico that leaves from and returns to our hotel.
The Town of Matera
Matera counts about 55.000 inhabitants, is located 400 metres above sea level and is 45 km from the seaside. Much appreciated and renowned for its Sassi districts, the town also boasts other charming and beautiful buildings.
You can visit the Dome, built in the 13th century, in Romanesque style, standing impressive on the Civita hill.
The Sassi district is the ancient heart of the city of Matera.
The Sassi surround the Civita and constitute a city unto itself, completely carved out of the face of the calcareous rock -what is known as tufo stone. The Sassi district is a system made of dwellings carved out of the steep slopes of a deep valley with surprising and unusual features called the ‘Gravina’.
Elegant and multi-faceted buildings are interspersed with underground mazes and cave labyrinths, forming one single stunning landscape….
OVERNIGHT IS IN MATERA.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit of Matera by your own.
DAY 7: MATERA TO TERMOLI (373 km / 232 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 ride 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 Garganico.
OVERNIGHT IS IN TERMOLI.
HIGHLIGHTS: Castel del Monte, Gargano Promontory, Vieste.
DAY 8: TERMOLI TO ROME (369 / 229 miles)
Today we ride. the “Italian coast to coast” from East to West, that take us us through 3 spectacular regions: Molise, Abruzzo and Lazio.
We ride along beautiful mountains roads, till we reach the Passo Godi for our last lunch on the road.
At Anversa Degli Abruzzi we join the highway 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 IS IN ROME.
HIGHLIGHTS: Passo Godi, Scanno, Abruzzo National Park, Farewell Dinner.
DAY 9: DEPARTURE DAY
Time to say, “Arrivederci” to your new friends, collect the souvenirs and cameras and pack the bags. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport.
|* Motorcycle Models|
|Rider in Shared Room||Rider in Single Room||Couple|
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW F700 GS – BMW F800 R
MOTO GUZZI V7
|€ 3.880||€ 4.340||€ 6.510|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F850 GS – BMW F800 GT
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 - DUCATI MONSTER 797
|€ 4.000||€ 4.660||€ 6.630|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200 GS –BMW R1250 GS
BMW NINET - BMW R1200R - BMW R1200 RS
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 - DUCATI SUPERSPORT
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100
|€ 4.110||€ 4.570||€ 6.740|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1200 GS ADV - BMW R1200 RT
|€ 4.150||€ 4.610||€ 6.780|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 XR – BMW R1000 R
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 - DUCATI DIAVEL
SOFTAIL HERITAGE - ULTRA LIMITED - ROAD KING
ROAD GLIDE - ROAD GLIDE ULTRA – STREET GLIDE
|€ 4.310||€ 4.770||€ 6.940|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 4.390||€ 4.850||€ 7.020|
||€ 3.090||€ 3.550||€ 5.720|
*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability
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Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.