Amalfi Coast and South of Italy Motorcycle Tour
October 9 - 20, 2020 > Start & End Rome
This fabulous tour includes 9 riding days and one free day in Matera.
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!
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 South of 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.
HIGHLITHS: Meet your motorcycle, Meet your guide, Meet your fellow riders. Welcome Dinner.
DAY 2: ROME TO SPERLONGA (249 km / 155 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 (272 km / 169 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 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 – GALLIPOLI (218 km / 135 miles)
We leave Matera and we ride more exciting back roads of Basilicata, then we enter Puglia.
We pass through the village of Castellaneta and Martina Franca to get to Taranto where we stop for lunch.
Back on the bikes we ride the coastal road faced on the Ionian Sea and we reach the walled town of Gallipoli.
OVERNIGHT IS IN GALLIPOLI
HIGHLIGHTS: Castellaneta, Martina Franca Ionian Coastal Road, Gallipoli
DAY 8: THE HEEL 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…maybe two will be waiting for us!
OVERNIGHT IS IN GALLIPOLI.
HIGHLIGHTS: Santa Maria di Leuca, Otranto, Salento, Lecce.
DAY 9: GALLIPOLI TO ALTAMURA (209 km / 129 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 the city of Altamura.
OVERNIGHT IS IN ALTAMURA.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ostuni, Alberobello.
DAY 10: ALTAMURA TO TERMOLI (347 km / 215 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 11: TERMOLI TO ROME (369 km / 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: Scanno, Abruzzo National Park, Farewell Dinner.
DAY 12: 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 F800 R - MOTO GUZZI V7
|€ 4.960||€ 5.660||€ 8.230|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F750 GS - BMW F800 GT
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 - DUCATI MONSTER 797
|€ 5.130||€ 5.830||€ 8.400|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW F850 GS
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 - DUCATI SUPERSPORT
|€ 5.200||€ 5.900||€ 8.470|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1250 GS –BMW R1200 GS - BMW NINET
BMW R1250 R - BMW R1250 RS
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100
|€ 5.250||€ 5.950||€ 8.520|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW R1250 GS ADV - BMW R1200 GS ADV
BMW R1250 RT
SOFTAIL HERITAGE - ULTRA LIMITED - ROAD KING
ROAD GLIDE - ROAD GLIDE ULTRA – STREET GLIDE
|€ 5.320||€ 6.020||€ 8.590|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW S1000 XR - BMW S1000 R
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 - DUCATI DIAVEL
|€ 5.520||€ 6.220||€ 8.790|
Motorcycle Class 7
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 5.650||€ 6.350||€ 8.920|
||€ 3.870||€ 4.570||€ 7.140|
*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability
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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.