The Italian Dream Motorcycle Tour
11 - 20 May, 2018
The Ducati Riding Experience is at Mugello World Moto Gp Circuit.
This is a terrific experience which includes 6 riding days and 1 day course at Mugello MotoGP Circuit riding the new 959 Panigale with Ducati Racing Instructors!
You must have track experience to do the ADVANCED COURSES (5 Sessions on the track.)
Arrive in Roma, get your touring motorcycle and then spend 6 fantastic riding days along the twisty roads in the heart of Italy, and one free day in the beautiful medieval town of Orvieto, which allows you to really take a moment after the track day intensity and recharge in a real Italian wine country town!
The endless curves, the historic small towns, the high mountain passes, the quaint little hotels, the food and wine. Yes. This is Italy! A visit to the Ducati Museum and Factory is a must. Then join Ducati Riding Expereince for 1 day track time on Mugello where you get the most out of your 959 Panigale, it’s pure adrenaline for track enthusiasts with a big heart and a great right hand! 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 Escape in the USA worked together to make this tour enjoyable for our style of rider and our type of trip. Like, so many great Italian things, it turned out authentic, curvy and delicious. The Ducati supplied Panigale is wonderful on the track, it just carves turns with such ease and confidence. This year we also extended the tour by one day to have a ride in the Chianti region and a visit of Siena. The rest day in Orvieto allows you to really take a moment after the track day intensity and recharge in a real Italian wine country town.
This fabulous tour starts and ends in the beautiful, Eternal City of Roma.
THE DUCATI RIDING EXPERIENCE
On this tour you take part in the Ducati Riding Experience at Mugello World Circuit. How else could we get something as pure Italian as riding a Panigale on an Italian MotoGP track. It’s more than that. Ducati brings out celebrity riders. It’s kind of cool to get passed by Carlos Checa or to have Andrew Pitt give you tips on your braking technique. The whole event is very polished, very organized, very well photographed and very Ducati. If you have no track experience it is possible to take the Ducati Precision Course during the day to build up your skills and then go out for some laps on the track at the end of your training.
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|The Italian Motorcycle Dream 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 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 and Cat give you a general briefing of the tour and will be very glad to answer to all your questions.
Then we all go together for our first taste of true Roman cuisine at the “Welcome Dinner”, where you’ll learn more about what to expect for the next exciting week.
Overnight is in Roma.
HIGHLIGHTS: Meet your motorcycle, Meet your guides, Meet your fellow riders, Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 – Rome to Siena (278 km / 173 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 a 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, Homemade Dinner.
Day 3 – Siena to Siena – Chianti loop and visit of Siena (157 km / 98 miles)
Are you ready to be blown away by the roads of Tuscany? Spectacular landscapes, art, first-class food and wine! In the first part of the morning we head north riding on roads that are a true paradise for motorcyclists: wide bends, scenic stretches of asphalt, incredible landscapes, miles of vineyards, and dozens of stately villas. Our first stop is the gorgeous hill town of San Gimignano, a splendid medieval city enclosed by its 13th-Century wall, also known as “la città delle torri” (the city of towers).
“A masterpiece of creative human genius, it is an exceptional example of both architectural complexity and landscape.” It is for such qualities that San Gimignano earned its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.
Back on the road we ride the beautiful off-beaten small roads of the Chianti Region heading North to Greve in Chianti, the birthplace of Giovanni da Verrazzano, the famous Italian explorer who first sailed into New York Bay.
A good Panino, stuffed with the local prosciutto and cheese, at the Macelleria Falorni is a must!
Back in the saddle we motor South to Siena, for more exciting kilometers along the sweeping roads of Chianti.
We’ll spend the night strolling around the narrow streets of the beautiful town of Siena. With the perfect restaurant we’ll celebrate another day that you’ll will remember fondly when you are back home!
Overnight is in Siena.
HIGHLIGHTS: San Gimignano, Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Siena.
Day 4 – 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 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 Borgo Panigale we will stop in Maranello to visit one of the greatest car brands in the world: 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 5 – 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 and hear the exciting red engines of Borgo Panigale. 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 eyes and heart full of so much beauty we get back on the motorcycle 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!
Overnight in Borgo San Lorenzo.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ducati Factory and Museum, The Raticosa Pass, The Futa Pass, The Gioco Pass, The Sambuca Pass, Borgo San Lorenzo.
Day 6 – Day Track at Mugello MotoGP Circuit
Welcome to Mugello! The Italian icon of the MotoGP. Today we park the street bikes and ride this famous circuit on Ducati sport bikes. Ducati has specially prepared a group of 959 Panigale so enthusiasts like you can get a real taste of riding a MotoGP course. Now names like Savelli, Scarperia, Arrabiata 1 and Arrabiata 2 will no longer be just names on a map, they’ll be curves you’ve ridden. Compare lines and celebrate tonight as we stay in San Lorenzo.
Overnight is in Borgo San Lorenzo.
HIGHLIGHTS: Mugello, Ducati Riding Experience on Panigale 959 (TRACK EVO COURSE).
Day 7 – MUGELLO – Orvieto (264 km / 164 miles)
We leave Borgo San Lorenzo heading towards Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi which, 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 – Free day in Orvieto
Orvieto is a wonderful city and our wine resort accommodations are quite luxurious. It’s been a fast paced couple of days. Sleep in today. Watch the clouds drift across the vast vineyard as you sip espresso on your balcony. Slow down and enjoy the pace of life in Italy. Roam the streets and markets of Orvieto and drink in all the local sites and flavors.
Of course, the serious motorcyclists will take an afternoon ride to examine a few more curves and ancient villages.
Overnight is in Orvieto
Highlights: It’s your free day…you can do what you want!.
Day 9 – Orvieto to Rome (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…back and forth 20 km of pure adrenaline are calling you!
On the way to Rome we stop to take a picture of Civita di Bagnoregio, an enchanted 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 padded with local prosciutto and cheese!
Then it’s time to mount up again to join the Strada Statale Flaminia, our last twisty road that bring us to Roma where we return the bikes. A quick shower and then we all go together for dinner to celebrate this wonderful Italian experience.
Overnight is in Rome
HIGHLIGHTS: ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ (the road of 1000 curves), Civita di Bagnoregio, Picnic at Lake Vico, Farewell Dinner, Rome.
Day 10 – 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 and arrangements will be made.
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|* Motorcycle Models|
|Rider in Shared Room||Rider in Single Room||Couple|
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW G650 GS – BMW F700 GS – BMW F800 R
MOTO GUZZI V7
|€ 5.220||€ 5.660||€ 7.940|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
|€ 5.330||€ 5.770||€ 8.050|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
|€ 5.450||€ 5.890||€ 8.170|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW S1000 R – BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV
DUCATI SUPERSPORT 939
|€ 5.570||€ 6.010||€ 8.290|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 XR – DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
|€ 5.630||€ 6.070||€ 8.350|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 5.720||€ 6.160||€ 8.440|
||€ 4.500||€ 4.940||€ 7.220|
*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability
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Just twist your wrist and enjoy – Hear The Road and Leod Escapes have thought of everything else for you.
Although the track day at Mugello set the hook for this tour, it was just one of six full days of riding. By the time we returned to Rome, we had covered nearly 1,000 miles on mostly small, twisty, out-of-the-way roads, and each day brought new highlights and unique experiences.”
Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.