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 your Hear The Road host Enrico, waiting 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 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 Roma. Highlights: Meet your motorcycle, Meet your guide, Meet your fellow riders, Welcome Dinner.
Day 2 – Roma to Siena (257 km / 160 miles) It’s 9.00 am, Sunday morning, the town is still sleeping. This is the perfect time to leave Roma without having to deal with its traffic. 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 Italian coffee 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 backroads of Val D’Orcia – a 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 visit the tiny village of Bagno Vignoni, another fantastic little medieval village with its characteristic piazza boasting an enormous 16th-Century thermal bathtub is truly fascinating! Your first dinner in Siena is courtesy of Hear the Road…you will be pampered by the delicious dinner that Mrs. Letizia, proprietor of a lovely 16th century Inn, has prepared for you to celebrate your first riding day in Magical Italy. Overnight is in Siena. (The hotel has a swimming pool) Highlights: Tuscia Viterbese, Ronciglione, Val D’Orcia, Radicofani, Bagno Vignoni, Homemade Dinner.
Day 3 – Siena to Siena – Chianti loop (229 km / 142 miles) Are you ready to be blown away by the stunning roads of Tuscany? Spectacular landscapes, art, first-class food and wine! In the first part of the morning we head south 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 San Galgano where we vist its stunning Abbey without the ceiling, and the little church of Montesiepi home to our very own “sword in the rock. Back on the bikes we reach the gorgeous hilltown of San Gimignano, a splendorous Medieval atmosphere enwrapped by its 13th-Century wall, also known as “la città delle torri” (the city of towers). “A masterpiece of creative human genius, it is unique testimony to a past civilization, and as an exceptional exemplar of both architectonic complex and landscape, demonstrates significant passages in human history.” It is for such qualities that San Gimignano earned its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990. Back on the bikes we still cruise 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. Back in the saddle we head south to Siena, for more exciting kilometers along the sweeping roads of Chianti. And the day is not yet finished…Back at the hotel we will enjoy a great wine tasting, and then we will put our legs under the table for another superb homemade dinner. Yes today is a day that you’ll will remember fondly when you are back home! Overnight is in Siena. Highlights: San Gimignano, Chianti, Greve in Chianti, Wine tasting and Homemade Dinner.
Day 4 – Free day in Siena There is so much to see and do in Siena, so we chose this as our ‘Free’ day, where you can visit Siena on your own. The town of Siena Start from Piazza del Campo, or – as the Italian simply call it – “Il Campo”, where the famous Palio horse-race is held. The town is a trophy of Medieval Art, the most prolific period of Siena. The square has the shape of an amphitheatre, looking at the Palazzo Publico, a masterpiece of Civil Gothic architecture. The square is on a gentle slope, climbing gently towards the Fonte Gaia, by Jacopo della Quercia. Above the building you’ll see the Mangia Tower, antagonist of the nearby Cathedral. The Civic Centre is only a few steps away from the religious part of Siena, where you can admire the gothic lines that merge with the Medieval architecture of the Duomo dell’Assunta, one of the most beautiful buildings of this period. Around the Catheral there are several important buildings: the Palazzo Arcivescovile, the Spedale di Santa Maria della Scala (now the National Archaeological Museum), the Palazzo del Governatore, the Opera Metropolitana Museum, and the 14th century Palazzo Piccolomini, also known as Palazzo delle Papesse. And between a church and an historic building you will be able to do some wonderful shopping. For those who prefer to ride, we’ve organized an afternoon day ride led by Enrico that leaves from and returns to our hotel in Siena. Overnight in Siena. Highlights: Siena at your pleasure.
Day 5 – Siena to Orvieto (208 km / 129 miles) We leave Siena heading south towards the Crete Senesi, famous for its stunning moonscape. After a short break in the little medieval village of San Giovanni d’Asso, we continue on to the beautiful city of Pienza, considered to be the incarnation of a Renaissance utopia and an ideal city. Having obtained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, today it continues to show off to the world its refined and sophisticated Renaissance urban plan. Its spaces and perspective into its 15th-Century “piazze and palazzo” are organized according to the era’s ideals of rationality and humanism. After lunch we saddle up again for a fantastic plunge on the winding roads of the “Green Umbria”, heading towards Orvieto where we’ll spend the next 3 nights…Just to finish the day in the best possible way, we’ll experience a classic “Umbrian Tasting Dinner”, washed down with local wines that the hotel produces from the vineyards that surround it. Overnight is in Orvieto. (The hotel in Orvieto has spectacular ‘spa’ amenities such as, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a spa with whirlpool swimming pool, Turkish bath, and sauna.) Getting pampered is all part of the experience! Highlights: Crete Senesi, San Giovanni d’Asso, Pienza, Città della Pieve, Tasting Dinner.
Day 6 – Orvieto to Orvieto – Hot Spring Loop (204 km / 127 miles) Today is a day that we can call a relaxing day! From Orvieto we head West towards Pitigliano where we stop briefly to take in the sights of this beautiful walled-village, characterized by its parapets, ceramic tile roofs and multi-tiered buildings, perched on layers of red volcanic tufo stone. Back on the bikes we ride the scenic roads of the Maremma Toscana, – land of the “butteri” (the typical local cowboy) and brigands – where each town and village boast origins lost in the mists of time, and then we reach the Terme di Saturnia (Saturnia Spa), where we spend a big part of the day immersed in the hot spring waters. On the way back to Orvieto we challenge again the scenic and surprising roads in the heart of Italy! Overnight is in Orvieto. Highlights: Pitigliano, Saturnia Spa, San Casciano Bagni.
Day 7 – Orvieto to Orvieto – Visit of Orvieto and Lake Corbara Loop (99 km / 61 miles) We spend the morning visiting Orvieto and then after lunch we ride the scenic roads that meander around Lake Corbara, till the medieval town of Todi. On the way to Todi, we visit the little hamlet of Prodo, with its wonderful square facing the Tiber Valley, but above all we will ride the challenging road that the local call “La Strada delle Mille Curve”…”the road of 1000 curves!”. Overnight in Orvieto. Highlights: Orvieto, Prodo, “the road of 1000 Curves”, Todi, Lake Corbara
Day 8 – Orvieto to Roma (178 km / 110 miles) It may be our last riding day, back to Rome, but certainly not an unforgettable day as we ride along some of the best roads of Umbria and Lazio. Our first stop is historic 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 we wind our way back to Roma on more nice roads. After returning the bikes we arrive at the hotel with time to freshen up before getting together for our “Tour Celebration” dinner, courtesy of Hear the Road. Our last overnight is in Roma. Highlights: Civita di Bagnoregio, Pic Nic on Lake Vico, Farewell Dinner.
Day 9 – Departure day Time to say “Arrivederci”! Pack your bags and shop for any last minute souvenirs. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport per their departure schedule.