Misano MotoGP Motorcycle Tour
September 7 - 16, 2020
Arrive in Rome, pick-up your bike, and then spend 6 fantastic days riding the twisty roads in the heart of Italy, and 2 days at the Misano Marco Simoncelli World MotoGP circuit to watch Ducati riders and their MotoGP competitors put on a stunning show of speed, talent and craziness to make this tour the ultimate experience!
The endless curves, the historic small towns, the high mountain passes, the quaint little hotels, the food & wine, and watching MotoGP action at Misano is what make this tour a really unique Italian Experience.
Top it off with a visit to the Ducati Museum and Factory makes this the motorcycle tour for MotoGP fans dream package.
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 Escapes in the USA, work together to make this tour unforgettable for our style of riders and MotoGP fans. Like, so many great Italian things, it turned out authentic, curvy, exciting, and delicious.
This fabulous tour starts and ends in the Eternal City of Rome.
Art / History
Food / Wine
|MISANO MOTO GP AND THE ITALIAN RIDE 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 Enrico and Cat waiting for you 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 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 (282 km / 175 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 Civita Castellana, 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 hamlet 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.
OVERNIGHT IS IN SIENA (The hotel has a swimming pool).
HIGHLIGHTS: Tuscia Viterbese, Civita Castellana, Val D’Orcia, Radicofani, Pienza, Crete Senesi, Homemade Dinner.
DAY 3: SIENA TO SIENA – CHIANTI LOOP (247 km / 153 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.
Then 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.
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 Galgano, San Gimignano, Chianti, Greve in Chianti.
DAY 4: SIENA TO BORGO PANIGALE (245 km / 152 miles)
We start the day riding the Strada Statale Chiantigiana and then we ride the winding roads that will take us through the mountains between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.
We stop to visit Vinci birthplace of Leonardo the Italian polymath of the Renaissance.
As we pass Pistoia we’ll give our right hands a workout for tackle the twisty road of the Tosco-Emiliano Pennine.
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.
DAY 5: VISIT TO DUCATI FACTORY > BORGO PANIGALE TO RIMINI (267 km / 166 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 our eyes and heart full of so much beauty, we take on the Raticosa Pass, Futa Pass, and Muraglione Pass: 3 of Italy’s most famous motorcycling roads…where Ducati often tests the bikes!
OVERNIGHT IS IN RIMINI.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ducati Factory, Raticosa Pass, Futa Pass, Muraglione Pass, Rimini by night.
DAY 6: MOTOGP QUALIFYING & COASTAL RIDE (136 km / 84 miles)
We spend the morning visiting San Marino which is the oldest Republic in Europe. The heart of San Marino narrates the history of a land for thousands of years suspended between earth and sky. UNESCO has proclaimed San marino a World heritage site.
And after three hours spent being “good tourists” it is finally time to unleash our passion for motorcycle sport! We get to Marco Simoncelli World Circuit to watch the MotoGP Qualyfing Misano, just a little aperitif of one of the best shows in the world!
In the afternoon we ride the scenic coastline road from Pesaro to Gabicce Monte. Hey, this is not a normal road…it is where Valentino Rossi grew up and learned how to lean and open the throttle!
On the way back to Rimini we stop in Coriano the birthplace of Marco Simoncelli. We will visit the museum dedicated to him.
OVERNIGHT IS IN RIMINI.
HIGHLIGHTS: San Marino, MotoGP Qualifying at Misano, ride “Valentino Rossi’s” coastline road, Marco Simoncelli Museum in Coriano, Rimini by night.
DAY 7: MOTO 3, MOTO 2 AND MOTO GP RACES (44 km / 27 miles)
This is it! Nothing compares to the excitement of watching MotoGP live!
The gasps, groans, and wild cheering as the champions battle it out on this amazing track. The surge of adrenaline as you join hundreds of thousands of fans cheer on your rider to the podium.
This is a track designed for maximum excitement. With plenty of places to pass, crash, and throttle on made this track a fixture on the MotoGP and World Superbike circuit since redesigned in 1970. Set by the sea, the heat and humid air turns the rubber coated track into a high speed circuit that tests skills, bravery and wisdom in tire choices.
As you cheer in the stands you realize, nothing compares to watching the drama unfold in person. Join the wild party as the track opens up to the fans at the end of the race and experience the excitement.
OVERNIGHT IS IN RIMINI.
HIGHLIGHTS: Moto 3, Moto 2 and Moto GP races at Misano, Rimini by night.
DAY 8: RIMINI TO ORVIETO (278 km / 174 miles)
We leave Rimini 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 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.
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: Tavullia, Bocca Trabaria Pass, Lake Trasimeno, SS71, Umbrian Tasting Dinner.
DAY 9: ORVIETO TO ROMA (211 km / 131 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… 20 km of pure adrenaline is calling to you!
On the way to Rome we stop to take pictures of Civita di Bagnoregio, an enchanting town, perched as if by magic on a rock of tufo.
Our last lunch on the road is a picnic on the shores of Lake Vico surrounded by the Cimini Mountains, to devour panini loaded with local prosciutto and cheese!
Then it’s time to mount up again to join the Strada Statale Cassia, that take us to Roma where we return the bikes.
A quick shower at our Rome hotel and then we get together for our last dinner to celebrate this wonderful Italian experience.
OVERNIGHT IS IN ROMA.
HIGHLIGHTS: Strada Provinciale 79, Picnic at Lake Vico, Farewell Dinner, Rome.
DAY 10: 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 flight schedule.
|* Motorcycle Models|
|Rider in Shared Room||Rider in Single Room||Couple|
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW F800 R - MOTO GUZZI V7
|€ 4.770||€ 5.380||€ 8.000|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F750 GS - BMW F800 GT
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 - DUCATI MONSTER 797
|€ 4.870||€ 5.480||€ 8.100|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW F850 GS
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 - DUCATI SUPERSPORT
|€ 4.940||€ 5.550||€ 8.170|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1250 GS –BMW R1200 GS - BMW NINET
BMW R1250 R - BMW R1250 RS
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100
|€ 5.050||€ 5.660||€ 8.280|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW R1250 GS ADV - BMW R1200 GS ADV
BMW R1250 RT
|€ 5.110||€ 5.720||€ 8.340|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW S1000 XR - BMW S1000 R
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 - DUCATI DIAVEL
|€ 5.160||€ 5.770||€ 8.390|
Motorcycle Class 7
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 5.380||€ 5.990||€ 8.610|
||€ 3.780||€ 4.390||€ 7.010|
*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability
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I went with Enrico on his Misano MotoGP and Italian Ride. I can say I had a fantastic time.
Enrico has taken a lot of time and not only gotten the big things right, he has taken care of some of the small details as well. I don’t want to give away any details, so you can experience it as I did.
Enrico took the time to find great roads to ride on, beautiful places to see and great places to stay.
Enrico seems to know the history and what is special about every place you go, he has details to add during your sightseeing to really bring the places alive.
But you will not only get to ride some great roads and see some fantastic places, you will get to experience some of Italy especially at the evening meals.
I am already planning to book another tour with Enrico, I just need to decide where I want to go next time.
The only piece of advice I would give is unless you are a very experienced rider pick a smaller bike than you think because the roads are very tight and twisty which makes them fun, but again unless you are very experienced might be a bit much on a larger bike.
The roads were hands down the best I’ve experienced whilst the “après riding” (sightseeing, wining & dining, personal connections) equally contributed to make the trip highly memorable. Enrico and team were very professional and great fun. I would highly recommend the experience and will definitely be returning myself.
Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.