The Italian Factories Motorcycle Tour
19 - 27 October, 2018
Seven days of pure adrenaline along scenic back-roads to the discovery of the great temples of Italian motor sport!
Ducati in Bologna, Ferrari in Maranello and Modena, Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese, epitomize the concentrated talent and Italian passion for both 2 and 4 wheels.
But in the land of the engines there you will also experience little gems like the private museum of the Panini family, which has one of the most complete collections in the world of Maserati cars or the Pagani Museum.
And, between one factory and the other you’ll get lost in the beautiful rolling hills of the Chianti Tuscan Region, you will challenge the Apennine passes, you will ride the back roads of Marche and Umbria, all the time riding with the throttle and our hearts wide open.
The Italian nightlife will certainly complete this fabulous tour. Staying in quaint little hotels, enjoying delicious food and the superb wine will make this trip memorable in so many ways! Yes…this is Italy!
Your extraordinary motorcycle tour starts and ends in the beautiful city of Rome.
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 that will make you AND your friends smile as you share each and every detail. We hope you are smiling right now!
|The Italian Factories 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 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 Rome.
Highlights: Meet your motorcycle, Meet your guide, Meet your fellow riders.
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 Modena and visit of Ferrari factory in Maranello (271 km / 168 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 Modena we stop in Maranello to visit one of the greatest car brands in the world: Ferrari.
And, for those of you who don’t feel it is enough just to see the flaming red Ferrari colors, there is the opportunity to experience the thrill of a true Gran Prix car by driving the F1 Ferrari simulator.
With our eyes still filled with so much beauty we reach Modena.
We are overnight in Modena.
HIGHLIGHTS: San Casciano Val di Pesa, Vinci, Abetone Pass, Ferrai Museum in Maranello.
Day 5 – Modena to Modena with stops to visit Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, Panini Private Collection, Pagani Museum, and Lamborghini Factory and Museum. (74 km / 46 miles)
The Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, housed in the painstakingly renovated workshop where Enzo’s father used to work: a history within the history that enables visitors to understand why Ferraris are such unique cars.
The private museum of the Panini family that hosts one of the widest collections of Maserati and the Pagani Museum where is possible to admire amazing sport cars which are the dream of everybody
The incredible Lamborghini Factory and Museum. A very eccentric Ferruccio Lamborghini was known for having a simple yet effective method to immediately realize the impact of his cars. While driving, he paid careful attention to people on the road side. If they did not turn around in astonishment, the car’s style was simply not attractive enough. Lamborghini’s cars were conceived to thrill not only the drivers, but also the people that saw them.
Yes today is a truly full immersion into the Italian beauty and genius!
Overnight is in Modena.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enzo Ferrari Museum, Panini Private Collection, Pagani Museum, Lambroghini Museum.
Day 6 – Modena – Riccione (317 km / 197 miles)
In the morning you 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 motorbike philosophy that fuses Italian genius with contemporary and avant-garde technology.
The world agrees…They make damn sexy bikes!
With your eyes still filled with so much beauty, you ride the Raticosa, the Futa and the Muraglione Passes, three of Italy’s most famous motorcycle venues!
And more challenging back roads will bring us to Riccione where we will spend the night.
Overnight is Riccione.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ducati Factory and Museum, Raticosa Pass, Futa Pass and the Muraglione Pass.
Day 7 – Misano to Orvieto (km 264 / 164 miles)
We leave Misano 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.
Overnight is in Orvieto.
HIGHLIGHTS: Tavullia, Bocca Trabaria Pass, Lake Trasimeno, SS71.
Day 8 – 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. At Civita we will also visit the Taruffi Museum, whose gem is the permanent exhibition titled “BISILURO AI RAGGI X – Anatomy of a fireball”.
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 Roma
HIGHLIGHTS: ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ (the road of 1000 curves), Civita di Bagnoregio, Museo Taruffi, Farewell Dinner, Rome.
Day 9 – Departure day
Yes, it’s time to say Arrivederci to Rome and all your new friends. Pack your bags and shop for any last minute souvenirs. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport.
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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
|€ 3.780||€ 4.230||€ 6.460|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
|€ 3.880||€ 4.330||€ 6.560|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
|€ 3.980||€ 4.430||€ 6.660|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV
BMW S1000 R – DUCATI SUPERSPORT 939
|€ 4.100||€ 4.550||€ 6.780|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 XR – DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
|€ 4.160||€ 4.610||€ 6.840|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 4.230||€ 4.680||€ 6.910|
||€ 3.130||€ 3.580||€ 5.810|
*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.