The Italian Full Throttle on Mugello Motorcycle Tour

July 20 - 30, 2020 > Start & End Rome

WELCOME RIDERS!

Arrive in Rome, get your touring motorcycle and then spend 5 fantastic riding days along the twisty roads in the heart of Italy, 3 days riding an S1000RR on Mugello and one free day to rest and or tour Florence.

The endless curves, the historic small towns, the mountain passes, the food and wine. Yes. This is Italy!

A visit to the Ducati Museum and Factory is a must.  Then join Troy Corser for 3 days pf track time on Mugello where you get the most out of your S1000RR. It’s pure adrenaline for track enthusiasts with a big heart and a smooth right hand.

You will be in very capable hands during your days here in Central Italy. Tour Leaders Enrico Grassi, founder of Hear the Road Tours and Cat MacLeod, owner of Leod Escape in the USA have spent many hours developing the routes to ride, the cities to visit, the sites to see, as well as the hotels and food options key to making this kind of an adventure something to remember and cherish.

This fabulous tour starts and ends in the beautiful, Eternal City of Rome.

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THE ITALIAN FULL THROTTLE IN A GLANCE
> Date/s: July 20 - 30, 2020 > Start & End Rome
> Tour Grading:     
> Total Distance: 1.253 km / 779 miles
> Riding Days: 5
> Riding Hours per day: 6 - 8
> Longest riding day: 300 km / 186 miles
> Shortest riding day: 211 km / 131 miles
> Free Day: Scarperia
> Support Vehicle: Yes
> 11 Days – 10 Nights (5 riding days - 3 track days at Mugello)
> Day 1 − "Welcome to Roma"
> Day 2 − Rome to Siena (282 km / 175 miles)
> Day 3 − Siena to Borgo Panigale (247 Km / 152 miles)
> Day 4 − Visit Ducati factory > Scarperia (219 km / 136 miles)
> Day 5 − Track Day 1 at Mugello MotoGP Circuit
> Day 6 − Track Day 2 at Mugello MotoGP Circuit
> Day 7 − Track Day 3 at Mugello MotoGP Circuit
> Day 8 − Rest day in Scarperia
> Day 9 − Scarperia to Orvieto (300 km / 186 miles)
> Day 10 − Orvieto to Roma (211 km / 131 miles)
> Day 11 − Departure day

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.

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, Civita Castellana, Val D’Orcia, Radicofani, Pienza, Crete Senesi, Homemade Dinner.

DAY 3: 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 roads 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, Porretta Terme.

DAY 4: VISIT TO DUCATI FACTORY / BORGO PANIGALE TO SCARPERIA (219 km / 136 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. The Raticosa Pass, the Futa Pass, the Gioco Pass and the Sambuca Pass are the perfect warm-up for the next great day on the Mugello MotoGP Circuit!
OVERNIGHT IS IN SCARPERIA

HIGHLIGHTS: Ducati Factory and Museum, Raticosa Pass, Sambuca Pass.

DAY 5: TRACK DAY 1 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 BMW S1000RR. Today Troy Corser and his team of coaches will teach you the lines.

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 Scarperia.
OVERNIGHT IS IN SCARPERIA

HIGHLIGHTS: Learning the lines of Mugello, BMW S1000RR, Troy Corser instruction

DAY 6: TRACK DAY 2 AT MUGELLO MOTOGP CIRCUIT

Today it’s about body position. Working with Troy Corser and your coach to try Troy’s style of riding and continue to hit those Apexes.
OVERNIGHT IS IN SCARPERIA

HIGHLIGHTS: Mugello, BMW S1000RR, Troy Corser.

DAY 7: TRACK DAY 3 AT MUGELLO MOTOGP CIRCUIT

Today it’s time to work on braking and putting it all together. By now the course will feel very familiar and it’s time to really work on your personal limitations and take your riding to the next level.
OVERNIGHT IS IN SCARPERIA

HIGHLIGHTS: Mugello, BMW S1000RR, Troy Corser.

DAY 8: REST DAY IN SCARPERIA OPTIONAL DAY TRIP TO FLORENCE

It has been a very busy past three days! Take a day to relax and recover in our little Tuscan resort.

Or maybe you’d like to join some of your fellow riders and and take a shuttle van in to walk about Florence for the day. How ever you want to revive yourself this is your day to relax.
OVERNIGHT IS IN SCARPERIA

HIGHLIGHTS: Let’s do what you want!            

DAY 9: SCARPERIA TO ORVIETO (300 km / 186 miles) 

We leave Scarperia heading towards the Consuma Pass, another sacred place for the Italian motorcyclists!

A little pause for a “perfect Italian Espresso” in the small town of Stia and then we get back on the bikes to ride up and down on the sweeping roads of Central Italy.

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: Consuma Pass, Lake Trasimeno, SS71, Umbrian Tasting Dinner.

DAY 10: 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 11: 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.

2020 Prices

* Motorcycle Models Rider in Shared Room Rider in Single Room Couple
Rider in Shared Room Rider in Single Room Couple
Motorcycle Class 1
BMW F800 R - MOTO GUZZI V7
€ 6.840 € 7.510 € 9.890
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F750 GS - BMW F800 GT
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 - DUCATI MONSTER 797
€ 6.940 € 7.610 € 9.990
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW F850 GS
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 - DUCATI SUPERSPORT
€ 7.010 € 7.680 € 10060
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1250 GS –BMW R1200 GS - BMW NINET
BMW R1250 R - BMW R1250 RS
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100
€ 7.070 € 7.740 € 10120
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW R1250 GS ADV - BMW R1200 GS ADV
BMW R1250 RT
€ 7.110 € 7.780 € 10160
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW S1000 XR - BMW S1000 R
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 - DUCATI DIAVEL
€ 7.240 € 7.910 € 10290
Motorcycle Class 7
BMW K1600 GLT
€ 7.340 € 8.010 € 10390
Own Motorcycle
€ 6.030 € 6.700 € 9.080

*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.

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Minimum number of participants: 8

If the minimum number of participants isn’t reached the tour may be cancelled or run with a different format.

What is included:

  • only for those who have decided to rent their bike through usmotorcycle rental with side cases, top case, locks and alarm.
    (For rented bikes a deposit for damage, theft, and fire, between of € 1.250 is requested).
    WHAT IS THE DAMAGE SECURITY DEPOSIT ? Each motorcycle has a damage deposit. This amount will be frozen on your credit card, but not cashed. The deposit is your maximum liability for theft or damage to the vehicle. Please ensure that you have enough funds to cover  the damage deposit on your cards.
  • the bike rental prices include costs for public-liability insurance and insurance for any road assistance in case of break-down.
  • welcome and farewell dinners in Roma.
  • accomodation: 2 nights including breakfast in 4-star hotel in Roma, and 8 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in the towns where we will stop during the tour.
  • transfer from and to the airport
  • Italian tour leader.
  • courtesy van to pick up and leave the bikes.
  • entrance ticket to Ducati Factory and Museum in Borgo Panigale
  • 3 Days of track instruction on Mugello on BMW S1000 RR equipped with Metzeler K3. (Option for Slicks & Warmers)
  • track fees and Instructors.
  • support van driven by Enrico’s assistant. The van will be carrying a tool-kit for small repairs. You’ll be able to leave your cases (1 suitcase + 1 handbag per person) in the van, as well as any souvenirs you pick up along the way. The van also has a couple of seats that passengers might like to use if they feel they need a little rest from the bikes!
  • a detailed Road-book with all the information you’ll need; a map with the route well marked; the “Wordless Travel Book”, and a Hear the Road T-shirt.
  • Insurance covering most any medical issue during the trip including, doctors, ambulance, hospital and any appropriate family travel.

What is not included:

  • fuel for your motorcycle.
  • tolls on motorways.
  • entrance fees to museums or other sites.
  • gratuities and tips.
  • all meals except for the welcome and farewell dinners.
  • all beverages.
  • flights to and from Roma.

We also suggest that anyone traveling abroad for one of our Tours consider purchasing  “Travel Insurance”. It can take the worry out of the unexpected situations that can arise in any travel plan.

Terms of payment:

  • 1.500 € Deposit, to be paid, on reserving a place on the tour.
    (The deposit is totally refundable in case we don’t reach the minimum number of participants).
  • Balance, to be paid 60 days before the starting date when you get confirmation from HEAR THE ROAD.

In case of cancellation:

If you decide to cancel the tour for whatever reason that does not depend on HEAR THE ROAD, these are the penalties that will incur:

  • up to 60 days prior to the starting date, HTR holds the deposit, that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year;
  • between 59 and 10 days prior to the starting date you lose the deposit. HTR holds the balance that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year.
  • from 9 days prior to the starting date you lose 50% of the total amount. HTR holds the remaining 50% that you can use for another tour in the same or in the following year.

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