Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia Motorcycle Tour

Sept 21 - October 1, 2020 > Start & End Rome

Welcome riders!

Between the mountains and the sea! This is the motto of this 9-day riding tour: a perfect combination between the gentle hills of the Tuscan region, the twisty and challenging roads of Corsica, the beautiful roads that run along the slopes of the coast of Sardinia.

And there will also be time to lie down on mountain curves that pass through these two astonishing islands in the Mediterranean Sea.

One day on the beach, local life, superb food and wine complete this tour created for all riders who love riding the twistys!

As our guest, you will be in very capable hands during your days here in Central Italy. Tour Leader Enrico Grassi, Founder of Hear the Road Tours is a native of Rome spent years traveling every corner of the country he is so proud to claim to be his home.
Enrico has 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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Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia in a Glance
> Date/s: Sept 21 - October 1, 2020 > Start & End Rome
> Tour Grading:     
> Total Distance: 2.020 km – 1.254 miles
> Riding Days: 8
> Riding Hours per day: 6 - 8
> Longest riding day: 295 Km – 183 miles
> Shortest riding day: 176 Km – 109 miles
> Free Day: Tresnuraghes on the beach!
> Support Vehicle: Yes
> 11 days / 10 nights (8 riding days – 1 free day)
> Day 1 − “Welcome to Roma”
> Day 2 − Rome to Siena (282 Km / 175 miles)
> Day 3 − Siena to Livorno (279 Km / 173 miles)
> Day 4 − Ferry Livorno to Bastia > Bastia to Ferayola (206 Km / 128 miles)
> Day 5 − Ferayola to Bonifacio (258 Km – 160 miles) > Ferry to S. Teresa
> Day 6 − Santa Teresa - Tresnuraghes (295 km / 183 miles)
> Day 7 − Free Day in Tresnuraghes
> Day 8 − Tresnuraghes to Cala Gonone (249 Km / 155 miles)
> Day 9 − Gonone to Cagliari (276 km / 155 miles) > Ferry to Civitavecchia
> Day 10 − Civitavecchia to Roma (176 Km / 109 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 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 gives 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 ROME.

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 LIVORNO (279 km / 173 miles)

This is a great day, with endless curves, one after the other, on the roads of the Tuscany Academy of the Motorcyclist!

In the first part of the morning we ride the back roads that bring us to the Abbey of San Galgano, home of our very own “sword in the rock”.

Back on the bikes we challenge the sweeping road towards Volterra before plunging into the scenic roads of the Colline Metallifere, a little-known, but fascinating part of Tuscany.

After a short stop in the beautiful hamlet of Bolgheri we reach the town of Livorno where we spend our second night.
OVERNIGHT IS IN LIVORNO (The hotel has a swimming pool). 

HIGHLIGHTS: San Galgano Abbey, Volterra, Colline Metallifere, Bolgheri.

DAY 4: LIVORNO TO FERAYOLA (206 km / 128 miles)

In early morning we board the ferry to cross the Mediterranean Sea for a 4 hour cross to Bastia on the NE coast of Corsica.

An then a big thumbs up! Yes, because from Bastia, traveling on the fabulous roads of this rugged island, we head north following the coast line around the thumb of Corsica before heading south to Ferayola.

Today’s riding is always a most unforgettable motorcycle experience; a perfect mix between coastline roads with their dramatic cliffs, desolate areas like the Desert des Agriates, and twisty mountain roads.
OVERNIGHT IS IN FERAYOLA (Hotel has a swimming pool).

HIGHLIGHTS: Cap Corse, Nonza, Desert des Agriates.

DAY 5: FERAYOLA TO SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA (258 Km / 160 miles)

Yes, everything is surreal: You are in Hell, or if you prefer you are in Paradise!

The coastline road from Ferayola to Cargese is something impossible to describe: narrow, challenging roads, spectacular landscapes with the mountains reflected into the sea. The scenery of Les Calanche is simply stunning!

And, once we get Cargese, the fun continues!  Riding the mountain road to Bonifacio is both breath-taking and scenic…arriving in Bonifacio in plenty of time to catch the ferry to Santa Teresa di Gallura on the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia, ending another day of fabulous riding!
OVERNIGHT IS IN SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA.

HIGHLIGHTS: Col de la Croix, Les Calanche, Bonifiacio.

DAY 6: SANTA TERESA DI GALLURA TO TRESNURAGHES (295 Km / 183 miles)

We leave Santa Teresa di Gallura heading south challenging the beautiful roads of the Gallura.

After a coffee break, we’re off to Tempio Pausania, at the foot of Monte Limbara; a charming town famous for its cork products and the production of granite.

We ride further before reaching the Roccia dell’Elefante, “The Elephant Rock”; a striking dark trachyte rock sculpted by the wind to resemble an elephant. After a good lunch with the Elephant, we are on the bikes once again towards Alghero, an ancient Catalan town on the Mediterranean Sea.

After a short visit of the town, we are challenged again by the scenic coastline from Alghero to Bosa. Leaving Bosa we climb up towards Tresnuraghes, our destination for the next 2 nights.
OVERNIGHT IS IN TRESNURAGHES.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tempio Pausania, Charamonti, Elephant Rock, Alghero.

DAY 7: FREE DAY IN TRESNURAGHES

Relax, relax, relax!!! A whole day at the sea to do what the typical Italian does! Spread out on the beach and swim in the warm water!

Or, for those who prefer riding today as well, there are many roads to ride returning easily to Tresnuraghes. We definitely don’t want you to lose the riding habit!

OVERNIGHT IS IN TRESNURAGHES.

HIGHLIGHTS: Relax on the beach.

DAY 8: TRESNURAGHES TO CALA GONONE (249 km / 155 miles)

We head south-east towards the rugged yet scenic roads of the Monti del Gennargentu, a vast wild area, crossed by deep gorges and canyons. This land that is totally unspoiled and known to be home to rare species of wildlife.

After the lunch in Fonni we get back on the bikes and heading North-East we reach the Gulf of Orosei, completing our “coast to coast” ride of the entire island!
OVERNIGHT IS IN CALA GONONE. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Boreneddu, Fonni, Gennargentu National Park, Gulf of Orosei.

DAY 9: CALA GONONE TO CAGLIARI (276 km / 171 miles)

It’s our last day along the scenic roads of Sardinia. We start the day of riding with an amazing 48 km that takes us from Cala Gonone to Baunei. After a short break on the beach of Santa Maria Navarrese we ride off  the beaten track to the Barbagia, a the wild empty region of mountains in Sardinia.

Down from the mountains and across the plains we ride to the colorful port city of Cagliari. Here we take an overnight ferry that will bring back us to the mainland.
OVERNIGHT IS ON THE FERRY FROM CAGLIARI TO CIVITAVECCHIA.

HIGHLIGHTS: Bay of Orosei, Barbagia.

DAY 10: CIVITAVECCHIA TO ROME (176 km / 109 miles)

From Civitavecchia we ride the fantastic climb towards Tolfa. After a short stop in Tolfa, just to give you more chances to sip a good Italian Espresso, we reach the volcanic lake of Vico.

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 Rome 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.
OVERNIGHT IS IN ROME.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tolfa, Lake Vico, Pic Nic, Farewell dinner.

DAY 11: DEPARTURE DAY

It’s time to say Arrivederci! After collecting all your souvenirs and packing your bags. After our last breakfast at the hotel, guests will be transferred to the airport.

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
€ 4.650 € 5.280 € 7.700
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F750 GS - BMW F800 GT
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 800 - DUCATI MONSTER 797
€ 4.790 € 5.420 € 7.840
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW F850 GS
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 950 - DUCATI SUPERSPORT
€ 4.860 € 5.490 € 7.910
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1250 GS –BMW R1200 GS - BMW NINET
BMW R1250 R - BMW R1250 RS
DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100
€ 4.920 € 5.550 € 7.970
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW R1205 GS ADV - BMW R1200 GS ADV
BMW R1250 RT
€ 4.960 € 5.590 € 8.010
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW S1000 XR - BMW S1000 R
DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1260 - DUCATI DIAVEL
€ 5.150 € 5.780 € 8.200
Motorcycle Class 7
BMW K1600 GLT
€ 5.260 € 5.890 € 8.310
Own Motorcycle
€ 3.650 € 4.280 € 6.700

*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability

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Testimonials

Jason J.“It was very strange to wake up this morning and not get on the bike for a day of riding. The Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia tour was an incredible experience that I will never forget! Amazing routes, great sightseeing, hotels with incredible views, and excellent food, drink and laughter throughout. Many thanks to our amazing guide and friend, Enrico!”
David K.“It’s been a month since we toured Tuscany, Corsica and Sardinia with Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours and we’re all still talking about it – sharing pictures and videos to re-live the memory. It was absolutely everything we had hoped for – great accommodation, fine food, some of the most breathtaking countryside in the world to ride through and – above all – a “Bucket List” experience non of us will ever forget. I could not recommend the trip more highly. Well done Enrico.!”
Ken G.“Terrific overnight accomodatons, great roads, lots of camaraderie with fellow riders and fantastic food each day. I didn’t know what to expect since this was my first guided tour. It turned out to be a no hassle experience. The chase van carrying luggage and expert guides took care of all the details.”

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 us: motorcycle rental with side cases, top case, locks and alarm. (For rented bikes a deposit for damage, theft and fire 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 3 or 4-star hotels in Roma, and 7 nights including breakfast in 3 or 4-star hotels in the towns where we will stop during the tour, 1 night on the ferry from Cagliari to Civitavecchia.
  • ferry tickets: Livorno to Bastia, Bonifacio to Santa Teresa di Gallura, Cagliari to Civitavecchia.
  • transfer from and to the airport.
  • Italian tour leader.
  • courtesy van to pick up and leave the bikes.
  • 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:

  • 800 € 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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