Tuscany and Umbria
6 - 13 July, 2018
A great journey into the heart of Italy. Five days experiencing the challenging, curvy backroads of Tuscany and Umbria, as well as one rest day to explore the beautiful town of Siena. But also time to relax in the hot waters of Saturnia Springs and discover beautiful art-filled cities, such Orvieto, Pienza, and Civita di Bagnoregio.
The tour includes 2 overnights in the Eternal City of Roma, 3 nights in the ‘World Heritage” city of Siena, and 2 nights in the Majestic City of Orvieto. The scenic roads and rolling hills of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio are what connect these amazing cities for 7 days of a magnificent experience. Enjoying a lunch or a coffee in small villages along the way will endear you to the rural life and culture that Italy is so famous for.
The lovely 16th century Inn in Siena has a swimming pool overlooking Siena, the Wine Resort Hotel in Orvieto has an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor Jacuzzi, a spa with whirlpool, Turkish bath, and sauna… nestled into the center of a wonderful winery with 4 star food.
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 you will always remember with a smile. The tour starts and ends in Roma which allows easy planning to extend your visit to this fabulous city should you want to.
*Harley-Davidson® models are available upon request!*
|Tuscany and Umbria 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 for you 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. Enrico gives you a general briefing of the tour and he will be also very glad to answer to all your questions.
Finally we are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel garage.
Then we 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, Saturday 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 (Km 226 / miles 142)
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.
A good panino, stuffed with the local prosciutto and cheese, at the Macelleria Falorni is a must!
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 (206 km / 128 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.
Day 6 – 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.
On the way, we visit the little hamlet of Prodo, with its wonderful square facing the Tiber Valley.
Then, we continue on to Todi, which is remarkable for its historical and artistic heritage.
Overnight in Orvieto.
Highlights: Orvieto, Prodo, Todi, Lake Corbara
Day 7 – 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, Picnic on Lake Vico, Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 – Departure day
Time to say goodbye, shop for any last minute souvenirs, and pack your bags. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport in conjunction with their departure schedule.
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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
|€ 2.810||€ 3.160||€ 4.720|
Motorcycle Class 2
BMW F800 GS – BMW F800 GT - DUCATI SCRAMBLER
|€ 2.890||€ 3.240||€ 4.800|
Motorcycle Class 3
BMW R1200GS – BMW NINET – BMW R1200R
BMW R1200 RS – DUCATI HYPERSTRADA
|€ 2.980||€ 3.330||€ 4.890|
Motorcycle Class 4
BMW R1200 RT - BMW R1200 GS ADV
BMW S1000 R – DUCATI MONSTER 1200
DYNA SWITCHBACK – SOFTAIL HERITAGE - ROAD KING - ELETTRA GLIDE - ROAD GLIDE – STREET GLIDE
|€ 3.050||€ 3.400||€ 4.890|
Motorcycle Class 5
BMW S1000 XR – DUCATI MULTISTRADA - DUCATI DIAVEL
|€ 3.100||€ 3.450||€ 5.010|
Motorcycle Class 6
BMW K1600 GLT
|€ 3.140||€ 3.540||€ 4.690|
||€ 2.300||€ 2.650||€ 4.210|
*Rented Motorcycle Subject to Availability
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“My wife and I took the Umbria/Tuscany this August. The tour was fantastic. The other people in the group were great. The accommodations were first class. It was clear Enrico did his homework planning this tour.
As this was a motorcycle tour we road motorcycles. The rental bikes were all in good shape and we got exactly what we reserved. Enrico planned into the rides plenty of breaks either to eat, tour a small town or just relax and enjoy the scenery.
The riding was invigorating but as Enrico says on his webpage this is not a ride to learn how to ride a motorcycle. The Italians do not ride/drive like Americans and you will be riding like Italians. The riding is often quick paced and often on old Italian roads. Sometimes narrow curvy roads, sometimes cobblestone. Italians lane split and love to pass the vehicles in front of them. If you enjoy spirited riding you will love it.
With that said you will never be pressured to ride outside of your comfort zone. Enrico does his best to accommodate everyone. You can ride at your own pace. Often my wife and I would slow down to enjoy the scenery as other riders wanted to ride faster. Enrico would wait for us to catch up further down the road.
This was a great trip and my wife and I have been talking about how much…fun it was ever since.”
“The Tuscany and Umbria tour exceeded our expectations! Pictures alone don’t do it justice. Your jaw will drop at every bend of the road. The scenery is unbelievable and every one of your senses will be stimulated. And while your jaw is open, take the time to shove some porchetta in it. It is “bunga bunga” for your taste buds. You will not be disappointed. You must experience the countryside firsthand, and the best way is by motorcycle. Enrico is a first class guide and host. I can honestly say that the worst part of the tour was coming home. We miss Italy. We miss Enrico! We will be back soon to Hear The Road!”
“So you say to your friends “I’m going to Italy to ride a bike….in August….in Tuscany” and the first reaction is…..wow a crowded and hot summer on Italian roads! But let me assure that it’s quite the opposite. Not only did we feel like we had the entire Italian countryside to ourselves, we felt like we were in the best and most hospitable hands and places in the entire country! Granted Italy is a special place, but really much of the credit goes to company founder and tour leader Enrico Grassi. It takes a special skill to know the right road, the right detour, the right coffee shop to make you feel like you are both at home and away, a local and a special visitor and Enrico knows how to push all the right buttons. From total ride time, to road conditions, to excellent views, great restaurants and accommodations, this tour has a little bit of everything! You want to tour Rome and get some history, check! You want to sit back in a piazza and relax over a nice meal and excellent wine, check! You want to haul ass on a nice twisty road with open corner after corner after corner, check! check! check! This was my first time riding in Europe and I don’t regret the tour choice one bit. A great way to whet my appetite and keep me coming back for more! Corsica, Sardinia here we come! Ciao Enrico!!”
“My partner and I had been to Italy before, or taken a guided motorcyle tour. We were blown away. Enrico planned every day perfectly. The hotels were top notch, with a true taste of Italian style. We loved our room at Alta Rocca in Orvieto, with a view of the vineyards from our window and balcony. Our stay for three nights at Podera della Strega in Siena was storybook, with breakfasts every morning outside, overlooking the valley and Siena. Our host, Ms. Leticia, was fabulous.
The food was marvelous, from the multicourse meal and wine at the resort in Orvieto, to the roadside stops for paninis and cafe.
Enrico seems to know all the best roads in Italy. Endless twisties and tornanti (harpin turns) with breathtaking views.
And best of all was the comraderie of the group. Evening, after evening, of good food and wine with friends.
Take one of Enrico’s tours. I promise you will NOT be disappointed.”
Creation of the tour: Associazione Culturale Hear The Road.
Organization and marketing: Hear The Road srl.