Amazing Central Italy

Rome and Latium, the Amalfi coast, the Gran Sasso, Umbria


 

The Eternal City and surroundings; Sorrento, Pompei and the Amalfi Coast; the splendid Umbria and the impressive Gran Sasso massif in Abbruzzi: a multifaceted tour over 4 amazing Italian regions immerged in the very essence of the Bel Paese and its Dolce Vita. City, country side, mountains, sea … it has it all!

Synthesizing in just a few lines such a journey as our “Amazing Central Italy” tour is a real challenge. Latium, Umbria, Abruzzo and Campania are the beautiful regions that we’ll explore.
An interesting mix of natural sceneries and historical periods resulting in a very tasty cocktail of emotions.

We are aware that these names won’t mean much to many, but for sure you’ve heard of and probably fancied on lots of famous and extraordinary places located in these regions, whereas others may be completely unknown to you, even though they all enshrine hidden treasures that absolutely deserve to be seen. So what can we say? Just “please trust us, you won’t regret it!”
A journey amid history and nature, from the Roman Empire to the evocative, well-preserved medieval burgs of Abruzzi, the amazing Renaissance fine towns of Umbria and the enchanting Dolce Vita sceneries of the Amalfi coast, an exploration of the Castelli Romani area and the magnificent papal properties scattered all over Latium, the unspoiled nature of the natural parks Gran Sasso and Majella, the infinite poetry of Naples and its outskirts …

  • Amazing Central Italy motorcycle tour pack

    Start /end place

    Duration

    Riding days

    Hotels

    Included meals

    Rome

    13 days
    12 nights

    11

    3 – 4 stars
    9 hotels

    12 breakfasts
    3 lunches
    9 dinners

    Rest day

    Total distance

    Min-max /day

    Touring /day

    Route grading

    8: Naples

    1900 km
    1180 mi.

    110 – 230 km
    70 – 145 mi.

    6 – 8 hours

    intermediate

    6 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Amalfi Coast, Naples, Pompeii, Rome, the Royal Palace of Caserta, Villa d’Este (Tivoli)

    Price of this 13-day and 12-night tour:

    • from 3,168.00 Euro per person
    Inclusive of beautiful 4-star accommodation and one super meal per day.
     

     

  • Amazing Central Italy motorcycle tour program details

    A concentrated loop tour which starts in the heart of Latium, in the “Eternal City”, and shall bring us on the discovery of many various facets of the Italian panorama, history, way of life and cuisine. From the western to the eastern coast, through Umbria, Campania and Abruzzi, we shall explore a fascinating territory that enshrines the most variegated concentration of natural landscapes, historical remains and reliefs one can imagine to find in a so “small” area.

    Day 1: Meeting in Rome (Roma)
    We meet up in the afternoon at our hotel in Rome and pick up the rental bikes. We all meet up before dinner and get to know each other through a welcome aperitif and a short but important briefing, the time to explain a few simple rules for organizing and synchronizing things, thus ensuring that everyone has a safe holiday that is unforgettable for all the right reasons.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: D.

    Day 2: 190 km
    Let’s introduce you to Latium that, you might not know, is the region where Rome is found and that holds many other interesting treasures beside the Eternal City. We’ll first stop in Tivoli and visit the amazing Villa d’Este with its magnificent frescoes and Renaissance gardens. We go on along lake Turano before being swallowed by the astounding underground universe of a beautiful medieval town in Umbria.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rieti; included meals: B, D.

    Day 3: 220 km
    Today’s tour is set in the green and delightful Apennine mountains, between Mount Terminillo and Lake Campotosto, in the natural park of Gran Sasso in Abruzzi. An enchanting route in a timeless atmosphere amid absolutely charming burgs dating from the Middle Ages and farming sceneries, skirting the area that suffered the 2016 earthquakes (Norcia, Amatrice). After a ride along the northern side of it we’ll arrive in Loreto Aprutino, a jewel embedded between the Gran Sasso massif and the Adriatic sea.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Loreto Aprutino; included meals: B, D.

    Day 4: 230 km
    We take a spin through the Gran Sasso Park and a string of stunning perfectly preserved medieval villages that formed the setting for unforgettable film masterpieces set in the Middle Ages, such as Ladyhawke and The Name of the Rose. A self-cooked barbecue will be our lunch on top the highest Apennine mount (you can choose to have the famous Abruzzi lamb and mutton kebabs, for one). Dine where you please.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Loreto Aprutino; included meals: B, L.

    Day 5: 205 km
    Another whole day amid the green natural parks of Abruzzi, admiring wonderful pristine landscapes along fantastic twisty roads. Forests, charming stone burgs, lakes and gorges are ours to see. Our today’s route ends in the elegant town of Sulmona, which is the world capital of sugared almonds.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Sulmona; included meals: B, D.

    Day 6: 215 km
    Another amazing day awaits, but actually isn’t every day? Through the Sagittarian Gorges we leave Abruzzi heading to region Campania, in south-western direction, crossing the Matese national park.  When arriving in Caserta we cannot miss to visit the gorgeous Reggia (Royal Palace of Caserta, Unesco world heritage site) constructed by King Carlo of Naples, founder of the cadet Italian branch of the House of Bourbon, to compete with the magnificence of Versailles in France.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Caserta; included meals: B, D.

    Day 7: 110 km
    A complete change of environment, from high mountains to gorgeous, coastal, cliff-side panoramas! We’ll reach the Mediterranean coast where we’ll first enjoy the spectacle of the Phlegraean Fields, where the combination of extraordinary natural sites and admirable human masterworks creates a unique scenery. There we’ll see the Flavian amphitheater, a sheer testament of antique engineering with the biggest subterranean galleries network ever found. Then a last stop in Posillipo before reaching Naples.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Naples; included meals: B, D.

    Day 8: 0 – … km
    It’s time for a rest, we recommend to leave the bikes in the garage and go for alternative activities. Our staff and the hotel personnel are at your disposal to organize your day. There are plenty of possibilities:

    • you may choose just to enjoy the hotel, the sea and the sun and go for a shopping stroll in Naples
    • or you may wish to spend the day exploring the unique Baroque appeal of this stunning city with hundreds of churches, fortresses and picturesque lanes (we recommend a guided visit)
    • what about a one-day cooking class in a factory of limoncello
    • or will the marvelous Dolce Vita theater, islands Capri, Ischia and Procida catch your fancy?

    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Naples; included meals: B. No meal is included today in order to let you completely bound-free from the early morning till late night …

    Day 9: 110 km
    Another outstanding day awaits. We’ll first ride up the Vesuvius to enjoy the awesome view of the gulf of Naples and the whole Sorrento peninsula, with a spectacular vista from above of the extraordinary archeological site of Pompeii (Unesco world heritage site), one of the most beloved and unique touristic areas in the whole world that we’ll subsequently visit on foot. After visiting Pompeii we carry on our ride through the Sorrento peninsula to reach beautiful Ravello, the terrace par excellence of the Amalfi coast (Unesco world heritage site). Last stop today: Salerno, the most southern destination of the whole tour. As well a typical Campania lunch on the Amalfi Coast and dinner in hotel are comprised today.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in area Salerno; included meals: B, L, D.

    Day 10: 150 km
    The Sorrento peninsula is on the program today, and especially its amazing southern coast better known as the Amalfi Coast (Unesco world heritage site). Just a few km today in order to let you enjoy each single stretch of this amazing area. This “wow” program starts visiting Amalfi then our winding ride along the enchanting coastal brings us for lunch in the pasta hometown Gragnano. In the afternoon visits of Sorrento, Massa Lubrense and Positano before gaining back our hotel in Salerno. Dine where you please.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in area Salerno; included meals: B, L.

    Day 11: 230 km
    We start our return trip,  that today will be amazing – but actually isn’t every day? We leave one coast for a great ride in the mountains before reaching the sea again on the Latium coast. On our way a visit to Caserta old town in the hinterland to then go on skirting partly the coast, calling at the amazing spurs of Gaeta before reaching our hotel in another enchanting sea resort.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Terracina; included meals: B, D.

    Day 12: 220 km
    A magnificent loop in southern Latium awaits, rambling through the leafy Colli and Castelli Romani (Roman Castles) area, with the volcanic lakes Nerni and Albano where we’ll see the Pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo and Albano Laziale with its awesome Roman cistern. In the late afternoon we finally ride back to our initial hotel in Rome where we drop off the rental bikes. An opulent farewell dinner at the hotel is the only appropriate happy ending we could think of for this great adventure together.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: B, D.

    Day 13: Farewells in Rome
    We say our goodbyes after breakfast, leaving you free to go home or explore further the magic of Italy on your own. There are plenty of opportunities to continue your trip that we can help you planning!
    Included meals: B.

  • Amazing Central Italy motorcycle tour pricing details

    All our tours are limited editions for a maximum of 12 bike teams.
    We guarantee all departures, even with one person only. Services and staff included in the price vary according to the final total number of participants. 


    Price in Euro per person for this 13-day, 12-night tour:

    Rider in shared double/twin room
    (reference price)

    3,520.00

    Pillion in shared double/twin room
    reference price minus 20%

    € 2,816.00

    Rider in single room
    reference price plus 15%

    € 4,048.00

    The above prices refer to a minimum of 3 motorcycles (or bike teams) enrolled by departure time.

    In case only 1 or 2 bikes should have enrolled on a tour, then booking is not binding and participants will autonomously decide whether they confirm their participation against payment of a supplement, or they renounce free of charge, in which case all sums already paid are refunded but the booking fee of 50 Euro.  


    Included staff:

    To ensure the utmost attention to each traveler as well as the safety of the group we proudly offer fully escorted tours only. Specifically, the personnel traveling with the group is:

    • with 1 to 4 bikes:
      • tour leader on his own motorcycle who opens the motorcycle line
    • with 5 to 6 bikes:
      • tour leader on his own motorcycle who opens the motorcycle line
      • luggage van with chauffeur
    • with 7 to 12 bikes:
      • tour leader on his own motorcycle who opens the motorcycle line
      • rearguard steward on his own motorcycle who brings up the rear
      • luggage van with chauffeur
    All our staff speaks English.


    Other services included:

    • registration fee, branded tee-shirt, itineraries, pictures of the tour
    • assistance, medical and luggage insurance that covers both rider and passenger for all medical expenses in Italy and repatriation assistance costs in case of accident or illness during the tour and luggage theft or loss
    • typical Italian welcome aperitif
    • 12 nights en-suite accommodation and buffet breakfast in hand-picked, well-rated classy and charming first class hotels (mostly 4 stars)
    • 9 super dinners in hotel or external restaurant at walking distance (drinks excluded)
    • 3 super lunches in typical restaurants (drinks excluded)
    • luggage van (with possibility of transport for 2 passengers) if the final number of participants is 5 bikes or more
    • vouchers of value comprised between 200 € and 400 € to be used to buy additional services (fuel, drinks at meals, entrance tickets, further meals, etc) if the final number of participants is 8 bikes or more


    The price does not include:

    • rental motorcycle – available on request
    • lunches and dinners unless specifically mentioned and drinks at meals but water
    • extras in hotels, room upgrade or suite accommodation – available on request
    • fuel, any parking fees while touring, entrance tickets in monuments/museums/natural sites, etc – all visits are always optional
    • transfer to the Rome hotel upon arrival and from the Rome hotel when departing – available on request
    • anything not specified as “included”


    ON REQUEST vast choice of motorbikes for hire

    FROM 530.00 Euro + 0.20/km for the whole tour (11 days)
    on a BMW G650GS with top case + 2 side cases, third liability insurance, transfer hotel/rental point when picking up the motorcycle and transfer rental point/hotel after dropping the motorcycle

    ON REQUEST shipment of luggage via express forwarder
    (when luggage van is not supplied)

  • More about the touring area

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    Many people know nothing about Lazio except its main city, Rome, the most visited destination in Italy for “pedestrian” tourists. Yet Lazio has a strong identity that goes far beyond its capital. It is an ancient and bewitching land rich in tradition, the authentic nursery of Italian roots where the Etruscan, Roman, and Catholic civilizations arose.

    A treasure trove of artworks and architectural gems, the whole region offers many and varied glimpses of the past, of inestimable beauty and appeal – Roman remains, castles, crypts, and monasteries – with such a choice that deciding what to see can be a real headache. All this against an impressive backdrop of majestic parks and lakes, such as Nemi, Bolsena and Bracciano.
    Lazio is still sprinkled with gorgeous noble villas, many now converted into first class hotels, often nestling amid vineyards that offer visitors white wines as refreshing and cheerful as the region’s people.

    The Abruzzi region, also known as the green land of Europe because of its many parks, protected areas and natural reserves, features the highest peaks of the Apennine mountains. Its highest summit, called the Corno Grande, belongs to the Gran Sasso massif, very similar to the Alps, and peaks at 2 912 m. The Majella massif, south from the Gran Sasso, features the second highest peak: the Mount Amaro with 2 795 m. Gran Sasso and Majella also lend their names to two national parks, while Abruzzi’s territory also includes the Sirente Velino regional park and part of the National park of Abruzzi, Latium and Molise.

    Actually, Abruzzi is Italy’s leading region for environmental conservation. Yet, despite the majesty of its landscapes, the beauty of its many burgs perched atop steep cliffs, and the enchanting atmosphere of such fine towns as L’Aquila and Sulmona, Abruzzi is still barely touched by mass tourism.

    As regards Umbria, the land of St Francis and St Claire, it exudes spirituality and is still an ideal environment for seekers of tranquility and meditative moods. The region is covered with swathes of dense woodland and expanses of vines and olive trees. This is a land of strong flavors. Wines, oils, truffles and charcuterie, all of supreme quality, create extraordinary dishes wreathed in aromas, fragrances and personality that permeate our tour amid the natural beauty of the Apennine Mountains and the Monti Sibillini. We counterpoint all this with visits to the ancient papal seats and Franciscan sites in Umbria, gliding through historic centers steeped in otherworldly charm, like the magnificent towns of Orvieto and Assisi. Not forgetting the gorgeous serpentine roads that lead us to the splendid monasteries and hermitages that arose in the heart of these mountains at the start of the Middle Ages.

    And there will be Campania, a very peculiar, messed-up region with a strong identity, incomparable to any other place in Italy, that you will fall in love with or definitely hate but can no way remain indifferent to. Out of our itinerary but liable to be visited individually on the rest day, Naples, the city most often depicted in the classic Italian post-war cinema – with its chaos, its theatricality, its immense contrasts, and its inhabitants’ unique characterization – is probably the Italian town that foreigners know best, even if they have never set foot in our country. Capri, Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Pompei, Herculaneum (Ercolano), the Vesuvius … are names everyone has heard and dreamt of. And we’ll bring you there!

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