Italia Bella

Rome and Lazio, Sardinia, Liguria’s Cinque Terre, Tuscany plus a hint of Umbria and Emilia-Romagna


 

A grand tour on the west coast and, far offshore, in beautiful isle Sardinia. A journey through the Renaissance, the Middle Ages and the Prehistory dotted with authentic medieval burgs, elegant postcard views, suggestive monasteries, amazing coastal panoramas, delightful hills landscapes and pristine nature … A digest of the best of Italy!


Italy is a mosaic whose single pieces are all in harmony but dissimilar, yet aren’t contrasts the key for an effective mosaic?

This journey is an opportunity to assess by yourself that this is true, since you’ll get in contact with the different realities of 5 among the most interesting Italian regions – plus a small incursion in Emilia- Romagna, just for the pleasure of crossing the splendid Cisa pass.


You will admire many different landscapes, different types of natural environment with a different vegetation, monuments and remains dating back to different ages, different architectural styles that make use of different colors.

You will have the opportunity to taste different cuisines made of different savors and interpreting differently the “art of hosting”. You will meet different people and touch on different ways of life. And so be able to put together an overall picture that will give you an idea of how variegated, rich, faceted and extremely interesting Italy still is today and the lust to come back and continue exploring Italy and many more other spellbinding places of our Bel Paese, hopefully with us, on a motorbike!

 

  • Italia Bella motorcycle tour pack

    Start /end place

    Duration

    Riding days

    Hotels

    Included meals

    Rome

    16 days
    15 nights

    14

    4 stars
    11 hotels
    2 ships

    13 breakfasts
    6 lunches
    9 dinners

    Rest days

    Total distance

    Min-max /day

    Tour /day

    Route grading

    7: Arbatax
    12: Florence

    2400 km
    1490 mi.

    160-280 km
    100-175 mi.

    6 – 8 hours

    Moderate

    12 Unesco world heritage sites on our itinerary: Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, Florence, Genoa, Pienza, Pisa, Portovenere & Cinque Terre, Rome, San Gimignano, Siena, Su Nuraxi di Barumini, Val d’Orcia, Villa d’Este (Tivoli)

     

    Price of this 16-day and 15-night tour:

    • from 4,338.00 Euro per person
    Inclusive of beautiful 4-star accommodation and one super meal per day.
     

     

  • Italia Bella motorcycle tour program details

    14 full days in the saddle to explore Italy’s delightful west coast, roaming from Rome to Genoa without missing, far offshore, beautiful island Sardinia, which is a genuine bikers’ paradise.

    Day 1: Meeting in Rome (Roma)
    We muster in the afternoon in our hotel in Rome and go together to pick up the rental bikes. We all meet up before dinner for 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. Then we’ll break the ice and start forging some group spirit over a classic Italian pre-dinner aperitivo.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: D.

    Day 2: 215 km
    Our tour begins at 9am bound for Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, where we’ll embark for Sardinia later in the day. Things get off to an interesting start, as we visit Lake Bracciano, site one of the most important Etruscan necropolises, followed by lunch in a typical Lazio trattoria with some traditional local flavours.
    Overnight on board in double en-suite cabin; included meals: B, L. Neither dinner, to be taken on board, nor breakfast on the next morning are included.

    Day 3: 215 km
    After disembarking at Olbia bright and early, we have a quick break in a bar-cum-cake shop for those who prefer breakfast on terra firma (not included in the package). Then we head for the beautiful Catalan town of Alghero on the other side of the island, visiting the prehistoric Giants’ tombs and marvelling at the moonscape scenery of Valle della Luna on the way. After dinner, a stroll among the charming lanes of Alghero old town makes a lovely way to end the day.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Alghero; included meals: D.

    Day 4: 185 km
    Today is about savouring the biking paradise that is Sardinia in all its glory. We take in some classic routes with an archaeological theme before making a break southwards. It’s all a feast for the eyes, with the splendid hinterlandscapes and a wander around some picturesque seaside villages with houses adorned by characteristic murales depicting scenes of everyday life. And the icing on the cake is a visit to a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the most important nuraghe in the world. What’s a nuraghe? Good question … Come along and you’ll find out.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Guspini; included meals: B, D.

    Day 5: 200 km
    A packed day awaits with visits to two of Sardinia’s most unmissable sights: one of the most important Phoenician-Punic settlements and a cave with crystalline formations that are virtually unique in Europe. There are some great riding roads here, as used by the leading bike manufacturers (including Aprilia and BMW) to test their machines and film their TV adverts. Lunch is a traditional affair at a roadside restaurant. The climax of the day is the Sardinian capital, Cagliari, a city of rare allure. Explore its fine bastions, the lively old Castello quarter, the salt marshes with the flamingos, Poetto’s beach and buzzing nightlife, the myriad bars and nightspots in the lanes around the harbour …
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Cagliari; included meals: B, L.

    Day 6: 210 km
    Get ready for another feast of glorious views, breathtaking landscapes, ups, downs, and bends, bends, bends … while heading over to the eastern coast.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Arbatax; included meals: B, D.

    Day 7: 0 – … km
    It’s time for a well-earned rest. Today is yours to fill, preferably with as little saddle time as possible, doing something really relaxing, such as:

    • stay in our seaside hotel and enjoy the beach, the pool, the sauna … whatever takes your fancy
    • taking a boat trip to the Bue Marino Grotto (named after the monk seal or “sea ox”) and having a dip in Sardinia’s most famous coves, all reachable only by water
    • marvelling at the unique creations by motorcycle-sculptor-cum-engineer Giordano Loi, before taking a guided tour of a Sardinian goldsmith’s studio (with a demonstration of the islanders’ masterful filigree work) and exploring the villages painted with murales, another typical Sardinian feature, like real open-air galleries.

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

    Day 8: 280 km
    Suitably refreshed, we really get the bit between our teeth today. We press on towards Porto Torres on the north coast along another classic riders’ road, the Orientale Sarda, stopping at the delightful seaside enclave of Cala Gonone. We have a very unusual lunch lined up, with the shepherds of the Gennargentu plateau, followed by another fantastic twisty road to aid the digestion, before we board ship in the evening to return to the “mainland”, in Liguria.
    Overnight on board in double en-suite cabin; included meals: B, L. No main meal is included so this rest day is your oyster from early morning until late.

    Day 9: 190 km
    After arriving in Genoa early in the day, we pause in a bar / cake shop for those who prefer to breakfast on solid ground (not included), before roaring away to explore the stunning Ligurian Riviera. A stop in Portofino, the heart of Italian dolce vita, is de rigueur, then we take in another beautiful stretch of coastline – the Cinque Terre National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its cute colouring-book houses, provides the backdrop for a seaside lunch, before we roll in to our hotel in the heart of the park.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Monterosso al Mare; included meals: L, D.

    Day 10: 180 km
    From here on in, we head southwards into Tuscany via the Apuan Alps and Carrara, where the world-famous marble that gave birth to antiquity’s most important sculptural masterpieces is quarried. Then we cross the Garfagnana area, bound for the fabulous city of Lucca (another on the UNESCO list). Food-wise, lunch is in a traditional restaurant in the mountains, while in the evening you can choose your own restaurant amid Lucca’s magical mediaeval walled atmosphere.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Lucca; included meals: B, L.

    Day 11: 220 km
    There are no less than 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the menu for you today. First up is Pisa and its magnificent Italian renaissance heritage. After exploring Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower, the cathedral, baptistery and monumental cemetery, we step back in time into the stunning mediaeval town of San Gimignano before ending the day with a spin through the enchanting Tuscan hills to the incomparable Florence.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Florence; included meals: B, D.

    Day 12: 0 – … km
    By now, you’ve earned another rest day. What you do with it is up to you; you really are spoiled for choice. Here are some ideas for a great bike-free day:

    • Visit Florence (obviously)! Siena is also well worth it; it’s easy by train.
    • You could take a tasting tour in Chianti, to partake of some fine wines, cheeses and charcuterie (without the bike, of course; advance booking required).
    • Or you could take a Tuscan cooking class (you’ll need to book that, too).

    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Florence; included meals: B. No main meal is included so this rest day is your oyster from early morning until late.

    Day 13: 220 km
    We have another superb day for you. Today we buzz through the Chianti valley, with its wooded and vine-clad hillsides, and the undulating, postcard-perfect Val d’Orcia (another UNESCO site) and its little mediaeval towns, such as Reniassance-styled Pienza (UNESCO again). We end the day on a high in the heart of wine country in and around Montepulciano.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Val d’Orcia; included meals: B, D.

    Day 14: 160 km
    Our southward meanderings continue with a foray into the land of St Francis of Assisi and St Claire – verdant Umbria, with its handsome forests and wealth of art cities. The cream of the crop, Orvieto, awaits us this evening. En route, another beautiful ride among the woods and hills brings us to the incredible village of Pitigliano, perched over the cliff edge, and an amazing dying town. Homemade pici pasta for lunch will keep us going until Orvieto.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Orvieto; included meals: B, L, D.

    Day 15: 210 km
    On our final day in the saddle on this grand tour of north-western Italy, we return to Lazio and the capital city. For one last UNESCO World Heritage treat, we visit the beautiful renaissance Villa d’Este before wending our way back to the hotel in Rome where our odyssey began and taking the hire bikes back. A lavish lunch in the capital provides a fitting end to our adventure together.
    Overnight in 4-star hotel in Rome; included meals: B, D.

    Day 16: 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. If you’d like to see more of Italy, let us know, and we can organise a tailor-made extension to your holiday!
    Included meals: B.

  • Italia Bella 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 16-day, 15-night tour:

    Rider in shared double/twin room
    (reference price)

    4,820.00

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

    € 3,856.00

    Rider in single room
    reference price plus 15%

    € 5,543.00

    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 completely free of charge, in which case all sums already paid are entirely refunded.


    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
    • overnight ferry crossing Civitavecchia – Olbia for people and bike
    • overnight ferry crossing Porto Torres – Genova for people and bikes
    • 2 nights onboard in double en-suite cabin
    • 13 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)
    • 6 super lunches in typical restaurants (drinks excluded)
    • luggage van (with possibility of transport for 1-2 passengers) if the final number of participants is 5 bikes or more
    • vouchers of value comprised between 250 € and 450 € 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/Milan hotel upon arrival and from the Rome/Milan hotel when departing – available on request
    • anything not specified as “included”


    ON REQUEST vast choice of motorbikes for hire

    FROM 650.00 Euro + 0.20/km for the whole tour (14 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)

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    Sardinia

    Liguria

    Tuscany

    Latium

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