In Italy, the kilometers are longer!
We often hear: “but the kilometers are longer here, I often do 300/400 km, sometimes even 600 a day, but in Italy it’s impossible”. It’s true: the kilometers in Italy are longer, or at least ours are! Because we, like all Italian motorcyclists, choose the routes according to how many bends they have. Doing 50 kilometers on a motorcycle tour with us is equivalent to doing 100 kilometers in other parts of the world. In selecting our routes, we pay great attention to our surroundings, choosing scenic roads that offer amazing landscapes, and breaks in particular places which allow for example to enjoy an aperitif with a few other 100 motorcyclists, or simply to take some beautiful photos. This is what motorcycle touring is all about!
But even this is not enough if you want to do some good tourism. In Italy, it is unthinkable to do 100 kilometers without stopping, because it would mean seeing nothing of this magnificent country.
For example: the splendid Cinque Terre Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a piece of coast overlooking the sea, like a comb where each tooth is a picturesque fishing village perched on the cliff, and two very famous towns: the glamorous Portofino (place of the Italian jetset, like the Emerald coast, Capri or the Amalfi Coast) and Portovenere (also a World Heritage Site protected by UNESCO). Portovenere and Portofino are the two extremes south and north of the Park of the Cinque Terre and are about 70 kilometers of narrow, winding roads. But doing the entire coastal road in three hours is a shame. There is then no time to stop and explore any of those enchanting villages that represent all the poetry of the Cinque Terre. There is a reason that so many tourists take five or six days to visit the park, taking a day to see every village!
Remember, tourism is like food: there are the fast ones, generally synonymous with poor quality, and the slow ones for those who want to enjoy the experience and enjoy unique emotions, from aperitif to dessert. Our proposals are undoubtedly of the slow kind, without however taking off the pleasure of some good acceleration and many emotions on the road for rider and passenger. Because we travel by motorbike, not by bus, and this means that for us the journey is as important as the destination, so much so that sometimes the goal is just an excuse to make that specific really enjoyable road.
Planning a roadtrip well in Italy is not easy for at least three reasons:
1. to link two towns, there are at least ten different roads, however only one is the beautiful one, “juicy” and really suitable for us motorcyclists, and you need to know which one it is !!
2. there are so many beautiful things to see that often you risk seeing a one and missing the masterpiece two hundred meters away
3. there is a risk of overcharging the itinary. The trick is to include only the best, to always avoid trying to catch up because too much time was spent in one spot and leaving some time for the “pleasant breaks” (ice cream, aperitif …). Italy is so rich with sights and sites, that there will always be something else to see or do in case you have some spare time.
This is what we call the Dolce Vita!