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Tuscany is a living history. It has been enticing visitors ever since the Etruscans arrived here to party and decided to stay. The Romans came to stock their grain silos, Christians came to walk the stages of a medieval pilgrimage route, Napoleon came to plunder art and British aristocrats came to complete their Grand Tour.
We have handpicked the hotels to represent the most welcoming, comfortable, and authentic accommodations in each region. From boutique-style inns to multi-starred resorts and from closely renovated chateaux to exclusive luxury villas we will always wake you up refreshed, revived, and ready to ride.
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Welcome to Fiumicino, home to the Rome International Airport Leonardo da Vinci, the largest one in Italy and one of the busiest in Europe. It is a fisherman harbor on the Tyrrhenian see and on delta of Tevere River. It has large fisherman center. We look here for quiet accommodation place where we can build up our group. We will pick you up at the airport. Depending on your arrival we will organize further activities. Next, we would like you to get acquainted with your bike and therefore a short test ride will be optimal and can include some of sightseeing or if enough time sightseeing will be done separately. Traditional dinner in the evening apart from new taste will be fine opportunity to discuss about the tour details.
2.Exploring – Tuscia and Tuscany
So let us start. We head north and will enter Tuscia, Land of the Etruscans, once the old home of the Popes an unknown beautiful landscape between Umbria and Tuscany, place where culture, nature, archeology and famous gastronomy make excellent combination. Here, the past and present melt into a harmony of colors, sounds, and flavors that sweep you away, immerging you in the beauty all around. These sites, witness to the history of great civilizations, inviting visitors to come and discover them. We will visit Soriano nel Cimino, in the heart of Tuscia, in a place rich in history and beauty. We will visit Civita di Bagnoregio noted for its striking position on top of a friable volcanic tuff, overlooking the Tiber valley. Because of the constant danger of destruction through natural erosions and today it is named as "The Dying City". We will visit Viterbo ancient and main town of Etruria province.
But it is Tuscany we are going to enter next. From the Etruscans to the Romans to the Renaissance, Tuscany is possibly the greatest repository of art in the world, from extraordinary paintings and sculpture to frescoes and architectural masterpieces.
Visitors to Tuscany come for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture. But we will enjoy the rolling hills and all that mentioned above. The Val D'Orcia is our first region in Tuscany famous for its stunning landscapes and excellent red wines. Gentle hills, dotted with dark cypresses, red poppies and yellow sunflowers make this region the perfect postcard to send back to friends and families. It offers plenty to see, from the medieval streets of Montepulciano to the smaller picturesque towns of Pienza, San Quirico D'Orcia and Montalcino. We settle in Montefollonico, set on top of a hill between Valdichiana and Val d'Orcia typical isolated medieval hamlet surrounded by thirteenth-century walls of fired bricks. And the dinner will tell us all.
3.Montefollonico - Siena
Our cruising over Tuscany continues. With visit to Cortona, a small charming town in the Valdichiana, enclosed by stone walls dating back to Etruscan and Roman times, sits on the top of a hill about 600 meters (about 1968 feet) above sea level. This dominant position over the valley offers a spectacular view from all over the town of the surrounding valley and even Lake Trasimeno. Next we pay the visit to Arezzo, one of the wealthiest cities in Tuscany. Located in southeastern Tuscany, it sits atop a hill at the crossroads of four valleys: Val Tiberina, Casentino, Valdarno and Valdichiana playing an important role over the centuries due to its strategic position. We end the day in Siena by crossing the Crete Senesi a famous for its stunning moonscape. For a Tuscany dinner number two. And good night.
4.Rest day: Siena
Siena is likely Italy's loveliest medieval city and a trip worth making even if you are in Tuscany for just a few days. Siena's heart is its central piazza known as Il Campo, known worldwide for the famous Palio run here, a horse race run around the piazza two times every summer. Siena is said to have been founded by Senius, son of Remus, one of the two legendary founders of Rome thus Siena's emblem is the she-wolf who suckled Remus and Romulus - you'll find many statues throughout the city. The city sits over three hills with its heart the huge piazza del Campo, where the Roman forum used to be. Rebuilt during the rule of the Council of Nine, a quasi-democratic group from 1287 to 1355, the nine sections of the fan-like brick pavement of the piazza represent the council and symbolize the Madonna's cloak which shelters Siena. Siena deserves more then one day, but we will take chance to catch the finest. Late afternoon we take sweeping roads through the scenic wine yards of the Chianti wine growing region toward Florence. Tuscany dinner number three. And another good night, this time in Florence.
5.Rest day: Florence
Good morning in Florence, the city of the lily, cradle of the Renaissance. Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Wander some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace. When you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence. All that in one day? But, let you have the finest, make a choice. In the evening comes Tuscany dinner number four and another good sleep in Florence.
In the morning we set for leaving the beauty of Florence for Lucca and Pisa by making a south turn, passing San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the surrounding buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley. At the height of its glory, San Gimignano's patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as symbols of their wealth and power. Although only 14 have survived, San Gimignano still retains its feudal atmosphere and appearance. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1990, San Gimignano offers visitors the chance to step back in time while enjoying its local products including saffron and its white wine, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano. Next stop will be Volterra, the city of alabaster par excellence, the tradition dating back to the Etruscans. The Alabaster Museum displays over 300 works of alabaster art, together with antiques and paintings. Next stop will be Pisa, most famous for its Leaning Tower. Many arrive into this university town and visit the Piazza dei Miracoli, or Square of Miracles, where the tower, the cathedral and baptistery form the city's main attraction. In the afternoon we will reach Lucca, another Tuscany gem. Most of the attractions in Lucca today show its ancient history: from the trace of the Roman amphitheater that can be seen in the shape of the Piazza dell'Anfiteatro to the archeological remains under the 12th century church of Saints Giovanni and Reparata (the first city cathedral, located just around the corner from the present-day cathedral of San Martino), to the various towers and villas from the 12th to 16th centuries.
In the evening we will end this longer riding day in another paradise on its own, Cinque Terre region.
7.Rest day: Cinque Terre
The Cinque Terre is a string of five fishing villages perched high on the Italian Riviera (region Liguria) which until recently were linked only by mule tracks and accessible only by rail or water. An ancient system of footpaths is still the best way to visit the five villages: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. The area is made up of five tiny villages (Cinque Terre literally means "Five Lands") clinging to the cliffs along a gorgeous stretch of the Ligurian coast. The terrain is so steep that for century’s footpaths was the only way to get from place to place. It just so happens that these paths provide beautiful views of the rocky coast tumbling into the sea, as well as access to secluded beaches and grottoes. The Cinque Terre, recognized in 1997 by the Unesco Mankind's World Heritage, are today a National Park and Protected Marine Area with the aim of protecting this great cultural heritage and natural environment. In the evening we will move toward Livorno for overnight.
8.Livorno (Italy) – Bastia (Corsica, France)
Early in the morning we will be boarding a ferry which will take us to Bastia, Corsica, France. Located in the North-East of Corsica at the base of the Cap Corse, between the sea and the mountain, Bastia is the principal port of the island. The island of Corsica is almost the perfect biker destination, basking in the Mediterranean sunshine off the south of France and to the west of Italy. Hundreds of perfect sweeping roads, unknown beaches, magnificent scenery (both on the coast and inland in the mountains), attractive harbor towns resorts and numerous small villages hidden in the surrounding landscape, and of course the perfect Mediterranean climate, all come together to create an ideal travel destination. From Bastia we take on to Saint Florent. Its location in the hollow of the most beautiful bays of the Mediterranean, has inspired many poets and writers, this ancient Roman city is now a popular resort, not to have lost none of its authenticity. You will discover ancient buildings such as the twelfth century Cathedral and the Citadel of the XV which seems to crown the village, but you will also enjoy a walk along the waterfront and enjoy the permanent animation from the marina, located at heart of the village.
We will keep on riding through Desert des Agriates. Extending westwards from the Golfe de St-Florent to the mouth of the Ostriconi River, the Désert des Agriates is a vast area of uninhabited land, dotted with clumps of cacti and scrub-covered hills. We will reach Corte, a small town in the heart of Corsica, once was the capital of the island. As well as being an interesting town in itself Corte is in a great location for exploring the mountains, valleys and scenery of central Corsica and the surrounding Natural Park. The town itself is not large and is easily explored, since all paths seem to lead to the one main street, and it is well worth exploring, for the architecture and houses lined along the cobbled streets, and the shops and the cafes that you will feel obliged to stop at en route. We will turn west toward our overnight stop, Porto Ota. Porto is a small village to the west of Corsica, ideally placed for exploring many of the highlights of this dramatically beautiful region of Corsica, with local highlights such as the Scandola Nature Reserve, Gorges de Spelunca, the Calanches de Piana and the Foret d'Aitone. Indeed this region of Corsica is of such great beauty and interest that it has been designated a UNESCO World heritage Site. Evening brings the chance to taste Corsican gastronomy.
9.Porto Ota (Corsica, France) - Santa Teresa di Gallura (Sardinia, Italy)
We are leaving Porto for small village Piana, to discover an almost surreal world of weather carved pink granite, an other-worldly vista of strangely shaped red figures, often plunging dramatically into the turquoise sea below. Then we will turn toward Cargese, an attractive town of whitewashed houses in a picturesque setting on a rocky promontory overlooking a deep blue bay and with a marina on the coast. Our next stop will be Sartene, the historical town, with narrow streets are crammed with tall ancient houses, linked by arches, arcades and alleys, occasionally blocked by unexpected outcrops of mountain, spreads out down the hill, with a myriad of ever narrower passageways and staircases providing a fascinating glimpse of 'old' Corsica. We will board a ferry on our route to Sardinia, Italy in port of Bonifacio and will say goodbye to spectacular island of Corsica. We will overnight in Santa Teresa di Gallura, Sardinia, Italy.
10.Exploring – Sardinia, Italy
Santa Teresa di Gallura, Sardinia, Italy, northern port of the island Sardinia second largest island in Mediterranean See. It remains unique and enigmatic with its stretches of rugged coastline and white-sand beaches, dramatic granite cliffs, and mountainous inland tracts. Glamorous resorts lie within a short distance of quiet, medieval villages, and ruined castles and ancient churches testify to an eventful history. But although conquerors from all directions—Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Catalans, Pisans, Piemontese—have left their traces, no single outside culture has had a dominant impact. Pockets of foreign influence persist along the coasts (for example, the walled Catalan city of Alghero), but inland, a proud Sardinian culture and language flourish. As for the start we move south to La Roccia dell’Orso (Bear Rock), an enormous granite boulder which the wind has sculpted into the form of a great bear crouching on his hind legs, thus giving this natural wonder its name. It juts out from a granite hill which, like all rocks in this area, dates back to the late Paleozoic period - 340 to 250 million years ago. This natural sculpture has been known since ancient times: located as it is on a 122 meter promontory jutting out towards the sea, it is visible from a great distance and was used as a point of reference by early navigators. Then we start crossing the island to the west, towards Alghero, the town with a distinctly Spanish flavor, Alghero is also known as "Barcelonetta" ("little Barcelona"). Rich wrought-iron scrollwork decorates balconies and screened windows; Spanish motifs appear in stone portals and bell towers. We end the day in town Bosa, on the west side of the island. We will welcome the Sardinia dinner.
11.Rest day: Bosa
An ancient Phoenician settlement, later taken over by the Romans, Bosa lies in the valley of the Temo River, the only navigable river in Sardinia. The town is famous for its handicraft traditions, including coral, textiles, filet embroidery and woven asphodel baskets. It is nestled among the lush green valleys of Planargia, an area famous for its outstanding food traditions and the quality of its oil and wines. One of its wines, Malvasia, obtained the DOC label and a wine trail dedicated to it, which from Bosa reaches the other villages where it is produced: Modolo, Magomadas, Suni and Flussio.
The area has a wealth of attractions for nature lovers: for a walk on the wild side you can go trekking and bird watching in the Nature Reserve of Badde Aggiosu, Marrargiu e Monte Mannu. To explore the fascinating seabed, try some snorkeling in the Biomarine Park of Capo Marrargiu. To step back in time, visit the Malaspina Castle, on the colle di Serravalle, with its attached church of Nostra Signora di Regnos Altos, with Catalan school frescoes. Near the village stretches the sandy beach of Bosa Marina, marked out with five sails in the Blue Guide published by Legambiente, Italy’s leading environmental watchdog. This beautiful beach is overlooked by the ancient Aragonese tower known as Torre del Porto or dell'Isola Rossa.
12.Bosa - Cala Gonone
Riding some of the best roads in the whole of Italy, today we will cross the island towards Cala Gonone, seaside resort on eastern coast, but we will stop and exploring the town Oliena, another magic place sited in spectacular inland. The town of Oliena stretches out on the lower slopes of Monte Corrasi. Famed for its handicrafts, in particular its carved wooden chests for storing the local paper-thin bread, pane carasau, Oliena has a living tradition of silk shawl embroidery and incredibly intricate filigree jewellery. One of the town's main claims to international fame is its Nepente, a rich Cannonau-grape wine made locally and which was once celebrated by Italian poet D’Annunzio, whose words now feature on the wine’s label. At the foot of the Supramonte bursts forth the spectacular karst spring of Su Gologone, the most important of its kind in Italy and now also a national monument.
We will spend the night in Cala Gonone. Bikers, climbers, divers, sea kayakers, beachcombers and hikers all find their thrill in Cala Gonone. Imperious limestone peaks frame grandstand views of the Golfo di Orosei, sheer cliffs dip into the brilliant-blue sea, trails wriggle through emerald-green ravines to pearly-white beaches. It is quite magnificent. Even getting here is an adventure, with each hairpin bend bringing you ever closer to a sea that spreads out before you like a giant liquid mirror.
13.Cala Gonone – Cagliari
Leaving Cala Gonone will be difficult task, but the way down south towards Cagliary will repay the effort. Magnificent scenery, unforgettable landscapes and roads from the best dreams will follow our time. The rugged scenic roads of the Monti del Gennargentu, a vast wild area, totally unspoilt, home to rare wildlife, and crossed by deep gorges and canyons.
In the late afternoon we will reach Cagliari, known in Sardinia as Casteddu, the island's capital has steep streets and impressive Italianate architecture, from modern to medieval. That will be our port to mainland, to Civitavecchia. We will accommodate the night in comfortable cabins.
14.Civitavecchia – Lago di Bracciano - Fiumicino
Reaching the mainland again we will set to round up the day in province of Rome region Lazio by visiting Tolfa a small town only 70 km from Rome surrounded by unspoilt nature, pastures and woodlands. It has important Etruscan, Roman and mediaeval archeological sites; quality artisanal products of leatherwork, ceramics, and wrought iron. We continue our path against the traces of ancient times by visiting Lago di Bracciano. The beauty of nature and landscape, the historical and cultural heritage with its archaeological and artistic richness: these are the ingredients having made Lake Bracciano a desired destination appreciated by tourists from different parts of the world. Three towns have been built on the lake's shores: Bracciano, Trevignano Romano and Anguillara Sabazia. Also the territories of Manziana, with a magnificent view of the lake from its main square, Oriolo, Monterosi and Sutri face the basin of the lake. The history of Bracciano is all determined by the magnificent Castle whose sizes dominate all over the settlement. Due to its structural and architectonic characteristics and the excellent state of conservation it is considered one of the most important castles of Italy. It was built by Napoleone Orsini and work after having been started in 1470, was finished in 1485; among its most famous guest have been the king of France Charles VIII, Pope Sixtus IV, Marcantonio Colonna and in more recent times John John Kennedy, Tina Turner and lately Tom Cruise who celebrates his wedding with Katie Holmes in the castle in November 2006.
The third town on the shore is Anguillara Sabazia, situated on a promontory of the lake; it was a fief of the Anguillara and then of the Orsini. A monumental gate from the 16th century with a clock marks the entrance to a the main square of with the town hall inside the Palazzo Baronale which is decorated by valuable frescoes; the 16th century church Collegiata dell'Assunta has interesting paintings, too. The town is dominated by the beautiful castle of the Orsini of the 15th century. From this point we start towards our first day base, Fiumicino to overnight.
15.Rest day: Rome
After having a nice and long goodnight sleep following the end of remarkable tour wrapping up almost 15 hundreds miles, morning brings us the rest day, but the day where you will be driven to the sunny and divine city of Rome. We know, you need months to get known Rome, but we will try to bring you closest to the most popular places including City of Vatican and he world's largest church, built over the tomb of St. Peter, is the most imposing and breathtaking architectural achievement of the Renaissance. We will have a special lunch, and in the evening memories sharing dinner.
The farewell day.
To round up your stay, we will transfer you to the airport and wish you a nice and pleasant flight home with one final hope: that you had the time of your life with us and that you'll be coming back!
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