Arrive in Rome, Pick-up your Ducati, BMW or Moto Guzzi motorcycle and then spend 6 fantastic days riding the twisty roads in the heart of Italy and 2 days at the Autodromo del Mugello circuit to watch Vale and his MotoGP competitors put on a stunning show of speed, talent and craziness. Enjoy the endless curves, the historic small towns, the high mountain passes, the quaint little hotels, the food & wine the Ferrari Museum and DucatiFactory This tour the is the ultimate Italian experience for the serious motorcycle enthusiast and MotoGP fan!
The passion of Italy is what makes this tour sexy. The food, the cars, the motorcycles, the race fans, the people are all made with a passion for life. Enrico Grassi, founder of Hear the Road Tours and Cat MacLeod, owner of Leod Escapes in the USA work together to make this tour unforgettable. Like, so many great Italian things, the tour is authentic, curvy, exciting, and delicious.
This fabulous tour starts and ends in the Eternal City of Rome. A private car will transfer you from the airport to the hotel where you will find Enrico and Cat, waiting to give you a warm Italian welcome. Late morning/early afternoon arrival is recommended. After you've put your luggage in the room and taken a refreshing shower, we convene in the bar of the hotel for a “Meet and Greet” with your fellow riders. Then we are ready to go to pick up the bikes and bring them to the hotel. Back at the hotel Enrico and Cat give you a general briefing of the tour and answer any questions you may have. Then, it’s time for your first taste of true Roman cuisine at the “Welcome Dinner”, where you’ll learn more about what to expect for the next exciting week. No tourist plates here, we eat where the locals eat and be sure to take Enrico’s advice on what to order.
Leaving Rome, we head North towards Tuscia, an area once inhabited by the Etruscans. This is also one of Italy’s biggest hazelnut groves, the small nut that Ferrero magically transforms into the famous Nutella spread. After a short break for your first good shot of Italian espresso 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 back roads of Val D’Orcia - an UNESCO World Heritage site. We arrive in Radicofani where we stop for lunch. Radicofani is a lovely “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) This quaint town surrounds the base of a hill on which a majestic fortress has stood since 973AD. On the way to Siena we stop to visit Pienza, considered to be the incarnation of a Renaissance utopian city. Today it continues to show the world its’ sophisticated Renaissance urban plan. Its spaces and perspective of the 15th-Century “piazza and palazzo” are organized according to the era’s ideals of rationality and humanism. From Pienza, we ride the sweeping roads across the Crete Senesi, famous for its moonscape vistas. For your first dinner in Siena, you will be pampered to a delicious dinner by Ms. Letizia, the owner of our lovely 16th century Inn. With views of Siena and nestled in olive groves, this is how we celebrate your first riding day Italy. Overnight is in Siena. (The view from the swimming pool here is divine, bring your swim suit)
From Siena we take the Strada Statale Cassia, the route of the famous Mille Miglia. A short break at San Casciano Val di Pesa and then we ride the winding roads that will take us through the mountains between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. As we cross the Abetone Pass we’ll give our right hands a workout! On the way to Borgo Panigale we will stop in Maranello to visit the one and only, Ferrari. As the sun begins to set, we will reach Borgo Panigale: the city of the speed…the city of Ducati!
In the morning we will visit the Ducati Factory and Museum, to see where passion on two wheels is built. Ducati has always represented the unique motorcycle philosophy that fuses Italian genius to contemporary and avant-garde technology. They make a damn sexy bike! With our eyes and heart full of beauty, we twist the throttle to challenge the endless curves of the Tosco-Emiliano Pennine. With adrenaline pumping, we take on the Raticosa Pass, Futa Pass, Giogo Pass, and the Sambuca Pass: all of them Italy’s most famous motorcycling venues! When a new Ducati is being tested, this is where it goes.
Welcome to Mugello…today is just a little aperitif for one of the best shows in the world! We spend the morning watching the free practices and qualifying of all the classes: Moto3, Moto 2 and Moto GP. In the afternoon we fall in love with Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance. Yes, today is a really amazing day when we witness the future of passion and speed in the morning and the modern birthplace of art and science in the afternoon!
Today you learn why a hundred thousand fans are here at Mugello. Nothing compares to watching the drama live, especially in Italy! Set in the rolling farmland hills outside Florence, this is THE race that defines Italy. This battleground track with elevation changes and sweeping turns makes it a favorite with riders and spectators. These are the ultimate bikes, the ultimate circuit and the ultimate crowd. There’s not language barrier today. The cheers and jeers of your fellow fans are clearly understood and you will find yourself screaming along with them. The environment is infectiously passionate. With your adrenaline surging, join the wild party as the track officials open the circuit at the end of the racing. Walk, run and take your photos on the way to watch the podium award ceremony. Maybe you’ll get close enough to get sprayed with champagne. This is why MotoGP fans from all over travel here to watch and be a part of the spectacle. This is a day you will never forget!
We leave the Mugello area heading towards Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi that, with its sweeping and twisty roads, will be another proof how Italy is sexy for riders! A short break in Stia and then we get back on the bikes and we reach Anghiari where we will have lunch. Anghiari is a small medieval jewel enclosed in massive 13th century walls that preserve the ancient and original atmosphere of small medieval towns. And the day is not over yet! On the way to Orvieto we stop at a bar faced on the beautiful Lake Trasimeno. Dad and son, owners of the bar, are two enthusiast riders, so they will be happy to make the best coffee of Umbria for you! Then we join the scenic SS71, plunging towards Orvieto.
Today we finish in style. We leave Orvieto heading East on, a stretch of road the locals call, ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ (the road of 1000 curves). It’s true that the world is too big to ride the same road twice... but with ‘La Strada delle Mille Curve’ we’ll make an exception! On the way to Rome we stop to take pictures of Civita di Bagnoregio, an enchanting town, magically perched on top of porous volcanic rock. 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 loaded with local prosciutto and cheese!
Time to say “Goodbye”, shop for any last minute souvenirs, and pack your bags. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport. Please let us know your flight schedule and arrangements will be made for your car or van. Want to come early or stay later in Rome? Let us know and we can arrange extra nights with our special hotel rates.
"Tour & Race" Mugello MotoGP and The Italian Ride - tour: T029 See Mugello MotoGP in person and motorcycle tour Italy. Six fantastic days riding the twisty roads in the heart of Italy and 2 days at the Gran Premio d’ Italia on the Autodromo del Mugello! This IS MotoGP. Enjoy the endless curves, the historic small town