The Apennines are the backbone of the Italian peninsula: a mountainous system that outlines an arch from north to south for more than 1,200 kilometers. A real paradise that seems to be created exactly for the two-wheeled tourism: green and beautiful landscapes, roads full of bends and with very little traffic, delicious typical food on every corner. What more could we wish?
We will spend an intense week enjoying all the most beautiful routes in the central part of the Apennines. Starting from the Colli Bolognesi, with a short digression into the beauty of the National Park of the Casentino Forests, we will continue on the ridge of the hills of the Romagna Apennines. Then we’re passing through the Gola del Furlo, the Sibillini Mountains, the Abruzzo Park, the Sirente and the Matese, up to the Partenio, the Lattari Mountains to reach our top destination, the amazing Penisola Sorrentina and the Costiera Amalfitana, where we’ll spend a whole day.
From here, we’re ready to come back northward. Always choosing adorable secondary roads, visiting several masterpieces, like the Abbazia di Cassino, and spending some time in the enchanting hills of lower Lazio and Tuscany.
We’re going to explore a route that has made the history of motorcycling: those mountains between Florence and Bologna, with famous passes and hidden streets, to round off this exciting excursus of the Bel Paese.
8 days / 7 nights
Reggia di Caserta
Abbazia di Montecassino
Day 1, Saturday 3 July: Bologna – Camaldoli
about 215 km
After a briefing, we start immediately riding up the first hills of the Bolognese Apennines: their curves will accompany us throughout the week! We skirt the Historical Park of Monte Sole and then we cross the Vena del Gesso Park, entering the Romagna Apennines, characterized by medieval villages such as Brisighella and Rocca San Casciano. After crossing the spectacular Mandrioli Pass, today’s last stop will be in Camaldoli, surrounded by the green of the Casentino Forests
Day 2, Sunday 4 July: Camaldoli – Camerino
about 270 km
The morning begins in the lunar landscape of the Romagna Apennines passing through the Valico dello Spino. Then we continue along the Marche Apennines with a stop in the beautiful town of Urbino. Later, we will reach the river Candigliano and see it flowing through the rock walls of the Gola del Furlo.
We go down towards the soft hills, passing by Fabriano, and then we reach Camerino for the overnight.
Day 3, Monday 5 July: Camerino – Ovindoli
about 270 km
Today we start from the Sibillini Mountains: Giacomo Leopardi called them “Monti Azzurri” (blue mountans), gazing them from his native Recanati.
Some wonders of nature, such as the Piana di Castelluccio and Lake Campotosto, and the traces left by earthquakes in recent years, in Amatrice and L’Aquila.
But the sadness will be immediately blown away once we’ll reach Campo Imperatore under the Gran Sasso. We continue our southward, peak after peak, among the wild and semi-desert mountains of the Sirente – Velino Nature Park till the ski resort of Ovindoli.
Day 4, Tuesday 6 July: Ovindoli – Benevento
about Km 250
From the Sirente – Velino Park driving through the fabulous Gole del Sagittario (gorges), along emerald lakes such as San Domenico Lake, Scanno Lake or Barrea Lake. We descent to the south, riding among the wild and semi-desert reliefs of Sannio, Irpinia and Matese Park up to Benevento, with its surprising historical and artistic heritage.
Day 5, Wednesday 7 July: Benevento – Sorrento
about km 230
Today we are going to ride our motorbikes on crazy marine landscapes…
We move towards south, barely reaching the fantastic mountains of the Cilento, because we’ll stop right before them, in the Archaeological Park of Pestum, with huge temples.
After that, we move to the Sorrento and Amalfi coast, one of the most beautiful and famous circuits in the world. The real fun starts with the SS 163, “Amalfitana”, a strip of asphalt with a thousand bends that follows a wall of rock falling into a thousand gorges and coves on a cobalt water sea. We cannot miss Vietri, Cetara, Maiori, Minori, Amalfi, Praiano, Positano, then we ride up to Sant’Agata dei Due Golfi, and then down on the other side, towards Sorrento, with the view on the entire Gulf of Naples and the Vesuvius in the background…
Day 6, Thursday 8 July: Sorrento – Rieti
about 310 Km
After so much wild nature, we dedicate the morning to the Reggia di Caserta, a monumental complex designed in the XVIII century by the architect Vanvitelli commissioned by the King of Naples Carlo di Borbone, who wanted to give Naples a palace that could compete in magnificence with Versailles. We leave and we stop right after to visit another important monument, the Abbazia di Cassino, known for its role in the Italian Second World War History. We finish the day riding through the gentle hills of Upper Lazio to Rieti.
Day 7, Friday 9 July: Rieti – Siena
about 240 Km
Before leaving Lazio, we reach the wonderful Valle dei Calanchi to see Civita di Bagnoregio, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, sadly known as “the country that dies” because of its only 11 inhabitants left. We drive on, enjoying the “other side” of central Italy: the Adriatic side of the past days was angular and impervious, while the Tyrrhenian side is sweet and charming. In a sequence of soft hills, we ride along the ancient poetic Via Cassia, passing beautiful and famous places Lake Bolsena and Acquapendente, Mount Amiata, the thermal baths of Bagno Vignoni, Val d’Orcia, the walls and vineyards of Montalcino and the Val D’Arbia up to Siena, where we are going to stay the night.
Day 8, Saturday 10 July: Siena – Bologna
about 240 Km
We take the road through the famous Chianti Region, with its villages: Gaiole, Castellina, Radda and many others. We immediately make a stop in the charming walled village of Vertine, then we move to the Valley of the River Arno and ride up again to the Apennines. Here a stop to see the majestic Abbazia di Vallombrosa and then we continue in the mountains among incredible streets into the woods. As expert drivers we will have so much fun crossing the Passo della Consuma and the Passo del Giogo, we will drive nearby the Mugello Circuit and then we begin to come down from the Appennines. We reach Bologna in the same place where our journey began, a week ago!
Time left to the departure
The tour will be confirmed once 15 Moto Guzzi fleet riders have registered
- Rider with rented bike: Euro 1.990
- Rider with own bike: Euro 1.590
- Passenger: Euro 1.450
- Single room supplement: Euro 400
The price includes
- 7 nights in hotel with breakfast
- 8 lunches
- 7 dinners
- Bike rental from Guzzi range*
- Liability insurance*
- 1 motorcycle-riding tour leader
- 1 guide with support vehicle
- 1 support van for transportation of luggage and any bikes that break down
- Accompanying spare bike*
* not included for participants with their own Moto Guzzi
The price doesn’t include
- travel costs as far as the meeting point
- medical/baggage insurance and optional trip cancellation insurance
- drinks with meals
- any tolls
- tips, extras and personal expenses
- anything not specifically indicated in “the cost includes”
Registration by 15 June 2021
Registration for participants with their own Moto Guzzi bikes will open upon reaching the minimum number of participants with Moto Guzzi bikes from the factory fleet.