MotoPhotoTours – Italy Coast and ancient cities adventure
July 17-24, 2017
Price: TBD, coming soon!
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Details are still being fine tuned, but the essential info is here! This tour is designed for licensed motorcycle riders with riding experience. Partners and non-riders are welcome and will travel in a separate vehicle. Non-riders will have a similar itinerary and we’ll always rendezvous in the evenings where we wine and dine together!
This will be an amazing journey along the coast of Italy and through some incredible regions not visited by the average tourist. Our tour will be punctuated by an Italian cooking class and other fun surprises!
Day 1: We’ll begin in Rome and travel south down the Amalfi coast, mainly on the ancient Appian way. Lunch in the small fishing village of Sperlonga with fantastic buffalo mozzarella and Bassiano ham. Along our way we’ll have the chance to visit iconic Pompei with a professional guide before ending the day at the beginning of the Amalfi Coast.
Day 2: We ride through the Amalfi coast enjoying sites such as Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello then continue south along the coast viewing the Greek temples in Paestum and then heading south to Maratea.
Day 3: From the coast we head inland across the mountains of Basilicata. We explore the small village of Corleto Perticara and ride through the Small Dolomites of Lucania before reaching Matera (founded in the 3rd century BC) where we shall sleep amongst the UNESCO site of the Sassi of Matera, ancient dwellings carved in the limestone. This is an incredible setting!
Day 4: From Matera we ride to Alberobello, the town of the cone shaped houses known as Trulli, and from there head for the coast to the town of Polignano a Mare for lunch. In the afternoon our itinerary will take us across the Murgia region to visit the octagonal castle of Castel del Monte, before ending our day in the sea town of Trani with its white marble cathedral by the sea.
Day 5: We ride north along the Adriatic coast and explore the spur of Italy’s boot, the Gargano peninsula. Many curves, incredible coastlines and an ancient forest, called the Foresta Umbra (umbra = dark). Lunch in Vieste and to our final destination Termoli in Molise.
Day 6: Time to head back to Rome across Molise and southern Lazio. Rolling hills and relaxing scenery highlight our ride before reaching our starting point in Rome to conclude our adventure and allow you the option of exploring the Italian capital at your leisure on additional days (on your own).
As with our previous tour, we have top-quality motorcycles available to rent from BMW, Moto Guzzi, and Triumph. Click to jump down and see photos of available bikes.
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Some images from MotoPhoto 2016 in Italy:
MotoPhotoTours – Italy
September 30th – October 5th, 2016
For all photography lovers, whether you ride a moto or not! A week-long epic adventure traveling some of the most iconic country roads through the hills of Umbria and Tuscany. We’ll twist through the hills, over mountains, along lakes and rivers, and in to medieval villages. We’ll stay in beautiful, smaller, locally run inns and hotels. A follow vehicle will carry extra stuff (hey, where you gonna put that suit of armor you buy at the local blacksmith?) so you can focus on riding, and photographing. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to enjoy the experience, but you do need to appreciate photography and random stops and explorations for the perfect photo spot. This ride is about taking our time and seeing the beauty of Italy in a fresh and intimate way. Go to the itinerary.
We’ll stop at breathtaking view points, wander off on to some hidden back roads, and experience Italy like very few people can. Our group will consist of 5 riders and 5 non-riders (traveling in the comfort of a vehicle) Each group will have their own amazing itinerary, dedicated to finding the perfect photo opps and experiencing the intimate and often hidden, Italy. We’ll meet up for dinner and share stories from the day. Non-riders will enjoy cooking classes, winery tours, shopping, amazing vistas, and myriad cultural and photographic opportunities. Clare and Cristiana will lead this group, and trust me, they know how to find beauty and have fun!
As part of the tour package, you’ll be able to rent some of the best adventure bikes on the market! Our group will be limited to 5 moto riders & 5 non-riders to keep it intimate, fun, & flexible. Max and Kevin will be the motorcycle guides, for a maximum bike group size of 7 bikes.
The US dollar is at an all-time high vs. the EURO, the best it’s been in over 5 years! Now is the perfect time to travel to Europe. Tour pricing is as follows: (Note all prices are in EURO – as of 3/16/16 the conversion rate is €1=$1.12)
- Motorcycle Rider in a double room (includes moto rental and insurance): €3600
- Motorcycle Rider in a single room (includes moto rental and insurance): €4000
- Motorcycle Rider using own bike in a double room (no rental, but includes insurance): €2700
- Motorcycle Rider using own bike in a single room (no rental, but includes insurance): €3050
- Non-rider (or bike passenger) in a double room: €2600
- Non-rider (or bike passenger) in a single room: €2950
You can reserve your spot now (we are only taking 5 riders and 5 non-riders!) with a $1000 deposit. Note that the final balance will be based on the Euro to USD conversion rate at the time of payment. Pay in full now to lock in the low conversion rate. Deposits are refundable up to 7/1/16.
Important details to keep in mind:
- We meet in Rome on Sept. 30th to pick up motorcycles and begin our tour. Please plan to be in Rome a day or two early so you can get over any jetlag and be fresh and ready to ride on the 30th. Riding a motorcycle while tired from jetlag is dangerous!
- We will end our tour back in Rome to return the bikes.
- All your major expenses are included in the tour price! Breakfast is included at the hotels and one meal per day is included in the tour. Budget for (1) lunch or dinner each day on your own. You don’t have to eat on your own, but you’ll have that option 😉
- Gas for the motorcycle is not included in the price, As of Jan. 25 gas is €1.46 / liter in Italy (approx. $5.98/gal)
- Non-riding partners or attendees will ride in a separate private vehicle and we will always rendezvous each afternoon/evening for dinner and evening activities.
- Ideally, bring your own riding gear, but gear is available for rent if needed. Just let us know ahead of time. As with anyplace in the early fall, weather can vary. Be prepared for mild to cold temps and have rain gear just in case. Generally it is quite beautiful and perfect riding weather this time of year.
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UPDATE! Our list of available bikes is in. Bikes are available on first-come-first-get basis. When you sign up or place a deposit, you can reserve your dream bike. Note that the actual colors and options may vary from the photos, but these are the bike models we have available. We have multiple bikes available for some models, but only one of others, so book your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd choices. Note when you hover each image, you’ll see the seat height and wet weight, which is fully fueled. While we have a couple of large touring bikes available (Honda Goldwing & BMW K1600GTL) I would not recommend something that big for the type of riding we’ll be doing – but it’s your choice. Any of the other bikes would be ideal.
Sample Motorcycles available:
Note that this is subject to change slightly, but it will be equally as exciting if it does ☺
Note below that NR = non-riders, and R = moto riders.
Non-riders will travel in the comfort of a 9 passenger van, with a slightly different itinerary – yet always rendezvousing with the Riders at one or more points during the day.
These are the beautiful locations we’ll be staying each night!
Labro – 1 night http://www.albergodiffusocrispolti.com/english/houses
Montefalco – 2 nights http://hotelbontadosi.it/splash_eng.html
Monteriggioni – 2 nights http://www.hotelmonteriggioni.net
(The following itinerary is directly from our Italian guides. I left the grammatical errors in because I think it’s kinda cute 😉
R- Roma to Labro. we will leave from Roma around 9:00-9:30 driving only on consolate roads, “ salaria” and “flaminia” we will first reach the peak of Monte Terminillo one of the highest mountains in this part of Italy and then down to Leonessa where we will have lunch and some time to recover and then on the bike again toward Labro in time for sunset. Riding time approx 3 hors and roughly 190km of scenic roads. Dinner in Labro in the small restaurant (one of our secret favorite restaurants!).
NR – ROMA to LABRO – the NON-RIDERS ( NR ) will use a 9 seats van as usual. On this first day they will reach the Marmore falls from a different road ( of course ) it interested they can stop in Narni before to visit the town the underground museum. After Narni and Marmore they will reach the small Piediluco lake to meet the rest of the gang before we go all togethere to Labro to settle and eat a first dinner
R – after breakfast we will move the whole group to the next location. From Labro we will drive down to Valnerina using a back road that “cut” the mountain toward Montefranco and then up to Norcia and Castelluccio. According to the time schedule we can stop for a sandwich/lunch both in Norcia or Castelluccio, we’ll see. From Castelluccio we will drive down to Visso and then Valnerina toward Santa Anatolia di Narco where the tunnel we drive us to the holy valley and Montefalco. Our home base for the next 2 nights. Dinner in Montefalco in a local restaurant eating Umbrian food and drinking one of the tipical and famous wine of the area.
NR – this day is pretty much the same for both the groups since I think Norcia and Castelluccio are 2 must to see. For the NR we can think about a visit to a chocolate factory ( near Norcia ) before we meet them for lunch in Castelluccio. The rest of the day will be the same
R -today will be a slow day with less Km but very beautiful and breath taking landscapes. We’ll move from Montefalco after breakfast to reach Spello and drive up the Monte Subasio through a series of small villages, Collepino, San Giovanni and many others. We will reach the top of the monte Subasio – if we are lucky we can see the whole valley from Perugia to Spoleto and over. Big panorama and nice mountain. We will end up in Assisi where we will eat light lunch and we can reach the non-riders for a guided tour of the city. ( optional ). If you do not want to do the guided tour after lunch we can continue our ride driving on the country side of Umbria and the “ rolling hills” of my region. Back to Montefalco around 6:00 pm in time for sunset.
Dinner in a local winery with italian bbq.
NR – For the today is going to be an Assisi day with a walking tour leads by a art & history guide for 2 hours, some shopping time with lots of opportunities to take beautiful pictures and then in the afternoon nice cooking class in the same winery where we will meet all together again for dinner. BBQ style
R- let’s move to Tuscany driving on the backroads from Montefalco to Cortona ( along the lake shore ) with stop there for lunch and then from Cortona to Monteriggioni driving on the rolling hills of Tuscany. Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino, Buonconvento a long series of iconic hills and villages. Tonite we will sleep in Monteriggioni so around sunset the 2 groups will meet each other to eat and to rest.
NR- this day once again we will do pretty much the same itinerary as riders, but we will spend more time in Cortona for some shopping and free time to enjoy the atmosphere and the town. After lunch we will drive up the to Montepulciano and the rolling hills like the riders but if they want I can arrange a cheese tasting for the in Pienza with some wine and cheese. We will reunite the group in Monteriggioni.
R -tuscan day with lots of rolling hills to climb before we reach San Gimignano and then back to Monteriggioni driving on the heart of Chianti with a stop in Siena for lunch.
NR – Same Itinerary but a guided tour of Siena in the morning for them and a wine tasting in a nice winery next to Siena in the heart of Chianti and then time in San Gimignano to take pictures and to enjoy the village. If they wan I can also arrange another cooking class also here in a nice villa in the country side.
R -time to drive down to Roma but on the way down we will stop in Orvieto ( or Civita di Bagnoregio if the village will be opened again since there are many restoration works going on in this moment )
NR. Same itinerary with a stop along the road to visit an italian fashion outlet ( optional ). the rest of the day will be pretty much the same with a stop in Orvieto or in Civita di Bagnoregio.