THE MYTHICAL 1000 MILE TOUR - 10 days/9nights

Central Italy, Italy - Alps, Europe

The MYTHICAL 1000 MILE TOUR is a wonderful occasion to ride along the best Italian roads of the MILLE MIGLIA, the famous open-road endurance competition which took place twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957.

The tour is lead by Enrico, the owner and founder of Hear The Road MotorcycleTours Italy; Enrico knows his country inside out, its best scenic roads and off-beaten tracks, its history, the language; he knows the people, the food, the art and the traditions.

This is a real roller-coster experience for passionate bikers with miles and miles of twisty and curvy roads along the regions of Central Italy: from the rolling Umbrian and Tuscan hills, to the off-beaten tracks of the Delta del Po (the longest Italian river), up and down the rugged mountains of the Umbro-Abruzzese Pennines.

An unforgettable tour which will take you through the Italian Engine Temples: the Ducati Factory in Bologna and the Ferrari Factory in Maranello; and also the possibility of visiting some hidden jewels of the Italian motor sport history like the Taruffi Museum in Civita di Bagnoregio, The Nuvolari Museum in Mantua and the Morbidelli Museum in Pesaro. There will also be plenty of time to taste genuine Italian traditional cuisine and to see some of the most beautiful parts of MAGICAL ITALY!

Participants can be set up by us with our motorcycles, or – if they are coming from another European country – they can bring their own bike!
With Hear The Road, you can experience Italy in a very special way: with heart, throttle and eyes wide open!

Organised by Hear The Road Motorcycle Tours Italy

THE MYTHICAL 1000 MILE TOUR - 10 days/9nights


Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL DAY
A private car will transfer you from the airport to the hotel where you will find Enrico waiting for you to give you a warm Italian welcome. Hotel check-in is possible after 2pm. The first afternoon you are free to explore the city by yourselves. In the evening we get together for dinner offered by… Hear The Road! During dinner Enrico provide you with a general briefing of the trip, and give you your complimentary travel-pack (which includes a detailed road book, a map of Central Italy , the “wordless” travel book, a courtesy mobile phone with 10 euros of credit, and the Hear the Road T-shirt). Above all, this is a great occasion to get to know each other. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 2 ROME to Orvieto km 181
In the morning we go to collect the bikes and then we leave Rome heading North to reach the coastline road of the volcanic lake Bracciano. We pass through the villages of Anguillara, Bracciano and Trevignano and then we enter the Tuscia, an area once inhabited by the Etruscans. After lunch we ride towards Civita di Bagnoregio, known as il paese che muore (“the dying town”), perched atop a plateau of friable volcanic tuff. In Civita we will also visit the Piero Taruffi Museum, a small treasure which celebrates the passion for Italian engines. As the sun starts setting we reach Orvieto. Overnight in Orvieto. .

DAY 3 ORVIETO to SIENA – Km 192
From Orvieto we head towards the Strada Statale Cassia, where to this very day you can still hear the echo of the Mille Miglia engines roaring! We leave the Cassia road at the Radicofani exit for a great riding experience, up and down the Tuscan hills until we reach Pienza, a unique example of the Renaissance era. 
Then we go to Montalcino, where we visit one of its famous wineries. After lunch we go towards Siena, passing through the spectacular moonscape of the Crete Senesi. Overnight in Siena.

DAY 4 SIENA to FLORENCE – Km 123
In the morning we visit Siena. The first stop is Piazza del Campo, or – as the Italian simply call it: “Il Campo” – where the famous Palio horserace is held twice a year in the summer months. After lunch, a typical Italian “panino” stuffed with local cheese and cold cuts, we leave Siena heading for Florence, riding along the spectacular roads of the Chianti area: wide bends, straight stretches of road, incredible landscapes, miles of vineyards and dozens of stately Villas. Overnight in Florence.

DAY 5 FLORENCE to BOLOGNA – Km 281
The Muraglione Pass, Sambuca Pass, Futa Pass and Raticosa Pass: welcome to the heart of motorcycling passion. This is a day of pure riding! There’s nothing else to do… will it be enough? (But don’t worry, we will find time for lunch!) Overnight in Bologna.

DAY 6 BOLOGNA Visit of Ducati and Ferrari Factories
In the morning we visit the Ducati Museum, to see and hear the exciting red engines of Borgo Panigale. Ducati has always represented the unique motorbike philosophy that fuses Italian genius to contemporary and avant-garde technology. After having visited the motorcycle temple, we get on the bikes for a short trip that brings us to Maranello, where we will discover the special charm of one of the greatest car-names in the world: Ferrari. And, for those of you who don’t feel it is enough just to see the flaming red Ferrari colours, there is the opportunity to experience the thrill of a true Gran Prix car by driving the F1 Ferrari simulator. With our eyes still filled with so much beauty we return to Bologna. Overnight in Bologna.

DAY 7 BOLOGNA to TAVULLIA – Km 340
We head North towards Ferrara, and we follow the River Po all the way to its Delta, a labyrinth of canals and water-ways, and roads connected by bridges made of boats. 
Leaving the Delta behind us, we ride along the coastline road SS16, the Statale Adriatica. In Cattolica we leave the SS16 and turn into a true bikers’ paradise. This is the Gabicce Mountain scenic-road which takes us to Pesaro. Here we visit the Morbidelli Museum, another small treasure of motorbike racing. Back on our bikes we head for Tavullia, the tiny village in the Marche Region where Valentino Rossi grew up and still lives. Dinner is at the “Pizzeria da Rossi”, surrounded by photos and memorabilia that tell the story of the “Dottore”. Overnight in Tavullia.

DAY 8 TAVULLIA to Spoleto km 362
Today we start heading back to Rome. From Tavullia we join the 258 route, with a mixture of bends and fast stretches, that takes us to Sansepolcro, passing through the Viamaggio Pass. A quick pause, and then off again towards San Giustino where we join the SS73bis. Bend after bend, rolled into a ball, we will pass through the villages of Mercatello sul Metauro, Urbania, and Acqualagna, until we get to the village of Città di Castello. Here we head South towards Orvieto. Overnight in Orvieto.

DAY 9 SPOLETO to Rome km 360
Here we are: it’s the last, but not the least, unforgettable day along some of the best historic roads of the Mille Miglia Race. From Orvieto we head East, riding on a great road called by the locals the Mille Curve, “the 1000 Curves”. Then we pass through the villages of Todi and Spoleto, and finally we enter the Monti Sibilinni National Park, a real nature reserve for motorcyclists. At Norcia we take the enrapturing climb towards Castelluccio, where twisty curves and narrow winding roads lead us through an endless plain, famous for its multi-coloured lentil bloom. After our last “Italian road-coffee”, we get back on the bikes, reach Visso, and from here off to Rome. Back in town we return our bikes and hit the showers before getting together for dinner, courtesy of Hear the Road. Overnight in Rome.

DAY 10 DEPARTURE DAY
Time to say good bye, collect the souvenirs and cameras and pack the bags. After breakfast, guests will be transferred to the airport.

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