Our Tuscany self guided motorcycle tour has a real sense of holiday.
When it comes to an understanding of the attraction towards a particular touring destination, Italy is a hard nut to crack. So what is it about Italy that makes it so attractive?
A little while ago, one of the locals, Leonardo da Vinci, might have inadvertently summed up the mysterious yet alluring effect of Italy in his Vitruvian Man drawing. He believed that everything in life connects to everything. And in Tuscany, it is true, perhaps more than anywhere else in Italy. There is a delicate balance of Greek art, Etruscan ingenuity and Roman architecture. And as well as a great passion for delicious cuisine and fine wine, there is an even greater passion for exotic cars and even more for exotic motorcycles.
However, this fantastic tour is not all about the destination alone. It is also and very much so about the journey too.
Your holiday begins with a gentle ride through the green pastures of the French as well as Belgian Ardennes. Then come the enjoyable roads of the Vosges Mountains and the ice-blue waters of the Swiss lakes. Finally the challenging San Gotthard pass will mark your arrival to Tuscany. At the same time, the return leg of your journey extends the generosity of this great holiday even further. It also includes overnight stays by the shimmering shores of Lake Garda as well as the orchard fringed Lake Konstanz in Germany.
A four-star family-run hotel located in tranquil parkland will be your base for the next four nights. Besides elegantly furnished villa-style rooms, it also features an outdoor swimming pool. But most importantly, it has a fantastic gourmet restaurant as well. The family grandma specially trained the in-house master chef, passing her culinary secrets down to the next generation. As a result, he serves tasty fare of traditional local Tuscan dishes.
On this tour, you can visit Florence for its renaissance art. Pop to Siena for its striking cathedral as well as Pisa’s for its leaning tower. In Lucca, you can explore the old town. Get lost in a maze of narrow cobbled streets and alleys and walk the city walls. Take stunning photos from the surrounding hills of San Gimignano and its towers. Alternatively, take a pleasant train journey. It snakes and winds along the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera. It will take you to breathtaking Cinque Terre. The five cliffhanging fishing villages are famous for their houses painted in bright colours. The villages are also one of the most visited tourist sights in Tuscany.
And finally, as a must, there are visits to the famous Ducati or Ferrari factory as well. In addition to the factory visits, there is also a ride over the superb Futa Pass. Ducati uses this legendary mountain road to test their bikes. This fabulous biking route runs for over seventy miles. It winds from Bologna over the Apennine mountains back to your hotel.
Tuscany is the land where the gastronomy is sensational. The hospitality is exceptional. The scenery is inspirational. And of course, the riding is phenomenal. As Leonardo said, ‘everything connects to everything’- a perfect Wheel of Life.
For more day-to-day information, please spend some time studying the below tour itinerary.
To extend this tour, please use this link: Dolomites and Tuscany
If you require a motorcycle rental, please use this link.
When to go:
Day by day tour itinerary
You will start this tour with the morning Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. 100 or so miles on the motorway through France will get you quickly to Belgium. As you head towards the Ardennes Region, you will cross the borders between France and Belgium on several occasions.
Your route will take you through Philippeville, Bouillon and Givet. You can stop at any or all of these towns for lunch or drink. On our guided tours we usually stop at Givet. It is a charming little riverside town with quite a few cafés and restaurants. As there are always plenty of spaces, the parking is not a problem.
The whole ride today is not that long and demanding so you should be in your hotel by mid-afternoon. The hotel is a converted medieval fort with comfortable rooms, fantastic restaurant and welcoming atmosphere.
What our customers say
“On behalf of the group, I want to thank you for organizing this amazing tour in Tuscany for us. We all hope to do another trip with RideWithUs in the future.”
Calgary, Canada, 2019