Benvenuti a Roma! We’ll begin and end our tour in magnificent Rome, home to the ancient Forum and the Colosseum.

Next is Naples and then a ferry ride to indescribable Sicily where we’ll ride narrow, twisty roads through stunning scenery, experiencing ancient cultures, cuisine, and whispers of past Mafia mischief along the way. We’ll head back to the mainland along the Amalfi coastal road, arguably the world’s most beautiful, past steep cliffs and the enticing, village of Positano. Our last stop before returning to Rome will be Pompeii, a reminder of the powerful forces that lie deep within the volcano Mt. Vesuvius.

South of Rome & Sicily Tour

Tour overview

Culture:
Roads:
Scenery:
Dates in 2019
Apr 19 - May 03
Oct 11 - Oct 25
Road description
The whole tour runs on asphalt.
Highlights
Rome, Palermo, Valley of Temples, Mt. Etna, ancient cities of Taormina and Syracuse, Maratea, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii
Countries:
Italy
Route
Mileage: 2.600 km (1.600 miles)
Mileage: 250 - 340 km (155 - 210 miles)
Tour starts / ends
Rome
Rest days
3; Taormina, Cefalu, Amalfi
Accommodation
Comfortable, very nice hotels, often the best in the area.

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1: Arrival in Rome/Frascati

Welcome to Rome!

We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you'll have some time to relax and lap up the dolce vita lifestyle. This luxurious, eternal city of love is your host for the day, before you meet the guides for the introductory briefing and start your riding adventure. The tour stating point is in Frascati, an attractive historic hill-town, located just 20 kilometers south-east of Rome, easily reachable by train. It is a very convenient place to start the tour avoiding the heavy traffic in Rome.

Day 2: Rome/Frascati - Naples (ferry to Sicily)

We begin the road trip heading southeast of Rome, tasting the “real” Italy.

The roads wind along the seaside, revealing the shades of blue, while we ride some nice bends all the way to Naples. We'll stop for lunch in radiantly white Sperlonga, overlooking the impossibly blue Tyrrhenian Sea—for a soothing taste of la dolce vita. Visiting the gorgeous Mastio Angioino castle only a hundred meters away from the Naples's port is the waving goodbye point before we embark on an overnight ferry voyage for Sicily. There's more yet to come!

Day 3: Palermo - Agrigento

After docking at Palermo and having breakfast on the streets of this bustling city, a radical change of scenery awaits with many challenging kilometers to ride.

We proceed inland in the direction of Corleone, "the city of hundred churches," which has gained notoriety because of the Mafia, both the film depiction and the reality. Agrigento is our next stop to in the fascinating Valley of the Temples, a Unesco world heritage site. This is one of the most important sites in the Mediterranean, boasting the largest and best-preserved ancient Greek buildings, including seven monumental Greek temples constructed during the 6th and 5th centuries B.C.

Day 4: Agrigento - Noto

Nice riding awaits, heading north-east, amongst neat lines of vineyards to Piazza Armerina.

This is one of Sicily's most visited spots. The famous Villa Romana del Casale, built in the middle of the 4th Century A.D. is a home to some of the best preserved and extensive examples of Roman mosaics spread over a large area. We'll pass by Caltagirone, a centre of ceramic art and finally reach Noto on southeastern part of the island. The city is home to one of Sicily's most beautiful historic centers, flanked by thrilling baroque palazzi and churches. Although it has existed here for many centuries, the Noto that you see today dates to the early 18th century, when it was almost entirely rebuilt following the devastating 1693 earthquake.

Day 5: Noto - Cefalu

We’ll start the day with a ride to Syracuse on the Ionian Sea coast.

In its heyday, Syracuse was the largest city in the ancient world, bigger even than Athens and Corinth. Echoes of ancient civilizations still resound in the streets of this coastal city. Leaving this magical city behind, we continue on the twisty roads to Cefalu. The squares, streets and churches of this medieval town are so postcard-pretty that we just have to explore the narrow, cobbled streets of the town, ending the day with a dinner in the nice atmosphere of this little port.

Day 6: Rest day in Cefalu

It’s leisure time!

The small town of Cefalù has bucketfuls of atmosphere, charm – and sand! It has been featured in several Italian films, including the Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso. The beautiful, crescent-shaped beach offers safe, warm swimming in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is fringed by wooded mountains. Just a few miles inland lies the wonderful Madonie natural park, incorporating historic villages, abundant wildlife and some of the highest mountains in Sicily.

Day 7: Cefalu - Taormina

Leaving Cefalu, we’ll ride some excellent, twisty roads to the regional parks of Madonie and Nebrodi, which run along northeast Sicily facing the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Several of the peaks are above 1500 meters high, forming the Sicilian Apennines. In the afternoon, we ride into the ancient town of Taormina. A small, chic town, located on the top of the hill, it has been a tourist resort since ancient times, thanks to its favorable locale, mild climate and magical atmosphere. All day long the magnificent Mount Etna above us will be a temptation for the next day.

Day 8: Rest day in Taormina (Etna loop)

With its stunning beaches and glowing sunrises, Taormina is a magnet for beauty and adventure lovers.

While it is unashamedly touristy and has a main street lined with high-end designer shops, the town remains a beautiful spot with gorgeous medieval churches, a stunning Greek theatre and sweeping views of the Gulf of Naxos and Mt Etna. If you feel like riding today, take the twisty road up to this fabulous mountain, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Due to its natural beauty and rich flora and fauna, Mount Etna was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Day 9: Taormina - Tropea

From the shining orange of Sicily citrus trees to the turquoise beaches of Tropea, a transition in scenery between Sicily and Calabria is simply stunning.

The contrast of colors, habits and panoramas will amaze you. Leaving Sicily, we take a short ferry ride across to Calabria, heading north to enjoy some coastal riding all the way to Tropea. The town is perched on top of an imposing cliff on the gulf of St. Euphemia. This stretch of coastline on the Tyrrhenian Sea is called the Costa degli Dei – the "Coast of the Gods" and is one of Italy's finest summer holiday destinations.

Day 10: Tropea - Maratea

Our ride for today is all about pristine nature and stunning views.

Heading inland we leave Tropea behind to explore the national park of La Sila Grande, continuing onwards to Maratea. Contrasting sharply with Basilicata's rugged isolated interior, Maratea is the antithesis of the rest of the region. Embellished with lush vegetation, sheltered coves and well-tended cliff-side villages, Maratea's latent joys are not dissimilar to those on the Amalfi – but there are fewer people enjoying them.

Day 11: Maratea - Amalfi

Time to move up north to the Costiera Amalfitana!

The route is bending up into the wild landscapes of oak forests in natural park of Cilento. After an unbeatable mountain ride the scenery changes from mountainous to costal, riding some nice flats, visiting Greek temples in Paestum before we reach the heart of the fabulous Costiera. We overnight in vivid Amalfi surrounded by thousands of sparkling lights.

Day 12: Rest day in Amalfi

The Amalfi coast will make you giddy – and that’s not just because its famously winding coastal road involves impossibly steep mountain sides and even longer drops.

No, it's because the place is both astoundingly beautiful and impossibly glamorous; artists, writers and movie stars all flocking here to find anything from sunshine to inspiration. You can cruise down to the glamorous downtown of Positano and picturesque Ravello to indulge in the Italian lifestyle. Or you can explore the nearby excavations of Pompeii. This city, buried in two days when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, offers a fascinating snapshot of ancient Roman life.

Day 13: Amalfi - Matese

We leave the leave Amalfi coast today, heading north to the extraordinary monumental complex of Caserta, one of the 50 Italian UNESCO world heritage sites.

Continuing further north, we'll dig into the roads of Apennines mountain range, more specifically The Matese Regional Park. This mountain range is around 60km long and 25 km wide and offers visitors unspoiled nature with beautiful scenery. Our destination for an overnight is Guardiaregia, small town on the eastern side of Matese mountain range.

Day 14: Matese - Rome/Frascati

Waving goodbye to Matese, we’ll continue on some very nice twisting roads.

We'll ride through the rest of Matese and soon enter much bigger National Park Abruzzo, another amazing area to be on the bike! Abruzzo was declared a NP already in 1922, today it's an important protected area for diverse number of animals and plants. Surrounded by nature, we'll have to stay focused on the ride. Thoughts of the journey from Sicily to the Amalfi will occupy the ride to Rome as we'll be riding to Frascati, our final stop.

Day 15: Flight home to Rome

All roads lead to Rome.

And here we are. If you fly out later in the day, you'll have a chance to spend some more time to explore this eternal city. You will say goodbye to our guides and new friends and wish everyone many safe rides in the future.

Pricing

Motorcycle Price for the RIDER
Based on sharing a double / twin room
5.520 €
5.730 €
6.050 €
6.610 €
6.810 €
7.380 €
Your own motorcycle 4.160 €
Passenger 4.090 €
710 €

Book a single room with your tour.

7.50 %

Purchasing trip cancellation insurance allows customers to receive a refund for a tour when a customer must cancel a tour for reasons covered by this insurance. Trip cancellation insurance costs 7,5% of the total listed price of the tour, including supplements like motorcycle upgrades, single room requests, and passenger costs. 

260 €

VIP & Super VIP insurance

For a fixed cost of 20 EUR per day VIP Insurance lowers your security deposit for the motorcycle, while Super VIP Insurance reduces your security deposit to zero (0 EUR) and costs 30 EUR per day. VIP insurance is available on all our tours and rentals of 7 days or more. See the chart below:

Motorcycle Models
Standard
Security deposit (deductable)
VIP
Security deposit (deductable)
Super VIP
Security deposit (deductable)
Suzuki V-Strom 650
Yamaha MT-07
1.400 EUR 200 EUR  0 EUR
BMW F 700 GS
BMW F 800 GS
BMW F 800 R
BMW F 800 GT
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer
Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin
1.600 EUR 250 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 GS
BMW R 1200 RS
BMW R 1200 R
1.800 EUR 300 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 RT
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
BMW S 1000 XR
2.000 EUR 350 EUR  0 EUR
Ducati Multistrada 1200
BMW K 1600 GT
Harley Davidson Road King
Harley Davidson Street Glide
2.500 EUR 450 EUR  0 EUR
390 €

VIP & Super VIP insurance

For a fixed cost of 20 EUR per day VIP Insurance lowers your security deposit for the motorcycle, while Super VIP Insurance reduces your security deposit to zero (0 EUR) and costs 30 EUR per day. VIP insurance is available on all our tours and rentals of 7 days or more. See the chart below:

Motorcycle Models
Standard Security deposit (deductable)
VIP Security deposit (deductable)
Super VIP Security deposit (deductable)
Suzuki V-Strom 650
Yamaha MT-07
1.400 EUR 200 EUR  0 EUR
BMW F 700 GS
BMW F 800 GS
BMW F 800 R
BMW F 800 GT
Yamaha MT-09 Tracer
Honda CRF 1000 L Africa Twin
1.600 EUR 250 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 GS
BMW R 1200 RS
BMW R 1200 R
1.800 EUR 300 EUR  0 EUR
BMW R 1200 RT
BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
BMW S 1000 XR
2.000 EUR 350 EUR  0 EUR
Ducati Multistrada 1200
BMW K 1600 GT
Harley Davidson Road King
Harley Davidson Street Glide
2.500 EUR 450 EUR  0 EUR
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South of Rome & Sicily Tour tour includes:
  • Late model motorcycle with lockable hard luggage and tank bags plus a Third party liability insurance and Comprehensive vehicle insurance.
  • Experienced guide on a motorcycle.
  • Support van for luggage, souvenirs, and 1 or 2 passengers.
  • 14 nights accommodation in quality, mostly 4**** hotels.
  • 14 breakfasts in the hotel.
  • 11 dinners, mostly in traditional local restaurants.
  • All (2) ferry rides.
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (on the first and last days of the tour).
  • Guided tour of Pompeii with a local guide.
  • Entrance fees to museums (according to tour program).
  • All maps with marked routes for the region being toured.
  • Extensive tour booklet.
  • GPS with all the daily routes uploaded.
Not included in the price:

Air ticket, dinners on rest days, most lunches, drinks, gasoline, personal spending, tips.

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