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Motorcycle adventure in Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany landscape, Italy
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Motorcycle adventure in Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany and Umbria offer a dazzling array of beautiful landscapes, quaint cities and loads of history. One of the best ways to see the sights of this beautiful area of Italy is by motorcycle. These are regions with beautiful, green rolling hills, twisting mountainous passes, magnificent villas, olive plantations and historic cities with beautiful churches and monasteries.

Florence and the Duomo

Starting in Florence with all its splendour, view the startlingly beautiful architecture of the city, including the Duomo, the city’s cathedral which has a dome tiled in terracotta and a beautiful bell tower. Take time to visit the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s classic sculpture “David.” Visit the Uffizi Gallery with Leonardo da Vinci’s classic “Annunciation” and Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus.”
 
Tuscany landscape, Italy
Photo by Max Pixel

The wonders of Siena

Next stop on the journey is Siena – a 170 mile ride through spectacular mountains. On arrival, experience the looping, twisting roads around the city before parking the bike to explore the city on foot. Here you can visit all of Siena’s wonders, like the Salimbeni Palace and the Piazza del Campo, where you can see the town’s Gothic town hall, the Palazzo Pubblico and the 14th-century Torre del Mangia tower.
 
Siena view, Tuscany, Italy
Photo by Max Pixel

Next take an exciting, 149-mile back road ride to Bolsena, enjoying the beautiful Tuscan scenery along the way. Take a break in one of the many medieval villages, like Montepulciano, set high up in the hills. The town is surrounded by vineyards and the area is famous for its vino nobile red wine. See the Torre di Pulcinella, a clock tower adorned with the figure of the Pulcinella. Visit the Piazza Grande where to Palazzo Comunale has stood since the 14th century. Then head off to enjoy beautiful Lake Bolsena, a lake set in a volcanic crater with gorgeous views.

Historic Assisi in Umbria, Italy

Continuing your motorcycle tour, head to Assisi, with routes varying from 74 to 124 miles. The latter, scenic route comes highly recommended for its twists and turns through the scenery. Assisi has a Roman amphitheatre and two medieval castles to visit. This hilltop town is set in the Umbria region and was the birthplace of St. Francis de Assisi, one of the patron saints of Italy. View the massive Basilica of St. France with frescoes dating back to the 13th century of St. Francis’ life. You can also visit the saint’s crypt with its stone sarcophagus.
 
Assisi, Umbria, Italy
Photo by Max Pixel

Tavullia and Valentino Rossi

Head towards the Adriatic Sea and visit Tavullia in the Marche region, home to motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi. Rossi has a ranch in the area and a fan shop where you can buy a peaked cap or T-Shirt emblazoned with the number 46. While in town you will often see his magic number, even when enjoying a cappuccino in Café Sport. Get back on the bike and head to Gabicce Mare on the Romagna Adriatic Coast, gazing at the beaches in the fresh sea air.
 
Tavullia, Valentino Rossi fan shop.
Photo by Mstangel/Wikimedia

On your way back to Florence, take a tour of the Republic of San Marino, before heading on to some really twisty roads through the Appenine Mountains. Here you will be surrounded by peaks reaching up to 4,500 feet in height.

Enjoy your motorcycle tour in Tuscany and Umbria, but be sure to take out insurance for motorbike touring abroad, just incase there are any accidents. If done safely, this trip will provide you with so many unique memories which you’ll look back on fondly for years to come. 
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