Southern Italy / Sicily

from September 29, 2024 to October 12, 2024

Roads (curves per mile)

4 / 5


4 / 5

Culture / Architecture

4 / 5

Hotels / Food

5 / 5


  • Rome

  • Crater lakes south of Rome with popes residence

  • Overnight towns of Erice, Cefalu, Taormina, Tropea and Sperlonga

  • Loop around and across active Aetna Volcano

  • Bay of Policastro

  • Amalfi Coast

  • Southern Italian Food

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Day 1, Departure from your home country

Day 2, Arrival Rome

Rome is one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe. We will stay in one of the historic areas with a great view over the city. There is time to visit some of the great sights like the Colosseo, the Trevi Fountain or Vatican City with St. Peters. A welcome dinner will mark the start of our Mediterranean adventure

Day 3, Rome-Naples (244 km, 151 miles)

We pick up the bikes in the morning and head towards the coast, some plains for an easy start, some coastal road. We will stop for lunch in Sperlonga, one of the prettiest beach towns along the way where houses sit on a steep rock above the water. Naples will be our departure town for our overnight ferry ride to Palermo (Sicily). Before leaving we visit Castel Nuovo, besides Vesuvio Vocano which we will see from a distance, the most impressive sight in town.

Day 4, Palermo-Erice (116 km, 72 miles)

Our first day on Sicily will be already a very pretty one. We will arrive in Palermo by ferry in the morning. A nice breakfast in town with a Cappuccino is the perfect start. Afterwards we head west to explore this pretty part of the island. The village of Scopello above the ocean is one of the gems we will find in this remote end of Sicily. Another one is Erice, not far away. The town sits on top of a 3000 feet high mountain. In good weather the views spread all the way across the Mediterranean to Africa. But the town itself with the roman walls is a piece of art that just invites to be explored. That’s why we will stay here overnight.

Day 5, Erice - Cefalu (230km, 143 miles)

We head inland in the direction of Corleone, “the city of hundred churches,” which became famous in the movie „The Godfather“. On beautifully curvy roads we will pass other pretty towns like Prizzi before we hit the coast again in Cefalu. The picturesque fishing village offers a beautiful beach and a nicely restored old town right in front of a 1000 feet high rock where we can hike up.

Day 6, Cefalu-Taormina (220 km, 137 miles)

The 7000 feet high Madonie Mountains will be our playground in the morning. They rise right behind Cefalu and will offer a great view back into our pretty home for a night. The great mountain roads will continue all the way. At one point 11000 feet high Mount Aetna will come into sight. It will stay in our focus until we arrive in Taormina. The most famous destination is visited for a reason by everybody who comes to Sicily. The location above the sea and the views at the active Volcano are hard to beat. Sunrise and sunset are both marvelous.

Day 7, Taormina – extra day / Aetna Loop (170km, 107 miles)

Today you have the choice of exploring the town with the beaches, the famous Greek theater or/ and ride a scenic loop up to 7000 feet around Mount Aetna stopping for the best Pistacchio Gelato in the world in Bronte.

Day 8, Taormina - Tropea (205km, 127 miles)

We will leave Sicily via a short ferry ride towards the tip of boot-shaped Italy, towards Calabria. Calabria is faced by the sea on 3 sites with a backbone of mountains in the middle. These, especially the Aspromonte National Park, will be our playground of the day before we finally reach Tropea, again a beautifully located historic town on top of a limestone cliff above a picturesque beach. 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 9, Tropea - Policastro Coast (262km, 163 miles)

If we are lucky, we can see Volcano Stromboli smoking in the Tyrrhenian Sea at sunrise. It will be hard to leave our turquoise paradise. But we continue along the land between the mountains and the sea and new views will be on offer. Our highest playground of the day will be the Sila National Park with it’s endless corners between 7000 feet high mountains. We will end up in one of the most beautiful coasts of Italy at the Bay of Policastro. Lush vegetation and cliff side villages between a mountain range and the turquoise bay are responsible for the beauty.

Day 10, Bay of Policastro - Amalfi (230km, 143 miles)

Another beautiful riding day will take us through the Cilento National Park. Lonely mountain- and coast roads will be our playground. That will change after we pass the plains near the old Greek settlement of Paestum. The most prominent piece of Italian coast lives up every superlative. You will see why. It is beautiful. And when you get the timing right and don’t come in the main season, it is just beautiful to see the towns built onto vertical cliffs above the sea, connected by a road where the word spectacular is rather an understatement.

Day 11, Amalfi rest day

You would be disappointed, if we left this place already after one nights stay. So let’s take our time. Today we use the bikes only for a short stroll to visit some highlights like beautiful Ravello with the Villa Ruffolo and it’s terrace of Eternity or glamorous Positano.

Day 12, Amalfi - Sperlonga (227km, 141 miles)

A morning ride up Monte Faito, a hidden secret of local riders offers the greatest view all the way from the island of Capri over the Bay of Naples to the Volcano Vesuvius. If you are interested in history we can explore the nearby excavations of Pompeii, the town, buried in two days when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD, offers a fascinating view of ancient Roman life. We will stay in the pretty beach town of Sperlonga which gives us the time to explore it’s romantic alleys in the evening.

Day 13, Sperlonga - Rome (151km, 96 miles)

The Via Appia, a roman road that was started being built 312 before Chr. will take us towards the ancient city of Rome. We will stop at some beautiful volcanic lakes along the way. One of them, lake Albano is used by the pope as a summer residency. When returning the bikes in we will be full of impressions about what only one country can offer in terms of culture, history and geographical diversity.

Day 14, Departure

Available extras

ExtraCost (Difference to the base price of $ 6830.00)
Single Rider BMW F750 / Honda NC 750$ 0.00
Single Rider Honda Africa Twin / BMW 850 GS$ 250.00
Single Rider BMW 1250 GS / Ducati Multistrada V2$ 930.00
Single Rider BMW 1250 RT$ 1150.00
Single Rider Ducati Multistrada V4$ 1750.00
Single room surcharge$ 970.00
Pillion Rider$ 4300.00

More Information

Southern Italy has a lot to offer: active volcanoes, a beautiful coastline with the mountains are never far away. Each of the towns where we will stay has something special about it and is worth exploring. Apart from Rome and Erice they all are situated along the coast, so don’t forget swimming gear. But just sitting there and enjoy the unbeatable views each of the places will be throwing at us will be a highly rewarding activity.

Don’t be fooled by short distances! There is so much to see and stop for along the way that our days will be thrilled with excitement. Most of the roads are very winding as well which keeps us perfectly occupied (for looking at the daily route just copy the link and paste it into you browser). Last but not least – each days destination is worth spending time there (just google them). Overall difficulty will be at 4 out of 5. The tour is well suited for couples. It’s not only about riding, there is a lot of culture and of course great Italian food to be experienced.

If your time allows I would recommend to come a day or two early to Rome. First of all: You will avoid jet lag on the first riding day. Second: Rome is well worth some extra day.

What’s included in the tour

  • Your choice of BMW, Ducati or Honda motorcycle

  • Support vehicle for additional luggage and limited space for passengers

  • Motorcycle insurance

  • Accommodations at comfortable family owned middle-class to top hotels

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Fuel during the entire trip

  • 2 ferry rides

  • All entrance fees and tolls

Not Included in the Tour Price

Not included in the tour price are international or other airfare to/from Rome, Italy, personal items, passport, speeding tickets and other fines, lunches, beverages, personal hotel room charges, laundry and dry cleaning, telephone calls, medical and accident insurance, and transportation to and from the airport.


The hotels are mostly family-owned and -operated and each has wonderful local flavor. They are three- and four-star establishments, and all provide breakfast and dinner. You will feel welcome and at home right away. Some hotels have a pool or sauna, so bring your bathing suit, and all provide hair dryers. If you bring any electronic devices, remember that Europe has different voltage (220V) and electrical outlets, so make sure you have the right converters and plugs and that your electronic devices work on both voltages. Casual clothing to wear in the evenings is fine; there’s no need for formal wear.

Group Size

The group will be between six and 12 riders and will be led by one or two guides.

Roads and Traffic

Though riding about 150 miles a day may seem easy don’t be deceived. But everyday there is so much to see and combined with rather winding roads our program will usually occupy as from morning to around 4 pm.

Rental Bikes

Available motorcycles may be subject to change.

Motorcycles are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon availability and are not guaranteed.

Keep in mind that smaller bikes handle much better on alpine roads! Great choices for a carefree, leisurely ride are the F 750 GS, F 850 GS, F900XR and the R900R. They handle very easily on the hairpins and still have enough power to keep up with anybody else on the mountain roads. The R1250GS or the R1250RT are good choices for two-up riding. Anything bigger (and heavier) takes away the pleasure of riding in the Alps. You may want to check out these bikes at your local dealer to see which one feels the most comfortable for you.


One piece of luggage per person will go on the support van. Tour members will be able to securely store suitcases and any other extra luggage in the first hotel of the trip. The motorcycles we provide for our tours are equipped with a luggage system. Each bike will come with two side cases and a top case.

An electrical socket for GPS is available upon request on most bikes. You will need to bring your own 12 V accessory Powerlet plug that fits the BMW/Euro-style socket.

The rental motorcycles are not equipped with tankbags. If you bring a tankbag, make sure that it uses straps and not magnets, which won’t work on the BMWs’ tanks.

Motorcycle Insurance

The deductible for the motorcycle insurance included in your tour package is approximately $1200. The actual amount may vary due to currency fluctuation. This amount is not charged or held to your card as we use an honor system with our guests. In case of minor damage to your motorcycle, an appraisal of the repair cost is made, based on the dealer’s cost, and billed to you with the understanding that you are responsible for up $1200. In case the cost of any damage to the motorcycle is higher than the deductible, or if the bike is stolen, the full deductible will be due. The insurance company will cover the remainder of the cost.

Trip Insurance

It is highly recommended that you get trip insurance. Also, check with your health insurance provider about your coverage while traveling overseas. For additional information on trip cancellation insurance, visit insuremytrip’s website.

For more information about insuring your trip with us, please refer to our blogpost about that topic.

Minimum Tour Requirement

We reserve the right to cancel any tour if the number of participants booked does not meet the minimum requirement to operate the trip or due to force majeure. In the unlikely event that this should occur, your payment will be refunded minus the non-refundable registration fee. This fee can be applied to another tour of your choice.

Please make your flight reservations after the registration deadline for the tour. We will send you a reminder email to book your flight.


Temperatures will range between 64 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (between 18 and 28 degree Celsius). The altitude changes during the day’s ride, and the temperature changes accordingly. It can rain and be chilly on the mountain road, yet be warm when you come down into the valley. Dress in several layers so you can easily adjust to the weather conditions and always travel with rain gear! In case of heavy rain or other bad weather, we will choose the shortest route to the next hotel and avoid pass roads wherever possible. A heated vest is good option for the cool temperatures in the mountains at that time of the year.

Payment, Reservation, Cancellation Policy

For our policies with regards to payment, reservation and cancellation, refer to our FAQs