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Postcards from the WRN Italy Motorcycle Tour

Preview of inaugural trip

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
6/9/2015

Just over a week ago, WRN assistant editor Tricia Szulewski and I returned from the first WRN Motorcycle Tour of Italy. Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours Italy organized this special tour for me, and nine people signed up—most of them WomenRidersNow.com readers—for an exciting 10-day motorcycle excursion in this beautiful country. 

Tricia and I are currently sifting though tons of photos and videos that we each took for stories we will write. Her story will appear in the September / October issue of Motorcycle magazine, the publication where she works full-time as art director and staff writer. My coverage will appear here, on WomenRidersNow.com, and focus on why Italy should be on your bucket list of places to ride your motorcycle. (Update: The story is now=posted here.)

We wanted share just a few of the photos we took to give you a flavor of what we experienced and tease you to come back and read our stories when they publish. If you're interested, here's the story we posted on WRN promoting the tour last November to see specifically where we went.

Click the first photo to view them in a slideshow.

postcards from italy riding group
Our 13 motorcycles, a mix of Harley-Davidsons, BMWs, a Ducati and a Moto Guzzi, made quite a spectacle when we rolled into Italy's small towns. A local even made it into our picture. Can you find him?


postcards from italy cobblestone street
Many of the small towns we rode through have narrow cobblestone streets like this one.


postcards from italy woman riders
Cindy, Maria and Janet were strangers three days before this photo was taken. Cindy and Maria came on the tour by themselves; Janet came with her significant other, John.


postcards from italy spaghetti
L-r: Monica, Michele, Joy, Maria and Angie enjoying some spaghetti. Pasta was the first course at every meal we ate.


postcards from italy motorcycle riding group
Group photo overlooking the Tuscan countryside. L-r: Enrico Grassi -- Hear the Road Motorcycle Tours Italy owner and tour guide, Monica Flores, John McManus, Janet Crook, Michele Carter, Bill Kneigge, Angie Fyke, Cindy Dehner, Maria Szabo, me -- Genevieve Schmitt, Shellie Feldman, Tricia Szulewski, and Joy Mormur superimposed in because she wasn't riding that day.


postcards from italy pool
Both resorts we stayed at had pools. How inviting after a day of riding.


postcards from italy motorcycle group
I marveled that at every corner there is something old and ancient in Italy. Here's another of what I joked, your "run-of-the-mill medieval castle" overlooking our group when we pulled off to regroup. Tricia and I dubbed this one the rook, because it looked like the rook chess piece.


postcards from italy lunch cafe
Our trip pretty much consisted of riding, sightseeing and eating, and this was one of my favorite lunch spots, an outdoor cafe set in an alley way of another "run-of-the-mill medieval towns" we rode through. The history surrounding me was sometimes too much to take!



postcards from italy michele carter
Our VIP on this tour was Michele Carter, owner of Adventuress Skin Care and longtime supporter of Women Riders Now. Michele, on a rented Fat Boy, gave samples of her incredible skin care products to the riders.


postcards from italy espresso
Each day, about 90 minutes into our ride, we'd stop for an Italian espresso. Cindy shows us how to sip from these tiny cups. No venti size here!


postcards from italy tricia janet
No one knew they'd get riding lessons on this trip, but Tricia, an MSF instructor and expert rider, rode Janet on the back for a brief stint, so Janet could see the "lines" Tricia takes through the corners. Thanks Tricia!


postcards from italy abbey
I love history, so being in the presence of these ancient structures was almost overwhelming to me. We hopped off our motorcycles and fortunately, my Dainese Gore-Tex outfit was comfortable enough to wear while touring this 11th century abbey that had me breathless!



To learn more about the special customized tour we took, visit Hear The Road Motorcycle Tours Italy.

Related Articles
Why You Should Ride a Motorcycle in Italy At Least Once
Questions to Ask Before Going on an Organized Motorcycle Tour
Join Genevieve on a Motorcycle Tour of Italy 

Be sure to sign up to receive the WRN Newsletter so you're the first to know when I post my complete story on why you should add Italy to your motorcycle bucket list. 

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