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Why You Should Ride a Motorcycle in Italy Once in Your Life with VIDEO

Recap of my motorcycle ride of central Italy and what you should know before going on an organized motorcycle tour

By Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
11/3/2015

Our Route
Our custom itinerary had us leaving Rome and riding north 90 miles to Orvieto, a city in the Umbria region of Italy. We stayed at the Altarocca Wine Resort, a 5-star all-inclusive spa hotel that had all of us wishing we’d lingered there longer than the one night. 

The next day we pointed our bikes north and rode 100 twisty roller coaster miles to Siena, and took a step back in time to medieval Tuscany. There is so much antiquity to be experienced and explored in this region so we spent four nights here using the Podere La Strega B&B, a quaint farmhouse on the outskirts of the city, as our home base for our one rest day, and our three scheduled days of riding the area. 

Click on images to view larger in a slideshow.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life pasta dinner
Monica, Michele, Joy, Maria, and Angie all came on the tour not knowing anyone else. And that’s the beauty of a WRN-promoted motorcycle tour. You can travel by yourself knowing you’re going to meet like-minded women. This photo was taken the first night at our meet-and-greet dinner in Rome.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life harley davidsons
Joy in the front on the Harley-Davidson Road King with Monica behind her on the Street Glide lead the way for Cindy, on her Sportster 1200, up the narrow, steep hill that’s exemplary of the roads in these ancient towns. Also, notice the large road sign on the right with arrows to all the nearby places. You better know where you’re going and you better read fast.

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Joy is all smiles as she cruises through a neighborhood in one of the old towns we ventured through that is dripping in color, texture, and history.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life harley davidsons
Our first stop on riding day one was for an Italian espresso in Civita Castellana, a town that dates back to the year 994. As we posed for a photo in the village square a local, who was in awe of our group of mostly women riders, joined in on the fun. Can you spot him?

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life espresso
Tricia and I enjoying our first Italian espresso. We were both expecting to feel a jolt of caffeine, but actually the caffeine level is quite moderate in the Italian coffee. We never got that coffee buzz we were after, especially late in the day when we needed it on the last leg of the ride.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life civita bagnaregio
It’s nice when a tour operator does the legwork on finding the best ride routes, and the must-see attractions along the way. Civita di Bagnoregio is one place I’m so glad we visited. This town built atop a mountain was founded by the Ertuscans more than 2500 years ago! It is in constant danger because the edges of the plateau on which its built continually erode.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life civita bagnaregio women
Tricia (left), me, and Michele Carter, owner of Adventuress Skin Care, a longtime WRN supporter, smile before walking up the steep, but short walkway to visit the shops and restaurants that keep the ancient village of Civita Bagnaregio alive. Because of a recent boom in tourism there, a modest entry fee of 1.50 euros was recently implemented.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life rainbow orvieto
There were many magical moments on our ride including this one being the timing of seeing a rainbow off in the distance over the hillside city of Orvieto.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life woman rider
Taking pictures was the main activity on our ride as there are photo opps everywhere! I love this picture of Shellie grinning because she got the rainbow shot. Shellie was uploading pictures of our trip almost hourly to her Facebook page as family and friends back home were anxious to see what she was experiencing.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life cobb salad
I found the Italian food to be a bit monotonous after a few days. Italian food restaurants are everywhere and they pretty much consist of the same courses of pasta, meat, a veggie and an iceberg lettuce salad. I was excited when I found a hearty cobb salad at one of our lunch stops.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life piazza del campo
The Piazza del Campo in Siena (the city center) is considered one of Europe’s greatest medieval squares. I marveled at the locals sitting on the centuries-old brick foundation of the this shell-shaped piazza after work to relax, drink wine, and socialize. Reminded me of what people do in New York City’s Central Park, except here these folks have centuries of history underneath them.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life san galgano
Tricia and I pose on the 11th century foundation of San Galgano, a stunning old abbey that still stands today.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life podere la strega
This was our dinner table at Podere La Strega, the restored 16th century farmhouse that we stayed at in Siena. Felt like we walked into the setting of a shabby chic catalog shoot.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life shoe in road
I couldn’t believe I saw a shoe on the side of the road in Siena. I wrote an article about this roadside phenomenon, and here’s proof it occurs in Italy too!

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life toilet
I have to be honest here and let you know that nine of out 10 women’s public restrooms do not have seats. I’m guessing it’s the same in the men’s room. From gas stations to fancy restaurants, most commodes are seat-less. I took this photo to prove it.


why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life roses
One of my most favorite photos: roses are in full bloom in late May, when we went, and temperatures averaged in the high 70s in the day to low 60s at night.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life scooters
We saw many more scooters than motorcycles as scooters in the cities are the primary form of transportation for a lot of residents.

why you should ride a motorcycle in italy once in your life rider
I was also asked on Facebook if there are a lot of women motorcycle riders in Italy. In our 10 days there, I only saw two women riding motorcycles, both in Rome. And the one in Rome whom I didn’t photograph was actually riding in high heels and fashion clothes. I managed to grab this woman rider in time to take my picture with her.


Click to next page to see a more detailed video, learn about future tours with WRN, and how to choose a tour operator. 

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