It seems a shame to limit a motorcycle touring trip to Italy to just one area, though cramming the whole country into one trip is a challenge. It’s too large to do in a single week, but with a fortnight off work, you can take in all the amazing riding this fascinating country has to offer. We have not one but two complete 12-day tours. We’ve structured them both to start from Borgo San Dalmazzo, so they’re easy to do if you freight the bike to Nice.
The mainland tour loops south as far as Potenza, before swinging out to the fabulous Gargano Pensinsular - the spur of Italy’s boot. From there is heads north, through the Dolomites, taking in all the big-name passes as well as the lakes. With only two half-day stints of motorway in the entire 12-day trip, it’s a stunning 3000-mile epic of a tour.
Not that the islands tour is any less majestic. It follows the same route as the mainland tour for the first four days, but carries on south from Potenza to Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica. After 2600 incredible miles, this motorcycle tour reaches Bastia in Corsica, from where an overnight ferry will get you and your bike to Toulon, Genoa - both a half-day ride from Nice - or direct to Nice, if you wish to ship the bike back. Though from Nice, it’s a pleasant ride back up the Route Napoleon…
Tour 1: Mainland tour of Italy
Tour 2: Islands tour of Italy
Please note: This page contains the route files for The RiDE Guide To Italy which came free with RiDE magazine in July 2015. These website page are not regularly updated, so please check all critical information before you travel. All route files are in .gpx format. Garmin and BMW users can download the main file, which contains all the routes and our recommended hotels as separate waypoints. TomTom users can download the individual routes and use the Tyre software to convert them. For many routes we also have Google Map links. However, as Google Maps will not plot routes over seasonally closed high Alpine passes (such as Stelvio) when they’re shut, these may not work for every route all year round.