Sicily – Rome  RTS1404

Sicily – Rome RTS1404

The last tour in Italy for this year – Sicily – Rome is about to start. 3 bikes only – it is like being on holiday with friends.  Nevertheless a quite international group –  2 Brasilians, 1 American, 1 Estonian, 1 German tourguide, 1 Italian tourguide – so 6 people, 5 nationalities – let`s go….

 

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I had a perfect flight into Catania

1. Riding Day: Catania – Agrigento

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view from the breakfast room in Villa Paradiso del Etna to the vulcano. Most of the time it is in clouds, but for us it shows up clearly in the morning sun.

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Toomas from Estland and Alan

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Alan is cleaning my helmet – very good :-)

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Luggage is loaded and after the morning briefing off we go

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The guys are preparing their bikes

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Toomas from Tallinn is installing the Estonian flag

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Toomas has been on a lot of Edelweiss trips and actually we know each other from the Israel Scouting tour 2008. Nice to have you on a tour again :-)

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here the Brasilian one

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Roberta from Sao Paulo

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Gerson and Roberta – the Brasilians

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Dave from Idaho

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Coffee stop in Raddusa – they getting in touch with the”frutta vendolo”

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Villa Romana del Casale – our first highlight today. 2500 year old mosaic covering 3.500 sq in the old Roman Villa. 700 years preserved under mud, discovered 1950, restoration completed in 2012 – a real treasure

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the Corridor of Hunt

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the Bikini girls

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Lunch in “La Trinakria”

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Agrigento Sicily

Agrigento – yes it is not Athens it is Sicily

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the temple of Zeus

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2. Riding Day  Agrigento – Cefalu

 

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Selfi….

 

 

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on the way up into the Mafia area a short stop Cianciano

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Prizzi

 

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And last not least Corleone

 

 

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After Corleone we had a nice picnic in Godrano

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After lunch coma

 

 

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On the way to Roccapalumba

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On the way to Caccamo

 

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Good luck that they realized afterwards that it was going down 5 m behind them

 

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Flying Toomas

 

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the castle of Caccamo

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After arriving in Hotel Alberi del Paradiso we went with the group downtown Cefalu. Here the famous Norman Dome

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3. Riding Day  Cefalu – Taormina

we left beautiful Cefalu in the morning sun riding along the coast – sunny and warm – and then up into Madonie Mountains towards Castelbuono

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Gangi – clinching to the hill – you can buy a house there for 1 € – would be a perfect winter location

 

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We climbed up the castle of Sperlinga

 

 

 

 

 

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Prodotti tipici – and an portugese speaking owner. Gerson loved it

 

 

 

 

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the lava fields round Randazzo

 

 

 


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Mr. Herkules


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4 . Riding Day Restday in Taormina – Mount Etna

 

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First coffe stop in Refugio Bruneck – it started to get a little bit colder

 

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Mount Etna in snow

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Lava, lava all around

 

 

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Snow on the street, 4 degrees, brrr

 

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before we went to the hotel a short loop to Forza d`Agro – the filmset for “godfather” – what a spectacular view

 

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and the street up there is like in the alps

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5. Riding Day – Taormina – Tropea

 

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the swimmingpool of Baja Taormina hotel – and who is in there???

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Toomas…. is taking a morning swim

 

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view from the hotel terrace

 

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come on Toomas – briefing time

 

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we are crossing the Messina Strait today, going to the Italian main land

 

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bye bye Sicily – what a great time what a good riding!!

 

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this is not an Edelweiss Picnic – a wedding is going on in Hotel Tirreno in Tropea

 

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Maybe there are some leftovers for our dinner :-)