GREAT TIME – BREATHTAKING SCENERY

Departing from Agrigento

A WEEK LONG OF FUN RIDING ON THE ISLAND OF SUN

Two bikes, a Ducati and a BMW, 700 miles, 7 days, made for an unforgettable tour of Sicily on motorcycle with my son David, from September 23-30/2011. This tour had been on my “bucket list” since David was in high school, but for one reason or another, we were never able to realize the project.

Last spring David urged me to get going, “Dad stop talking, let’s do it NOW or otherwise we’ll never do it, just find a couple of motorcycles, book them and let’s go.” That’s exactly what we did. I called a company in Palermo, negotiated the price and set the dates.

It was a one-of-a-kind adventure; we had a mix of wet days and gorgeous sunny days – Sicily proved to be one of the best destinations for this kind of adventure. Sicily’s country roads were perfect for a motorcycle rider, a bit bumpy, but with an ideal mix of turns, ups and downs and not enough traffic to worry about. It was the right combination to allow you to relax and enjoy both the ride and the panorama of breathtaking sea and mountain views.

The route planning, as David would say, “was perfect,” just the right number of miles to keep us fresh for the next day. We covered all the major highlights that this beautiful island has to offer and took in many small villages that rarely see tourists.

We started from Palermo, riding clockwise, we visited Catania, Siracusa, Noto, Modica, Agrigento, Enna, and Pietraperzia. Back in Palermo we had a full-day to visit the major historical and artistic points the city has to offer, including the Norman Palace with its Palatine Chapel covered wall-to-wall with precious mosaics. The Cathedral is an impressive architectural mix of styles, early Byzantine, then Arab in the 9th century and several signs of multiple additions between the 14-16th centuries.

We viewed the “4 Canti, ” the famed intersection dividing the city during Roman times, the Opera House, and the Capo outdoor market. These are the highlights that every tourist must see when visiting Palermo.

We stopped in Piazza Armerina to visit the famous “Villa Romana del Casale,” the Roman Patrician country villa whose many rooms are covered with spectacular mosaics that are in remarkably good condition.

We had good meals everywhere we went and drank some exceptional wines.

I’m happy to offer assistance to motorcycle riders who would like to duplicate this tour. Our experience was priceless.

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