From Modena to Ponte di Legno
- On the morning of the first day, after a briefing, we begin the adventure leaving Modena, the heart city of the "Motor Valley" to arrive in Affi.
- We start from Affi to arrive in Riva del Garda where we stop for lunch, to have a coffee and take a relaxing walk along the shores of the lake.
- After this break with a view, we continue our journey towards Passo del Tonale (1884 meters high) which separates Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige. We reach it by crossing the Adamello Brenta Natural Park from south to north, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008; inside we can admire one of the largest glaciers in all of Italy and spectacular waterfalls. After that we stop in a beautiful pearl of the Dolomites, Madonna di Campiglio, where we take a short break. Once we arrive at Passo del Tonale we visit the Ossuary from the First World War and then take a coffee break before setting off again for the last kilometers of the day.
- With the sun setting behind the mountains, we reach Ponte di Legno, a small typical village in the Italian Alps where it is possible to enjoy some simple walks in nature or in the historic center.
From Ponte di Legno to Bolzano
- On the morning of the second day we leave Ponte di Legno to arrive in Bormio; to reach it we cross Passo Gavia, one of the most fascinating climbs of all those we will cover in our tour as it has a maximum gradient of 16%, with a track full of curves and little traffic. Now that we are at the gates of the Stelvio National Park we can have a coffee and take a little break to rest before setting off for one of the most evocative experiences that any motorcyclist can have.
- Now it's time to leave for the iconic Passo dello Stelvio! It is the most famous and the most crowded pass in all of Italy; it has about 80 hairpin bends, 2800 meters of altitude and 30 km in length. It is an experience that every motorcyclist should have at least once in their life.
- Going up, we arrive at Spondalunga, which is an excellent panoramic point where we can take our time, stop, and take some pictures admiring the beauty of the landscape, breathe and enjoy the view! At the top of the pass, we can see the glacier where skiers train during the summer. Also, we can have a coffee and wander around the souvenir shops to buy something. Descending from the summit towards the other side of the mountain, the switchbacks are tighter and require good technique. Therefore, take your time and enjoy this trip! The weather changes quickly, so be prepared for all temperatures! Drive safely and pay attention to other motorcyclists who may be traveling a little too fast. After that, we stop in Silandro for a lunch break, to then resume the journey and reach the capital of the Alps, where we spend the night.
- The last stage of the second day is Bolzano. This city has a truly relaxing atmosphere. It's extremely clean and quiet, and there's a lot to see! First, the late Gothic Cathedral of Piazza Walther, secondly the very surprising Piazza delle Erbe with the fruit and vegetable market of the "Portici" (a pedestrian area of 300 meters with boutiques, cafes and restaurants). Castel Mareccio is also a nice place to see as it is close to the city center and can be easily reached on foot.
From Bolzano to Cortina D’Ampezzo
- On the morning of the third day, we leave Bolzano to reach Ortisei, where we take a coffee break. Ortisei is one of the 3 main towns of Val Gardena, in which 90% of the population still speaks Ladin, a language born about 2000 years ago, and we also find a large part of the population engaged in woodworking. The other two villages are Santa Cristina and Selva di Val Gardena which we will visit soon.
- We cross Passo Sella and reach Passo Pordoi where we can take some photos and enjoy a wonderful view!
- We leave Passo Pordoi to reach Arabba, a town in the heart of the Dolomites (which became a UNESCO heritage site in 2009) surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 1,602 metres. It is here that the mountain atmosphere, silence and nature reign. We stop in this wonderful place for a lunch break and then continue towards the Falzerego Pass.
- We arrive in Falzerego where we stop for a break and enjoy the view.
- Then we leave to finally reach another symbolic village of the Dolomites, the "queen of the Dolomites", Cortina d'Ampezzo. Here we stop until the next day so we can take our time, relax and enjoy the country walking.
From Cortina D’Ampezzo to Trento
- On the morning of the fourth day, we leave Cortina D'Ampezzo and set off immediately for another Alpine pass, Passo Giau.
- After enjoying the mountain pass, we visit two other typical villages: Canazei and Pozza di Fassa (in Val di Fassa) and in the meantime we also cross the Passo Fedaia.
- After the lunch break in a typical malga in Pozza di Fassa, we take a walk to Lake Carezza, a wonderful lake surrounded by mountains. Lake Carezza can be covered in 1 hour on foot and is a beautiful flat walk in the woods, along the lake shore.
- As the last stop of the day, we reach Trento (passing by Castello di Fiemme for a break) and walk around this beautiful city where we spend the night. In Trento it is possible to visit the city or enjoy a relaxing aperitif while admiring Piazza Duomo with its dome.
From Trento to Modena
- On the morning of the fifth and last day, we leave Trento to reach Passo delle Fittanze, where we stop for a coffee break.
- After this short break we leave to reach Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella, crossing the Lessinia Natural Park (which is located under the province of Verona and is known throughout the world for the famous Amarone della Valpolicella wine). Here we stop for lunch and to relax.
- As soon as the lunch break is over, we reach Affi.
- After that, we head towards Mantova, where we take a break to have a coffee all together before leaving for the final stage, Modena!