August 27, 2016, 04:14 PM
Riding a harley around tuscany
Hi, we will be staying in a villa in San Pancrazio, and have rented a Harley Davidson to do day trips around Tuscany. When I told the women that runs our villa, she wrote back and said that it was extremely dangerous, that the roads are all very winding and steep. She kind of scared me out of doing it. Anyone have experience riding motorcycles around the hills, towns, etc of Tuscany and could put my fears are rest? My husband has been riding Harley's for 35+ years. So he is an experienced rider. it seem to me to be an extraordinary way to travel around there, but of course want to be safe! Any advice is greatly appreciated!
August 29, 2016, 12:35 PM
If your husband has experience riding motorcycles, then you'll love riding across Tuscany!
I found a San Pancrazio in the province of Arezzo, is that the one you're staying at?
While it does to be in the hills, it is most definitely not in the mountains so I think the roads will be quite normal roads across all of Tuscany, which I consider safe to do in motorcycles. Not too steep between there and the main towns in Tuscany -- the steep roads are once you're in the mountains and going to remote towns uphill. It just means you need to take it slow and have the power to take them, which I think most Harleys can tackle. Most of the roads even through the mountains pass along the valleys in between so you're not necessarily climbing uphill.
The women who runs your villa might have had a bad experience with a motorcyclist to be afraid of or for them... to be honest, there are tons of motorcyclists here, many who love to doing the mountain passes on the weekends. Unfortunately, they tend to be a bit too daring --- often taking the turns too fast and too wide and invading the opposite lane. These are the maniacs I worry about myself when driving along those mountain roads because you can seriously find them in YOUR lane as you make the turns and not see them coming at you. There have been many accidents on those roads, as you'll witness with flowers or ribbons on polls along these roads. So - of course you need to be cautious as you drive, but most roads can be done by motorcycles.
If your husband has experience and does not drive in this reckless manner, I think you will particularly enjoy doing the roads in Tuscany and exploring the region this way!
August 30, 2016, 06:00 PM
Driving in Tuscany
I don't have any biking experience...but I live in Strada in Chianti and bikers (motorcycle and bikes with pedal power) are always going by!!!
I would think anyone who rides is used to the curves and ups & downs - so though the owner was correct in warning you, if you have that kind of experience then go and ENJOY!
I also lived several years in an area southeast of Florence and I know from friends that the mountain pass in Casentino is also a favorite with lots of people on bikes.
August 31, 2016, 03:35 PM
Thank you so much for your reply. Not sure if we are in the province of Arezzo or not. The town is about 20km outside of Florence. Regardless, thank you so much for replying! We will just take it slow and be careful. Very excited for our trip!
Originally Posted by Lourdes
August 31, 2016, 06:29 PM
Then it's the other San Pancrazio near Montespertoli -- you're in fine Chianti country as well, so you'll have rolling hills of vineyards, perfect for riding!
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