Pitigliano, Tuscany

This is truly a place to be visited in the south part of Tuscany, near Grosseto. The town is perched atop a volcanic tufa ridge, giving it a unique character, and is also known as Little Jerusalem (Piccola Gerusalemme), for its centuries-long Jewish community. Because of its location on Tuscany’s southern tip, one hour away...

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    Strade Bianche di Toscana

    I got dusty today on the ‘strade bianche di Toscana’, Tuscany’s white roads, near Siena. The ride from Volterra to here yesterday made the list of my top rides ever, a unique combination of stunning places and perfectly designed curves along the way. I couldn’t have imagined that the route today would be even better,...

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      Tuscany backroads

      Light and shadows in Tuscany, on a backroad road near Volterra. As I arrived near this beautiful mountaintop walled old city, a long stretch of smooth curves was almost hypnotizing: the afternoon sunlight had to share the road with heavy shadows from the tall trees covering both sides of the way. It felt like I...

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        New friends

        Making new friends along the way: this big fellow was going about his day when I crossed his path, and I stopped for a little chat and a couple of photos. He was a good sport and didn’t mind my presence for a little while, and seemed rather curious about my bike. The ‘Italian White...

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          Passo dello Stelvio

          My still-unnamed Hertz Ride BMW R1200GS at the famous ‘Passo dello Stelvio’, on a route that crossed four countries on the same day. In the Alps, you cross countries easier than you cross counties in the US. The Stelvio is another ‘cult’ road around here, so this iconic mountain pass on Italy and Switzerland’s border...

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            Cape L’Agulhas, South Africa

            Dreaming of faraway lands… Cape Agulhas, South Africa, in September 2014. This is the geographic southern tip of the African continent and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Another fantastic place to be revisited when the world reopens.

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              The Livigno loop

              A good motorcycle tour should include one, two, or even more rest days for the riders to take a break from intense days on the road, depending on the trip’s length. Instead of staying one night on a given location, the tour stops there for two nights in a row, allowing the group a full...

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                Hurricane Isaias

                Waiting for Isaias… In these times of pandemic, a Cat 1 hurricane arrives almost unnoticed. Compared to what has been going on since March, it feels a bit like an old, tired, and well-known theme park ride: it should be thrilling, but it is anything but. Still, the storm may create havoc up North as...

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