Italy - Part 2: Million Dollar Views & Motorcycle Heaven

Million Dollar Views In the morning sun, the landscape is even more splendid, as I’m still on the eastern slope of the mountains. This is supposed to change. Today I want to cross over to the other side of Abruzzo, as the highest part of the mountains are called. I start in bright sunshine, riding toward this wall-like range. The peaks are still covered in clouds from the night. An hour later, I arrive at the pass sign covered in snow. Don’t get me wrong. Riding across that high plain while the light slowly creeps through the clouds can’t be more striking. I take a million photos before heading down the other side, but the splendor continues. The first town I encounter in this barren landsca

Italy - Part 1: Riding Italy's Backbone & Seaside Vistas

Riding Italy's Backbone The pass sign indicates “Vado di Sole.” This means something like “The way to the sun.” I’m standing on a cleared road, and everything to the left and right is covered in five inches of fresh snow from the night. Behind the pass, the view opens onto a high plain that reminds me of Tibet. This is not southern Italy as I expected. Traveling 1,500 miles from Germany at the end of April, you count on a much warmer climate compared to central Europe. My Ducati Hyperstrada is even packed with swimming gear. Pure miscalculation. Let’s go back. The Italian journey starts in Bologna, a city famous for its architecture and for red motorcycles. Bologna is the hometown of Ducati.

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