Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

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    We arrived to Florence or Firenze as it is called in Italian about 4. We had planned to meet a friend from Seattle who just happens to be in Italy right now. Eva changed her itinerary to meet us here. We jumped on the 800 and braved the crazy traffic of the downtown, The worst part actually is the suicidal scooter drivers who weave in and out of traffic, split the lanes, drive on the sidewalk, and generally follow none of the rules of the road. When you are on two bikes they buzz around you and will almost always cut you off, go between the two bikes, or generally be very dangerous and annoying. That said we made it with out incident and parked the bike easily since you can park a bike almost anywhere except in a crosswalk. It is pretty much a free for all. We did a bit of walking in the historic centre and down to see the Ponte Vecchio or old bridge.

    [​IMG]Florence-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Florence-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    “The Ponte Vecchio is a Medieval stone closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge over the Arno River, in Florence, Italy, noted for still having shops built along it, as was once common. Butchers initially occupied the shops; the present tenants are jewellers, art dealers and souvenir sellers.”

    [​IMG]Florence-7 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    We are staying where we are on the public bus line that circles from us to the main bus station and back. This is super convenient and for 1.20E you can get a hassle free ride to the centre of the acton. Today we had planned to see two of the major sights of the city the Medici chapel and the Duomo or Cathedral.


    The Medici built themselves an incredible tomb and the chapel is not much to look at on the outside, but is incredibly ornate on the inside.

    “The Medici Chapels (Cappelle medicee) are two structures at the Basilica of San Lorenzo, Florence, Italy, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, and built as extensions to Brunelleschi's 15th-century church, with the purpose of celebrating the Medici family, patrons of the church and Grand Dukes of Tuscany”

    [​IMG]DSC06663 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    The Cathedral is the opposite as it is fairly plain inside , but the exterior is very colourful. Entry to the church is free, but to see the crypts or climb the 430 stairs to the dome is 15E. We thought 50$ we too rich for us, but th lineup was long to get tickets.

    “The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore or Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flowers is the main church of Florence, Italy. Il Duomo di Firenze, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 in the Gothic style and completed structurally in 1436. The exterior of the basilica is faced with polychrome marble panels in various shades of green and pink bordered by white.”

    [​IMG]Florence-26 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]Florence by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr
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    On the hillside on the bank opposite the city is the Piazza di Michelangelo and is “the” spot to watch the sunset in Florence. The crowds had staked out their spot on the railing or on the large staircase several hours before, There was a party mood with people eating boxes of pizza and drinking wine and beer from the bottles. The sun set was stunning over the Ponte Vecchio. The night shots of the Cathedral and the bridge pretty awesome.

    [​IMG]Florence-9 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    The main attraction of Florence is that it was the epicentre of the Renaissance and as such its largest museum the Uffuzi hold the Medici collection of renaissance art.

    “The building of Uffizi complex was begun by Giorgio Vasari in 1560 for Cosimo I de' Medici so as to accommodate the offices of the Florentine magistrates, hence the name uffizi, “offices". Over the years, more sections of the palace were recruited to exhibit paintings and sculpture collected or commissioned by the Medici. After the house of Medici was extinguished, the art treasures remained in Florence by terms of the famous Patto di famiglia negotiated by Anna Maria Luisa, the last Medici heiress; it formed one of the first modern museums. The gallery had been open to visitors by request since the sixteenth century, and in 1765 it was officially opened to the public.”


    There are several famous pieces, but the building itself is stunning. The painted ceilings of the great halls are incredible.


    [​IMG]Florence-11 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    We retreated to base for a rest after so much culture. We also had found a near by self serve laundry and so today is the best day of the week “when all your clothes are clean!”. We hopped on the 800 at 745 and drove the 5 km down to the Ponte alle Grazie bridge beside the Ponte Vecchio to catch the sun setting at 820 and then get a few night shots as well.

    [​IMG]Florence-2 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    We had missed going to Pisa to see the leaning town on the way to Tuscany since the weather was crappy we did not want to make the detour. So today we made a 70 km trip back east to see the famous landmark. Then the plan was to meander the short way to Siena via the walled cities of Montaione and San Gimignano.
    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 15.35.58 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did a drive by for the hill top town of Montaine with its high towers. We stopped to walk around in San Gimignano.

    [​IMG]Pisa & Siena-4 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]FILE1628 (1) by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    “San Gimignano is an Italian hill town in Tuscany, southwest of Florence. Encircled by 13th-century walls, its old town centers on Piazza della Cisterna, a triangular square lined with medieval houses. Other medieval features include fountains and towers, such as the stone Torre Grossa. The Duomo di San Gimignano is a 12th-century church with frescoes by Ghirlandaio in its Santa Fina Chapel.”

    [​IMG]Pisa & Siena-5 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    From there we continued on the small roads to arrive at Camping Siena. This is across the valley and with a view of the walled old city of Siena. We drove into town towards the stadium where we were told there was good parking. There is a 100 meter long stretch of road that is moto only parking and with easy access to the old city. Here there are narrow cobbled streets and a maze of roads to get to the centre where you will find the Duomo or Cathedral. Near by is the Piazza del Campo. This is a huge sunken plaza outside the city hall. They have held horse races around the plaza here several times a year for centuries.

    “Siena, a city in Italy’s central Tuscany, is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings. The fan-shaped Piazza del Campo is dominated by the Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic town hall, and Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th-century tower with sweeping views from its distinctive white crown. From this square at the center of town extend the city’s 17 historic contrade (wards)”.

    [​IMG]Pisa & Siena-6 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    Que bella città! A few more pics of Siena would be greatly appreciated! It's really gorgeous yet simple, and not as ornate as Florence.
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We were there at a bad time of day for the light and we only spent about 3 hours there as well. Im working on good pics of Corsica for you now though! :)
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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    From Siena we had a short drive east to meet our friend Roberto in Monte san Savino. He rode out from his village near by to meet us and direct us back to his place where he hosting us for the weekend.


    [​IMG]Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 21.45.57 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    We had met him and another Italian rider Matteo at a gas station in El Calafate Argentina in 2014. He was driving a bike with BC plates since he lives in Victoria with his family, but spends the summer in his hometown in Italy. Roberto has been around the world on his KTM including the Americas, Africa, and across Eurasia. He just got a new Africa twin. They have an AWESOME YOU TUBE CHANNEL.

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    The guys decide to go off off road, but with street tires and ditch crossings and mud they turned back. Good thing, because the “ closed road” they were trying to go down was maybe 200 meters and met the main again!

    [​IMG]FILE1819 by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr


    There were lots of stops for coffee and snacks at small out of the way spots.


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    We were glad to meet up with Sergio, Mary, Sara, and Mario who were so excited about our trip.

    [​IMG]Roberto by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Roberto by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

    The guys decide to go thru the construction zone. To give Roberto credit he did ask this guy who said we could get thru….ahh not. We managed to make it home on Saturday 10 minutes before the torrential rain started, but 20 min after it did on Sunday!


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    We have booked ferry tickets to Bastia,Corsica from Livorno, Italy. We chose this crossing since it is only 4 1/2 hours and leaves and arrives in the day time. The more southern crossing to Sardinia is an overnight ferry with the need for an expensive stateroom. The ferry is also a lot cheaper on Tuesday and so we have a day to ride in Tuscany instead of riding directly the 185 km to the ferry we did 346 km, which took 8 hours.

    [​IMG]corsica_ferries_map by Sara & Daniel Pedersen, on Flickr

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    First we backtracked a bit from Roberto’s over some of the roads we had been on just so we could get south. We traveled on the tiny roads south to Bagni san Filipo and then over the mountains to Pitigliano.


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