A SPECIAL ITINERARY FOR A MOTORBIKE TRIP, FOLLOWING THE ROAD MAP USED FOR THE PRESS LAUNCH OF THE NEW APRILIA TUONO V4 1100: FROM TRENTO TO CAVALESE AND BACK. THREE HOURS OF PURE RIDING PLEASURE, IN ENCHANTING SCENERY. THE REGION IS A BIKER FAVOURITE, WITH ITS SPLENDID PANORAMIC ROADS – LIKE THE “GROSSE DOLOMITENSTRASSE” – MAKING FOR A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE. AND WHY NOT DISCOVER THE AREA’S OTHER BEAUTY SPOTS, FROM LAKE GARDA TO THE DOLOMITES.
At the heart of Europe, in the Italian Alps, there is a butterfly-shaped region: its “wings” are formed by the Dolomites (a UNESCO world heritage centre) and its “body” is the location of the city of Trento and Lake Garda. This is the Trentino: as stunning in winter as in summer, offering a world of experiences and emotions through sport, nature, beautiful landscapes, gastronomic specialities and fine wines. A welcome in grand style is guaranteed.
From the spring through to the autumn, the Trentino is one of the favourite destinations of motorcyclists: and in fact it was chosen for the recent international press launch of the new Tuono Aprilia V4 1100 (see the article in the Product and Events sections, ed.). So we “stole” the official road map of the route taken by the journalists conducting the on-the-road test rides on the powerful hypernaked, to offer it to Wide readers as a proposal for a thrilling bike tour.
The uniquely spectacular route leaves from Trento and heads for Cavalese (on the right-hand wing of the butterfly) and then returns to Trento. Approximately 140 km, 3 hours of exciting riding, through the magnificent scenery of the Sugana and Cembra valleys. The route alternates faster sections and wide bends with more demanding hairpin sections, for a thrilling ride, against a spectacular natural backdrop.
Information for riders wanting to explore other routes and other beauty spots (with stopovers to sample local delicacies) can be found on the special website Vacation in Trentino (our thanks to Paolo Pincelli of Trentino Marketing for his assistance and the photogallery).
THE “GREAT ROAD” OF THE DOLOMITES. Another perfect destination for bikers is the "Große Dolomitenstraße", built by the Austrians at the end of the 19th century for war purposes, whose beautiful views turned it into a popular tourist attraction. With about 165 km of bends in the heart of the Dolomites, the road is one of the most exciting motorcycle routes in Italy. For bikers wanting to travel along the original road, you start from the Alpine hamlet of Ora (Bolzano), and climb up through the bends of the San Lungano Pass and then down to the Fiemme Valley. You ride through fascinating dolomite villages and reach Pedrazzo, before entering the Fassa Valley, with a break in Canazei, a town surrounded by the Dolomites of the Sassolungo, Marmolada and Sella groups.
Then another ascent towards the Pordoi Pass (the name means “meadowland”), the unmissable Alpine pass dividing the provinces of Trento and Belluno, a legendary section of the Giro d’Italia, the round-Italy bicycle race.
After the 33 bends on the descent, you enter the Bellunese and then continue for Cortina d’Ampezzo. More ascents and bends on the Tre Croci Pass, before turning left towards Auronzo di Cadore and Cima Gogna, the end point of the Great Road of the Dolomites. The best season for the tour is from April-May to October.
(The background photo for the article, left, is take from Davide Polo’s blog, daidegasforum.com: international launch of the new Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 in Trentino. April 2017).