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Jun 11, 2016 - Riccione

Friday 10th June 2016 Yet more rain overnight and the ground is sodden – but our bikes are still intact and as we pay and go – the owner is a bit off – maybe he’s pissed off too! The drive South is a bit of a pain as we head for the Republic of San Marino – but we bump our way down Route SS16 – it’s a terrible road surface – and we spend more time avoiding the cracks and potholes. But as we get further South the clouds inland look really black – and so we opt for plan B – a coastal resort campsite – and we choose one just south of Rimini on...

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Apr 18, 2016 - Train to Bologna

4/18 We went to the info office near the arena after ckg out of hostel (must be out by 9 a.m.). Easy walk...down hill! Unfortunately, the tourist office does not open until 10 a.m.. Rather than pursue a bus to Bologna (which may or may not exist or leave earlier than a train at noon), we just took a city bus directly to train station. Once in the station to buy tickets they have a fancy "take a number and wait" system. However, rather than speed things up, the #s for our particular "train group" had only one counter so we waited over 30...

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Oct 18, 2015 - Ravenna

Friday, October 16 Today we left for Ravenna, a city on the Adriatic Sea between Tuscany and Venice which is famed for the stunning Byzantine mosaics on display in several of its 1500 year old churches. We drove east of Borgo di Vagli, across the mountain range, passing the lovely town of Gubbio, which we had visited previously, and the fortress-topped town of Urbino before reaching the coast. We followed the coast past towns such as Riccione and Rimini. In the summer, these coastal resort towns are apparently absolutely teeming with sun...

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Greek Odyssey 2015

Oct 4, 2015 - Prosciutto, parmigiana and Verdi

After a late breakfast we met Salvatore in reception at 10:15 as arranged. A driver with a minivan awaited without and we were soon on the way to Langhirano, about 20 km away, which is the 'home' of Prosciutto Di Parma'. Of the 164 factories that make the officially certified prosciutto more than 100 are centred on this town. We joined an Italian tour group and were given a 30 minute talk, with some slides, on how the prosciutto is made and packaged. After this our guide had the presenter do it all again while Salvatore translated....

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Oct 3, 2015 - Venice to Parma

Today we left Venice to join our tour group in Parma. It actually took us two days to realise that our hosts Marli and Mauro actually did live in the apartment. Both they and their little dog Lulu were so quiet that most of the time we did not know that they were there. It was on the morning of the third day when I got up that I saw Marli go into the room, that I had thought was an office, after preparing our breakfast. We never got to meet Mauro who left each morning before 6 and returned after 9. Our trip to the station was uneventful...

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Oct 1, 2015 - Maserati driving at Parma

Hello everyone We went to Parma for a two days Maserati driving programme called the Master GT. We had bid for this in a charity auction in a moment of unconstrained excitement. The auction was to raise money for disadvantaged children to learn music. If a child has talent this can be a path to confidence or a career option. The Maserati programme is run on a race track that is used for actual race events as well as for training events for various manufacturers like the Maserati Master GT and Maserati High Performance. Ferrari run events...

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Averill and James

Jul 22, 2015 - Bologna - Lamborghini / Ferrari /Ducati

Man its hot - 37c today here in Bologna and still no air conditioning in Rover - Good fun. Bologna is all about cars and bikes apparently. Over the next few days we have planned to visit three different factories and of course a Gelato Museum as well. We are based here for 7 days with day trips planned for Venice and Piza depending on hot the car gets. Here is Ollies diary from the day we visited the Lamborghini museo and Ducati Factory. In the morning it was the day I was waiting for going to the Lamborghini Museo. In the museo it had swag...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Ferrara - cycling off all the pasta ...

Ferrara Our host, Barbara, asked us "Why Ferrara?" Well, it's a small city, with no steep climbing, it's almost entirely walled and it's great for cycling. We are so glad that we stopped here; we and only wish we'd had more than three days. What we didn't realize is that vehicles are not allowed on the street for our apartment, Via delle Volte. No wonder our GPS couldn't get us there. Drive it we did ... and we are crossing our fingers that the video surveillance didn't get our license plate. It's a 80Euro fine to drive in the historic...

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Jun 9, 2015 - Bologna in 36 hours!

Bologna Not entirely trusting our GPS, Roberto and Alessia gave us directions on how to get to Bologna. Simple, they say. What they didn't say was that they were directing us to the Autostrada, a three land free-for-all. Posted speed is 130 kph and everyone is travelling a lot faster than that. Neither of us is liking the experience, so we head off the highway to take the coastal route. However, after dozens of huge roundabouts (some call them rotaries here) on our way through Rimini and Ravenna, we head back to the autostrada, change...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Parma - Lucca

We had a really quiet day today. We left our hotel at 8.30am and drove to the beautiful town of Lucca. We were dropped off at the old city wall and Katarina walked us in and showed us around a bit and then shouted us all a gelato! There was a piazza built on the foundations of the old amphitheatre so all the shops and apartments form an oval around the piazza. There were beautiful shops and restaurants and churches and we had a couple of hours to look around. All the shops eventually closed for their siesta and we found a cute pizzeria and...

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Jun 7, 2015 - Parma - Modena & Maranello

This morning we had a later start - 8.15 on the bus. We met our local guide Melanie who is English and she has the best sense of humour. She has lived in Italy with her husband for 25 years. She took us through a castle (we can't remember the name) and then through Parma to the magnificent cathedral. It was quite modest from the outside but inside it was one of the most ornate we have seen so far. We had some free time to explore the town square and then we drove to Modena for balsamic vinegar tasting. We tried some vinegar that was 100...

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May 8, 2015 - Bologna food tour

OMG! What a day we had today!! We were picked up at 7:05 am at our hotel. We quickly ate a breakfast before thinking we wouldn't have a chance to eat for quite awhile - wrong! A black large van picked us up and already had four other people inboard - couple from Texas and a young Asian couple from San Francisco. Really nice people! We headed out if town to the Parmesan Reggano factory. There were two more black vans there already withe the rest of our group and Allessandro, our very animated and knowledgable tour guide. This tour was...

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