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Old 08-22-2011, 03:52 AM   #1
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Julia Roberts do Italy!

Hi everyone! I am - Julia, my husband - Robert, so we are - Julia Roberts and we from Moscow, Russia. Here is our report about trip to Italy this summer on our Yamaha T-MAX. This trip took 16 days, 6850 km. From Russia, through the Byelorussia, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria, having covered about 2500 km. with 2 nights in Poland and Austria, on the morning of the third day we drove to Italy. The whole day went to the Dolomites, drove 300 km, but felt like a thousand have passed. But what kinds of roads, viewsand air!

The next day we did the main point of our trip - we drove through the Stelvio Pass (Passo dello Stelvio), "greatest driving road in the world" according to British automotive show Top Gear. This car pass is the highest in Italy and the second highest in Europe, built in the period from 1820 to 1826 years and consists of 60 hairpins, 48 of which are numbered from the north. This is a Mecca for bicycles and motorcycles. The maximum height of 2757m, our Max drove very difficult, very large height, and there are all passing motorcycles made ​​very strange sounds MUST see!

After the Stelvio, driving along the Lake Como, we arrived to our friends villaat Lake Maggiore. And at once began a heavy rain and hail. The next day we planned to spend on the lake, take a trip to its famous islands, but was again heavy rain and our friends offered to take us by car to the station, so that we can go by train to Milan to see the Duomo. So we did. Duomo - the fourth largest church in the world and the world's largest building made of marble. It is decorated with more than 3,000 marble statues, decorative carvings on the incomparable marble, stained glass windows. Very beautiful!

Near the Duomo, is located Galleria Vittorio Emanuele - the oldest shopping mall in the world. In the center of galleries on the floor is paved with a mosaic of Turin Bull. The unfortunate animal - there is a sign that if you stand one leg on the Bull eggs and turn around, there will be happiness and wealth. Just imagine what there is a hole in the floor!

Rest of the day we spent at Lake Maggiore.

Leaving the Alps and the lakes we headed south towards the Mediterranean, to the Genoa. When we moved into this famous port city, we were shocked by the huge number of two-wheeled vehicles, mostly the maxi-scooters, which drive all: teens, respectable ladiesand men in business suits, the policemen, the elderly, etc. In Genoa, we wandered through the narrow streets in the evening, it was pretty scary. In the daytime the old city is more attractive and interesting. But the port interesting at night.

We continued our journey and drove through the mountain streamers, along the Mediterranean coast came to the area of ​​Five Lands (Sinque terre) - small and pretty villages on the coast. In one of them, Monterosso, we planned to spend almost all day, but because of the absolutely incomparable sea stayed there for 2 days. Impression only spoiled attitude of local residents to Moto tourists: entry to the village is prohibited to all vehicles (only to residents, taxis and service vehicles). Right at the entrance to the village is very little parking, but it is completely occupied by locals motorcycles and cars. Nearby there is a multilevel half-empty car parking, but they refused to put the motorbikes, even for a double payment. We saw five motor tourists from France, they were unable to find a free parking place, turned around and left. And we decided to stand on the street in a small busy parking. The next day we found at our Max fine for wrong parking - 23 euros!

Next was the home of parmigiano cheese - Parma. We examined it very quickly.

to be continued...
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And here again we returned to the lakes of Lombardy. Lake Garda! This is the largest lake in Italy, 52 km in length and width of 18 km. We fully circled around the lake, we stopped in the main city-Sirmione, it is located on a narrow peninsula, 4 km long and is famous fortress Rocca Scaligera. We drove along the road of James Bond, with dark, narrow tunnels in the rocks (there filming a scene from "Casino Royale"). Visited the Gardaland, with a bunch of rides. In our opinion this is the most beautiful lake in all that we saw in Italy.

Next stop was Verona, a beautiful ancient city. In Verona, at the hotel reception said us that today in the Arena (third largest surviving Roman Amphitheatre) Concert of Deep Purple - almost at a run, we got to the Arena, the concert began only 5 min. ago, quietly bought tickets for 30 euros / piece. and watched the concert, sitting on the steps of the Arena, which nearly two thousand years. The concert was fantastic, but when they sang Smoke on the water, the musicians, I think, do shed tears themselves, because the entire Arena stood up and sang all together! The following day we inspected the city. But we had a bit worried because when we had just settled into the hotel our Max stopped to start up. We very hope that this is only the battery discharged, and not something more serious. In the morning we took the battery and brought it to the nearest petrol station with a service and left it to charge. Thank God, the problem was really a discharged battery.

Vicenza. A very nice town, but time was limited, so we quickly toured the center. And, of course, stopped at a Dainese D-Store!

Padua. The world-famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, which kept its relics. In Padua is also the largest square in Europe - Prato della Valle.

The final point of our trip was Venice! Of course, it is little one full day for this town, I hope we have once again been there.

From Venice to Moscow, we got over 2.5 days, with two overnight stays. On the way we stopped in Vienna, bought me a new helmet shoe. Not as advertising but as a good advice: if you'll be in Vienna, go to this moto- shop - warm welcome and a cup of wonderful coffee are guaranteed.

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first - Lake Garda, Tremosine ("Road of James Bond")

second - Stelvio Pass

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Old 08-22-2011, 07:32 AM   #3
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Awesome pics. Looks like an amazing trip. Can't wait to get there myself.
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Great post!! Awesome pics!!
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Great photos... looks like you've seen it all.. !
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Fantastic pictures! Thanks to sharing.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:32 PM   #7
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Guys, thanks for the feedback! We are now going to a new trip. Starts August 27 in Moscow, and through Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria, come to Slovenia, then Croatia, on the ferry to Italy, then to race Moto GP in San Marino. Returning on 11 September, so, wait for the a new report!
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What a great trip and incredible pictures. Now I really must go to Italy. Thanks for sharing.
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Great Pics Enjoyed!
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we need to really get over to your neck of the woods some day and ride. The history and architecture along makes me need to get there. The twisty roads too....what a great part of the world.....thanks!
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Phenomenal story in pictures!

A trip that makes us North Americans envious!

Enjoy the next trip! I spent a day in Croatia and would have liked to spend more. It was beautiful even though it was February.
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I have to ask: Was this posted "...from Russia with Love"??

Just kidding - Great post, thanks for posting pics from my dream ride - they are great! Your ride is on my bucket list, top too.
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I'll add my appreciation to those above. The photographs are fantastic and it looks like you guys had fantastic holiday.(not including the parking fine).

Safe travels and Cheers!
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Excellent report and superb pictures. Thank you for posting this report.

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Very good report. Nice to read and see such great pictures. Thanks for sharing!
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