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CIAO! Let’s Talk MotoGP™ Gran Premio d'Italia!

Kellie Canosa

By Kellie Canosa

May 9, 2014

On June 1, the premier motorcycle racing World Championship, MotoGP™, will arrive at one of the most famous motorcycle circuits, the Circuit of Mugello, located just outside of Scarperia, Italy, a pretty small, but charming town in the Mugello valley, which is about 32 km north of Florence.

The region of Mugello is a wide, green valley crossed in parts by the Sieve River, one of the major rivers that run into the Arno River, Tuscany’s principal river. The Mugello valley is breathtaking because of its natural beauty and the vast landscape, which goes from rolling hills and plains to mountains.
MotoGP-VIP-Village-World-Wide-Paddock-View-Racing_ITALYThe three days of the Italian MotoGP race circuit weekend are highly anticipated and sought after for all MotoGP fans worldwide. Not to mention, the event is one of Mugello valley’s biggest attractions, if not the biggest of them all! Between the circuit, nature and culture, this is one race you’d better book as soon as possible!

The Circuit

Bought by Ferrari in 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest race circuits. The track consists of equally divided straights and curves, with 15 turns, nine to the right and six to the left.

FUN FACT: The curves take up 48.5% of the total length of the circuit. 

Fast Facts:MotoGP_Italy_track

Length: 3.259 miles
Width: 14m
Longest Straight: 0.709 miles
Constructed: 1974
Above Sea Level: 292m

Preview

By preview we mean, Marc Marquez! Nothing new has been going on in the MotoGP sector, besides Spaniard Marc Marquez continuing to dominate, with each race performance better than his last. Will Italy be another win to tack onto his resume or will he finally be defeated? This is why you need to be there live to find out!

On the other hand, literally, Repsol Honda MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa has undergone surgery for compartmental syndrome, more commonly known as 'arm pump'.

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Pedrosa, currently second in the world championship behind unbeaten teammate Marc Marquez, had not publicly complained of arm pump problems, characterized by a loss of strength and feeling in the forearm. Enough with the bad news, Pedrosa will, however, ride at the Mugello Circuit, hoping to maintain his hard earned status.

In other news, the riders are healthy and ready to put on other highly anticipated show. We don’t know if the riders or the town of Mugello are more excited! 

Travel Guide

Italy –what comes to mind when you think of that luscious, delicious word? Our best guess is vino, pasta, vineyards, art and history! And that is exactly what you’ll find! Not only will you be going to the top attraction in Mugello, the MotoGP race, but you’ll be adventuring out into the rolling rolls where life slows down a bit and you will experience things you’ve never had before.

Here is our list of the top five things to do outside the circuit:MotoGP-VIP-Village-World-Wide-Inside-Dining-Bites

  • Bilancino Lake: the largest artificial lake in Tuscany! Home to pink flamingos in October and locals in June, this lake is a place for pure fun and relaxation! Rent a paddle board, go sailing, or even go mountains biking! Regardless of personal preference, this lake just makes Tuscany even more of an attractive destination!
  • Coltellerie Giglio: a small village at the foot nell'Appenino Toscano, in the heart of the Mugello. The town’s foundation dates back to 1306, when at the behest of Florence defeated the Ubaldinis. In defense of the town, it went down in history for the quality products, skill and inventiveness of its craftsmen.
  • Casa Di Giotto: Once consider a mansion many years ago, was an ancient and simple medieval building and once the home of famous artist Giotto di Bondone. The house offers visitors the chance to enjoy a multimedia set up inside the museum which takes them back in time to present day. 
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  • Poggio dei Medici Golf Club: Golfer or not you need to make a visit! UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club offers a championship course and a cozy clubhouse between the hills of Mugello in the town of Scarborough just a short distance from Florence. The grounds are to die for and the amenities are world famous. For the sake of all of us, GO! 
  • Palazzo Pretorio: The best for last! A restaurant with a medieval feel will serve you the real Neapolitan Pizza or Panuozzo cooked in the wood oven. Not a pizza fan, get seduced with the chefs famous lobster spaghetti and his grilled Prawns. And don’t think we forget about the wine! They have wine that will accent all of their food items, along with a great craft beer list. 

Now What?

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It’s not too late to see the sites, the 217mph speeds and most importantly the 64 degree leans! They are all waiting for you! The riders are waiting to show off their skills and the wine is waiting to be drank! Don’t fight that lovely feeling –you know you have to be there!

Moto Experiences will get you there! Offering Official Ticket Packages complete with racing legends meet and greets, pit lane tours, gourmet foods, open bar, and views that will leave you speechless. The MotoGP VIP Village™ is where you will be and WILL be treated like royalty –who doesn’t love that!? Never heard of the MotoGP VIP Village? CLICK HERE! Come join us in Italy for a weekend, we can’t wait to see you there!

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