This crazy season has been unusually warm, and on a sunny day I’ve realised my beautiful region is great to be explored on two wheels! An idea that I had never actually considered before. And now, I can’t just stop recommending it! Especially, after taking part in a bike tour of 154km to the “Catria Mount area”, inland of Le Marche.
At first I was hesitant, because I was a bit afraid. Then, I decided to accept my friends’ invitation and spend some time together in an different way. It turned out to be so much fun! We left behind the beautful city of Pesaro (north of Le Marche), and rode towards the areas of towns like: Mondavio, Frontone up to the Catria Mount.
Mile after mile of stunning vistas, I was thrilled and enchanted: the beauty of pure nature and the Renaissance atmosphere of the ancient villages made this tour a unique experience.
And I must confess, I can’t wait to be back to taly to take part in one of the other tours offered by ‘Officine Benelli’: an organization that works to keep alive the culture and passion for the historical Italian motorcycles brand ‘Benelli’.
The headquarters ‘Officine Benelli’ is located in Pesaro, in one of the old factory where the Benelli models were made.
The place is now housing a museum open to the public and strongly desired by two local motorcycle clubs that have invested time, money and even some bikes from their personal collections into this renovated facility. In this emotional location the extraordinary story of the Benelli motorcycle house is told…
…Six brothers, one story. Six men for a legend become reality. It was the spring of 1911 when Teresa Benelli, widowed, invested all the capital of her family to establish a workshop and ensure a stable job for her six sons: Giuseppe, Giovanni, Filippo, Francesco, Domenico e Antonio “Tonino” Benelli.
At the beginning it was only a service garage, where some spare parts for cars and motorcycles were also made. But the six Benelli brothers had a much higher ambition: building motorcycles. In December 1921 the first real Benelli motorcycle appeared: the “Velomotore”, 98cc two stroke lightweight bike presented in two models: Touring and Sport (125cc). This was followed in 1923 by a 147 cc version, with which Tonino Benelli started to win the victories which will make the company of Pesaro renown throughout Europe.
Over the years Benelli produced many high-performance motorbikes and different models: scooters, sport, cross, touring and even mini-motorcycles, as you can see walking through the three rooms of the museum.The exhibition is beautiful and well-thought, able to engage visitors. Passion and affection in wanting to preserve the history of the brand is evident.
Then the amazing stories of riders like Tonino Benelli and most recently Valentino Rossi, the first and the last of a generation of racers who have thousands of passionate fans and who contribute to increase a pleasant visit to the motorcycle world in a town rich in history.
For more info about the Benelli motorcycles, please click here.
The Museum ‘Officine Benelli ‘is located in Viale G. Mameli,22 (PU) PESARO
Tel: 0721 31508
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am-12pm and 4.30pm-7pm; on Sat: 4.30pm-7pm