Planning a similar trip
Hey, I'm planning a similar trip.
I fly into London-Gatwick, and then start my trip on a Ducati Darmah from Portsmouth, over into France, and then into Northern Italy, Switzerland, up to Belgium and then back to England. I start my trip Sep 6th, and I finish Sep 28th. I need to be back in England by Sept 23-24th to watch the Motocross of Nations, but other than that my trip is pretty flexible.
From what I remember living in Switzerland 23 years ago, any road that takes you over a mountain pass is a twisty one. In most cases, if there is a tunnel, the road that originally took you over the mountain pass still exists.
I'm thinking of the Col. du Grand St. Bernard and the Simplon Pass (both going from Switzerland into Italy) and then there's the famous Passo Dello Stelvio (also on the Italian Swiss border).
I'm not your typical tourist. I don't fall for tourist traps, and I prefer nice scenery and uncrowded roads. For example my perfect vacation in Italy would be to visit the Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia and Meccanica Verghera (MV) Agusta factories in Northern Italy. A motorcycle race would be awesome to watch, if the tickets aren't too expensive. I looked into watching the MotoGP - very expensive tickets in Europe.
My flight over is likely to be the most stressful part of the trip, I'm guessing.
Better to be an idiot than a crook.