For me, it's a rite of summer, riding Ducati motorcycles in Italy. There's just something about the air and the light and the roads and of course the people, that makes me feel there is no better use for my time and money. So for me to call this the ultimate Ducati vacation there's clearly something else going on besides the usual nirvana. And there is. It's WDW year and combined with that is the world meeting of Ducati Club Presidents. This year that meeting starts at the Ducati factory, with 6 days of riding the best roads Italy has to offer in the company of friends from all over the world, and ends with four days of bright red Ducati insanity aka: World Ducati Week. I have never missed a WDW, this is my 7th one and it's shaping up to be by far the biggest one yet. Join me for the Ultimate Ducati Vacation - Vicki's "You Were There" World Ducati Week 2012
Words and photos by Vicki Smith
Spotted this gal on her nest in an ancient arch, I bet she comes from 1000 years of mothers just like her
makes you wish you could follow the path and see what lovely old doorstep you land on
Gelato, and granita's (sort of an Italian slushee) are most people's choice but I am a fan of meringue and the Italians do them better than anybody.
Bianca and the giant Botero horse
As we were preparing to leave the mayor of Assisi asked if we would like a tour of his office and the rooms where the town business has been conducted for centuries.
We even got to sit in his chair!