Andrea Livio is a filmmaker born in northern Italy who has traveled the world and lived in many cities including Milan and Bogota. In 2010, he decided to leave his typical work routine behind and embark on a journey of a lifetime: a motorcycle trip across the world. He would leave from Stelvio, Italy and end the trip back at the same place; he titled his journey “Stelvio to Stelvio.” Read about his epic road trip on his Moto Guzzi Stelvio:
I have traveled more than 62k miles in the last two years across 37 countries. I’ve spent about two and a half years around the world with my bike.
I just got back home and I don’t think I’m yet able to express what I experienced.
The hardest part about the process was... starting. I did everything in a hurry before I could change my mind. During the trip I had no plans, no maps, no expectations, and was constantly discovering new things. It was a different lifestyle.
I started the trip at the Stelvio Pass, not far from my house. From there I went to the north of France, where I boarded on a cargo ship that took more than 30 days of navigation to get to South America.
Then I went from the southernmost point of Argentina, Ushuaia, to the northernmost point of Canada, Inuvik.
I missed an appointment in Alaska to get over to Japan so I decided I’d go south, to Peru, and from there I went to Korea.
Once in Russia, I crossed the Siberian region all the way up to Turkey. Then through Central Europe, I went back to the Stelvio Pass, where it all began.
During the whole trip I tried not to use main roads, but follow alternative routes. For that reason, I got lost many times.
I used 80 octane gasoline diluted with water while riding through the amazon jungle, and I drove at more than 16,500 feet of altitude. My bike always performed well throughout the trip.
I met guzzisti in every part of the world. In Seoul, Korea, I was stopped in the middle of the street by a manager in a suit and tie who wanted to take a picture with me. He spoke Korean, but I was able to understand that he was the owner of a Guzzi Breva.
Now I have friends in every part of the world. I keep using my bike here in Italy. Yesterday I passed through the center of Milan during Milan Fashion Week and was surrounded by fashionistas. As I stood there I looked at my Stelvio and smiled. It was my companion through rivers, deserts and dangers...