Here is our friend Debra’s blog on the Giro d’Italia as they passed through Ponte a Serraglio. In two of the photos of the peloton coming up the street you can see Villa Isabella where we stayed and our steep driveway. Looks like they all have a wonderful day. Thanks Deb.
It was a very exciting day today in Bagni di Lucca. The Giro d’Italia came through town. Even if you have little interest in bicycle racing you couldn’t help being caught up in the fun.
Streets and houses were decorated to welcome the riders.
Regular cyclists were out and about trying the Giro route.
Our little piazza in Ponte a Serraglia was crowded with people looking forward to the big event. Luckily my balcony offered a birds’ eye view of the proceedings.
There were cyclists waiting to see cyclists.
Before the cyclists came through there were lots of official vehicles and pink vans selling Giro merchandise. Jim lined up to buy a lovely pink hat. The reason for pink is that the major sponsor is the Corriere dello Sport, a newspaper printed on pink paper.
Sponsors’ cars came through at speed.
…and the leading bikes appeared.
The crowds were waiting…
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