Giro d'Italia 2019 in Tuscany where to sleep in Fucecchio
Giro d'Italia 2019 in Tuscany: second Stage Bologna-Fucecchio, third Stage Vinci-Orbetello
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The Giro d'Italia Stages in Tuscany pay tribute to Bartali, Montanelli and Leonardo
Me (Tiziana) and Giro d'Italia trophy "Senza Fine"
Even those who, like me, are not into sports will not be able to remain indifferent to the wave of cycling that is about to invade Tuscany!
Saturday 9 March I had the chance to admire the Giro d'talia trophy "Senza Fine (Endless)" up close. It is the prize awarded to the winner of the Giro d'Italia, which was exhibited for two days at the Montanelli Bassi Foundation, in the historic Palazzo della Volta in Fucecchio.
Traditionally Tuscany IS a land of cyclists from the Florentine Gino Bartali, protagonist of epic duels with Fausto Coppi, to the fucecchiesi Luca Scinto and Andrea Tafi, to the Lucchese Mario Cipollini, whose nicknames include Il Re Leone (The Lion King) and Super Mario and Vincenzo Nibali (also known as Lo Squalo, the Shark) is very proud of his Sicilian origins but lives in Mastromarco and trains in around here). The winner of Tour of Flanders 2019 Alberto Bettiol lives in nearby Castelfiorentino. Cycling in Tuscany is a widespread sport, thanks to the morphology of the area that offers uneven terrain, sudden changes in the landscape changes in a short space. The beauty of the landscape makes everything easier!
Even the most illustrious son of Fucecchio, the journalist Indro Montanelli, took an interest in Giro d'Italia when, at the end of the 1940s, he was sent by the Corriere della Sera newspaper to write about the race and about Italy and Italians that were getting back into gear after a devastating war. A few years ago Rizzoli collected these chronicles in the book "Indro al Giro. Journey in the Italy of Coppi and Bartali. Chronicles from 1947 and 1948". After more than seventy years it is now Giro d'Italia's turn to celebrate the great journalist! The second stage of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, now in its 102th edition, will be Bologna-Fucecchio!
In the 2019 edition, not only will the Giro d'Italia pass through all the 11 Municipalities of the Empoli Valdelsa district (Capraia e Limite, Castelfiorentino, Cerreto Guidi, Certaldo, Empoli, Fucecchio, Gambassi Terme, Montaione, Montelupo Fiorentino, Montespertoli and Vinci) Fucecchio will host the arrival of the second stage and Vinci of the third race.
The first stage will be on Saturday May 11 in Bologna.
It is a short individual city time trial, with the first 6 km flat and the next 2 km in very strong ascent, in fact the arrival will be near the sbreathtaking Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca.
The second stage will be on Sunday May 12 starting from Bologna.
Also the start of the second stage on Sunday 12 May will be in Bologna, destination Fucecchio!
The third stage on Monday 13 May will not start from Fucecchio but from the nearby Vinci to end at Orbetello.
The altimetry of the second stage of the Giro d'Italia 2019 horizontally
The second stage, the one that that sets our hearts racing, will start in the Bologna area and will take place on a 200-kilometer route. After about 115 kilometers from the start the cyclists, headed by the fresh Maglia Rosa, will enter Tuscany, in the province of Prato. In fact the pink platoon will touch the Tuscan ground in the municipality of Vernio, precisely in the Montepiano area, to then touch Prato, Campi Bisenzio and Signa. Then the race will enter our territory in Montelupo Fiorentino through the state road 67 in the locality of Camaioni, then continue to Ginestra Fiorentina, from here to Montespertoli and then to Martignana. From here the passage on the territory of Empoli will begin. First from via dei Cappuccini, then from piazza della Vittoria and again in via Tinto da Battifolle to cross the Arno and touch the territory of Vinci for the first time in the Sovigliana area.
The altimetry of the second stage of the Giro d'Italia 2019 vertically
From river Arno level up! In fact from Limite sull'Arno the race will arrive at the Mountain Grand Prix climbing up to the notorious Pinone and then descending towards Vitolini, again in the municipality of Vinci. After the provinces of Prato and Florence, it is the turn of tho one of Pistoia. It is impossible to come here by bike and not venture onto the legendary San Baronto, the new Mountain Grand Prix, and then descend to Lamporecchio and Mastromarco, practically in the home of the Shark Vincenzo Nibali. From here we will return to the Florentine province, crossing the territory of Cerreto Guidi and finally arriving in Fucecchio. Technically this second stage is considered a nice treat for sprinters.
On the 12th of April Fucecchio Mayor Alessio Spinelli has finally revealed the route on our land. Coming from Cerreto Guidi, precisely from Pieve a Ripoli, the platoon of cyclists will arrive from Strada Provinciale 11 (Via Pisana), facing the large roundabout that also leads to San Miniato. Leaving the roundabout at the first exit, it will stay on Strada Provinciale 11 until the first traffic light, where they will enter Fucecchio through via delle Fornaci. At its end, the cyclists will find the last bottleneck, precisely in correspondence with the Convento Francescano dellla Vergine, know by the locals as the "Church of the Friars". They will go on just cycling through beautiful Piazza La Vergine and its fountain and then through Via Trieste, Corso Giacomo Matteotti, that the fucecchiesi call "in su' fossi". It will be a strange feeling for us locals to see a crowd of people cycling along this road "in reverse" compared to the usual direction of motion. The staue of Giuseppe Montanelli has seen many things happening right before its eyes, and it will see also the Giro d'Italia. The Pink Race will just pass right in front of the square of the same name, which will be inaugurated just a week earlier after a radical renovation. A tour around Nuovo Teatro Pacini and the race will be in Via Carlo Landini Marchiani, to pass through Viale Bruno Buozzi immediately later.
Marco Puccinelli's sculpture dedicated to Indro Montanelli, "Freedom in a ribbon - Letter 22" and the "Endless Trophy", the prize awarded to the winner of the Giro d'Italia
This route has been carefully planned to show the world the most significant glimpses of Fucecchio (too bad not to be able to go through the historic center, an impossible mission due to the narrow streets...). A passage through Piazza della Ferruzza, home to the sculpture by Marco Puccinelli dedicated to Indro Montanelli, entitled "La libertà in un nastro – Lettera 22 Freedom in a ribbon - Letter 22" linked to the "Endless Trophy", the prize awarded to the winner of the national stage race by their ribbon shaped forms. From here, the race will move on to Viale Cristoforo Colombo, until the Rotonda dei Barchini, in honour of Padule di Fucecchio. From here it will be time for the last sprint towards the arrival in Viale Fucecchiello. The location of the arrival has been known for a long time. In fact, it is a sufficiently large road to allow the safety measures to be implemented and the nearby parking lot of the Sports Hall in Piazza Sandro Pertini will be able to accommodate most of the vehicles that make up the Giro d'Italia caravan.
The plan of the second stage of the Giro d'Italia 2019
The third stage will take place on Monday 13 May starting from Vinci.
After a night of well-deserved rest on Monday 13 May the Giro d'Italia will start from Vinci with destination Orbetello.
The departure from Vinci will coincide with the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci. This third stage will be 219 kilometers. Bike racing lovers think this stage will be a good opportunity to emerge for cyclists who know how to make the most of a path that is moved in the first part and then very flat.
The altimetry of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia 2019
From the center of Vinci the Corsa Rosa will still pass by Sovigliana and then go towards the Roman Sienese and then cross both Castelfiorentino and Montaione, then climb up to the Gran Premio della Montagna in the Poggio all'Aglione area. The race will cross the Volterrana in Gambassi and then head towards Certaldo and leave the Empolese entering the Sienese territory in Poggibonsi.
The plan of the third stage of the Giro d'Italia 2019
From Poggibonsi the route continues towards Colle Val d'Elsa to climb up to the second Mountain Grand Prix in the Cantoniera di Montebello area. It will then cross Mereta, Roccastrada and enter the city of Grosseto. From the provincial capital town the route plans to touch Poggio l'Apparita, Montiano, Magliano in Toscana, a territory rich in numerous Etruscan settlements. Then... Here is the sea! Or rather the lagoon! The Giro d'Italia will enter Albinia-Giannella along the strip of land that will lead the caravan of athletes to the conclusion of the third stage, the city of Orbetello queen of the homonymous lagoon.