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Northern Italy in cycling pictures. . .(42 posts)

Northern Italy in cycling pictures. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:46 AM
Okay I know I've been promising pictures from my trip to Italy and I finally have things uploaded to make this easier. In a nutshell, I traveled around Northern Italy including Milan, Turin, Asti, Imperia, Cuneo, Cinque Terra, Genoa, Lakes Como/Garda/Iseo. This was first trip to Europe and it definitely won't be my last. I had such a great time. My mode of travel was basically by train and foot with just a backpack on my back. I did meet some U.S. friends in Milan though to car tour the Lakes region. I generally stayed in two-star hotels and youth hostels. If you're looking to travel cheap, I highly recommend this method. If you'd like to see more pictures (non-cycling related, several hundred) you can check out http://photos.yahoo.com/johns5280 . They separated by regions (Lombardia- north central lakes region, Piedmont- northwestern Italy, and the Italian Riviera (Liguria). FYI- Check out the picture file name for hints to as where the picture was taken. So here we go, Northern Italy in cycling pictures. . .

I'm going to start off in Santa Marghertia which is on the Italian Riveria and is the major town outside of Portfino and just north of the Cinque Terre. This is a very beautiful area, in particular Portofino. Highly recommend stopping in this area for its beauty. Also if you're into the jet set scene, this is your place. Lots of beautiful people, cars, yachts, and other conspicuous displays of wealth. However, this is a particularly great place to bring the bike for a quick, very scenic tour. It's just a few miles (less than 10) from the train station to Portofino, all flat and right above the sea. It's not a particularly wide road in places, but traffic is going somewhat slow.

Here's a great example of the ride. . .



Yeah but does Thule make a roof rack for it?js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:48 AM
They were having a Ferrari/Maserati car show when I was there but you'll find plenty of drool-over supercars on the road any day of the week.




Take the train. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:49 AM
As you'll see in this picture, it's pretty common for people to bring their bikes on the train and hit good riding areas along the Riveria.



On to Genoa. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:51 AM
Okay, heading up the coast toward France to the city Genoa. Original home of Christopher Columbus. A surprisingly cool city situated on the water, built on the mountains so lots of steep streets, has a in-town marina, and an old town section (1200-1300 AD) that hasn't been completely destroyed. It is a very large and busy city so not great for riding. Riding in a bus is scary enough in that city. I much prefer smaller towns but there is good day or two of sightseeing in town unless you all to see it all, and some wonderful local beach communities to the east. Genoa was a particular favorite of mine because I met a great Italian women there (who spoke English) and got to learn a lot about day-to-day life of Italians, places to visit, meet her friends, attend some parties, etc. Okay and she is really cute, single, and my age. No complaints here :-) Here's a shot of some bikes in the old town section (Porto Antico), I thought the rather large chain was humorous. These were just outside a scooter shop that had a few bicycles as well.



Here we see the Official Church of Team Acqua-Saponejs5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:52 AM
Just joking, but it DOES match their kits ;-)



This small, hot Italian model can take two at a time. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:53 AM



Off to Turin. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:54 AM
Home of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Turin also seemed to be very cyclist friendly by virtue of the number of cyclists, particular on the east side of the River Po. Which is also home to here. . .



Molto Fausto. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:55 AM
Fausto Coppi seems to be really popular in these parts, I know he wasn't born here but did he live here at some point in time? Also lots of people riding Coppi frames. Here's garden in his tribute. . .



Molto Fausto. . . pissed here during a race and flowers grew -nmSnowBlind
Aug 14, 2002 12:43 PM
Here's some Italian cyclists getting some riding in. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:56 AM
What's Italian for "What's that dumb tourist doing?"



So I was hanging out with Mario Cipollini and Paolo Savoldellijs5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:58 AM
after the Giro and. . .

Actaully this almost happened. There was supposed to be a big celebration for Mario and Paolo, along with some track racing. Unfortunately it RAINED all that afternoon and evening so the event was cancelled. I was WAY bummed.



didn't stop raining sincepukka
Aug 14, 2002 10:02 AM
To the lakes. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 9:59 AM
Okay, away from the big cities to the northern Lake regions. In particular Lake Como and Iseo. This is a spectacular area, much less crowded and more cycling friendly. There are many cyclist on the road and quite a few LBS in the area. I would love to spend a week on any of these lakes and ride around them and the surrounding area. Okay and eat a ton of great Italian food and drink wine. Here's a shot around Lake Iseo. . .



Italian OCLV?js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:00 AM
Here's a shot of a Advanced XX2 carbon fiber bike (anyone know this one) at a LBS. Unfortunately we got there during the lunch closing so I didn't get to check out the inside.



I like that nmPhatMatt
Aug 14, 2002 6:08 PM
Looks like it even had a Trek emblem on the head tube (nm).cabinfever
Aug 15, 2002 6:15 AM
Ahhh, Lake Iseo. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:01 AM
Some loaner bikes at the Hotel Araba Fenice where we stayed on Lake Iseo. A very nice 4-star hotel built RIGHT on the edge of Lake Iseo. I've got some great pictures of it in the Yahoo pictures. . .



Moving on to Lake Como. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:02 AM
By far the most popular of the lakes. Also nestled above Lake Como, above the town of Bellagio is the Sanctuary of the Madonna Ghisallo, patron saint of cycling and the future home of the Cycling Museum. A bus runs from Bellagio to the Sanctuary three times a day or if you're up for a hell of a climb (even by Colorado standards), ride the bike up. Here we are in Bellagio. . .



And a close-up of the ferry in the background . . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:03 AM
Ship's name- Ghisallo. . .



Hard to believe I got this shot out of the back of a Ferrari...js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:04 AM
Okay, it was really a Fiat Punto, I hadn't noticed the Ferrari sticker before. . .



Asso, it's just a too funny of a word. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:06 AM
Here's the bus that goes to the Sanctuary and ultimately ends up in Asso. I hear the people there are really nice though ;-)



Sanctuary! Sanctuary!. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:08 AM
Beautiful isn't it. . .



Information on the Sanctuary's opening hours. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:08 AM
Dig out the Italian dictionary. . .



A monument to Fausto Coppi. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:09 AM



Hey, there's even a place to park your bike. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:09 AM



Anyone know Italian?js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:10 AM
Here's a plaque, I didn't know enough Italian to translate, anyone?



Rough, but my attempt.EJC
Aug 15, 2002 12:05 PM
In a quest where perfection revives the extraordinary world of the bicycle race with the men and the deeds that elected it,to test the toil, courage, pain and delight naturally and the image of the 'ciclismo' (peloton) we want you to remember.

And to the of the days of the distance and verse that drives talents and dreams, hopes and myths, adventures and hearts with the ideas of an inventor and engagement of a hero's spirit of a long believer an incomparable season of human sport and morality

EJC - very base knowledge of Italian aided by an online translator
Sounds like a dedication speech. . .js5280
Aug 15, 2002 12:38 PM
I imagine given my the individal to the left. There's some writing at the bottom that doesn't turn out in this lo-res picture but does in a hi-res. A name "Vincenzo Torriani" appears. Punched it into Yahoo and it looks like he was perhaps the father/important supporter of the Giro. Makes sense with the translation. Thanks EJC for taking the time to translate! I was very curious to what this plaque was about.
Another monument. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:11 AM
Another monument. . .



And a close-up of the plaque. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:11 AM



Funny story. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:12 AM
Oh, there is a race that goes through here and the Sanctuary sits next to the this sprint line. Funny story, the guy in the picture is riding a Yeti mountain bike which is a Colorado company. I bet his friends drool over the fine and exotic American craftsmanship ;-)



Maybe next year. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:13 AM
The Museo de Cicismo didn't appear like it would open before I had to leave. Cool architecture though. Maybe some other year. . .



Hope you enjoyed this visual trip. . .js5280
Aug 14, 2002 10:15 AM
through northern Italy as much as I had taking these pictures! Like I said, there's a ton (a few hundred) from my trip. Got to love the digital camera.
Thanks. Excellent pics :-)kenyee
Aug 14, 2002 11:34 AM
Outstanding stuff! THANKS! nmWannabe
Aug 15, 2002 7:43 AM
Thanks for the snaps! Good luck with the senorina ;-) (nm)gs6769
Aug 14, 2002 10:18 AM
great pics! any of the italian honey?(nm)rufus
Aug 14, 2002 11:53 AM
Excellent pictures - but did you ride at all ?PeterRider
Aug 14, 2002 12:33 PM
your pictures are really very very good. Did you ride a bike at all there ?

I hope you didn't forget to eat some gelati and drink coffee !

Pierre
Ride, no. Gelati and coffee, everyday.js5280
Aug 14, 2002 1:10 PM
And how the hell I came back 6 pounds lighter, my RACE weight no less, I have no idea!

Typical day in food:

Breakfast: 1 cappuccino, 2 pastries, water

Lunch: Panini or pizza or foccasccia, gelati, half liter white wine, water

Dinner: 4 course dinner including desert, bottle of red wine, water

Next time I need to lose weight, I'm going back to Italy :-)
How was the Wine? nmPhatMatt
Aug 14, 2002 6:12 PM
Outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! n/tspankdoggie
Aug 14, 2002 7:28 PM
Awesome wine. . .js5280
Aug 15, 2002 11:08 AM
You can pick up a good quality bottle of wine for 10-15 Euros in a restuarant! I wasn't too familar with Italian wines so a large part of this trip was too familarize myself with them. I drink wines from the region whenever possible, mostly reds. I would have white wine for lunch (too hot for red) but generally it was the house wine. Some barolos (okay), barberas (good), barbarescos (great but expensive), nebbiolos (great), franciacortas (great), even a red sparkling wine that was in a traditional red wine bottle (surprise, good but a little funky, much better than Cold Duck though ;-) I generally polished off a bottle every night, yep I'm a lush :-)