Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 13, 2015

Giro d’Italia comes to Bagni di Lucca

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.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Regular cyclists were out and about trying the Giro route.

Giro d'Italia

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.

Giro d'Italia

There were cyclists waiting to see cyclists.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

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.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Sponsors’ cars came through at speed.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

…and the leading bikes appeared.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

The crowds were waiting  for them.

Giro d'Italia

…and then the main pack of riders sped along the river and through our piazza.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Then the official vehicles sped past and it was all over.

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia

What fun! I’m glad I was here. On Saturday afternoon we will all be back for the Mille Miglia which will come through Bagni di Lucca…it all happens here.

Go to Bella Bagni di Lucca for some photos from Bar Italia.


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  1. Thank you for the pictures! I have tried to find something on the TV but the only thing they broadcasted was the finish!

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    • There will be some more soon on Bella Bagni di Lucca.

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  2. Jim looked very fetching in his pink hat – what fun

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    • I’m sure the pink hat will come in handy.

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  3. Wonderful to hear that Ponte a Serraglia is in the centre of the universe — again. Must have been last years” Moto Giro d Italia ” , that got the attention of promoters 😀😅😉
    Please to pass on my warm regards to all the locals —as I’m not visiting their gorgeous village this year 😂😂😂😂

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  4. That would have been fun to see.

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    • It was great fun, and good to see so many people out and about.

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  5. Looks a big event – much excitement in the village and everything so beautifully photogenic and green. Tell Jim I like him in a pink hat!

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  6. Great Deb..looks like a lovely day.

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    • It really was great fun. I don’t have much interest in cycling, but it was exciting to see the piazza so busy and everyone really enjoyed the spectacle.

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  7. Ooh, I spy with my little eye an Aussie flag! Very exciting and the day looks glorious!

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    • There were a few Australian flags about. It was a perfect spring day. The sun was shining, the river was sparkling…wonderful.

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  8. Reblogged this on Margaret River & Beyond and commented:
    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.

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  9. Dashing young men on their cycling machines! What excitement and your lovely flower boxes added to the colourful scene. What beautiful green trees too.

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    • Ponte a Serraglio is looking fabulous right now with its brand new green trees.

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  10. Yes! Yes! Yes!! Have just surfaced after the 5th night watching the Giro in Australia. Am probably the biggest cycling nut in the country and so thrilled our SBS is showing every night. Got a wonderful surprise when ‘Bagni di Lucca’ sign came up and was able to travel virtually throughout your beautiful township!! Oh that spring greenery . . . A lovely part of Tuscany I now feel I know an iota better 🙂 !!

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    • It was a glorious day yesterday, perfect for the race…and the spectators.

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  11. Great time to be there, how fun

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  12. Such fun pics, Debra. The riders must have been delighted. 🙂

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    • I wonder if the riders do look around, or are they concentrating so much they see nothing?

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  13. great thanks to you to be able to enjoy this day from afar. on the television it was gone in a flash, and somehow confusing because of shots changing from front to middle and back of peloton. nice to recognise some faces as well.
    thank you debra for sharing!

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  14. JB just read in the Courier Mail today that an Aussie, named Simon Clarke who replaced another Aussie became the leader of the race that day.
    . So that makes it even better. Loved the look of the cyclists going thru your village. x

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    • Sorry, but methinks you are a day late! Orica GreenEdge was absolutely great on the flats but had to succumb to the ‘holy trinity’ of Contador, Aru and our own Richie Porte last night!! Let’s pra!!!. Meanwhile Gerrans, Matthews and Clarke have made Australia proud!! Their job virtually done, they will prob withdraw to prep for TdF!!!

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  15. Debra….great pictures…..we enjoyed last Sunday the start of the 100KM bike race around Ischia that started here in the Ponte. Over 500 riders. It was fun to watch them line up in front of the Castello Argonese for the start.

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    • Italy does these spectacles very well…aren’t we lucky to be here?

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  16. Great photos! It was a lot of fun being here for this – seeing the decorations, lots of people in town, and, of course, the cyclists.

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    • It was a great day. I’m looking forward to the Mille Miglia.

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  17. Fantastic! Wish I was there, but I’m particularly excited about the Mille Miglia.

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    • Me too, we saw a couple of the cars today in Arrezzo.

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  18. How fabulous. The weather looks perfect. I can feel the excitement from your photos. Jim’s pink hat actually looks good

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    • The weather could not have been better. I wonder if Jim will wear the hat again.

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  19. That’s exciting. Bagna di Luca looks splendid on such a colourful day.

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  20. Great photos of a wonderful event – thank you!

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    • It was a fun day, I’m glad I was around for it.

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  21. The still images seem to capture the spirit so perfectly. Even more so than the action that flashes by on TV. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful event!

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  22. Just another reason of your balcony providing a great view. 🙂

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  23. That looks like fun! One day I will visit this quaint town.

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  24. For the first time, we watched part of the race on tv. So great that the race did go through your town!

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  25. […] was a busy month. The Giro d’Italia came through Bagni di Lucca, right past our apartment, causing much […]

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