Roads are being resurfaced all over Italy, including Bagni di Lucca.
…the reason? Giro d’Italia is about to happen. The 98th running of the road race will begin in San Lorenzo al Mare on May 9th and conclude in Milan on June 1st.
Most importantly, on May 13th the race will come through Bagni di Lucca on its way from La Spezia to Abetone, and it will go right past my balcony in Ponte a Serraglio.
Whether it will match the excitement of the race between Mao and Collodi is a matter for discussion.
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A few days later the cars in the Mille Miglia will go by in the afternoon ( at 16.31 according to the programme) of 16th May on their way from Rome to Parma, on the third day of the race.
The magnificent Mille Miglia began in 1927. Beautiful old cars follow a beautiful route through Italy. I saw some of the cars in Florence a few years ago.
Just as well we had the balcony upgraded last year, there may be a few people gathered there soon.
Looking forward to watching from our loggia. It seems that the Giro is doing a sprint stage to end in Ponte. I didn`t know about the Mille Miglia. That`s a bonus. (It`s a shame that they couldn`t have went just a little further to where the really bad parts of the road are!)
Maybe they aren’t finished yet…we live in hope.
Both of these events would see Jim vying for front row seat on your balcony Deb….hope you all have a wonderful couple of days. We llook forward to the blog on the events.
It should be fun. It will be great to see the extra activity in town.
I did notice that I was suffering from less backache on my scooter thanks to the road surface improvements….
A worthwhile outcome in itself.
Looking forward to watching both events. They are coming past the mill, which is great.
Imagine getting 2 events so close together.
Oh, some fun things to watch! Thank you for the photos and information.
Maybe we can wave some flags together.
Sounds like standing room only on your balcony. What a visual and cultural treat – especially the vintage cars. I think that sums up the timeless charm of Italy to those of us who admire it so much, some slightly dodgy roads are left in a slightly dodgy state until…….they get resurfaced for a car race! Italy, fantastic, no place like it the world.
I think the Giro is inspiring the road works, but the Mille Miglia will benefit as well. I love the old cars, they are so stylish.
I will be coming back to Bagni for the Giro. As far as I can tell this is the only time this will happen in my lifetime.
I’m sure it will be well worth the trip.
How exciting! I would love to be there on your balcony watching the Giro go by! I was lucky to catch the Mille Miglia a few years ago in Florence.
I did too, it was great fun.
Do you know what that fabulous red car is in the second photo you took in Florence?
Unfortunately I do not, but maybe someone out there does
This is so exciting. I would love to see the Mill Miglia.
You will have to come over.
I would love to be one of those people on your balcony
Wishful thinking: can i get there in time? Will the river terrace be finished in time?
The ride from La Spezia to Abetone … whew … quite the terrain! Hooray to your view from the balcony!
Thanks Debra for the info. We shall be in Le Marche around those dates so without you we might have missed both events. Must check and see if they will be passing anywhere near us.
Oh Deb!!!!! How exciting! I LOVE the giro. I’ll be glued for the stage through BDL!