Giro d’Italia, the Beautiful Race

Be ready! We will accompany you throughout the wonderful route of the 2018 Giro d’Italia.

The 101st edition of the Grand Tour of Italy (known as Giro d’Italia), one of three prestigious European multiple-stage cycling races, started on May 4 in the land of Israel. The finish will be on May 27, in Rome. After the first three stages ran in the Holy Land, becoming so the first stage of a Grand Tour cycling race outside Europe, the competition lands in Italy for the remaining eighteen stages.

Therefore, Italics Magazine aims to accompany its readers throughout the wonderful route of the 2018 Giro d’Italia, featuring the best cyclists of the world, such as the Dutch Tom Dumoulin, the British Chris Froom, the Australian Rohan Dennis and the Italian Elia Viviani, who will be competing for the ‘Pink Jersey’ (Maglia Rosa, in Italian). Each of the stages is a mix of sports, history, art and nature, the components that make Italy the beatiful country par excellence and this bicycle race well loved by the fans and the racers.

May 8, Catania-Caltagirone (Sicily, 198 km)

The 2018 Giro d’Italia starts its domestic path from Catania, East Sicily, the Mediterrean city of the Elephant located on the shores of the Ionian Sea and at the bottom of the Etna Volcano, declared Unesco World Heritage site, to arrive to Caltagirone, famous for its production of ceramic. The stage finishes passing by the famous and magnificient steps of Santa Maria del Monte, with its multicoloured ceramic tiles. Between these two cities, many tough climbs typical of this part of Sicily are expecting the cyclist.

Santa Maria del Monte steps, Caltagirone.
Duomo Square, Catania.

May 9, Agrigento-Santa Ninfa-Valle del Belice (Sicily, 153 km)

The second stage starts from one of the most saucy city in the whole world: Agrigento. Known as Akragas during the golden age of Ancient Greece, it was one of the most important centers of the Magna Graecia region, which at the time occupied a big portion of Southern Italy. The Giro d’Italia will run along the Valley of the Temples, where spectators and riders can admire seven monumental Greek temples in the Doric style.

Pedaling along the South coast of Sicily, the race will touch the city of Sciacca, then it will head to the Valley of Belice, a hilly area where one of the best Italian extra-virgin olive oil is produced. The valley is a very meaningful place for all Sicilian people, due to the terrible earthquake of 1968, when about 300 people died and more than 600 were injured. The finish line is situtated in the most representative town of the valley, Santa Ninfa. The Giro d’Italia could not find a better way to honor their memory.

Santa Margherita del Belice, 50 years after the earthquake.
Valley of the Temples, Agrigento.

May 10, Caltanissetta-Etna (Sicily, 164 km)

This very hard stage due to the almost entirely mountainous route, touches the two central provinces of Sicily, both far from the sea, Caltanissetta and Enna. Caltanissetta had global relevance in the past, for its deposits of sulphur. Whereas, Enna holds an important record in Italy: it is the highest provincial capital, situated at more than 930 meters above the sea level.

The arrival is on top of a mountain, but not just any mountain. Indeed, leading towards East, the Giro d’Italia will climb the Etna Volcano, regarded as the highest and most dangerous active volcano in the euroasiatic plate. Throughout parks unique in the world and lava flows, the cyclists will cross the finish line nearby the Catania Astrophysical Observatory, at 1736 meters high, where the lost oxygen can be retrieved with the breathtaking views.

Market Strata ‘a Foglia, Caltanissetta.
Etna Volcano, Catania.

Italics Mag will continue to introduce you the beautiful places of the Giro D’Italia in the next days. Stay tuned!