Monday, January 4, 2010

Museum: Museo del Ciclismo ‘Alto Livenza’

The Museo del Ciclismo ‘Alto Livenza’ was first founded in 1988 and located in Stevenà. The small museum included a part of the jersey collection of Toni Pessot. In 1993 the museum was relocated to a larger space at the 14th century Renaissance building "Casa Gaia da Camino" (named such in honor of the noble character mentioned by Dante Alighieri in the Divine Commedy)in Portobuffolè (TV). Since then the collection has increased significantly with more valuable memorabilia being added each year.

The museum is dedicated to the memory of Duilio Chiaradia, a pioneer of sports television at RAI from 1950 to 1981 and Giovanni Micheletto, winner of the 1912 Giro d'Italia (fourth edition) with the legendary squad of Atala squad of Ganna, Galetti, Pavesi and Micheletto.

Bicycles in the collection include the road bike of Giovanni Micheletto, a track bike of Ottavio Bottecchia (the first Italian to win the Tour de France), and the bike with disc wheels in which Silvio Martinello won the world championship on the track in 1985. Also, a drive shaft 1898 Peugeot.

In addition to bikes and other memorabilia there is a large collection of jerseys including those of Giordano Cottur, Antonio Bevilacqua, Lance Armstrong, Renato Longo, Giuseppe Beghetto, Gino Pancino, Franco Bitossi, José Manuel Fuente, Felice Gimondi, Giuseppe Saronni, Francesco Moser, Freddy Maertens, Maurizio Bidinost, Vito Di Tano, Moreno Argentin, Maria Canins, “Joop” Zoetemelk, Gianni Bugno, and Miguel Indurain.

The museum is address:
Museo del Ciclismo ‘Alto Livenza’
Casa Gaia Da Camino
Via Businello, 2
31019 Portobuffolé (TV)
tel. 0422-850088 - fax 0434-780874

The museum is open to the public Saturday and Sunday 10.00-12.00 and 16.00-19.00. Also open by appointment only Tuesday through Friday.

Photos: inside the museum; Ballerini samples a track bike

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1 comment:

  1. Stevenà is about 25km from my house. I ride through there on the way to Sarmede and Vittorio Veneto.

    Portobuffolè is further south. I'll have to drive down there one day.