Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gino Bartali Museum Closed

The Gino Bartali Museum in Ponte a Ema (FI) closed as of yesterday. The association that manages the property is protesting against Florence, Bagno a Ripoli, and the province of Florence, for not honoring established agreements.

The association, in particular, is aiming its protests against the the Commissioner of Sports for Florence, Barbara Cavandoli, who intends to begin a bid process for the management of the museum.

The association has already moved out all of the most important displays and intends to empty the building.

The question on everyone's mind is, "When will the museum re-open?"

Photo: association protesters

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  1. I was there last summer, the man on the left in the picture is the sweetest guy, he run me through every and each piece in the museum and let me hold bartali's track bike which was under a glass box...

    the museum is great and I'm ashamed, as an Italian, about the closing down of the place...

    I hope they'll manage to keep it alive.

  2. I an saddened by this closure as a I am planning to leave Friday for Montepulciano and had hoped to drive in to see the museum. If you can comment on any areas or routes of particular cycling merit in southern Tuscany I am all ears.Thanks . Harry

  3. Harry: Val d'Orchia (http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2009/03/amazing-ride-in-val-dorcia-tuscany.html); Montefollonico loop (http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2009/06/davide-little-prosecco.html); Monte Oliveto di Maggiore to Arbia (http://italiancyclingjournal.blogspot.com/2009/06/monte-oliveto-di-maggiore-to-arbia.html). Also, the L'Eroica route is now signed. Send in a story of your trip.