Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cycling Museums in Italy

The opening of a new museum, the Museo della Bicicletta di Bra (Cuneo), presents an opportunity to update this list. Please contact me with any additions, or corrections. Photos of visits welcome.

Museo del Ciclismo Madonna del Ghisallo,
Via Gino Bartali, 4
22030 Magreglio (Co)
Extensive museum; see photos from my visit:

Ciclo Museo "Gino Bartali"
Via Chiantigiana, 175,
50126 Ponte a Ema, Firenze

Museo del Ciclismo Toni Pessot
Via Trieste,
Shown: Pink Jersey of Anquetil, WC jersey of Rik van Looy,1960

Museo dei Campionissimi a Novi Ligure
Viale dei Campionissimi,
15067 Novi Ligure (AL)
Read about a visit here.

Museo Alfredo Binda
Cittiglio (Varese)

Viale Brianza, 7/9
20040 Cambiago (MI)
Colnago and its museum is not open to the general public, appointment required.

Museo Storico della Bicicletta, Toni Bevilaqua (Collezione Sanvido)
Via Grei 6, Contrada Anquetil
Cesiomaggiore (Belluno)

Museo de Falegname Tino Sano
Via Papa Giovanni XXIII, 6
Almenno San Bartolomeo (Bergamo)
note: Felice Gimondi items

Museo Nicolis
via Postumia
Villafrance di Verona (VR)
This museum has automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and mechanical instruments. A visitor wrote, "this is the most complete representation of the evolution of the bicycle that you’re likely to find anywhere."

The Coppi Home at Castellania
Castellania, Alessandria (Piedmont)
The home to the Coppi brothers has been restored and is open on holidays and Saturdays (best to call 339.0143-744907 in advance). In addition to the home there is a documentation center, mausoleum and small museum.

Museo della Bicicletta "GIANNETTO CIMURRI"
Via Porta Brennone, 17
42100 Reggio Emilia
tel. 0522-454228 - 438622
Open to the public by appointment. The collection is based on items collected by Giannetto Cimurri who was a masseuse for many champions. He was present at 8 Olympics and 40 Giro d'Italias. The museum has 135 bicycles, including bikes belonging to Girardengo, Coppi, Bartali, Gimondi, Moser.
Photo: Bianchi used at the 1953 World Championships in Lugano by Coppi is among the bikes at the museum.

Museo del Ciclismo Colle del Gallo
Santuario Madonna dei Ciclisti - Colle del Gallo
24060 Gaverina Terme (BG)
tel. 035-814269 - 810154
Contact: Alessandro Mazzoleni
The museum was inaugurated during the 1998 Giro d'Italia del 1998 and has been collecting bicycles, jerseys, and memorobilia through contributiuons.

Spazio Pantani
Via Cecchini 2
47042 - Cesenatico
tel. 0547-672886
Multi-media museum in the birthplace town of Marco Pantani. The museum contains exhibition of photos, bikes, memorabilia and audiovisual materials. More details here.

Museo del Ciclismo 'Alto Livenza'
Casa Gaia Da Camino
Via Businello, 2
31019 Portobuffolé (TV)
tel. 0422-850088 - fax 0434-780874
Racing bicycles, jerseys and other cycling memorabilia located on two floors of 14th century Renaissance building. More details here.

Museo del Ciclismo "Learco Guerra" (located within the Museo Tazio Nuvolari)
Piazza Broletto, 9
46100 Mantova (MN)
Among the highlights of the collection is the first pink jersey in the history of the Giro d'Italia, the rainbow jersey of World Champion, the yellow jersey of the Tour de France, and the tricolor Italian national championship jersey. There are also trophies, photographs, memorabilia and bicycles. One of the bikes is a MAINO that Guerra used to win Milan-Sanremo in 1933 and the Giro d'Italia the following year. More details here.
Note: as of January 11, 2010, the museum had been cloased since December 1, 2008, due to restoration of the palazzo. To contact the Museum staff please write to their e-mail address: info AT, or contact Automobile Club Mantova, piazza 80Ă‚° Fanteria, 13- 46100 Mantova (tel +39 0376 325691).

Bottega Museo di Ranieri Rossi,
Cicli f.lli Rossi,
Via Roma, 1
Private museum but open to the public. Museum contains diligently preserved equipment, tools, bicycles, parts and accessories. The collection also includes a substantial collection of books and vintage magazines. Reservations for the museum can be made by calling 349 5263212 or by email (see here).

Museo della Bicicletta di Bra (Cuneo)
Corso Monviso n° 25
Bra (Cuneo)
Museum opened in 2010. To visit contact: Luciano Cravero, tel. 333.6567315

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  1. This is a really valuable summary. It is impressive that Italy has so many excellent cycling museums, devoted not only to sports stars but also to the machine itself. Bravo! And I will use the list for my own travels in Italy later this year.

  2. I've updated my map of all these museums plus other cycling sites in Italy.
    Cycling Museums in Italy

  3. @tranfers: thank you; I have also embedded the map.

    The map refers to the old link, maybe you could update that.