Monday, January 21, 2013

Touristic Giro d'Italia with Eros Poli, 1-25 September

Eros Poli is organizing a unique, and possibly one-off, three week tour of Italy from September 1 to 25, 2013. The program is as follows according to Eros:

"Come and ride with me Eros Poli and let me help you discover ‘La Dolce Vita’ Italian style as only we Italians know how!

We leave from Cinque Terre and cycle down the Mediterranean coast, through Tuscany and continue along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea to Rome. Here we are going to visit the ancient Roman villas of antique Ostia before climbing back on our bikes and cycling on to Naples.

After crossing the Gulf of Naples by boat and visiting Pompei we ride south to Puglia where you will discover the Trulli of Alberobello and taste the real italian ‘Bruschetta’ made with the famous Altamura bread that will obviously be accompanied by one of their famous local wines!

From Altamura we will move on towards Vieste, abandoning the coast to climb north through the center of Italy to Chieti and L'Aquila where we take a well deserved rest day.

The last 5 stages we will pass through the beautiful historical towns of Spoleto, Assisi, Urbino and on the second last day we arrive in Cesenatico, the birthplace of Marco Pantani. Here I would like to take a few minutes to say hello by visiting is tomb..

After visiting Marco we will transfer immediately to Chioggia, a Venetian town that not only reminds us of what Venice would have been like 50-60 years ago but is also famous for its prosperous fishing in the Adriatic.

The last stage: the final parade into Venice, along with our bikes we will board a water taxi in Chioggia that will take us to the island of Pellestrina where for lunch we are expected for succulent fried seafood and a cold beer.

From Pellestrina on our bikes we ride to catch the ferry that takes us to Venice where to conclude our magnificent adventure I have been given special permission to have our photos taken as an awesome souvenir in Piazza San Marco.

In the evening we will have our gala dinner."

There are also possibilities of shorter versions within the schedule. All details, including day by day stage information, contact information, at

To those that have not been following the blog for a long time, Eros Poli is best known for his Mont Ventoux Tour de France stage victory of 1994. He is also an Olympic Gold medalist (LA 1984), World Champion, and National Champion. Eros lives in Verona.

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