The Giro d'Italia, yet another victim to the coronavirus sweeping the globe, won't be held this year for the first time since 1946 when the Giro had finally resumed after five-year hiatus imposed by World War II. The 1946 Giro started on June 15 in Milan with a field of seventy-nine starters – all Italian, except for Joseph Magnani, an Illinois nat...

He really should be training for the Giro d'Italia instead of making deliveries during the coronavirus pandemic. But how else is a professional Italian cyclist supposed to stay fit? At least that is what Umberto Marengo was thinking when he decided to pull on his lycra and start hauling pasta and pizza across the suburbs of the northern Italian cit...

A large group of past stars of the Giro d'Italia assembled for a virtual ride of the last 37.4km of stage 9 of the planned route for the 2020 Giro d'Italia to Vieste on Sunday to help raise funds for the Italian Red Cross' COVID-19 response. The Red Cross is offering aid to first responders, screening for coronavirus, and logistical and psychologic...

An Italian man puffed his way up the narrow road — literally. His hands clutched his handlebars, leveraging them for power as he cycled uphill. That left only one place for his cigarette: between his lips. He smiled in greeting as we passed. Headed in the opposite direction, I had just crested the hill and my speed was picking up. On this sunny Sat...

Our 300-kilometre cycle adventure across the golden hills and green fields of Tuscany is more than just a bike trip. It’s also a test drive of my heart, which had a spot of bother last year. Nearly dying threw into jeopardy my plan to bunk off work as soon as possible in favour of goofing off in various interesting places around the world. Getting...

Felice Gimondi, three-time Giro d'Italia champion and winner of the 1965 Tour de France and 1968 Vuelta a España, died on Friday afternoon. The 76-year-old was swimming in the sea off the coast of Giardini Naxos in Sicily, southern Italy, when he suffered a heart attack. Gimondi took 14 stages across his five Grand Tour victories, and is one of onl...

The newest season of Netflix’s hit 80s science fiction-horror series Stranger Things dropped on Friday, July 4 in time for the Independence Day celebrations in America. The gang of once kids, now teenagers in Hawkins have to save the world once again in the Duffer brothers throwback that has become an instant cult classic. As usual, the third seaso...

When St Francis renounced his worldly possessions and left in quest of spiritual purity, befriending wolves and other animals along the way, it's a mystery whether he was receiving the words of Christ or acting on symptoms of PTSD caused by battle and imprisonment. What's not a mystery is why St Francis felt such a strong connection to nature in hi...

On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death (1519-2019), why not pay homage to the Renaissance genius by going on a trip to the area of Tuscany where he grew up close to nature, observing birds, rocks, flowers, rivers, thus acquiring that curiosity for the natural world that turned him into the artist and scientist well ahead of his times...

If you’ve ever considered a bike trip to Italy, chances are that you’ve come across a company called Ciclismo Classico. Celebrating its 30thanniversary this year, they offer rides like Cinque Terre & Tuscany, A Feast in Umbria and Majestic Dolomites. Italy-obsessed biking enthusiasts know they’ll get a great workout, feats on regional specialties a...