World Cycling Championships: Beyond Art in our Renaissance Capital

The World Cycling Championships are coming to Florence. Between September 22 and 29, 2013 more than 400 athletes from around the world will pour into Florence’s streets (which have been decked in a nice new layer of asphalt for the occasion) and other Tuscan cities.

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Our Florence is the stage for the 86th World Cycling Championships. The event will involve five Tuscan towns: Lucca, Montecatini Terme, Pistoia, Fiesole, and, finally, Florence, which will be the end point for the races in each category, Elite Men, Elite Women, Junior Men, Junior Women and Under 23.

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Our magnificent scenery and priceless cultural heritage will be spotlighted by this bit of healthy, international competition. Cycling fans will be thrilled, of course, but other tourists shouldn’t fret! To get the best views of the race, you can get seats in in Stand A with tickets from 25€ to 100€ depending on the day you choose. Otherwise, there are tickets for Stand B from 20€ to 70€. Tickets can be bought easily online through Ticketone or at every BoxOffice, as usual. For more information about subscriptions and more details, we suggest visiting the official event page: www.toscana2013.it

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What about those of you aren’t into sports or don’t care much about competition?! There are plenty of exciting events for you too. The race will be accompanied by a plethora of other things to do, such as exhibitions, photography contests, literary meetings, and nature excursions. There’s something for everyone.

A few ideas for Florence.

Take a trip through the history of two wheel craftsmanship, from the 20s to the 60s, at Bike and Craft Show, open from June 20 to November 27 at the Museo Galileo Galilei.

A reading is organized for September 14 in the rooms of the library at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa.Poetry related to bicycles will be read aloud by a theater group established in the library. There are also the four days of film, music, art, design, and contests to explore the world of urban cycling at the Bicycle Film Festival from September 26 to 29 at Stazione Leopolda.

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The city is working hard to limit the amount of disruption to traffic from the event. Traffic will continue, but the race route will be uncrossable for safety reasons. When will get to enjoy the city free from the clutches traffic again?! It’s an opportunity to be seized! Urban and suburban public transportation will have route variations to maintain service throughout the competitions.

Our hotel, due to its convenient, central location (a few steps from Santa Maria Novella) will stay connected by ATAF buses and trains. We suggest leaving behind the stress of driving and taking off on long walks, getting in the mood of the event with long bike rides or take public transportation. Who knows, maybe it will start you off on a more eco-friendly lifestyle?! Travel utopia aside, if you prefer your own vehicle anyhow, our hotel will always have our parking service available. For any further information or needs, don’t forget that our staff is always ready to help. Our contact details are:

Tel: +39 055 27230
E-mail: info@grandhotelminerva.com

To stay up to date on route changes and event hot spots, we recommend taking a look at the City’s website:

http://www.comune.fi.it/opencms/export/sites/retecivica/materiali/MondialiCiclismo/vademecum_perRC.pdf

English translation by Miriam Hurley

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