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There are many celebrations and events this year related to the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death.  This artist, scientist, inventor, designer, engineer, painter, sculptor and more ..... this year's Giro d'Italia includes a stage from Vinci (his home town - 40 kms from Florence) to honour his anticipation of design leading to the modern bike).  At the age of 26 Leonard painted the Madonna Benois, and this year the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia has kindly loaned the painting to Italy for a few showings.  To begin with:  in the Pinacoteca Comunale of Fabriano (March) from 1 - 30 June, followed by Perugia (Umbria) 4 July - 4 August.  
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Pergola (Marche), during all the weekends of June 2019, the town is awash with truffle cuisine, stands of truffle and other local products particularly extra virgin olive oil, wines, fresh vegetables (e.g. fresh borlotti beans, celeriac and Jerusalem artichoke).  Local restaurants and agriturismi (farmstays) will offer set menu meals of 4 courses accompanied with four glasses of different local wines at the cost of only 20 Euro per person!!  
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Spello (Umbria), newly opened archeological museum Roman Imperial age mosaics dating back 2,000 years in a Roman villa called Villa dei Mosaici, located just outside Spello town walls (Sant'Anna locality).  Multimedia audio guide or personal guided tours on reservation at info@villadeimosaicidispello.it.  Open Tuesday to Sunday weekly.  Ticket entry 6 Euro, children 2 Euro.  
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Emilia Romagna Region:  Did you know there are 10 bike paths that run through nine regional parks and one nature reserve from Piacenza to Romagna?  Various itineraries allow two wheel enthusiasts to enjoy the amazing natural and environmental landscapes that rise and fall among hills and plains, as well as discovering the local historic and architectural wonders, visitors centres, museums and the wildlife rescue centres located along these routes.  More info:  ambiente.regione.emilia-romagna.it 
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Are you a social/recreational/serious cycling fan?  Once again in 2019 Agriturismo L'Ape Regina ("the Queen Bee") located in the hills of Corvara, Abruzzo region (approximately 3 hours by vehicle Rome Fiumicino), offers small group cycling tours. The 15 day itinerary includes accommodation, transfers from/to Rome Airport, all meals and drinks as well as facilities for riders such as on-site workshop for minor repairs and contact with a specialist cycling shop nearby if required. Three or four rest days for visiting the local area and interesting sights are part of the program. Each cycling stage is escorted by driver and van.  All levels of rider ability are catered for, from beginners through to experienced cyclists, by offering a variety of daily stages.  For more details contact marino@laperegina.com.  

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More on cycling ..... in the Trentino region there are approximately 300 kilometres of cycling paths, from Molveno to Levico going via Pergine and the wine area of Valsugana.  

 

 


 

 


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