The Eroica is a taste of working men’s cycling from the Seventies. It’s like waking up with the clock turned back 50 years. You look around and see woollen jerseys with hand-embroidered numbers and steel bicycles, made by real Italian craftsmen, with the wires of the brakes on the outside and the gear change to turn.
This is the Eroica which took place this year on October 1st and involved over 7,000 cyclists.
Welcome to Gaiole in Chianti, in the heart of the Sienese hills, between Florence and Siena.
Seeing this historic cycle ride is a feast for the eyes and minds hungry for history and for the past.
The precision and amount of detail in the authentic clothing is enormous, the strictly vintage bicycles are works of art with wheels.
At 5.30am, amidst the early light of morning, the first cyclists set off and a colourful group of bicycles invades the small streets of Chianti. Each one has their own course, the shortest 46 km or 75 km, going up bit by bit to 209 km.
It’s hard to try to explain what it’s like to see such an event, so we recommend to those who are in Florence in early October, to spend a few hours observing this wonder, which cannot just be called race, but a “race in the midst of history“.
The staff at La Fonderia B&B will be pleased to explain and advise you on the best way to see the Eroica and enjoy this cycling tourist spectacle with vintage bicycles, through the white streets of Chianti, where you can admire beautiful views of towns and hills.
For all cyclists and bicycle lovers who get to Florence on two wheels, La Fonderia offers a dedicated and free garage for bicycles, along with basic maintenance tools.
La Fonderia is in Borgo San Frediano, in the heart of Oltrarno.
We look forward to introducing you to a unique and unconventional Florence.