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What is "La Carrareccia"?

Today "La Carrareccia" is an established and well-known historic cycle event with a rich program. It is one of the stages of the vintage Giro D'Italia (GIDE https://www.giroditaliadepoca.it/).

 

From themed meetings on Friday to the tour of the local cantinas on Saturday evening, accompanied by the popular songs of the “washerwomen of Tuscia”. It's an opportunity for you to discover the sensations and fatigue of the cyclists of long ago; to relive that time for a few hours; to  taste those flavours; ; to discover the land of the Etruscans, to visit the unspoilt nature and countryside of Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria; to enjoy walking the old historic town streets on the edge of the biggest volcanic lake in Europe, and to be tempted to buy the local produce and products of our artisans. 

 

Translated into English "La Carrareccia" simply means the cart track...but to us it signifies much more than this...carrareccia is the local way of talking about the famous 'white roads' of central Italy. The white roads that are iconic amongst cyclists. Today, cyclists dream of what it's like to experience the passion of a simpler, purer cycling past....but to us it means much more that...carrareccia connected the remote farms and villages of of our rural communities. In a time before people could afford a car, the road, and the bikes they used, allowed our grandparents to meet, fall in love, visit friends and relatives, take their goods to market and to gather produce in the hills.

 

Retracing that road is a jump back in time, an opportunity to return to the past of simple, genuine things which grow old but never die: when you breathed good air, when the tastiest snack was bread and dripping and on Sunday there was a smile to chase away problems. And of course when the bike was still more common than the car. 

It will be an unforgettable weekend, and you will return home still singing the anthem of La Carrareccia!

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