(PRWEB UK) 24 April 2013
The renowned Giro d’Italia cycling race kicks off next week with an exciting start in Italy’s city of Naples. This is the 96th annual Giro d’Italia, a multiple-stage-race which sees professional cyclists from across the world assemble in Italy to ride across the country. The race was first organised in 1909 and has been held every year since apart from when it was suspended during the two World Wars. Originally created to increase sales of the newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the race continued to gain prominence and has since expanded from mainly Italian riders to professional cyclists from all over the world.
Today, the Giro d’Italia is organised by RCS Sport and is a UCI World Tour event which, along with the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, makes up cycling’s prestigious Grand Tours. The race is primarily held in Italy, but does occasionally pass through other countries; this year will see cyclists pass through the mountain areas of France. The route also changes each year but always consists of 21 day long stages and two rest days.
This year the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will compete in the 2,116 mile race which takes place from 4-26 May. The cyclists will start in Naples and make their way around the boot before finishing in Brescia. The Giro d’Italia will test the endurance of the riders as they take on grueling mountain climbs and exhausting time trials, all in the hope of winning the coveted pink jersey.
citalia, the leading Italian specialist for over 85 years, has just launched its online interactive map in line with the upcoming Giro d’Italia race. The interactive map showcases citalia’s knowledge and expertise with an infographic full of helpful and interesting facts. citalia customers will be able to select holiday destinations along the route from where they can watch the race as well as nearby destinations to incorporate into a multi centre holiday. The interactive tool, the first design of its kind by citalia, also provides information on recommended restaurants enabling customers to design their own unique holiday to Italy.
Don’t just take our word for it, get involved in the action and book a trip to some of the most beautiful parts of Italy with the help of citalia. Travel to Sorrento with citalia from £795 per person. Departing 6 May 2013 from London Gatwick, stay seven nights at the four star Imperial Tramontano in Sorrento. This holiday is on a bed and breakfast basis and includes an online discount and a saving of up to £85 per couple.
Enjoy savings and exclusive extras in some of Italy’s top destinations with citalia. Stay four nights at the four star Grand Hotel Verona, featured on the infographic, from just £359 per person. Departing 2 June 2013 and on a bed and breakfast basis, this holiday includes one free night, an online discount and a saving of up to £188 per couple. Alternatively take advantage of a three night break in Florence from £399 per person. Departing 18 August 2013 from London Gatwick on a bed and breakfast basis, this holiday includes a stay at the four star Brunelleschi, one free night, 10% early booking discount, one complimentary meal per person, an online discount and a saving of up to £250 per couple.
For those looking for a longer break and a last minute relaxing getaway, take advantage of citalia’s seven night Lake Garda holiday. Stay at the featured four star Grand Gardone on a half board basis from £915 per person. This holiday, departing 8 May 2013 from London Gatwick, includes one free night, transfers, an online discount and a saving of up to £345 per couple.