The Ciclismo Story
Following Our Passion Since 1989
Welcome to Ciclismo Classico’s 30th year of offering the world’s finest bicycle vacations. It seems like yesterday that I was a happy-go-lucky anthropology student at Cornell riding around the Finger Lakes and teaching bicycle instruction to wide-eyed freshman. After graduation, it seemed natural that I would expand my pedaling horizons to Europe, seek out my Italian roots in Le Marche. My motivation was simple and has remained true: to serendipitously follow my curiosity and connect with gorgeous landscapes new cultures, history and my family’s roots.
Three months, five countries and two thousand miles later I spun back to Italy where I I fell in love with a landscape, culture and its dreamy roads and passionate pedalers. After a few rides in Tuscany, I knew that my life would revolve around bicycling and Italy forever. I joined Mario Conti’s Florentine Bike Club Il Chi C’e C’e (Whoever is Here, is Here) and over the next three years explored all over the boot by bike.
Fueled as a dream of sharing my passion for Italy, cycling, travel and cross-cultural exchange (putting my degree to use!), I founded Ciclismo Classico as the first woman-owned company to specialize in Italian bicycle tours. Our mission: to inspired people to embrace cycling as a soulful form of travel that connects each one of us to the world and perhaps the most exciting and important place of all: the passionate, the curious and creative human spirit.
After 30 years, my passion for cycling and discovery grows stronger. Over the years I have been blessed to share this Ciclismo stage with so many amazing actors and backstage brilliance. An affectionate toast, a “cin cin, goes out to all our wonderful guides, USA & Italy team, guests, family and Ciclismo supporters in the USA, Italy and beyond. Grazie a tutti.
We are all continually excited by the poetry and power of the bicycle as a metaphor of what the world needs more of now: simple, sustainable and joyful ways for humans to connect with the world around them. Riding a bicycle any distance is one simple and small way we can all make the planet a better place.