Saturday, 4 May saw the beginning of the 107th edition of the Giro d'Italia, the most important Italian cycling competition and one of the most eagerly followed in the world. For the next three weeks, the cyclists taking part will compete along a route covering 21 stages, for a total of 3,400 km, with a single goal: to be awarded the famous pink jersey, reserved for the rider who leads the overall competition.

Although football is the most popular sport in our country, cycling still retains a leading role and, with it, so does the Giro d'Italia. An example of this is the rivalry between two giants of this sport, Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi – perhaps the most important Italian cyclists of all time – who between the 1940s and 1950s kept an entire generation of fans glued to their radios and (first) televisions. 

Turin was the city chosen for this year's first stage of the race: the route also included riding over the hill of Superga, where the basilica of the same name is located, to pay homage to the Grande Torino football team, which tragically died there in a plane crash on 4 May, 1949. If you would like to know more about this event, you can listen to the episode of our podcast devoted to the Giro d'Italia and the Grande Torino:

Do you dream of taking part in your own Giro d'Italia, but you are not a professional cyclist? Well, no problem! You can join the "Giro d'Italia" program: designed by Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, this program will allow you to spend your holidays in Italy and attend courses in the different branches of the school, located in some of the most fascinating Italian cities.

Would you like to discover the different facets of Italy, from Florence’s Renaissance works of art, to Milan’s vibrant nightlife, from the charm of the first capital of Italy, Turin, to Rome’s thousands-year history and Viareggio’s seaside beauty? By joining the "Giro d'Italia" programme, you will have the unique opportunity to travel easily from one location to another. Courses will start in the different branches of the Leonardo da Vinci School on the same dates, at the same price and with similar learning programmes. 

You won't need to book a language school in every city you want to visit, but, on the contrary, with a single booking you can benefit from long-term discounts, without any other additional costs. With the "Giro d'Italia" programme, you choose the route you prefer and the length of your stay (2, 3, 4 or more weeks), we will help you organise it all and assist you with your trip. For further details, see here.

Studying Italian and exploring Italy has never been so easy and so much fun!

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Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Turin

The Leonardo da Vinci partner School is situated in the Crocetta residential district of Turin.
The welcoming friendly atmosphere of our school will make you feel at home and you can relax with your classmates in the small gardens of the adjacent pedestrian area.