Giro d’Italia 2023, the Grande Arrivo in Rome has been presented

Giro d’Italia 2023, the Grande Arrivo in Rome has been presented

The route of the final stage starting in the Eur district and finishing at Imperial Fora has been unveiled. The Giro will end in Rome for the fifth time in its history (1911-1950-2009-2018). 

The long love story between Rome and the Giro d’Italia began in the first edition, in 1909, when the Eternal City hosted the finish of stage four, on 20 May. In 2023, the Corsa Rosa will conclude in the capital for the fifth time in its history after 1911, 1950, 2009 and 2018.  For the 49th time Rome will also be hosting a stage finish.

The start is set in the EUR district in front of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana (also known as the Square Colosseum). The entire first part of the route runs back and forth along the Via Cristoforo Colombo, all the way to the Fountain of the Zodiac (Lido di Ostia) and back to the centre. Past the Ardeatine Walls, the peloton will enter the 17.6 km circuit to be repeated 5 times.

The circuit touches many of Rome’s landmarks. The race will pass by the Colosseum, the Imperial Fora, the Lungo Tevere, Ara Pacis, Villa Borghese, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Circus Maximus and the Baths of Caracalla. Other places will be Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo and the Tiber Island. It is especially worth mentioning that, past the Castel Sant’Angelo,the route will be running down the Via della Conciliazione, and the peloton will be met with the sight of the majestic St Peter’s Basilica.

From a cycling perspective, the circuit presents only a few technical impediments. The sections paved with the iconic “sanpietrini” cobblestones are reduced to a minimum and are in good condition. The passage by the Villa Borghese features a short and possibly tricky climb. Most of the roads are wide and well paved. There are no particularly challenging sections. 

Final kilometers
The last kilometres are essentially flat on wide and straight roads with sweeping bends in the last three kilometres. The home straight is 700 m long, 8 m wide, climbing only slightly on “sanpietrini” paving stones.