Sign-in was standard BIG-START-STYLE pandemonium; Period Correct Wenches and Maidens, Period Correct Jesters and Woodsman, the Giro Ghiro on a bike this time, a tall tastefully beautiful woman in a long-flowing (pink) gown, thousands of motorcycle polizia, VIPs, etc.
If Southern Italy (Naples, we’re talking about you girl!) looks and feels Jersey Shore (and it does!), things here in Middle Italy just got a little Romeo and Juliet.
After a short section of flat, the course heads up a remarkably straight road into a Shakespeare-looking town, down the other side into the mountains, up a big pass, through another Shakespeare town, through a Soviet-era town, up another (bigger) pass, through several more towns, back into the woods, and finally it finishes in Michelangelo Park overlooking the city of Firenze, otherwise known as Florence. Side note: In Italy; Naples is Napoli, Milan is Milano and Florence is Firenze, etc. US American maps are inaccurate, erroneous.