Giro d’Italia 2014 stage 9 is a 172 km medium mountain stage from Lugo to Sestola.
Giro d’Italia 2014 stage 9 quick info
- DATE: May 18, 2014, Sunday
- STAGE TYPE: Medium mountain
- START-FINISH: Lugo (15m) > Sestola (1528m)
- LENGTH OF THE COURSE: 172.0 km
Previous stage: Giro d’Italia 2014 Stage 8 details
Next stage: Giro d’Italia 2014 Stage 10 details
Giro d’Italia 2014 stage 9 profile
Climb Details: Sestola
Giro d’Italia 2014 stage 9 map
Lugo is a town and comune in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, in the province of Ravenna.
Main sights of Lugo:
- Rocca Estense (Este Castle), the Town Hall from 1797. The current appearance dates from 1500, when the old fortress was rebuilt; the eastern side was erected during the Napoleonic occupation. The interior houses portraits of famous lughesi, a lunette attributed to Mino da Fiesole and a noteworthy 19th-century garden.
- The Pavaglione, former 19th century covered market (mainly known for silkworm trade).
- The Oratorio of Croce Coperta, with 15th-century frescoes.
- The ‘Collegiata’ church, rebuilt in the 18th century over a 13th-century Franciscan edifice, has a suggestive 15th-century cloister.
- San Francesco di Paola (1890), houses a precious polychrome terracotta sculpture of Dead Christ (15th century).
- Teatro Rossini, now a 445-seat opera house, completely restored between 1984 and 1986 based on its original conception from 1759 and restoration and expansion in 1821.
Sestola is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Modena in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 60 km southwest of Bologna and about 50 km southwest of Modena. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,647.
The town is located in Frignano Park and is dominated by the bulk of Mount Cimone (2165 m) and by other mountains forming part of the Tuscan-Emilian watershed ridge.
Sestola is the most famous winter tourist resort in Emilia-Romagna due to its proximity to the ski resort of Mount Cimone, the main one in Emilia-Romagna and one of the largest in the Apennines.
There are some tourist settlements: Pian del Falco, Passo del Lupo, and the Lago della Ninfa. The area is ideal for nature lovers, who encounter environmental emergencies of considerable importance, first of all, the Alpine botanical garden Esperia, a botanical oasis of national importance located on the slopes of Mount Cimone and on the border with the Frignano park.
Passo del Lupo (1,500 m asl ) is an important station of the Cimone ski area and is equipped with numerous cableways for the practice of alpine skiing. There is a cableway that connects it to Pian Cavallaro, the starting point for excursions to the top of the mountain.
At 1,500 m asl on the slopes of Mount Cimone, in an area characterized by beech and resinous woods, there is Lake Ninfa, which is an area of tourist attraction in the summer as a starting point for excursions and in the winter season for practicing of cross-country skiing and alpine skiing.
On the top of the mountain, there is a small church, built at the beginning of the 20th century, dedicated to the Madonna delle Nevi, which is celebrated on August 5th.