The closing stage of the 2023 Giro starts in Tavagnacco (Cavalicco), the hometown of Enzo Cainero. At first, it undulates slightly across the morainic hills of Udine. It passes through Pagnacco, Buja, Tarcento, and continues across the wine area of Nimis, Attimis and Faedis, all the way to the plain of Cividale. After passing through the province of Gorizia, marked by memoirs of the Great War, with Monte San Michele and the Redipuglia shrine, the route enters the province of Trieste via the ‘high’ road of Aurisina and Santa Croce. There is a short dive towards the coast before the final sprint of the stage and of the Giro in front of the Piazza Unità d’Italia and the Molo Audace.
The route descends slightly up to 2 km to the finish, where a short, challenging ramp then leads to the coastal road. The final kilometre runs perfectly flat all the way to the finish line.
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Tavagnacco (Tavagnà in the local vernacular), shares borders with Udine. Tavagnacco has always been a major thoroughfare, which has influenced its history. Apparently, it was already settled back in the Palaeolithic, as demonstrated by archaeological finds. The church of Sant’Antonio Abate is the symbol of the town.
The iconic Gubana is a traditional specialty from the valleys of Friuli. Made of sweet pastry stuffed with nuts, sultanas, pine nuts, sugar, grappa and lemon zest, in a snail-shell shape, this cake first appeared in 1409 at a banquet during Pope Gregory XII’s visit to Cividale del Friuli.
Trieste was European City of Science in 2020. Washed by the sea, and often battered by the wind, the town was the birthplace of and a haven for many writers. Its centuries-old coffee tradition comes from the Habsburg domination and the influence of central Europe. The city has its own lingo when it comes to coffee: a ‘nero’ is a classic espresso, a ‘capo’ is a caffè macchiato, and a ‘gocciato’ is an espresso with a splash of steamed milk, while cappuccino is called ‘caffellatte’.
The Teatro Verdi, near the Piazza Unità, is one of the major cultural hubs of the city. It was the world’s first theatre being dedicated to the famous composer Giuseppe Verdi.
Trieste is also associated with famous writers such as Umberto Saba, Italo Svevo and James Joyce.