Reaching the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo and the nearby Cycling Musem means traveling up a steep hill made famous by some of the greatest names in cycling, like Fiorenzo Magni, Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali.
This is how journalist Gianni Brera described it, remembering the greatest moments in the Giro di Lombardia: “We seek the Ghisallo, which is to cycling what the Oracle of Delphi was to Greek Polytheism. This is where little bird-like Faustin soared like a solemn heron, beating his wings slow and meditative. Meanwhile, Bartali invoked Saint Teresa and prayed with the staunch bitterness of someone used to swearing. The slender Fiorenzo begged him not to humiliate him on the uphill, and to save himself so he could join him in the pursuit. The heron vaulted towards the plane, and the others followed, far away…”.
Cycling champions always donated relics to the Sanctuary, to thank the Madonna of Ghisallo, their universal protector. In 2006, when the keepsakes no longer fit in the church, the Museum opened – and is now home to the largest collection of Pink Jerseys in the world, with over fifty pieces.
At the Sanctuary and Museum, every memento has a story to tell – assuring you will be glad you climbed all the way to the top for them.