At the Giro d’Italia, cycling back to joyfulness

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At the Giro d’Italia, cycling back to joyfulness

Riders Vincenzo Nibali and Mikel Landa in the final sprint to the finish of Stage 16, during the Giro d’Italia.
Amateur bikers on the eastern side of Passo dello Stelvio take advantage of the road being closed to cars. Professional riders in the Giro d’Italia would be racing on it later in the day.
One of the temporary rest stops set up for riders by Trek Travel. The company offers an annual trip that follows some of the stages of the Giro d’Italia.
Spectators walk up to the 9,045-foot summit of Passo dello Stelvio in the Dolomites several hours before riders race past in Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia.
If you go

Information
Giro d’Italia: giroditalia.it/eng
Alta Badia: altabadia.org/en
Val di Fassa: fassa.com/EN
Where to stay
Hotel Residence Cristallo
Via Milano, 44, 23032 Bormio
011-39-0342-902700
cristallohotelresidence.it/en
The decor at this standard hotel, within easy walking distance of downtown Bormio, includes taxidermied animals and ski-themed art. Rooms, with breakfast, from $156.
Hotel Cristallo
Via Dolomiti, 24, 38032 Canazei
011-39-0462-601317
hotelcristallo.net/en
At this medium-size hotel downtown, accommodations are large, but standard otherwise. Rooms, with breakfast, from $165.
Boutique Hotel Dolomit
Strada Colz 9, 9036 La Villa
011-39-0471-847120
dolomit.it/en
The 18 rooms and suites at this cozy hotel run by a former ski racer are all different, but each has cheery colors and a small balcony. Rooms, with breakfast, from $88.
Where to eat
La Tor
Via Colz 9, 39036 La Villa
011-39-0471-844091
la-tor.it/en
Pizza cooked in a wood-fired oven and fondue in a social, low-key atmosphere. Located in the Boutique Hotel Dolomit. Open year-round. Entrees from $22.
Al Filo
Via Dante 6, 23032 Bormio
011-39-0342-901732
ristorantealfilo.it
Guarantee a table at this restaurant that looks and feels like a wine cellar by making a reservation in advance, but it is often possible to walk in without one. Food is traditional and fresh, albeit heavy: deep-fried cheese balls, polenta gnocchi and caramelized venison. Open 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m, Tuesday through Sunday; and noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Dinner entrees from $28.
Ristorante Pizzeria La Caneva
Via Don Peccedi 24, 23032 Bormio
011-39-0342-910525
sunrisebormio.it
Recommended by locals, La Caneva serves thin-crust pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, as well as charcuterie and meat dishes, and has a huge selection of local, well-priced wines. Open 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Pizzas start at $22.
What to do
Trek Travel
866-464-8735
trektravel.com
This U.S.-based outfitter, associated with Trek bicycles, offers an annual guided Giro trip. Later in the summer, it takes on trips (“Classic Climbs of the Dolomites” and “Giants of the Giro”) that include many of the race’s signature climbs. The cost of the seven-day, six-night 2018 Giro trip has not yet been released (this year’s package started at $4,899 per person), and includes use of a road bike, a meet-and-greet with members of the Trek-Segafredo team, lodging, guides and most meals.
Col dei Bos via ferrata
Str. Col Alt .94, 39033 Corvara
011-39-0471-836898
altabadiaguides.com
Take a guided climb past World War I relics with the assistance of rebar runs, bolts and cables attached to the rock. No rock climbing experience required. This climb starts at $366. Price increases as group size does.
Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor
Torstr. 65, 39030 San Martin in Thurn, Badia
011-39-0474-524020
www.museumladin.it/en
This museum, in a 13th-century castle, focuses on the culture, language and history of the Ladins, an ethnic group in the area. Adults around $10, children 6 and younger free. Family passes for two adults and kids ages 17 and younger are about $19; seniors and students are about $8.
Bormio Terme Spa
Via Stelvio, 14-23032 Bormio
011-39-0342-901325
bormioterme.it/en
Soak in mineral-rich hot springs or get mud therapy or a massage at this spa and thermarium that opened in 1920. Entrance to the thermarium from about $25 for adults. Children age 15 and younger are not allowed in the thermarium, but can get spa treatments, which start at $20.
Sass Pordoi Cable Car
Sass Pordoi
011-39-0462-609500
fassa.com/EN
A cable car takes you 9,685 feet high and offers views of the Marmolada, the Dolomites’ tallest peak, from the top of Pordoi Pass. A round-trip ticket costs about $20. Lift times and special discounts can be found online.

At the Giro d’Italia, cycling back to joyfulness

Riders Vincenzo Nibali and Mikel Landa in the final sprint to the finish of Stage 16, during the Giro d’Italia.
Amateur bikers on the eastern side of Passo dello Stelvio take advantage of the road being closed to cars. Professional riders in the Giro d’Italia would be racing on it later in the day.
One of the temporary rest stops set up for riders by Trek Travel. The company offers an annual trip that follows some of the stages of the Giro d’Italia.
Spectators walk up to the 9,045-foot summit of Passo dello Stelvio in the Dolomites several hours before riders race past in Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia.
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