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Stage 21

Roma > Roma

Once more in Rome

For the second year running, Rome will host the grand finale of the Giro d'Italia. It will be a big celebration, most likely ending in a bunch sprint. Before rushing under the podium stage to applaud the winners, one is pleasantly overwhelmed by the countless beauties of the capital. Hard to choose where to start.
The Colosseum is the superstar of archaeological Rome. Explore it thoroughly before heading to the Imperial Forum, a unique architectural complex composed of a series of monumental buildings and squares, the centre of political activity in ancient Rome, built over a period of about 150 years, between 46 BC and 113 AD.
Next are the Baths of Caracalla, one of the largest and best-preserved bath complexes of antiquity, built on the Small Aventine between 212 and 216 AD, in an area adjacent to the initial stretch of the Appian Way. Due to the importance of its monuments, the latter was already referred to as Regina Viarum in antiquity. The area can be explored on foot or by bicycle, thus admiring some of the most remarkable monuments of Ancient Rome, including the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, the catacombs of San Callisto, San Sebastiano and Domitilla, the Villa dei Quintili and the circular tomb of Casal Rotondo.

Parks and Basilicas

Less well known, but still of great importance, is the Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica, the second largest in Italy (after Pompeii), which is located near the circuit that the riders will tackle before hitting the city centre. This could be the ideal destination for those wishing to discover an artistic gem and simultaneously enjoy the passage of the race without immersing themselves in the city's tourbillon.
Plus, a visit to St Peter's Basilica - the religious heart of the city, and to the adjacent Vatican Museums with their priceless collection of artistic treasures and, above all, the Sistine Chapel - is simply unmissable.
And how can we forget Castel Sant'Angelo, one of Rome's most famous and visited monuments? From its terraces or from the openings along the external walkways, visitors can enjoy one of the most evocative views of the city.

Murals and rides

Cycling fans should also check out the large mural, created for the occasion, dedicated to the Giro and located near the Conca d'Oro underground station.
Finally, visit Piazza di Spagna after sunset to admire the spectacle of the Spanish Steps and the Barcaccia fountain coloured pink.
The Family Ride is another cool event that will take place on 26 May. It is a non-competitive ride through the streets of the city centre to be shared with family and friends, just before the start of the last stage of the Corsa Rosa. The route begins in Via San Gregorio, right under the arrival arch of the Giro stage, and measures just six kilometres.

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