“Toni Bevilacqua” Historical Bicycle Museum

Sergio Sanvido, born in 1928, citizen of Cesiomaggiore and founder of the museum today is the director of the museum. He dedicated his whole life to cycling: he repaired, refurbished and sold bicycles, and during 3 years, from 1946 to 1949, he was a racer. Twenty years ago he began to collect bicycles with the intention of setting up a museum. The first set-up of the Historical Bicycle Museum, which is dedicated to the famous Venetian racer Toni Bevilacqua (track cycling world champion in 1950 and 1951), was opened on June 29th, 1997 at Sergio’s home.

Some years later Sanvido donated his collection to the community of Cesiomaggiore. With the support of the Foundation Cariverona and the regional authorities of Veneto, the municipal council found an appropriate room for this valuable collection of bicycles, accessories and souvenirs of the national and international world of cycling.
Now 170 bikes of the collection Sanvido are shown at the new Historical Bicycle Museum “Toni Bevilacqua” which is located on the top floor of the elementary school of Cesiomaggiore. On March 31, 2007 the inauguration took place in presence of many well-known personalities of the world of cycling.

The Bicycle museum is part of the “Club Italia Musei Ciclismo” and has one of the best and most complete collections in Italy and possibly in Europe. All bikes are labeled and put in a chronological and thematic order. There are children’s bikes, bikes used for labor, army bikes, touring bikes, racing bikes and much more.

Some details of the exposed bikes are quite interesting, for example: bike lamps with candles, ventilated saddles, mudguards with brushes. At the museum you will also find a lot of gadgets, accessories, photographs, shirts, original articles in the historical newspaper “Domenica del Corriere”, showing hand-painted pictures of cycling. An authentic historical repair shop is also planned.

In the center of the museum there is a space where we can show you dvds of the history of the bicycle, famous old races of the “Giro d’Italia” and “Tour de France”.
A visit to the museum will give you an update of over 100 years of bicycle history.



Opening days and accessibility

 Opening hours:

- summer time: on Wednesday from 6 pm to 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 6 pm to 7 pm;
- winter time: on Wednesday from 3 pm to 6 pm; Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 3 pm to 6 pm

 

Address:

Via Grei, Contrada Anquetil, 6
32030 Cesiomaggiore

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