The fifteenth stage of the 102nd Giro d’Italia departs from Ivrea, a town in Piedmont that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2018, and finishes 237 kilometres later in Como. This is one of Italy’s most well-known tourist destinations, famous not only for its alluring lake but also for its panoramic funicular railway, its Gothic cathedral and its elegant waterfront villas that were described by Alessandro Manzoni in his novel “I Promessi Sposi” (The Betrothed).
This stage of the Giro crosses the northern side of the Po Valley before joining the route of the Giro di Lombardia that, in its final 70 kilometres, tackles the climbs of the Madonna del Ghisallo, Colma di Sormano, Civiglio and San Fermo, before eventually glimpsing the waters of Lake Como. The lake, framed by its picturesque “Greenway” and with its thriving tourism, sports and leisure industries, make this area one of Italy’s most popular attractions for Italian and foreign visitors alike. The passing of the Giro though such a popular tourist destination, with its precious natural heritage that simply must be safeguarded, also provides an opportunity to reflect on the potential for green tourism, sustainable mobility and the cities of the future.
The concept of circular cities embraces all aspects of the urban fabric with a fully holistic vision in which new technologies are the key enablers for achieving goals that are not merely economic in nature but also environmental and social.
Enel is contributing to the transition towards circular cities, not only with the production of energy from renewable sources, but also by promoting energy efficiency and integrated services that provide added value to electric mobility and smart infrastructure.
Tomorrow’s cities will be less polluting, more efficient and sustainable: in other words, they will be circular.