Gino Bartali was the most renowned Italian cyclist before the Second World War, having won the Giro d’Italia twice (in 1936 and 1937) and the Tour de France in 1938. His second and last Tour de France victory in 1948 gave him the largest gap between victories in the race.
Bartali has earned respect for his work in helping Jews who were being persecuted by the Nazis in the during the time of the Italian Social Republic. Bartali used his fame to carry messages and documents to the Italian Resistance. Bartali cycled from Florence through Tuscany, Umbria, and Marche, sometimes traveling as far afield as Rome, all the while wearing the racing jersey emblazoned with his name. Neither the Fascist police nor the German troops risked discontent by arresting him.
Gino Bartali Museum
Via Chiantigiana, 177
50126 Ponte a Ema (Florence)