The Giro d’Italia started on Saturday! Most of you know by now that I love doing Tour de France stages, but the Giro can be just as fun as the Tour, and some might argue that it’s even more fun because there is often more chaos with multiple circuits at the finish of some stages, and the climbs can be a lot steeper than you’ll see in the Tour de France. And sometimes the routes go over the strade bianche, or “white roads” (meaning unpaved). For more information on the stages of the three-week Giro, you can find them on the official Giro website.
While you certainly don’t have to make your Giro playlist all Italian music, it does lend some authenticity when you throw in some fun, cultural Italian music, perhaps a little cheesy Italian pop, or a powerful track or two from a movie like The Italian Job, or the classic The Godfather. Make sure to throw in some Italian hip hop, and of course, some Andrea Bocelli for your pre-class music or cool-down, and Dean Martin singing “That’s Amore” for your post-class music!
The attached PDF of 76 Italian songs (or songs from soundtracks based on Italy or Italians) is directly from my iTunes library. A few of the songs below I do not have in my library but wanted to note them as well.