Here is the second part of Fausto Coppi’s special report, taking a closer look at the rooms inside the home-museum in Castellanía, and telling more on the man, his life and career.
Unfortunately seems that a "cyber tour" is now the only way to see many relics and documents, as the “documentation center” inside the museum has been closed a few weeks ago, after a decision made by the town’s Mayor Piero Coppi (a cousin of the “Campionissimo”, also president of the “Associazione Fausto & Serse Coppi”, at least until the 20th of January when a new meeting has been summoned), for security reasons (according to Mr. Coppi, the center didn’t comply entirely with all safety regulations).
Giancarlo Armano, actual manager of the museum, did not welcome the decision, and other cycling fans and sport personalities, both locally and nationwide, were saddened by the turn things have taken. But things didn’t change, and the “Centro di documentazione” didn’t open its doors on January the 2nd either. We don't know the details concerning the ongoing quarrel, but for sure it's a true pity for a center visited by some 10,000 people, including fans from Quebec and Australia.
Another cousin, Egidio Coppi, hosted a special exhibition, on the 43th anniversary of Fausto’s death, with several visitors who also payed tribute to the tomb and mausoleum (they are still open). On January the 2nd, 2003, also the annual, special mass to commemorate the Heron was celebrated in the small church besides the mausoleum.
But now let’s continue the visit, and before moving into the house, have a look at what we can see near the entrance.
First of all, we can find a wall plate, located to the right of the entrance, to remind visitors that “Fausto Coppi – World Cycling Champion – was born in this house on September 15, 1919”.
Below that plate, there’s a bigger one, featuring a poem written by a local artist after the Heron’s death. A translation of its verses should sound as follows:
IN MEMORY OF FAUSTO COPPI
FAREWELL FAUSTO, WE SALUTE YOU
WITH OUR HEARTS BROKEN
FAREWELL FAUSTO, ALL THE ROADS
THE MOUNTAINS SALUTE YOU
AND THE VERTIGINOUS DOWNHILLS
OF YOUR GREAT ACHIEVEMENTS
YOU ARE NO LONGER ON YOUR BIKE
AND PEOPLE ARE WAITING IN VAIN FOR YOU
VAINLY WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU
THE MOUNTAIN PEAKS
WITH THEIR DARK HORIZONS
ALL THE FINISHES WILL KEEP SILENT
FAUSTO YOU HAVE GONE TOO FAR
IN YOUR LAST BREAKAWAY,
IT SEEMS UNREAL TO US,
THIS TIME YOU CLIMBED THE SKY
An unusual picture of Fausto Coppi, hung on the wall just outside the home-museum in Castellanía: the Heron, his mother Angiolina, and the farmyard hens. Fausto was the fourth of the five sons of Domenico and Angiolina Coppi: Maria, Livio and Dina came before him, while Serse, despite bearing a striking resemblance to the “Campionissimo” that could make someone think him and Fausto were twins, was born more than three years later, on February the 9th, 1923, and died on June 19, 1951 after the tragical accident mentioned in Part One of this report.
A giant image of Fausto visitors may see when they are about to get into the house. The inscription says “La visita piú cara” (“The dearest visit”).
So now we can step into the house-museum, and see which relics and documents are there. You don’t need to move your feet though: all you have to do is just Clicking here to go to the next page
Click on the links below to go all other (both previous and successive) parts of the report.
Fausto Coppi – The Legend: Part 1
* PAGE 1 (Introduction: Coppi’s life and legend)
* PAGE 2 (Castellanía and the Museum)
Fausto Coppi – The Legend: Part 3
* PAGE 5 (Historical Bikes)
* PAGE 6 (More relics at first and second floor)
Fausto Coppi – The Legend: Part 4
* PAGE 7 (Coppi's Grave and the "Trophies Room")
* PAGE 8 (Fausto Coppi's detailed Palmares)