Tandem Bike Ride with L'Arche


Location: Rome Global Gateway


As part of the series "Disability, Knowledge and the City" you are invited to participate in the last leg of a Bologna-Rome bicycle pilgrimage organized by the communities of L’Arche in Italy, with the participation of various Italian civil society organizations active in the disability world and biking groups. 

The pedal pilgrimage follows the ancient Via Francigena route and includes a 16-person team with 10 tandem bikes on which pairs of adults with and without disabilities will pedal together on each stage of the journey. Students are invited to join and bicycles will be provided for those who register.

Meeting point will be at the ND Villa at 9 AM (TBC)

The students will join the group in Castel Giubileo and follow their itinerary through Saint Peter’s square to the Colosseum, along the historic Via Conciliazione and Corso Vittorio Emanuele way through to the Fori Imperiali, followed by a celebration and refreshment at the University of Notre Dame Villa.


Before being an organization, an institution or a project, l'Arche is first of all an experience. Whoever enters the Arche Community is welcomed as a person, unique and unrepeatable, with his/her history and his/her being here and now. Disabilities and skills belong to everyone, guests, assistants and volunteers, in different ways and measures: the awareness that no one is perfect is a fundamental ingredient to build day after day an experience of welcoming and sharing, a leaven of growth for all.

Originally published at rome.nd.edu.

Presented by the Rome Global Gateway and cosponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, l'Arche Communities of Bologna and Rome and the Von Hügel Institute at Cambridge University.