VideoNote: Pedaling to the Past

May 9, 2014 / Local Interest
Piedimonte Matese, Campania


Dear friends, following your great feedback upon publishing the latest of five VideoNotes, “The Soul of the Pizza”, we are making today’s VideoNote open to the entire readership as well.

As you are aware by now, ItalianNotebook has been experimenting with this new format. It’s a lot of work, but we too feel it’s worth it. And, in offering this extra content and format to our readers, we hope to draw in a little bit of capital that will help us promote and improve the website. Barbara Goldfield and I have made the VideoNotes so far and we’re so glad you’re enjoying them. For this we once again thank all those who have donated… and any who might! (Here’s the support page.)


Today, we’re simply going to let the VideoNote talk for itself. First however, some credit where credit is due…

Bravi to the:

– Museo Civico “Raffaele Marrocco” of Piedimonte Matese…

– Oscar Club of the borgata Sepicciano for organizing it

– and of course, Roberto Leggiero, the artist who curated the show and owner of this incredible collection

Grazie per l’energia e la passioni che ci avete messo!


Fifth in our new series of original VideoNotes:

Pedaling to the Past

Barbara Goldfield

by Barbara Goldfield

Owner of “Savour The Sannio”,, a travel consultancy for central and southern Italy.

18 Responses to “VideoNote: Pedaling to the Past”

  1. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    Thanks for this very enjoyable glimpse into past life on 2 wheels!

  2. Thanks a million for the photos; fifty years ago many of the bikes you’ve shown were still on the road, they always proved quite the event when they rolled into the village.

  3. Joan Schmelzle

    Fun to watch. The only thing that mars my enjoyment is AOL being strange so I have to close it, go to Internet Explorer, sign into AOL mail, and finally watch the video. Ah well!

  4. Niels T. Michelsen

    Interesting film. For some reason it will not play on Firefox but plays very well on Internet Explorer. Is that my problem or yours?

    • Claire Ludovico

      I had no problem watching it on Firefox…do you have the latest version (although how you can avoid getting it is beyond me)?

  5. From local use to the Giro d’Italia (the italian version of the Tour d’France) Two of the bike vendors i can remember hearing about in Manhattan’s Lower east side years ago is the Tool Sharpener and the Roasted Chestnuts..

  6. louise

    How super! thanks for taking us on this tour. More visits to unusual museums. please.

  7. Susie Nielsen

    Thoroughly enjoyed your video… I miss Italy and can’t wait to be back there next year.

  8. Heya just wanted to give you a brief heads up
    and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried
    it in two different browsers and both show the
    same outcome.

  9. Jan Johnson

    Wow! A little piece of history on two wheels! Imagine the strength and balance required to keep some of them upright – rain, hail or shine! Great stuff – congratulations to everyone and thanks especially to Roberto Leggiero for sharing his collection.

  10. Laura Lyon

    I second the vote for il barbiere, thanks to all for the great ride!

  11. Lucile Stachowiak

    What a wonderful video!! People had to get around somehow, bravo for the bicycle. I watch Don Matteo on MHZ and that how he gets around his parish. Wonderful show, takes place in Gubbio

  12. David Bridges

    Wonderful piece of Italian history! I enjoyed it very much. Well done. I can remember, when I was a very young boy, a man on a bicycle would pedal through the small towns in Georgia (USA) and offer to sharpen knives. He did not have quite the elaborate machinery that the Italian had but he managed. Seeing the video brought back that long lost memory.


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