Paola Giannotti, the first Italian woman to travel around the world by bicycle and the second ever after Greece's Juliana Bhuring in 2012, will be in Oslo today for "Bike the Nobel". The initiative was launched by the Caterpillar programme on RAI Radio 2 to present the candidacy of the world’s most popular two-wheeler for the Nobel Peace Prize. Caterpillar organised a symbolic "cycling relay race" to submit the nomination to the committee that will meet in February in Oslo to officially acknowledge the new nominees. To this end, Gianotti travelled by bike from Milan to the Norwegian capital, covering 2,100 kilometres in two weeks. She is due to arrive today, together with Norwegian cyclists who will accompany her over the last few kilometres. Her trip will end at the Italian Ambassador's residence in Oslo, where a reception committee of 60 Norwegian and Italian friends will welcome her. Her route through the city will include some of Oslo’s landmarks: the City Hall where the Nobel Prize is awarded, the Nobel Peace Centre, the offices of the Nobel Committee, the Prime Minister's office, and the Royal Palace.
"Twenty pieces of Italy in Oslo"
For the occasion, Italy's Ambassador to Norway, Giorgio Novello, will give Ms Giannotti two symbolic gifts: a brief guide to the "Italian" districts of Oslo entitled "Twenty pieces of Italy in Oslo", prepared by the embassy, and which also mentions Teodoro Moneta, an Italian and 1907 Peace Prize laureate presented at the Nobel Peace Centre, and a book on diplomatic relations between Italy and Norway. In turn, Paola Gianotti will hand over to Ambassador Novello the signatures collected to support the bicycle's symbolic candidacy for the Nobel Prize so that he may then forward them to the Nobel Committee.