GIRO D'ITALIA LION NOIR
Luigi Biffi/Lion Noir, Italy, 1919 (reprinted in the book Il Gioco dell'Oca, 1981)
This is a game from 1919 which is reprinted in the 1981 book Il gioco dell'Oca; Un libro da leggere, da guardare, da giocare (see bibliography). I am not breaking my rule of featuring only games that I have in my collection, since this is a large (37 x 25 cms) book that reproduces the games in a playable format. The original game measures 48 x 33 cms, according to tjhe giochideloca.it website (where you can see the original game) , so the double-page game as featured in the book is roughly the original size.
The game, though of course it is a simple game of goose, represents the ten stages of the 1919 Giro d'Italia, which started and ended in Milano. This was the first Giro after the war and the roads were in very poor condition. This 1919 Giro was also a political affirmation of Italy's unity, ofc ourse. I quote from the Giro D'Italia website: "The first act of the Giro was to go to Trieste and Trento, which had been won back from the Austrians, where it was given a triumphant welcome, bearing the message of reconquered Italy. There were a lot of difficulties, above all in Veneto and Friuli, heavily destroyed during the war: for example the Tagliamento River had to be crossed on foot, because there were no bridges, but luckily it was dry."
Maybe the bad condition of the roads is the reason why the riders depicted in this game are almost all suffering some kind of problem.
Finally, the arrival at the Arena Civica in Milano
This game was sponsored by Lion Noir, which, in spite of its name is not French, but an italian brand of shoe polish.
This is the cover of the book where the game is featured (see bibliography).
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