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The Cyclist’s Prayer

The Cyclist’s Prayer (Preghiera del Ciclista) “In cycling, call us to make good the best physical, moral and spiritual that you have given us with love. Help us to build on these thy gifts because the spirit is synonymous with honesty, sincerity and respect. In times of trouble you be the strength and courage. Always…

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Pecorino Please

Pecorino cheese gets its name from the Italian word pecore, which means, sheep. It is one of Italy’s oldest cheeses. The ancient author Varro wrote about cacio Marzolina (March cheese) in 20-something BCE. Pliny the Elder describes the Tuscan pecorino in book XI of Naturalis Historia written around 70 CE. One of the highlights of…

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Thank you Neville

RETIRED engineer Neville Armstrong has turned tinkering in the tool shed into a rewarding and life-changing experience as a technical volunteer with disability support agency TADVIC. The Templestowe resident has designed and built custom-made equipment for children with disabilities. Neville says that “The best and most rewarding moment is meeting the young people we are…

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2013 Night of Nights Photos

The 2013 Night of Nights photos have been uploaded…..so jump onto the amiciebici Facebook page and comment on your favourite picture, download the ones you love……and of course stay tuned because planning for next years extravaganza is underway ……….and of course remember to LIKE our Facebook page if you love what we are doing for…

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$51,290 reasons to smile :)

The Amici e Bici team would like to sincerely thank everyone involved in last nights inaugural fundraising event (Guests, Sponsors and of course the TADVIC team). We are thrilled to announce that all of the funds raised went 100% to our Freedom Wheels program. Thank you to everyone who made the night an unbelievable success…

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Dinner is served….

Dinner is on the verge of being served. Tonights Night of Nights promises to be a special event with Marco’s amazing food and live music. In keeping with the Tuscan piazza theme it will not be a sit down dinner so be prepared to mingle, enjoy live music and more. Marco and the team have…

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Bridie O’Donnell joins Freedom for Wheels Program

TADVIC’s Freedom Wheels program has a new ambassador, Bridie O’Donnell. Bridie is a professional road cyclist, who spends her year riding with international teams both here and in Europe. Bridie is very excited to be involved with the Freedom Wheels program and attended her first bike clinic at TADVIC three weeks ago. The team at Amici…

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Thank you TADVIC

A special thank you to the volunteers and staff at TADVIC who give up their time every day at no cost so as to ensure little angels like Lily Upfield can achieve their dream of riding a bicycle.  From the team at Amici e Bici…….. a big thank you!

Marco’s HOT BREAKFAST on MMM

The MMM Hot Breakfast team of Eddie McGuire, Mick Molloy and Luke Darcy spent some time with Marco Lori this morning talking about the upcoming ‘Amici e Bici’ Night of Nights, TADVIC Freedom for wheels program, Olives……. and more. The Amici e Bici team are passionate about helping as many children with disabilities ride a…

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Troy’s Story

The message from Troy Upfield (Lily’s dad) is that ‘everyone should experience riding a bike – it’s a rite of passage for every child’……. and if Lily’s amazing smile is anything to go by we agree 100% with Troy. Troy’s story is amazing purely because it is one that come’s directly from Troy’s heart and…

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Thank you….Night of Nights is SOLD OUT

Thank you to all the Amici e Bici supporters who are coming along to our first ever night of nights next Tuesday at LUPINO.  We are officially SOLD OUT and ticket sales have raised over $25K for the TADVIC Freedom Wheels program so far. We are so excited that so many people share our passion…

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Giostra del Saracino

Each year in the town of Sarteano (Siena) the Giostra del Saracino takes place, flag bearers and drummers are part of a beautiful historical parade and the finale is a thrilling final duel that is a spectacle that will take you back in time

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Olive all’Ascolana….Signora Lori Style

As one might guess from the name, Olive all’Ascolana are from Ascoli, in the Le Marche region. They are among the best-known Italian stuffed olives, and booths selling them at the local markets are invariably mobbed. Our very own Marco Lori from Lupino was taught this recipe by his beautiful mother whose origin is also…

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Lily’s Big Smile

A few weeks ago we shared that Lily was busy testing out her new ‘wheels’……in case your wondering how she is going we think this photo says it all……….GREAT WORK LILY!

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What is the Freedom Wheels Bike Program

Freedom Wheels Modified Bike Program is an initiative launched by TADVIC in 2007.  It is aimed at giving a new kind of independence to children with disabilities by allowing them to ride a bike for the first time. The program brings together highly skilled and innovative therapists, engineers and volunteers to provide modified bikes so…

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Happy Valentines Day

A Valentines day idea direct from Tuscany, why not pack a wine bottle (Chianti would be ideal) tie it to your bike frame with some red ribbons……go and collect your sweat heart and imagine you were in the ancient town of San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy (where this shot was taken)…………Happy Valentines Day from the Amici…

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Lily’s New Wheels….

Our very own Lily Upfield recently took ownership of her new custom wheels. Lily was fitted with her new bike by the TADVIC Freedom Wheels program and as you can see by the photograph she is busy finding ways of stretching it to it’s every limit. Ambassador for TADVIC and pro cyclist Bridie O’Donnell gave…

MasterChef meets Lupino…….

Celebrity food critic Matt Preston dropped into Lupino recently to get some insights from head chef Marco Lori around what makes his establishment a ‘must’ for anyone seeking out authentic Italian food .    

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Bisteccha Fiorentina …..Dario Style

Dario Cecchini descends from a long line of Tuscan butchers and has recreated an antique-style macelleria (butchers shop) on the site of the family shop which was destroyed during the war. Dario learned the old-school way of butchering, and he is on a crusade to teach it to others; he insists he is seeking a…

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Galleria Degli Uffizi

The Uffizi Gallery is a museum in Florence. It is one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world. It is one of the most popular attractions in Florence, so much so that in high season, waiting times can be up to five hours. Members of the Amici e Bici Tuscan Adventure will have the opportunity…

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The story about Audrey’s bici……

If you’ve ever been to Italy you’ve probably smelled, heard, and seen the buzz of a Vespa scooter going by, especially in the main squares of towns and cities in the afternoon. If you haven’t been such a world traveler, but you’re a movie-phile than you’re very likely familiar with the classic Audrey Hepburn film…

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Coppi and Bartoli….Ambassadors for Italy

It is clear that Italians love cycling, but  understanding why they have such a deep passion for the sport  is an interesting story and varies depending on who you talk to. According to one Tuscan bike builder; “The reasons why the Italians are so connected to cycling are many, most of them are tied to the…

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Lily’s ‘Chili’ Pitstop

Our very own Amici e Bici pin up girl Lily Upfield, who has been busy at putting her custom wheels to the test over the summer break took a well deserved break over the weekend and together with her devoted ‘cycling fanatic’ father Troy dropped into Lupino for a well deserved lunch with Marco and…

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Anchovy Style

Love anchovy? Try the anchovy Pizza number at Lupino; It’s almost a flatbread, with the brown bad boys cooked into the base and nothing but a lick of oil and some pickled whities on top. Is it a plate of salt? Yes. Is it good? Yes,  it’s exactly the way Nonna would have made it…

The Beautiful Chianti

  The history of Chianti dates back to at least the 13th century with the earliest incarnations of Chianti as a white wine.  Today this Tuscan wine is one of Italy’s most well known and recognizable wines. In the middle ages, the villages of Gaiole, Castellinaand, Radda located near Florence formed as a Lega del Chianti (League of Chianti) creating…

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The Lupino Love Affair….

There are so many reasons why you will fall in love with Lupino. You might fall for the amazing veal and pork polpette (meatballs) lolling in Marcos homemade sauce, or perhaps even Lori’s world class gnocchi romana accompanied by a caprese salad using fiore di brrata and heirloom tomatoes……. Like me you might find yourself…

A little more about Lily…..

Last week we introduced you to Lily Upfeild, her story is inspiring and is the reason why we are doing what we do through the Amici e Bici group. What Lily has achieved in the past three years is nothing short of amazing. Without the help of organisations such as TADVIC and CPEC she would…

Peaches and Prosciutto….Lupino Style

In case you are wondering what delights Marco has install for us on the night of nights, here’s a sneak peak of one of the amazing dishes we will be sampling throughout the night.  Stay tuned for more clues on what delights the Lupino team will be sharing with us on this maginificent night……..

Lily’s Story

Lily was only four weeks old when she required surgery and as a result of complications was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP). All of Lily’s limbs were affected and she had limited neck, head and mouth control so even basic daily functions, such as feeding, bathing and dressing, were almost impossible for her. Lily requires…

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Amici e Bici is born!

Welcome to the official launch of the Amici e Bici website. Our aim is to simply help raise money for young children associated with the Tadvic ‘Freedom Wheels’ program by challenging anyone who has a passion for cycling, food, wine and Italian culture to become involved in experiences of a lifetime. Stay tuned for updates…