Francesco Accardo had to give up on the last stage of the North Cape
CAGLIARI. A little more than thirty days after departure, Francesco Accardo returns to Cagliari. The transport engineer, director of the Siotto Foundation, who left Toulon on 2 May to travel Europe by bicycle to the North Cape, will return tonight with a flight arriving from Rome. His is an early return, due to the Norwegian authorities who, due to the pandemic, denied him permission to enter their country. It would have been the last stage of the «Tramonti Project», the long tour that saw Accardo crossing France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Finland on two wheels. Norway, off-limits, was only open for the return of residents or people who work there permanently.
“I go back serenely in the awareness that I have done everything I could and wanted to do – says Francesco – after three thousand kilometers on a bicycle, 15 thousand meters of overall altitude crossing eight European nations in full pandemic and, even worse, continuously in the rain with the wind against. I saw Europe with my own eyes and I did it very closely, putting the greatest possible effort into it ». During his trip Accardo managed to meet numerous Sardinians who have chosen to live outside Italy: the images and interviews made – thanks to the contribution of the Sardegna Film Commission Foundation, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Fabio Demontis camera operators and Riccardo Muroni – constitute the material that will be used for the documentary that will tell about the life of Sardinians abroad, another great goal of «Progetto Tramonti».
Among the many countrymen met there were also the Sardinians residing in Copenhagen of the “Incantos” association: on June 1st they wanted Francesco as a guest of the meeting “From Sardinia to North Cape”, an occasion that led the engineer from Cagliari to tell his adventure in the Danish capital. (Handle).