The duo — Lessandro (31), an official in the Forest Department in Italy, and Seifania (30), a teacher — had started their journey on June 12, 2014, from Italy in their tandem cycle in which both riders pedal together.
From Italy, they initially travelled to Croatia and to Greece, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China and then India. From China, they reached Kochi by ship. From Kochi, they went to Munnar, then proceeded to Madurai. They reached Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi on Saturday.
During their travel, they have visited close to 10 countries and travelled more than 40,000 km. Together, the couple ride around 100 to 130 km a day.
Addressing the media in Rameswaram, the couple said so far during their travel, they found India great in its culture and reception. The unity of people was a factor that inspired them and because of it, they were accorded warm reception everywhere. Also, they considered Indian food the best they have tasted so far with idly and samosa being their favourites.
They added that the Pamban bridge, where both the rail and road bridges run parallel, was a wonderful spectacle to watch.
According to them, there were two reasons why they chose the bicycle as their transport.
One was because it was a cheap mode of transport and another because of the health aspect. The couple said they stay fit because of cycling. They plan to end their journey in Italy by 2020.