Targa Florio Tribute Tour to Sicily
This tour is built entirely around the famous Targa Florio, with directions that lead you northwest through Sicily. You will stay at a charming five-star hotel for the beginning of our excursions on the historic crossroads of the “Gran Circuito del Madonie”. In the exciting metropolis of Palermo you will experience the opening celebration of the Targa Florio and the start of the rally in “Museo Storico dei Motori”.
Targa Florio Tribute Tour 2020
Gran Circuito delle Madonie – Tribute to Vincenzo Florio
Day 1: Cefalú and the Madonie
We await for you at the airport “Falcone e Borsellino,” that is right outside of Palermo, and take you to Cefalù; the stylish resort of the capital city. Azure blue sea, wonderful beaches, and majestic mansions outline the small chic seaside city. After you Check-In at the elegant five-star resort Le Calette Nr. 5 we will present you with our Alfa Romeo fleet. You will choose your favorite car for the day, then will have a chance to familiarize yourself with the roadbook and Classic with a drive around the city. This evening we will accompany you to the center of Cefalù, and you can enjoy some conversation with your fellow travellers over some authentic Sicilian cuisine.
Day 2: Gran Circuito delle Madonie
The second day’s plan is all about the conception of the Targa Florio. The narrow streets of the Madonie Mountain’s natural parks are full of curves and turns that were exceptional in the early 20th-century. They were the backdrop for numerous races of the “Targa Florio”. The grand height of the mountains, and the deep drops of the gorges are unquestionably awe-inspiring. This areas serves as a perfect complement to the heart of our Alfa Romeos, you will take notice as you drive along the serpentine roads. In Collesano, we will take a visit to the Museo della Targa Florio, where, with great detail and passion, the history, triumphs and tragedy of the Targa Florio is presented with plenty of mementos from that time. You can look forward to one of the most beautiful routes on a Nostalgic trip. After this day of driving, we will introduce you to the upscale kitchen in our hotel “Cala Luna”.
Day 3: Palermo
After breakfast you will check out of the hotel, and we will transfer your luggage. Next you will have the briefing of the day, you can pick your favorite Alfa Romeo Spider to drive, turn the key in the ignition and then you will be headed westwards. Nearly endless serpentine roads cover these mountains as you drive as high as 2000 m. On this path we are driving part of the original circuit known as “The Circuito delle Madonie“, right past the historic grandstand of Cerda. Roccapalumba is an emplematic staple of Sicilian small towns with it picturesque roads, and plentiful churches, monasteries, and chapels. We will have a comfortable pause here in this city for individual lunches, or a group coffee. In the afternoon we resume our approach to Palermo along the coastal roads past Capo Zafferano, and we will arrive at our new accomodation with a pristine location on the edge of town for comfortable traveling.
Day 4: Opening of the Modern Targa Florio
Today we are driving a unique street circuit with the Alfa Romeo Spiders, this will be to get you eager for the rally start of the Targa Florio that evening. The route will take us along the coastal road towards Mondello, and back via the sanctuary city of Santa Rosalia. The church was built at the top of a hill and offers a spectacular view of Palermo and the “Conca D’Oro’, which the Gulf of Palermo is known as. In the afternoon, we will take you on a guided tour to bring you closer to the history of one of the most exciting cities in Europe, which we are sure will be a hidden gem on the tour. We will head to the Piazza Verdi for the official vehicle inspections of the Targa Florio, and the classic car fever will be rising to a new plateau. After the official opening ceremony of the classic car rally in front of the majestic Teatro Massimo, we end this eventful day with a dinner in the old town of Palermo.
Day 5: Start of the Targa Florio
After dropping off the cars, and the phenomonal show the night before, today we will spend the day in Palermo. At the “Museo Storico dei Motori” the engines are warmed up, and the participants get ready for their drive. This will be an ideal opportunity for you to get a closer look at the vintage cars taking part in the rally and to exchange ideas with the racers. After the departure of the starting field you will have some free time to explore Palermo before we accompany you back to your return flights at the airport.
* sharing a double room/ sharing a car.
The program for Targa Florio 2019 has not yet been finally decided, so there may be changes in the program for this trip.
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12/10/2020 – 16/10/2020
One of the oldest endurance races around the world, the Targa Florio was founded in 1906. It would eventually become one of the biggest races until the mid-1920s, long before 24 Hours of Le Mans, or the Mille Miglia, had been established. The Florio were an extremely wealthy family in Sicily, friends with royal families in Europe and owning widespread businesses ranging from tuna fishing and conservation to liquors (the famous Marsala di Florio), tourism and chemistry. Based in Palermo, the Florio’s extensively contributed to the boom of their home city during the Art Déco period.
Vincenzo Florio had a great passion for automobiles and racing. He actively took part in various races in Italy and France. In 1906, it was Vincenzo Florio who organised the first endurance race across the Madonie mountains, an elevation up to 2,000 mts some 100 kms east of Palermo. Quickly, the ‘Targa Florio’ with its 70 km circuit, disputed over three laps, became a venue which attracted Europe’s racing elite. During the first decades Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and Maseratis would dominate the race, while after WWII, victories would be battled between Ferrari and Porsche. The later, actually, became the brand which could collect most victories throughout the race history dating from 1906 through 1977, when it was banned following a fatal crash. The 911 Porsche with the removable hard top would be named after the Sicilian race.
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, is situated in the north-west of the island and is the largest and most important city on the island. To the modern visitor, the city founded 800 b.C. by the Phoenicians, offers a number of impressive sights (7 among them on the UNESCO world cultural heritage list). Over the centuries, Greeks and Romans, Saracens, the Hohenstaufen Dynasty, Normans and Spanish have left their traces. Hohenstaufen’s Friedrich II. would upgrade his favorite residence city with splendid buildings. As mentioned above, during the second half of the 19th century, the richness of the island was reflected in numerous Art Déco and neoclassical buildings including Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses of the continent.
The Madonie Natural park, where the Florio family owned extensive estates and forests, and where they built the first roads, are a perfect setting for an endurance race. In these days, Madonie are a hiking paradise and home to more than 60% of all Sicilian flora and fauna.
- Transfer Palermo Airport (PMO) to the hotel and back as well as on location
- Nostalgic Alfa Romeo classic car for self-drive including full comprehensive and passenger insurance, and fuel
- 2 nights accommodation incl. breakfast in 4-star hotel “NH Hotel Palermo“
- 2 nights accommodation incl. breakfast in a 5-star hotel in Cefalú
- 2 dinner and 1 lunch
- Admission fees, guided sightseeing according to itinerary
- English speaking guide and service team during the complete trip
Not included in the arrangement:
- travel to Palermo (PMO)
- meals unless otherwise indicated