We await you at the 'Falcone e Borsellino' airport outside of Palermo and accompany you to the beating heart of the Sicilian capital. Your Boutique Hotel "Quinto Canto" is located in an old noble palace in the middle of the old town of Palermo, on the "Quattro Canti" surrounded by baroque architecture. After checking in, you will get to know the most important sights on an extensive guided tour. We end the first day with a traditional Sicilian dinner in the old town.
We make our way early to the “Museo Storico dei Motori e dei Meccanismi”. The paddock and the starting ramp are housed on the extensive university campus. The first day of the race is the perfect moment to get up close and personal with the participating sports cars and teams. We will then drive you to the "Vallegrande Nature Resort" in Cefalù. "Your" Alfa Romeo Spiders are already waiting for you here for the first drive, where you will meet the Targa Florio teams on their afternoon stage towards Palermo.
After breakfast, choose your favorite Alfa Romeo and we drive to the Madonie mountains. In Floriopoli we pass the historic grandstands with the former pit lanes of the Targa Florio. The perfect place to experience the passage of the participating sports cars and vintage cars. Then you start on along nearly endless serpentine roads in the mountains, far beyond the tree line! At an altitude of 2,000 meters you follow the original circuit of the race, the so-called "Circuito delle Madonie". Our lunch stop Collesano is a small Sicilian town submerged in picturesque landscape, cobblestone streets, churches and chapels. In the local Targa Florio Museum, the history, triumphs and tragedies of the Targa Florio are meticulously retold with great passion.
We are drawn to the gracefulness of the rugged mountains and gorges of the Madonie. Let the sporty heart of our Alfa Romeo run free today and conquer the country roads on which the Milanese brand was extremely successful for decades. Be prepared to encounter flocks of sheep and deer more often than oncoming traffic. You'll love the winding country roads and small towns where Alfa Romeo racing cars triumphed in the Targa Florio's early decades. Whether it's Cerda or Caltavulturo, Polizzi Generosa or Castelbuono, you are warmly welcomed everywhere in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider. In the evening you can enjoy the experiences of the day over dinner together in the old town of Cefalù.
Today, after breakfast and check-out, enjoy the coast of Cefalù heading east to Santo Stefano di Camastra. The last few kilometers are also picture-perfect before you say goodbye to "your" Alfa Romeo Spiders. In the afternoon we will escort you back to Palermo airport for your individual return journey.
* * Price per person sharing a double room and a classic car.
** The date, program and routes of the Targa Florio 2024 are not yet officially confirmed.
The Targa Florio is the oldest endurance race in the world, even older than the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. In the 1920s, the Targa Florio was the most prestigious race in the world.
At the turn of the last century, the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily, was home to an extremely influential and wealthy family of entrepreneurs who maintained close ties with the royal houses and the moneyed aristocracy of Europe. In their homeland, the Florio family owned extensive estates - and there was one scion who was crazy about automobiles.
Vincenzo Florio had a great passion for car racing and took part in various races in Italy and France. In 1906, he organised a race himself for the first time, the winner of which was awarded a plaque - 'targa' in Italian: the 'Targa Florio' was born, in the Madonia Mountains, some 200 km east of the capital Palermo. The extremely demanding 140 km circuit very soon became a fixed meeting place for the European racing driver elite. While Alfa Romeo, Bugatti and Maserati still dominated in the beginning, Ferrari and Porsche contested the victories in the post-war period. With 11 overall victories, the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer remained the most successful overall winner of the Targa Florio. The 911 model with the removable coupé roof was subsequently named after the race.
Palermo, the capital of Sicily, lies in the northwest of the island and is the largest and most important city with more than 600,000 inhabitants. Palermo has a large number of outstanding sights (7 buildings alone belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Site) which were built by the Arabs, the Normans but above all by the Staufers. King Frederick II turned Palermo into a splendid residence; during his reign, the Norman Palace, the Palatine Chapel and the Cathedral, where Frederick II and Henry VI are buried, were built. When sulphur became important as a raw material for the production of firearms, Sicily achieved further economic prosperity, which made neoclassical buildings such as the Teatro Massimo, one of the largest opera houses in Europe, possible.
The Madonie Nature Park is located in the north of Sicily and is the highest mountain massif on the island after Mount Etna, with elevations of up to almost 2,000 metres. The Florio family owned extensive land and forests here, and had their own road built here, which later formed the "Circuito delle Madonie" and was the main part of the Targa Florio. Today, the nature reserve is a hiker's paradise and home to over 60% of all species of flora and fauna native to Sicily.
Not included in the arrangement:
Meals, unless otherwise indicated, travel to Palermo (PMO)
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Jutta Löffler –
Gute Organisation, sehr gute Reiseleitung. Le Calette 5 war eine Bereicherung, gute Wahl. Schön war es, dass wir zwischen den Autos der Targa Florio fahren konnten und überall freundlich empfangen wurden.
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Brigitte Milde –
Ich kam sehr gut mit dem von Ihnen zusammen gestellten Roadbook sowie auch als langjährige Auto- und Cabrio-Fahrerin gut mit den von Ihnen gestellten "kleinen Italienern" zurecht. Die Route war mehr als interessant und sehenswert und die Begegnungen auf den Strecken mit den Teilnehmern der Targa Florio schon auch ein Erlebnis. Die Zuschauer haben unserer kleinen Gruppe beim Vorbeifahren fast genau so begeistert zugewunken. Das Programm von Ihnen und die Aufenthalte insgesamt waren bestens und die Teilnehmer unserer Gruppe sehr angenehm.
Ihre beiden Reisebegleiter, Leo und Chris, haben einen wirklich Super Service geleistet - aber das wissen Sie sicher auch selbst. Sie waren immer pünktlich, die Autos standen immer perfekt startklar bereit, die Betreuung war bestens und Sie waren immer sofort verfügbar, wenn man sie mal brauchte oder Fragen hatte. Die beiden haben ein wirklich gutes Team gebildet und dafür gebührt ihnen auch unsere Anerkennung!!
Auch Ihnen und dem Nostalgic-Team sagen wir nochmal Danke und vielleicht "Auf ein nächstes Mal".
Wie immer beste Grüße nach München,
Brigitte Milde und Herward Hill
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