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 hotel 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 tasteful Sicilian kitchen in our hotel.
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. (Find Pictures from the 2019 Targa Florio Here)
Day 5: Start of the Targa Florio der Targa Florio
After the vehicle inspection and the demonstration the evening before, things get down to business in Palermo today. At "Museo storico dei Motori" the engines warm up, the participants get ready for the start. This is an ideal opportunity for you to take another look at the classic cars and to talk to the rally participants. After the departure of the starting field, you will still have free time in Palermo before we will accompany you punctually in the afternoon for your return flight at Palermo Airport.
* sharing a double room/ sharing a car **If you would like to book as an individual guest, just speak to us.
** Date 2022 not yet officially confirmed by the organizer. The route of the Targa Florio has not yet been finally decided, so the program may also be changed on this trip.