Via Flaminia May 2020, Mille Miglia

Borghi e Palazzi on the Mille Miglia road

The 16th edition of the Via Flaminia has the subtitle “Borghi e Palazzi” or “villages and palaces”. We will be staying in restructured villages and palaces, which is a word used widely in Italy and refers to large (family) mansions.

The rally starts at a Villa San Paolo in the commune of San Gimignano at a short distance from the Firenze Airport. We will be bringing your classic car to the airport and you should be in time at the hotel to indulge at the pool.

The next day, on Sunday, we will be crossing the Apennines to the east. A very nice drive, leaving Tuscany and taking the smaller roads gently climbing into oblivion, leaving civilisation behind us, replacing traffic for cows and old Fiat 500’s.

Our destination is a picture-book perfect walled village, which has been converted to accommodate guests. How come I haven’t found this gem before? For two nights we take much of this hill-perched village for ourselves and will be discovering the surrounding Marche region on the next day. Ranges of lush hills with the Adriatic as backdrop are the setting for our trip.

From the Marche we drive back over the Apennines into Umbria and we come to a marvel, which even surpasses the previous village. This fortified village is often used for weddings. It is well rebuilt to modern standards and even has a swimming pool. The next morning we will have a short drive leaving the option to you to either indulge at the pool or discover Orvieto at a few kilometres from our village.

After two nights in Umbria we drive east towards our beloved Abruzzo. We stay in the absolutely fabulous village of Santo Stefano. It has been restructured to high standards while leaving the authentic aspect.

The next day we drive up the Gran Sasso planes, a region, which was famous for the quality of wool provided by its sheep and which was part of the state of Florence. This is also why the villages were relatively rich. Personally I must have driven there over 50 times, each time the light and vegetation is different, it keeps on fascinating me. Several years ago we stopped with the Via Flaminia for a barbecue. This has granted me friendship and indefinite free lunches it seems. Now it is time to pay back their hospitality with another barbecue in the middle of the mountains.

The last hotel is a castle/palace. We stayed there some 10 years ago. The swimming pool was the scene of some of the best “after rally” fun.

The next morning it is only a small drive to the Airport of Pescara where we will pick up your car.

As always, the Via Flaminia is a layback rally where the competition serves the atmosphere, winning is not a goal on itself. Those who want to have a stop for a coffee can do so. No time constraint. The classification is done via navigation and the competition for the last place is sometimes fierce. For those who are more competitive there is a Sport-class.

There are 28 entry positions for cars up to 1980.

For teams who’s added age is under 100, there is a discount of 1% for each year less then 100, with a maximum of 20% (reference year 2020). They may also bring a younger car, one year per 2 years younger then 100.

Day 1, Saturday May 23, Firenze Airport - San Gimignano: 65 km

If you have chosen to have your car transported, then it will be delivered at the Firenze Airport upon arrival of the mid-day flights from Amsterdam and London. From there it is a short drive through Tuscany to our first hotel.


Day 2, Sunday May 24, San Gimignano - Borgo Montemaggiore: 220 km

We leave our cluster of houses near San Gimignano for a drive through the vineyards and over lush hills towards the Apennines. Soon it will be the small roads from village to hamlet to farmhouse, the tractor is the means of transportation.

After lunch the mountains get older, erosion has had its toll and we see the silver Adriatic in front of us.

We arrive at the really wonderful Borgo Montemaggiore where we will be staying two nights.

Albergo Diffuso Borgo Montemaggiore 

Piazza Bramante, 8

61030 Montemaggiore Al Metauro (PU)

Tel.: +39 0721 894851



Day 3, Monday May 25, Borgo Montemaggiore - Borgo Montemaggiore: 170 km

We have pretty much taken possession of this lovely village overlooking the Adriatic. So why not stay two nights ?

We will be driving some marvellous small roads in Marche. It is amazing how diverse the scenery is, vineyards alternate sunflowers; we drive up hills and see on the left a juxtaposition of hills while the Adriatic shines silver on the right. Each corner brings a different scenery.



Albergo Diffuso Borgo Montemaggiore 

Piazza Bramante, 8

61030 Montemaggiore Al Metauro (PU)

Tel.: +39 0721 894851



Day 4, Tuesday May 26, Borgo Montemaggiore - Titignano: 195 km

We leave one village for the other, or actually it is called a castle.

I wouldn’t come back as much as possible to central Italy if it wasn’t just fantastic. I love the region, the villages, the people and the food. And of course we will have a great lunch even though you might not feel like it. But Italy is about eating !



Day 5, Wednesday May 27, Castello di Titignano - Castello di Titignano: 100 km

The structures of the Tenuta di Salviano and the Castello di Titignano were built in the Middle Ages by the Montmarte family. In the early 1800s, the entire property, of over 2000 hectares, was purchased by the Corsini Principi family. The estate under the guidance of the Corsini family became a flourishing company specializing in the production of wheat, tobacco, olive oil and wine. The white wine of Salviano is widely known for its quality.

We leave our castle for a short drive onto the small roads in southern Tuscany into Lazio and back, the sun is burning, the air serene and the nature abundant. The afternoon you can either indulge at the pool or discover Orvieto.





Day 6, Thursday May 28, Castello di Titignano - Santo Stefano: 205 km

We leave one village for another. We have been in Santo Stefano before and it is just amazing. The houses are interlocked, the pebble-stoned streets narrow and the atmosphere superb. We are on the Gran Sasso mountains which we have come to love so much. It used to be the place where the state of Firenze held its sheep for the wool, thus the villages are relatively rich even though they are “lost” in the high mountains.







Sextantio Albergo Diffuso
Via Principe Umberto
67020 Santo Stefano di Sessanio (AQ)
Tel.: +39 0862 899 112



Day 7, Friday May 29, Santo Stefano - Castello Chiola: 115 km

The last day already, time is flying when you are having a good time. We have a late start. We drive up the Gran Sasso and after each hairpin our village will be getting smaller until we drive over the ridge into one of the most majestic settings imaginable. It could be Scotland or Tibet and was often used as setting for “western” films. 











Several years ago we had a barbecue on the Gran Sasso. Ever since, when I come by, they great me with “Bartolomeo” and food and wine is on them. The people in the mountains are authentic and friendly. This year we will again have a barbecue.

The last destination is Castello Chiola. A castle with some rooms so big you need a GPS to find back the bathroom. Last time we were guest at the castle the pool was too tempting for some and not all ended in the pool voluntarily.

Castello Chiola
Via degli Aquino, 12
65014 Loreto Aprutino PE
Tel.: +39 085 829 0690



Day 8, Saturday May 30, Castello Chiola - Pescara Airport: 25 km

It is only a short drive to the Pescara Airport where a trailer will pick up your car. We will coordinate the pick-up time depending on the best flights to everyone’s destination.

Alternatively, and if there is enough interest, we could have a trailer pick up your car at Fiumicino, 250 km away mostly over an astonishing highway.

Number: 29      Year of manufacture: 1966      Car: Ford Mustang
Johan Reef (NL)
Johan Reef
Gertie Brekelmans (NL)
Gertie Brekelmans
Ford Mustang 1966
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Number: 28      Year of manufacture: 1955      Car: Austin Healey 100/4 BN1
David John Twaites (CH)
David John Twaites
Henriette Twaites-Baum (CH)
Henriette Twaites-Baum
Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 1955
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Number: 27      Year of manufacture: 1964      Car: Austin Healey 3000 MK III
Freek Koopmans (NL)
Freek Koopmans
Wilma Koopmans (NL)
Wilma Koopmans
Austin Healey 3000 MK III 1964
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Number: 26      Year of manufacture: 1963      Car: Austin Healey 3000 Mk I
Frans Dusseldorp (NL)
Frans Dusseldorp
Tom Dusseldorp (NL)
Tom Dusseldorp
Austin Healey 3000 Mk I 1963
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Number: 25      Year of manufacture: 1966      Car: TR4A IRS
Bram van Rosmalen (NL)
Bram van Rosmalen
Fenneke van Leijden (NL)
Fenneke van Leijden
TR4A IRS 1966
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Number: 23      Year of manufacture: 1961      Car: Jaguar 3.8 litre Mk2
Bas 't Jong (NL)
Joke Verhoeven (NL)
Joke Verhoeven
Jaguar 3.8 litre Mk2 1961
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Number: 22      Year of manufacture: 1964      Car: Mercedes 230 SL Pagode
Werner Paredis (B)
Werner Paredis
Lut Jughmans (B)
Lut Jughmans
Mercedes 230 SL Pagode 1964
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Number: 21      Year of manufacture: 1962      Car: Austin-Healey 3000 mk2
Alexander van Puijenbroek (NL)
Alexander van Puijenbroek
Abel Jan Brand (NL)
Abel Jan Brand
Austin-Healey 3000 mk2 1962
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Number: 20      Year of manufacture: 1969      Car: Jaguar E-type
Tony Stevens (B)
Tony Stevens
Emma van de Paer (B)
Emma van de Paer
Jaguar E-type 1969
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Number: 19      Year of manufacture: 1959      Car: Jaguar XK 150 DHC
Stan Lowette (B)
Stan Lowette
Mimi Thijs (B)
Mimi Thijs
Jaguar XK 150 DHC 1959
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Number: 17      Year of manufacture: 1968      Car: Jaguar E-type Serie 1,5 OTS
Egbert Dijkstra (NL)
Egbert Dijkstra
Liesbeth van Galen (NL)
Liesbeth van Galen
Jaguar E-type Serie 1,5 OTS 1968
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Number: 16      Year of manufacture: 1968      Car: Triumph TR250
Stefan de Bruijn (NL)
Stefan de Bruijn
Marcel Haaksma (NL)
Marcel Haaksma
Triumph TR250 1968
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Number: 15      Year of manufacture:       Car: Alfa Romeo Duetto
Denis Cribbin (AUS)
Denis Cribbin
Irene Cribbin (AUS)
Irene Cribbin
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Number: 14      Year of manufacture: 1970      Car: Mercedes 280 SL
Emile Ensink (NL)
Emile Ensink
Marianne Ensink (NL)
Marianne Ensink
Mercedes 280 SL 1970
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Number: 13      Year of manufacture: 1969      Car: Mercedes-Benz Pagoda 280SL
John Todd (UK)
John Todd
Elly Todd (UK)
Elly Todd
Mercedes-Benz Pagoda 280SL 1969
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Number: 12      Year of manufacture: 1965      Car: Ford Mustang
Tom Gatsonides (NL)
Tom Gatsonides
Rosalie Gatsonides (NL)
Rosalie Gatsonides
Ford Mustang 1965
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Number: 11      Year of manufacture: 1959      Car: Jaguar XK 150
Martin Aaldering (NL)
Martin Aaldering
José Aaldering (NL)
José Aaldering
Jaguar XK 150 1959
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Number: 10      Year of manufacture: 1974      Car: Alfa Romeo Spider 2l
Eric Barenbrug (NL)
Eric Barenbrug
Lucienne Samuels (NL)
Lucienne Samuels
Alfa Romeo Spider 2l 1974
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Number: 08      Year of manufacture: 1972      Car: BMW 2002Tii Touring
Tom Bakkenist (NL)
Tom Bakkenist
Isabella Bakkenist (NL)
Isabella Bakkenist
BMW 2002Tii Touring 1972
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Number: 07      Year of manufacture: 1954      Car: Jaguar 140 OTS
Tony de Bruijn (NL)
Tony de Bruijn
Henk van Halewijn (NL)
Henk van Halewijn
Jaguar 140 OTS 1954
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Number: 06      Year of manufacture: 1961      Car: Mercedes 190 SL
Frank Govers (NL)
Frank Govers
Jan Govers (NL)
Jan  Govers
Mercedes 190 SL 1961
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Number: 05      Year of manufacture: 1992      Car: Cobra
Coen Weber (NL)
Coen Weber
Monique Weber van der Zalm (NL)
Monique Weber van der Zalm
Cobra 1992
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Number: 04      Year of manufacture: 1974      Car: Alfa Romeo Spider
Johan Schoenmaker (NL)
Johan Schoenmaker
Hille Ypma (NL)
Hille Ypma
Alfa Romeo Spider 1974
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Number: 03      Year of manufacture: 1968      Car: Mercedes 280SL
Niek van Helden (NL)
Niek van Helden
Marian van Helden (NL)
Marian van Helden
Mercedes 280SL 1968
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Number: 02      Year of manufacture: 1964      Car: Triumph TR 4
Nicholas Bleaney (UK)
Nicholas Bleaney
James Prentice (UK)
James Prentice
Triumph TR 4 1964
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Number: 01      Year of manufacture: 1970      Car: Mercedes 280 SL
John Noble (UK)
John Noble
Jean Noble (UK)
Jean Noble
Mercedes 280 SL 1970
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Rally Details


Start: Saturday May 23
Strada Provinciale per Certaldo
53037 San Gimignano (SI)

Finish: Friday May 29
Castello Chiola
Via degli Aquino, 12
65014 Loreto Aprutino (PE)

  • A maximum of 28 crew
  • Seven nights in excellent hotels.
  • Six dinners.
  • Three or four lunches.
  • Technical assistance.
  • Tsikolia Watch for the winners
  • Via Flaminia clothing.
  • Roadbooks, rallyshields etc.

Entry fee


Booking fee

Registration (after Sept. 15) for a crew of two: € 3.150, -.
Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 300, –

To Italy:

Transportation of your car by truck from Holland to the Firenze Airport: € 460, –

From Italy:

Transportation of your car by truck from the Pescara Airport to Holland: € 550, –

You are responsible for booking your own flight.



Total kilometers


Total rally kilometers: 1100

From Firenze Airport to the first hotel (start): 65 km

From the finish hotel to Pescara Airport: 25 km


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