La Dolce Vita on wheels
Slow food, fast cars and a good life. That is our association with the Dolce Vita. And that is exactly what the Via Flaminia will be recreating. We provide you with a (modern) Fiat 500 Abarth convertible and La Dolce vita can begin.
Central Italy appeals to all our senses. The scent of the lavender on the high planes, the flavour of the fresh ingredients in the meals, the sound of the wind and the light of the sun demarking the shade in the ancient villages.
The start is at the Nicolis car museum few kilometres from Verona.
The first night will be spent in a characteristic hotel in the middle of the town of Reggio Emilia. From there on the road goes south, crossing Tuscany and Umbria. We will be staying two nights in a fantastic hotel not far from Rome.
On the way back to the finish we will be crossing once more the high planes above Norcia. Depending on the month they are ether in different shades of green, yellow, purple or red. The scenery is truly amazing.
We will be spending the night in a city, which is waiting to be discovered as a tourist attraction. Ancient Ascoli Piceno has some remarkable architecture. We will be staying in an old Palazzo in the city centre.
The actual finish will be not far from San Marino in a friendly hotel in a small hill perched town overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Over the weekend you have time to bring the cars back to Verona.
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.
As in 2016, we will be starting from Hotel Veronesi la Torre. The hotel is conveniently located at 2 km from Verona Airport.
Those who wish so can book a room for the night preceding the rally. Information can be found on the registration form.
After getting our Fiats 500 Abarth it is only a few kilometres to the Nicolis Museum. A great collection, which started as a private collection and is now a museum run by the daughter of the founder.
The start will be after the lunch in the museum. It is a relatively short trip through the rice fields in the Po valley to the hotel in the centre of Reggio Emilia, a nice and ancient city at the foot of the Appenini.
The Sunday we cross the Apennine into Tuscany. The roads are narrow, sometimes good with a beautiful view sometimes in need of maintenance in the middle of the dark forest.
After a day’s drive we arrive at our destination, an old hamlet around a big Residential house and turned into hotel accommodation.
|HOTEL PAGGERIA MEDICEA|
|Tenuta di Artimino|
|Viale Papa Giovanni XXIII, 1|
|59015 – Artimino (PO)|
|TEL.: 0039 055 875 141|
We are crossing Tuscany into Umbria, beautiful drive and we are aiming for a lunch in the Centre of Arezzo. We stayed there in 2011 with the pre-war rally. Hopefully we can get the authorization for the Classic rally as well.
After a beautiful day we arrive at what is, arguably, the most impressive and beautiful city of Italy, not on the tourist track yet. But definitely worth it: Gubbio.
We stay in the city centre across of the main square and the Municipio or town hall.
From Mediaeval Gubbio we have a very nice drive through Tuscany. The villages are perched high on the hills and we drive through the fertile planes towards Rome.
We arrive in the ancient Etruscan lands for one of our two nights at the very nice Boutique Hotel in a little ancient fortified town. Certainly an enchanted setting. The town by itself is worth the visit.
We have a leisurely day. We drive through the Etruscan countryside. The landscape is typically Italian, life is good.
We return to the beautiful town of Civita Castellana for a second night at the lovely hotel.
After the two nights in the comfortable hotel in the little town of Civita Castellana we drive towards our next destination. The beautiful city of Ascoli Piceno, largely unknown to tourist.
Again we drive through Umbria and climb to the incredible high plane above Norcia. With some luck the plane is full of collared flowers, red, purple or yellow.
We will be staying in the center of town in two ancient monumental buildings belonging to the Palazzo Guiderocchi.
Already the last day. We drive through the hills in the Marche with a view on the Adriatic Sea. The waters are tempting, in fact too tempting. We have lunch at the seaside. Swimwear allowed.
From there it is only a small drive to the enchanted city of Recanati, high on a hill in the cool summer breeze. The city is a really undiscovered pearl as many towns in the Marche. We will be staying in the comfortable Gallery Hotel Recanati, overlooking the Adriatic Sea for the clossing dinner and prize awarding ceremony.
After the excitement of the rally you have two days for bringing your car back to Verona. Verona is 385 km from the starting point.
Christopher Aberdein (SA)
Melanie Smith (SA)
Luke Aberdein (SA)
Martin May (SA)
Dana Bureau (SA)
Mark Peters (MC)
Doreen Peters (MC)
Robert Altman (USA)
Bobbi Altman (USA)
Harmon "Chip" Wright (USA)
Sharon Wright (USA)
Chan Lai Yan (HK)
Yau Wai Chuen (HK)
Fiona Price (AUS)
Stefan James Stones (AUS)
Nigel Farmer (HK)
Bonnie Farmer (HK)
Stephen Lovell (HK)
Kuni Tse (HK)
Clifford Smith (HK)
Helga Smith (HK)
Kwok-kit Ng (HK)
Carmen Yeung (HK)
Graham Duxbury (SA)
Yolanda Duxbury (SA)
Valentina Duxbury (SA)
Steve Wilson (AUS)
Dave Williams (AUS)
WaiKin Daniel Chu (HK)
Bianca Chu (HK)
Pieter van den Bosch (NL)
Bianca van den Bosch (NL)
David Hughes (HK)
Karen Mar (HK)
Cameron Hestler (HK)
Stephanie Hestler (HK)
Duncan Inglis (HK)
Sheena Chou Inglis (TW)
Start: Saturday July 1
Finish: Friday July 7
Car Collection details
Total rally kilometers: 1150
From the collection point of the cars to the start: 5 km
From the finish to the car drop off point: 385 km
Saturday July 1:
Saturday/Sunday July 8/9:
Some pictures and a small film from the 2014 editon of the Via Flaminia Cinquecento
The rally started near Rome, did go through Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo and back to Rome.