Via Flaminia 500 2016, Juni

Enchanted Tuscany and the bewildering Abruzzi

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It is quiet impossible to surpass the scenery of central Italy. We have been there before, we still love it and we are going back. Some new roads in Tuscany and some new roads to the highlights in Umbria and the Abruzzi.

The Via Flaminia Cinquecento rally has a maximum of 20 entry positions. Participants will be getting a Fiat Abarth Cinquecento during the rally.

We will start at 220 km from Milan Airport, not far from Bologna.

The rally will be going south into Tuscany. We stay two nights in a rebuild farmers village before continuing to the little Roman town of Bevagna in Umbria.

From there we continue to a spa-resort high in the Gran Sasso mountains. We are surrounded by bear-rich forests and luxury.

On the way back north we pass the “raison d’étre” of the Via Flaminia and finish in style in a fortified village.

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.


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Friday June 24

The cars will be delivered on Saturday morning at the excellent Hotel Veronese la Torre in Verona (2 km from the airport). You are welcome to book a room there from Friday to Saturday. We have several De Luxe rooms in option at € 138, -. You are welcome to book yourself, please quote “VIA FLAMINIA” 

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HOTEL VERONESI LA TORRE
Via Monte Baldo 22
37062Dossobuono di Villafranca  (VA)
Tel.: 0039 045.8604811
 
 
Saturday June 25:

We will meet at the Hotel Falco D’Oro, where – in 2010 – we had the most welcoming reception. In 2010 it was a Japanese participant who did get the prize for the most beautiful participating car. He did get an entire salami from the Carabinieri.

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The Hotel is at an equal distance from Milan Airport and Verona where the Fiats Cinquecento’s reside.

 

Sunday June 26: 180 km

1911-knoxThe Sunday we drive south, into Tuscany. We take a very narrow hanging bridge, which we took five years ago for the last time. We continue the road over the Mille Miglia road with the Futa pass and the Raticosa pass.

We will have lunch at Villa Pitiana, where I wanted to go back ever since our last visit in 2006.villa-pitiana

The hotel is a privately owned restructured farmers village with all the luxury of a four star hotel. We will be staying for two nights in this great resort.

 

 

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VILLA BARBERINO
Viale Barberino, 19/21
52022 Meleto Cavriglia
Tel.: 0039 055 961 813
 
 
Monday June 27: 175 km

Tuscany-classic-carWe will be staying two nights in our restructured farmers village. We have the day off. We are not too far from Florence. but also in the middle of Tuscany with its rolling hills. Siena and San Giminiano are not far away.

And of course, we can opt to stay at the swiming pool.chianti-winery

 

Tuesday June 28: 210 km

We leave our farmer’s village for the little Roman town of Bevagna in the Umbrian planes. Some more great driving through the gentile toscaans-landschapcountryside, we savour the Italian sensations.

Today you are free to have lunch at your own convenience.

palazzo-brunamontiWe will be staying in two hotels in Bevagna. Both are very authentic and excellent hotels built on Roman ruins. Much of the furniture is antique. Together with Bevagna these hotels are truly little jewels.

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PALAZZO BRUNAMONTE
Corso G. Matteotti, 79
Bevagna (PG)
Tel.: +39 0742 361 932
 
 
Wednesday June 29: 210 km

gran-sasso-sceneryWe now leave the civilised world for a trip to Scotland, or is it Tibet. We must have driven these high planes over 50 times while organising different Via Flaminia rallies. But it remains one of the truly great roads. Great for driving and great for having a moment of awe.

 

We will be having lunch at the infamous Campo Imperatore. Infamous since Benito Mussolini was kept prisoner there before being campo-imperatorefreed by the Nazi’s and because we had snow there on June 8th 2005 on our very first Via Flaminia.

For the first time we will be staying in a spa resort on the Gran Sasso. In the forest, surrounded with luxury and bears.

 

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Thursday June 30: 230 km

rally-roadWe leave our spa and the Gran Sasso for a drive north along the majestic Gran Sasso and towards Castelluccio on the high plane above Norcia.castelluccio-flowers

 

We will be spending the night in a rebuild village on a green estate.

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BORGO LE TERRE DEL VERDE
Loc. Badia Val di Rasina
06023 Gualdo Tadino (PG)
Tel.: 0039 075 910 701
 
 
Friday July 1: 160 km

klassieke-rally-routeThe last day of the 2016 Via Flaminia will be a short one. The scenery in the Marche region differs from that in Tuscany or the Abruzzi but is not less spectacular. Eroded hills follow hills with lush vegetation.

We have our closing diner at the Palazo Viviani at the Castello Montegridolfo. We will be spending the night just outside the castle walls.

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Rally Details

Included

Start: Saturday June 25
Hotel Falco d’Oro,
Via Venola 27
40040 Tolè di Vergato (BO)

Finish: Friday July 1
Castello Montegridolfo
Via Roma, 38
47837 Montegridolfo (RN)

  • Seven nights in excellent hotels
  • Six diners
  • Six lunches
  • Fiat Abarth Convertibile
  • Raidillon watch for the winners
  • Via Flaminia polo
  • Roadbooks, rallyshields etc.

Entry fee

 

Booking fee:

Registration: € 4.970, –

 

 

Total kilometers

 

Total rally kilometers: 1150

Starting point, 220 km from Milan,

Finish: 370 km from Milan.

 

 

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.

 

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Launching sponsors

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