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.
If you choose so, we will be bringing your classic car to the airport of Firenze. From there you drive to Siene for an wine tasting and guided tour at the Villa Trasqua wine estate. As you may know Villa Trasqua is the official wine of the Mille Miglia. This famous domain also offers three bottles for the nr 1, 2 and 3 winners of our rally. After the tasting it is only a few kilometers to the first hotel, Villa Scacciapensieri in the commune of Siena. There you may 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 part of the state of Florence. This is also why the villages were relatively rich. Personally I must have drive there over 50 times, each time the light and vegetation is different, it keeps on fascinating me.
The last hotel is a wonderful medieval castle not far from the Adriatic coast.
The next morning it is wonderful drive over the empty and scenic highway to the Airport of Fiumicino 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. Unless the May edition of the Via Flaminia there is no Sport-class.
There are 24 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 2021). They may also bring a younger car, one year per 2 years younger then 100.
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.
We leave our cluster of houses near Siena 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.
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.
We leave one village for the other, or actually it is more a big mansion.
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 Montefalco is my preferred wine region. And of course we will have a great lunch even though you might not feel like it. But Italy is about eating !
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.
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.
The last day already, time is flying when you are having a good time. 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” movies.
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.
It is a butinful drive over a scenic highway to Fiumicino 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.
Hans Versnel (NL)
Astrid Suurmeijer (NL)
Marc Brahm (BE)
Lut Brahm (BE)
Eric Barenbrug (NL)
Lucienne Samuels (NL)
Denis Cribbin (AUS)
Irene Cribbin (AUS)
Frans Dusseldorp (NL)
Tom Dusseldorp (NL)
Peter van Heezik (CH)
Bea van Heezik (CH)
Bert van den Dool (NL)
Anita van Uchelen (NL)
Nicholas Bleaney (UK)
James Prentice (UK)
Claude Galand (B)
Jenny Smolderen (B)
Martin Dubbink (NL)
Dineke Dubbink (NL)
Jan Koers (NL)
Gerdy Koers (Nl)
Laurent Aceti (Fr)
Cathy Aceti (Fr)
Walter van Voorst van Beest (NL)
Lida van Voorst van Beest (NL)
Ivo Heukensfeldt Jansen (NL)
Lucie Hertoghe (NL)
Bert Wardenburg (NL)
Toos Wardenburg (NL)
Ronald de Boer (NL)
Petra Wiardi (NL)
Henk Bloembergen (NL)
Ingrid Saan (NL)
Stuart Else (UK)
John Else (UK)
Egbert Dijkstra (NL)
Liesbeth van Galen (NL)
Leo Verriet (NL)
Marianne Verriet (NL)
Coen Weber (NL)
Monique Weber van der Zalm (NL)
Tony de Bruijn (NL)
Henk van Halewijn (NL)
David John Twaites (CH)
Henriette Twaites-Baum (CH)
Freek Koopmans (NL)
Wilma Koopmans (NL)
Johan Reef (NL)
Gertie Brekelmans (NL)
Stefan de Bruijn (NL)
Marcel Haaksma (NL)
John Noble (UK)
Jean Noble (UK)
Start: Saturday September 11
Villasanpaolo Spa Hotel
53037 San Gimignano (SI)
Finish: Friday September 17
Via degli Aquino, 12,
65014 Loreto Aprutino (PE)
Early registration (before March 30) for a crew of two: € 3.300, -.
Registration (after March 30) for a crew of two: € 3.600, -.
Upgrade (you are on top of the list for the best rooms): € 250, –
Transportation of your car by truck from Holland to the Firenze Airport: € 460, –
Transportation of your car by truck from the Fiumicino Airport to Holland: € 550, –
You are responsible for booking your own flight.
Total rally kilometers: 1100
From Firenze Airport to the first hotel (start): 65 km
From the finish hotel to Fiumicino Airport: 250 km.
The rally is fully booked, registration is not possible any more. You can contact Via Flaminia in order to be put on the waiting list.