The start of the Targa Florio in Palermo
We will pick you up at Palermo’s Falcone-Borsellino airport and accompany you to the vibrant heart of the capital. After check-in at your hotel, we will introduce you to our Alfa Romeos and off you drive on a first lap of journey towards Mondello, and back. Later on the day, we will be heading towards Piazza Verdi to see the official opening ceremony of Targa Florio, a great moment for gear heads to meet with cars and drivers alike. After that, we will host a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant downtown.
Targa Florio in West Sicily
Getting up early today will pay off. The first part of our itinerary follows the coast north-west past Castellamare before arriving in Erice. This peculiar village, perched high above a hill, counts a number of cultural legacies of the different centuries, from Phoenicians to Greeks, from Romans to Saracens. There will be plenty of leisure time for a stroll through the picturesque alleys, before driving on to a meeting point with the Targa Florio cars near Segesta, whose ancient temple is worth a photo stop as well. Tonight, after returning to our hotel in Palermo, we will enjoy an extensive guided visit there.
Gran Circuit of delle Madonie
After check-out and luggage service, our drive will follow the official Targa Florio route to the east, into the Madonie mountains. Prior to that, we will pay a visit to Monreale cathedral just outside Palermo. First leg of journey will follow a beautiful coast road past Capo Zafferano, before arriving in Campofelice. From here, countless bends wind up into the mountains up to 2,000 mts elevation. Several of these roads had once been owned by the Florio family and were part of the original Targa Florio’s ‘Circuito delle Madonie’. Lunch break will be in Castelbuono with its narrow old town and numerous chapels, churches, and monasteries. It is here where we are supposed to meet the Targa Florio rally cars driving through. Later in the afternoon, we will make it to Cefalú, Palermo’s favorite beach location. The beaches here are considered among the nicest all over the island, and the Tyrrhenean Sea should still allow for bathing temperatures.
The Natural Park of delle Madonie
On our last driving day, we will again engage in the beauty of the wild, rugged Madonie Natural park mountains and gorges. The sharp uphill curves are the natural environment for light sports cars such as the Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider. After getting to Petralia Soprana, the area’s highest village, we will be returning to Cefalú during the early afternoon, in time for the airport transfer to Palermo, or, why not, your individual tour extension on this mysterious and beautiful island.