A Cursa. “The Race” was the nickname Sicilian entrepreneur Vincenzo Florio gave his 1906 creation: a race that, during the first weekend of May, celebrated its 100th anniversary. One hundred years – a reminder to the few who missed it that the event still enjoys permanent status as one of the most famous races in the world.
As well as race, Targa Florio is a rally that features several classic vehicles, which made their way through Parco delle Madonie, not far from Palermo. The event took place in some of the most significant and inspiring locations in Sicily. Ferrari has skilfully paired these unique elements to offer clients a taste of the racing excitement as they rode their own vehicles on the Ferrari Tribute to Targa Florio.
As is customary, the event started at the same time as pre-race testing on Thursday (5 May) morning at the University of Palermo’s School of Engineering. Over a few hours, a handful of students soon grew into a multitude of onlookers, all spellbound by more than 50 Ferraris, from a 1971 246 GT Dino to the latest F12tdf. By the afternoon, a huge crowd had gathered on Piazza Giuseppe Verdi (in front of the Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele) for the starting ceremony.
That was all just a foretaste of what the following days held in store for the stars of the Ferrari Tribute. Friday was a full day, with a 280km journey from Palermo through Parco delle Madonie, up to Cefalù, one of the most beautiful towns in Italy, and then back to Palermo. Winding roads revealed a breathtaking landscape.
The winding roads were unending and made you really appreciate how well your Ferrari handled the road, but invited you to look up a little and enjoy being immersed in such spectacular natural beauty.
And, if that wasn’t enough, there was more on the schedule, with a special presentation (reserved to crew and guests) of the new GTC4Lusso in the beautiful Villa Alliata Cardillo.
Saturday was the most demanding of the three days, with a trip over 400km long. An early start saw the first vehicle set off at 8am. Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, awaited. Driving through each city, the convoy of cars broke up the monotony of daily life, providing some great excitement.
The Sunday sun accompanied the Ferrari cars to the stands at Floriopoli, symbol of the Circuito delle Madonie. From there, they headed up toward Cerda: the cars and drivers that made history on that race-track would follow the same path just a little later, as the 100th edition of the Targa Florio, A Cursa, relived its glory days with Historic Speed.