25th May to 11th June 2020. 2,900km / 17 nights / 14 driving days. Entry by invitation or referral only. Open to vintage & pre-1980’s classics. Staying in only the very best hotels. Wine tasting and Michelin starred restaurants. One overnight ferry crossing (Cagliari-Napoli). Experienced classic rally mechanical team and support crew. Luggage transfer service. Comprehensive tulip road book.
This is a luxury touring rally, starting in Verona, winding through the Dolomites and southern Alps to Lake Como, south via the Monza Circuit to Cinque Terre and Tuscany where we will enjoy a two night stay at the exquisite Hotel Borgo Santo Pietro. This can be your base for exploring the Tuscan hills or take the opportunity to visit Siena. From here we depart to the coast and take an afternoon ferry to Corsica where we once again have a lovely property, La Dimora, in the hills just outside Bastia. Driving in Corsica is incredibly good – the mountain roads are very light on traffic and the views they afford are hard to beat.
Following a second night’s stay in Corsica in Levie it is a short run down to Bonifacio for the shuttle across to Sardinia. The landscape in Sardinia is noticeably different to Corsica. The mountains less severe, but no less beautiful. The second rest day of the rally is in Oliena which allows the chance to explore the shoreline south of Cala Gonone, reachable only by boat. It is very good indeed – a succession of pristine coves and beaches with crystal clear water (photo below). Upon arrival at the final beach you will be welcomed with a lunch set up under our canopies. Plentiful G&T’s.
It is then on to Cagliari and our overnight ferry back to mainland Italy. You each get a private outward-facing cabin for the crossing, which while not luxurious is perfectly comfortable for a night’s rest. A two night stay on the Amalfi Coast at the Monastero Santa Rosa. This is your opportunity to explore the ruins of Pompeii. Heading northwards we stay in the Sextantio Albergo Diffuso. A unique and memorable property, done in the same style as their sister hotel in Matera which we stayed in on last year’s Venice Monaco rally. Heading back into Tuscany for our penultimate night’s stay at Hotel Monteverdi, it is then an easy and scenic run into Florence.
OVERLAP WITH VM17:
Venice Monaco 2017 participants may well wonder what overlap there is between the two events. The 2,900km Verona Firenze 2020 route shares approximately 40km with the route of Venice Monaco 2017. The only hotel shared by both events is in Oliena, Sardinia. We all enjoyed our stay at this hotel and will now, with our rest day, have the opportunity to visit the beaches of Cala Gonone.
PACE & REST DAYS:
This event is approximately 2,900km with 14 driving days and 3 rest days. The general pace is around 6-7 hours driving per day with a maximum of 5 consecutive driving days. The route is designed such that you can choose quicker/shorter sections on a particular day if for example you had mechanical issues. Each day has either an organised lunch stop or at the very least a recommended lunch stop. The idea is to bring the rally together at points throughout the day while still giving you the freedom to drive and explore at your own pace.
The entry fee for Verona Firenze 2020 is inclusive of return vehicle transportation London-Verona and Florence-London. Transportation will be done on multicar transporters. Transit time is 4 days. Your car will be waiting for you at the hotel when you arrive in Verona. Those who reside outside the UK please drop us a line and we will happily assist you. We are able to ship from/to anywhere in the world. Those who live in continental Europe may be able to have their car loaded onto the transporters en route without additional charge, depending on the location.
VEHICLE SELECTION & PREPARATION:
We will accept vintage and pre-1980’s classics. This event does not necessarily require a “rally-prepared” car. With that said you will be aware that we offer route variations for most sections. Entering a rally-prepared car will mean you have the freedom and confidence to tackle some of the more challenging sections without your car disintegrating. Basic preparations which you may wish to consider: upgraded suspension, strengthened suspension mounts, raised ride height, underside protection.
Upon request we will happily provide you with our “Vehicle & Spares Preparation” guide for European events. A wired in tripmeter, while good to have, is not mandatory. If navigating by the tulips I would argue that running a GPS-based tripmeter from a secondary smartphone/tablet is even better. Save yourself the expense of getting one wired in. The vast majority of this rally is on sealed roads, although the quality of the road surfacing varies widely.
To request further information and to participate, please complete the form below. If you have not rallied with us before please include in your message an outline of your previous rallying experience.