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Rally 2021 statred near Urbino one of the most important centers of the Italian Renaissance, and UNESCO world heritage site, home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, founded in 1506., where the cars are displayed in the historic centre, in front of the Ducal Palace, for a visit to the National Gallery of the Marche and the Lapidary Archaeological Museum.
We continue to Il Barco Ducale, near the city of Urbania, founded in 1465 by order of Federico da Montefeltro, used as a hunting park, now a Franciscan convent.
Through the spectacular Passo di Bocca Trabaria, we reach Sansepolcro, a Tuscan village famous for its crossbows, a traditional weapon of the Middle Ages, and birthplace of the artist Piero della Francesca, where we visit the Civic Museum which houses four of his major works, the Polyptych of Mercy, the Resurrection, San Giuliano and San Ludovico.

The following day we cross the spectacular hills of Montefeltro to reach Pesaro, for a visit to the Villa Imperiale and continue along the hairpin bends of the Monte San Bartolo natural park towards Gradara, one of the best preserved fortified mediaeval villages in Italy where Dante set the story of the love of Paolo Malatesta and Francesca da Rimini, making her immortal from the verses of Canto V of the Inferno of the Divine Comedy.

The next day, through the spectacular Gola del Furlo, we reach the medieval city of Gubbio, located on the side of Mount Ingino, famous for the "hanging" square, Piazza della Signoria, which overlooks the city where we admire the famous Eugubine tablets, written in the Umbrian language and dating back to the 3rd-1st century BC.

The next stage is dedicated to the great Umbrian wines, with the Borgo di Torgiano, and then Bevagna and Montefalco the "railing of Umbria", surrounded by thirteenth-century walls, and the visit to the bronze Carapace of the spectacular Tenuta Castelbuono.

We then leave for Todi and after a visit to the historic center, we stop at the incredible Decugnano dei Barbi estate with its spectacular view between the hills on Lake Corbara, and then reach Orvieto, a city with over three thousand years of history, of Etruscan origin, with its caves, wells, tunnels, for an exhibition of cars near the famous Cathedral, symbol of the city, jewel of Romanesque-Gothic architecture, with its splendid golden mosaics that illuminate the facade.
Last stop dedicated to one of the most fascinating villages in Lazio, the dying city connected to the rest of the world only by a long pedestrian bridge, Civita di Bagnoregio. From its tufaceous spur, in the heart of Tuscia, between the Tiber valley and Lake Bolsena, we admire the spectacular Valle dei Calanchi, deep furrows in the ground created over millennia by the erosion of rainwater. Here we visit the small but special automobile museum dedicated to the driver Piero Taruffi, with its incredible collection of vintage cars.

 

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Highlights

Urbino: On the Footsteps of Piero della Francesca

Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cinque Terre offer one of the most fascinating landscapes of the Ligurian Riviera, with their rugged and rugged hills, softened by the construction of terraces for the cultivation of citrus fruits and vines, which drop sheer down towards the sea. Hidden in the small fjords, there are the five villages ("Terre"): Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore. Portofino is one of the most iconic places in Italy: a magnificent seaside village, set in the green promontory, with its tall pastel-colored houses arranged in a semicircle around the famous Piazzetta. Of very ancient origins, documented in the imperial age with the name of Portus Delphini, it preserves the Roman road layout, with orthogonal meshes. Not far away is Camogli, the most romantic village on the Riviera di Levante where we will stay at the Hotel Cenobio di Dogi. In the surrounding area we will visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso: a unique medieval monastery overlooking the sea in a bay hidden in the greenery of the Portofino mountain.

Orvieto

But Emilia is also a land of culture and music. We will cross the Terre Verdiane (Busseto, Parma, Soragna, Fontanellato, Salsomaggiore Terme), the places where the artistic and musical life of the famous musician Giuseppe Verdi took place, and we will attend an exclusive show, a tribute to the great master. Not far from Parma, we will visit “Il Labirinto della Masone”, conceived and wanted by Franco Maria Ricci is the largest existing bamboo labyrinth, made up of about 200,000 plants up to 15 meters high, along a path of over 3km. It houses an impressive collection of unique art of its kind, spread over five thousand square meters, of about five hundred pieces from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. There will be tastings of the gastronomic excellence of which Italy is known throughout the planet: Parmigiano Reggiano, Parma Ham, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena and Reggio Emilia, culatello, tagliatelle, tortellini, accompanied by wines of tradition such as Sangiovese and Lambrusco.

Gubbio and Torgiano

Dozens of castles, fascinating fortresses and crenellated towers dot the hills that rise in the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza. For long centuries these stone sentries were witnesses of battles, invasions and sieges, today they are evidence of history, art, culture and food and wine. We will visit some of the best preserved and highly suggestive castles, such as the castles of Torrechiara, Tabiano Felino, Fontanellato and the fortified medieval villages of Vigoleno, and Castell'Arquato. A unique concentration in the world of car and motorcycle manufacturers (Ferrari, Lamborghini, Pagani, Maserati, Dallara, Ducati), racetracks, museums and private collections. To fully experience the Motor Valley we will visit, in addition to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello, also some highly prestigious private museums, such as the Umberto Panini Museum, with one of the most complete collections of Maserati cars in the world from 1926 onwards, housed in a building in Art Nouveau style.