It all began in 1982...
Carovana Romantica has led its crews to discover the hidden beauties of the Italian peninsula since 1982.
This Rally, which is based on the "Grand Tour style", was born on October 13th 1982 from the passion of Gianalberto D'Ammassa, who was the creator of the first long-running rally held in Italy in those years, thanks to the participation of 15 Clubs of all Italy from the ASI (Automobil Club Storico Italiano) including CAEM (Marche) CAMEC (Campania), CAMECS (Calabria e Sicilia) CAMET (Toscana) CMAE (Milano), CRAME (Romagna) – CRLM (Roma) CVAE (Veneto) Lancia Club (Torino) OM & NDC d'Abruzzo, VCC E. Bernardi, VCC (Como), VCC Etneo, VCC Panormus, coordinated by Giacomo di Roccatagliata, President of CAMEC.
More than 70 cars produced before 1949, arrived from 10 Italian regions, as well as numerous cars from Austria, England and Switzerland gave life to the first major motoring event in Southern Italy.
Among the others significant vehicles took part as 1895 - Stanley Steam Locomotive (Tommasini) - 1912 De Dion Bouton DH Spider (Spadaro),1912 Itala Corsa – 1918 OM 465 Sport (Di Tocco) – 1922 Fiat 501 Torpedo Sport (Tenconi) – 1926 Isotta Fraschini 8A Coupè de Ville (Genovese) – 1927 Lancia Lambda (Cantù) – 1928 FIAT 509 Corsa (Vaccari) – 1928 Bugatti 44 Torpedo (Pensabene) – 1932 Bianchi S5 Cabriolet (Riccardi) – 1932 FIAT 508 B 3m (Sparano) – 1933 Lancia Artena 228 (Crespi) – 1934 FIAT 508 S Mille Miglia (Ciuffi) – 1934 Lancia Dilambda Cabriolet (Maggi) – 1936 FIAT 508 4M Torpedo (Di Nicola) – 1939 Lancia Astura (Vaccari).
Memorable was the Concours d'Elegance held at the Royal Palace of Caserta, with more than 100 cars in concourse.
Since then, over the years, Carovana Romantica has crossed almost all Italian regions, and has seen the participation of many European collectors, members of biggest clubs such as the Rolls Royce Enthusiast Club, SMVC, AVCA, DEUVET, through unique itineraries from the first editions in Campania to the adventurous tour 2001 in Tunisia, from the romantic Tuscan countryside to the astonishing views over the Sardinia's sea.