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Carovana Romantica

40th
Anniversary

40th Anniversary Tour
On the Footsteps of the"Stupor Mundi"

September 20th- 28th 2024

Introdution to Rally 2024:

The 2024 Rally returns to the sunny lands of Southern Italy, across Puglia and Basilicata Regions, where the sea breeze blows over the infinite expanses of olive trees and vineyards, the blinding white lime covers the small houses, the ancient villages are a treasure chest of popular traditions lost elsewhere.

An itinerary to discover the legacy of Frederick II of Swabia, the "Stupor Mundi", a network of Castles and Fortified Farms, evidence of the Norman Swabian domination, like Castel del Monte, a unique masterpiece of medieval architecture, an architectural synthesis of cultural elements from Europe, the Muslim world and classical antiquity.

From the expanses of olive trees in the Itria Valley in Puglia, through the UNESCO sites of Alberobello, Cisternino and Martina Franca, to the remote hills of Daunia, we will drive along miles and miles of vineyards and fiends of olive trees to reach typical Masserie there will be no shortage of tastings in cellar, enjoy folkloristic hospitality to the rhythm of "pizzica" and "taranta", the traditional local dances.

The road will bring us up to Basilicata region, with a stage at the "Sassi" of Matera (UNIESCO Heritage), European Capital of Culture in 2019, and world's third-longest continuously inhabited human settlement. We will visit the natural caves in the tufa limestone, exposed as the Gravina cut its gorge, attracted the first inhabitants perhaps 7000 years ago. Driving through the canyons of the Gravine, we will reach the archaeological sites of Grumentum and Metaponto, evidence of the settlements of Magna Graecia. The next sage will touch the “Little Dolimites” Lucane, and the Saracen castle of Pietrapertosa, and its ancient Arab nucleus of Arabata, in which the gardens are hidden between the houses and the rock wall, dyed blue as proof of having made a journey to Mecca.

Last stage will be in Acaya, in the Salento area, between rows of vines, wheat fields, dry stone walls and blue sky,where the local dialect, based on the ancient Greek language, the "Grico", is still spoken, and the small villages of Caroviglio, Cutrofiano, Corigliano d'Otranto, preserve the ancient traditions of manufacturing and traditional dances.

Start: 20th End: 28th September 2024
 7 Overnights (full hospitality): 4/5**** Hotel

Start Venue: Fasano (Brindisi)

End Venue: Acaya (Lecce)

Vehicle Eligibility: built from 1918 to 1969
Length of route: 1000 km approx.

Navigation: TULIP Road book

Daily mileage: 120 Km approx.

Entry List 2024

Number
Crew
Make Model
Year
Country
Pic
1
Cindy & John
Lancia Fulvia Coupè
1971
USA
2
Sybille & Wulf
Jaguar XK 150
1959
DE
3
Ani & Vasken
Lancia Aurelia B10
1952
USA
4
Roxy & Joe
Lancia Flavia 2000
1972
USA
5
Louise & David
Jaguar e-Type
1965
UK
6
Dorly & Kurt
Cadillac Fleetwood
1959
SWI
7
Sue & Jeff
TBC
UK
8
Christine & Juerg
Bentley le Mans 4.5 Litre
1929
SWI
9
Marceline & Thomas
MG A
1962
SWI
10
Roxanne & Shawn
Chevrolet Corvette C1
1959
CAN
11
Barbara & Peter
AC ACE Cobra
1989
GER
12
Christel & Roland
Jaguar XK140
1956
GER
13
Nicole & Patrick
Alvis TC 31/100 Grey Lady
1953
BEL
14
Michael & Lucas
Mercedes 190 SL
1959
BEL
15
Caroline & Peter
Alfa Romeo GTC Conv.
1965
BEL
16
Carine & Jan
Lancia Flaminia Convertible
1964
BEL
17
Iris & Steve
Mercedes Heckflosse
1959
BEL
18
Regine & Michael
Jaguar E-Type V12
1971
BEL
19
Atira & David
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
1973
ISRAEL
20
David O. & _
Morgan Aero Super Sport
2000
UK
21
Junko & Paul
AC Ace
1959
UK
22
Colin + Friend
Austin Healey 3000 BN/_
1959
UK
23
UK Crew TBC
TBC
24
UK Crew TBC
TBC
25
Julie & Don
Lancia Fulvia
1970
USA
26
Gordon & Friend
MGB
1965
AT

Highlights

Puglia - Valle d'Itria end the Daunia Mountains

The Itria Valley, or Trulli Valley, where every town, every village of white buildings is surrounded by a magical atmosphere. A mandatory stop is Alberobello with its trulli (UNESCO World Heritage List). We will cross the countryside and expanses of olive trees and the villages of Cisternino and Locorotondo, among the most beautiful villages in Italy. We will not miss a "journey to the center of the earth", to the Castellana Caves.

Matera and "Little Dolomites"

Matera, a miracle of time where the Sassi, caves dug into the mountain where the population lived until the 1950s, represent an example of a thousand-year-old way of life to be preserved and handed down to posterity, entered into the World Heritage List, and the backdrop to numerous films, from "The Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson, to 007. We will visit the Gravine, spectacular canyons with hundreds of rock churches, places of worship dug into the rock, with finds from the Paleolithic to the Middle Ages.

Ostuni, the White city" and Poligano a Mare

We will visit the "White City" of Ostuni, nestled on the three hills, with its historic center full of narrow streets and shops and its fifteenth-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, with the majestic late-Gothic façade and the superb rose window, the largest in 'Europe. Another stop in the historic center of Polignano a Mare, the homeland of Domenico Modugno, to sing “Volare!” together. in a dense network of dirt roads overlooking the sea, between flowered balconies and poems, which lead to Lama Monachile, a sandy strip squeezed between two high cliffs.