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Digital Subscriptions > Italia! > Aug 2019 > THE TARGA FLORIO


This glorious Alfa Romeo P2 is first past the post in the 21st Targa Florio endurance race in 1930 – a crazy ride around the narrow, winding roads of the Sicilian mountains…

Dirt roads, animals, people wandering freely on the track, and hidden marksmen taking regular pot-shots as you race by… This really was racing by the seat of your pants! The Targa Florio was an open-road endurance race pioneered by Vincenzo Florio and held in the mountains of Sicily. The inaugural race was in 1906, and it was part of the World Sportscar Championship as recently as 1973. From 1973, the event was discontinued for safety reasons – cars got too fast and the Sicilian roads too narrow! Today it is run as a rallying event and forms part of the Italian Rally Championship.

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About Italia!

This is the month of Ferragosto, the festival on the 15th of August celebrated throughout Italy, (also in San Marino and the canton of Ticino in Switzerland, fact fans…). If you’ve been in Italy in August, you’ll know the kind of festive mood the country is in, and you’ll find it in this issue of Italia! too!