The “Rotary Coast-to-Coast” is an event for Rotarians fond of antique, classic and historic automobiles and an opportunity for promoting fellowship and services organized by the Rotary Clubs of Ascoli Piceno and Orbetello Costa d’ Argento with the help of the Rotary Clubs of Isola d’ Elba, Massa Marittima, Cortona e Urbino. The sixt edition of this event will take place next spring (april 26- 30).
Many local events are organized by italian Rotary Clubs and by the Italian Chapter of the ACHAFR (ARACI) but this has the longest itinerary.
Aim of the “Rotary Coast-to-Coast” is to give a chance to Rotarians to meet each other while visiting that fantastic mix of art, culture, environment and traditions which are the central regions of Italy (Tuscany, Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo and Lazio). Ascoli Piceno in Marche and Orbetello in Tuscany are every year the starting point and the end of the tour but every year the itinerary changes. Doing so we visit different cities and interesting sites every year. Every year we visit different Rotary Clubs were the tour makes a stop. The event is basically touristic but we have among the way also two small Challenges one in Tuscany and one in Marche.
The “Rotary Coast-to-Coast” is a Rotarian event and so we devote it to a Rotarian Service. In 2012, along the itinerary of the “Rotary Coast-to-Coast” we sold tickets of a raffle which was organized to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Faculty of Engeneering of the University of L’Aquila which was destroyed by the earthquake in 2009 and for a charity that supplies prostheses for amputated children (www.bimbingamba.it). The first prize was a colorful 1970 VW Beetle and 25000 euro have been collected. In 2013 the funds raised have been used to buy medical equipments which were donated to the Children Hospital of Herat in Afghanistan. In 2014 and in 2015 the funds raised have been devoted to the international Rotary service End Polio Now.
In 2016 the funds we raised have been donated to the Rotary District 2090 projects for the territories affected by the earthquakes in august and october 2016.
Those who travelled with us in the previous editions had the chance to admire Norcia’s Cathedral, the village of Castelluccio di Norcia, to enjoy a superb Easter’s lunch in Isola San Biagio, and the incredible outstanding view while partecipating to a challenge on Forca di Presta just underneath the Monte Vettore. These memories are well estabilished in our mind (and the photos of the home page recall them).
Towns, villages and roads nearby Monte Vettore and Ascoli Piceno have been severely damaged by the earthquakes. For this reason this year and very probably also next year our Coast-to-Coast tour will be on an itinerary parallel to the usual axis Ascoli – Orbetello but far from it. This year we will be travelling on a more northen itinerary. We will meet on the Isola d’ Elba on april 26 and we will arrive in Urbino for a Farewell Gala Dinner organized by the local Rotary Club on april 30.
The Rotary Clubs of Ascoli Piceno and Orbetello and all those who enjoyed the previous editions, we all will be happy to see you joining us this year…
… this year take a spring break in Italy with us !!