AThe “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 Castiglioncello e Colline Pisano-Livornesi, Montecatini, Fiesole, Casentino, Valle del Savio, Ravenna e Ravenna Galla Placidia. The eighth edition of this event will take place next spring (april 26-may 1st).
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 3 small rounds of the “Amato Olivieri Trophy” dedicated to one of our best friends that was with us in all the past editions .
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 Engineering 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 , 2017 and 2018 the funds we raised have been donated to the Rotary District 2090 projects for the territories affected by the 7 big earthquakes occured in Central Italy from august 2014 until january 2017.
This year the funds we will raise will be redirected to the Rotary International "End Polio" service.
This year 's edition is designed especially for the most affectionate frequenters of the Rotary Coast - to - Coast . These fellows, after 7 beautiful but tiring editions carried on visiting some of the most beautiful and hidden places in Central Italy, panting them, and maybe also their old cars, asked us "loud and clear":
occasionally let us rest !!! ...... .. maybe in a spa. !!!
So this year "The Thermal Tour" includes stops in Montecatini and Bagno di Romagna two well established thermal tourism cities. In each of these cities you will spend the night and at least half a day will be dedicated to spa treatments and thermal baths. In Tuscany we will enjoy many interesting stops. In Castiglioncello we will drive following the footsteps of a legendary Lancia B24 in the places of the famous movie "The Sorpasso" with Alessandro Gassman and Jean Louis Trintignant. In Pontedera we will live the Cult of the “Vespa” at the Museo Piaggio. In Fiesole we will be guests of the RC Fiesole which, in addition to kindly guiding us through their amazing city, will introduce us to the secrets of the "real" Fiorentina steak. We will cross the Apennine chain through the very uncrowded Consuma pass between Stia (where we will visit the Museum of the Wool Tradition) and Camaldoli where we will visit the local Monastery. We will carry on until we arrive in Bagno di Romagna ready to enjoy a great stop in their thermal baths. The day after we will reach the Adriatic by lounging on the hills of Romagna. In Ravenna the friends of the local Rotary Clubs will welcome us and they will guide us to well known or hidden corners of their beautiful city of art
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 !!