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 L’Aquila, L’Aquila Gran Sasso, Spoleto and Bolsena. The seventh edition of this event will take place next spring (april 21-25).
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 4 small Challenges .
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 and 2017 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.
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 minds. Villages and roads nearby Monte Vettore and Ascoli Piceno have been severely damaged by the earthquakes. For this reason last year the Coast-to-Coast has been carried on an itinerary parallel, but more northen to the usual axis Ascoli – Orbetello We started our tour in the Isola d’ Elba and at the end we reached Urbino.
This year we will go back to the original routes between Ascoli Piceno and Orbetello and we will start getting back in those territories that have been affected by the earthquakes and are so close to us. We will start in Ascoli Piceno on april 21 and we will travel until the Farewell Lunch near Orbetello on april 25. We will stop in Arquata, Amatrice, Lago di Campotosto, L’Aquila, Santuario Francescano di Grecchio, Lago di Piediluco, Spoleto, Lago di Corbara, Civita di Bagnoregio, Bolsena and finaly Orbetello with its laguna.
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 !!