For many years the Acacia Resort has been the reference point for the organizers of the Targa Florio, of Ferrari, for the Press, as well as for the stay of the Drivers, who after a tiring day of testing refresh themselves at the very rich dinner buffet, in the large and bright rooms in our restaurant and in the outdoor area of our lush gardens.
For fans of vintage cars, our “FLORIO” meeting and congress hall hosts an interesting collection of antique vintage photographs that portray historic cars and drivers since the first race in 1906.
The Targa Florio is one of the oldest and most famous car races in the world. Wanted, created and organized by Vincenzo Florio, it was held 103 times, from 1906 to 1977 as a speed competition and since 1978 as a rally competition. In fact, the 100th Targa Florio Rally took place in May 2016.
The scenery of the Madonie park, a naturalistic, historical and artistic heritage characterized by rugged mountains overlooking the Sicilian sea, has over the years been the scene of the exploits of the most famous drivers of the entire international automotive scene.
Drivers of the caliber of Albert Divo, Achille Varzi, Tazio Nuvolari, Stirling Moss, Vic Elford, Graham Hill and Nino Vaccarella, just to name a few, raced and won on the historic “Circuito delle Madonie”.
The Targa Florio immediately became a legend due to the enormous difficulties inherent in the hardness of the track to the point that, especially in the early years, even just being able to complete the race meant carrying out a titanic undertaking.
Today the Targa is remembered in the Targa Florio Museum in Collesano (recognized by the Aci), located in the Town Hall.
Relics, photos, trophies, parts of historic cars, driver suits, newspapers, books, rankings and lots of material that retrace the legendary Florio plate are visible and available for consultation.
Three other museums have been created by some private individuals, in Cerda (PA), Campofelice di Roccella (PA) and Termini Imerese (PA).