From the LaFerrari to the Ponte Vecchio, from the pinnacle of automotive technology to one of the great iconic symbols of Italian art: this was the non-metaphorical journey made in the space of just 12 hours by the participants of the third and final day of the Ferrari Cavalcade.
The Prancing Horse-owned Autodromo del Mugello circuit played host today to a regularity trial for the 90-plus client-collectors participating in the Cavalcade. Kamui Kobayashi, who stars in this year’s World Endurance Championship at the wheel of the 458 GT, was also on hand to play the role of instructor for the day. The real surprise, however, was a four-wheeled one: the LaFerrari, the first hybrid car ever built at Maranello, did several laps of the track with Kamui aboard. Some of the Japanese driver’s fellow countrymen also asked him to give them a taste of the secrets of one of the world’s most technical and spectacular secrets from the behind the wheel of the California. And naturally, they went away happy!
On the return journey to Florence, the Cavalcade also called in on the stunningly beautiful Villa Palmieri at Fiesole which dates back to Medieval times and provided the setting for the third day of the Decameron by Boccaccio who describes it thus: “Seeing this garden, its beautiful order, the plants and the fountain with little rivulets trickling from it, so delighted the women and three young men that they all began to declare that, if Paradise could be made on earth, they did not know of any other form it could take than that garden.”
The day ended with another surprise for the participants: a gala dinner on one of the great iconic symbols not only of Florence but of Italian art itself: the world-famous Ponte Vecchio. A fitting conclusion to what proved a truly unforgettable event for anyone lucky enough to have taken part in it.
The Cavalcade is the event Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo wanted to create to honour all Ferrari enthusiasts, who are the closest to the Prancing Horse.