The first Museum completely dedicated
to the Targa Florio which exists in the Sicilian territory. It resides
in Cerda, in the rooms of the ex Motel Aurim, which before contained
the Alfa Romeo garages.
The Museum was born as a lasting photographic exhibition wanted by
the Cultural and Sporting Association “Pro Targa Florio”,
formed on occasion of a meeting of old cars on 29th July1999.
The following year the exhibition, which is not restricted to showing
not only photographic material but also different antiques, is defined
as “Targa Florio Museum”, from national and foreign press.
Today the Museum offers a really wide collection of authentic objects:
photos, books, pictures, magazines, models on the scale of 1 to 43
of racing cars which took part in various events of the Targa, the
Florios’ antiques. Among the other things, you can see the plate
of 1926, the only that was given by Vincenzo Florio to a constructor
firm, whose name is Bugatti, which achieved the first three positions
that year. The plate given to Bugatti is the only model of a racing
trophy attributed to a constructor firm. Baron Pucci’s crash
helmet and clothes, the winner of 48th Targa, are reason of attraction
for visitors of the Museum, who also can see the plastic models of
the stands in Cerda, the so-called “Floriopoli”, and read
the pilots’ results and lists. The Museum in Cerda, managed with
enthusiasm and expertise by Antonino Catanzaro, a big student of the
Targa, and created thanks to the contribution of Dr. Calogero Romano,
the actual President of the Association, gives the fans of racing cars
the possibility of living again the splendours of the glorious past
of the Targa Florio. To visit this Museum makes live again the ancient
emotions which were stirred up from the Targa for several years, making
the Sicilian circuits appreciated and famous all over the world.
In Januar 2004 the Palichè Team gave a medal to the Museum as
praise for its carried out activity; the prize-giving took place at
the Politeama Theatre in Palermo.
However, the Museum, the organization and the serious Director of the
Museum, who has been able to managing and spreading the huge cultural
and sporting patrimony that he has got, have always received praises
There are several national and foreign newspapers, even not sporting
ones, which have talked about the Museum: the Teknikens Varld (Sweden),
Drive (Greece), MotorSport, Ruote Classiche, Auto d'epoca, Sicilia
Motori, Grace, Magazine BPL, Dove, Itinerari e luoghi, Auto e Moto,
Giornale di Sicilia, Percorsi, Il Mediterraneo, Le Madonie, Motociclismo
d'epoca, Qui Touring.
In different newspapers, the Museum has been defined as a compulsory
route for fans of the Targa and for all the sportsmen around Madonie
Mountains. Provincial touristic Enterprises, Carabinieri, Lonely Planet.
The Museum is open on Saturdays and on Sundays and public holidays
and it is easily reachable by traveling over the SS 113 in the direction
If you want to receive more details or plan midweek guided tours inside
the Museum- totally free- you can apply to Mr. Antonino Catanzaro