The event is gearing up for a grand start in front of the most famous amphiteater in the world. The Musical Band of the Local Police of Roma Capitale will play the 'Mameli's Hymn' in the presence of the Minister for Sports and Youth, the President of the Lazio Region and the Councilor for Major Events, Sports, Tourism and Fashion of Roma Capitale.
28.07.2023 - The Rally di Roma Capitale is living its final hours before the start. Tonight, Friday, July 28th, after the free practice sessions in Fumone began at 8:00AM, the race will officially kick off from Rome, in front of the Colosseum, with an unmissable opening ceremony open to everyone.
The event will be attended by the Minister for Sports and Youth, Andrea Abodi, the President of the Lazio Region, Francesco Rocca and the Councilor for Major Events, Sports, Tourism, and Fashion of Roma Capitale, Alessandro Onorato, along with a long list of regional, local, and international institutional representatives. The opening ceremony will start at 19:30, featuring the Musical Band of the Local Police of Roma Capitale playing the Italian National Anthem.
As scheduled, the cars will descend from Fiuggi to Rome, arriving at the Mouth of Truth. From 18:00, the Local Police of Roma Capitale will escort the competitors in groups of 15 from the Mouth of Truth to the Colosseum, Via degli Annibaldi, where the starting ramp will be set up. The departure ceremony will begin at 19:25 and the first car of the Rally di Roma Capitale will take the stage at 20:00 in front of which the Italian flag will be raised to mark the beginning of this eleventh edition, the sixth round of the FIA European Rally Championship and the fifth of the Sparco Italian Rally Championship.
Immediately after the opening ceremony, the drivers will prepare for the competitive start of the race with the SSS1 "Colosseo ACI Roma," the spectacular show stage at Colle Oppio with the Colosseum in the background. Along the route, three VIP lounge areas with reserved access will be set up, while all other areas of the start and the special stage will be open to the public.
The Colosseo stage will be broadcast live on WRC+ All Live, the subscription service offered by the European Championship Promoter and RAI Sport, Channel 58 of Digital Terrestrial Television.