History of FINITA
The first FINITA meeting was organized on camping site Rauhalahti in Kuopio, Finland. The year was 1997. The gathering was arranged every second year up to 2005.
In 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013 FINITA in Finland was organized in HojoHojo, in Tuusniemi, and again 2015 in Rauhalahti, Kuopio. In 2017 FINITA was organized in Parainen, Solliden Camping.
Motorcycle club of Faenza was responsible for the first three FINITA arrangements in Italy (1998 to 2002).
In 2004 Italy’s event was moved to the village of Cavallino, on the coast of the Mediterranean near Venice, and in 2006 the event was in Caorle. In 2008 the gathering was in Varzi, in the region of Pavia.
2010 FINITA in Italy was arranged in Carp, 2012 in Assis, 2014 on the Island of Polvese in Lake Trasimeno and 2016 in Orbetello of Grosseto. Motoclub Jarno Saarinen (Petrignano d’Assisi) has organized the event since 2012.
The number of Finns visiting FINITA events in Italy has been 100 -150. Events in Finland have been visited by 40-90 guests from Central Europe, mainly from Italy.
Origin of FINITA
In the spring of 1995, Giovanni Franchi was riding around the last gatherings with his motorcyclist friends before he moved to Finland. His friends said a Giovanni è FINITA which means Giovanni, it’s over now, the end to the good get-togethers because of the long distance.
Giovanni responded to them: non è FINITA, sarà FINITA! It’s not the end but there will be FINITA, a Finnish-Italian riders’ meeting every other year in either country.
After Giovanni had moved to Finland, he found Kuopion Moottoripyöräclubi that would arrange such a meeting in his new hometown. Thus his idea to create and maintain friendships between motorcyclists from different countries was born.
FINITA is an international motorcyclists’ meeting event and meant for motorcyclists interested in different cultures and making friends.
The event has made known national and regional culture in both countries, but the main focus has been on getting together and relaxation in the great company of motorcyclists.
Kuopion Moottoripyöräclubi ry is responsible for arranging the events in Finland. Smaller pre and post FINITA meetings have taken place in addition to the actual meetings (Pre- and Dopo-FINITA, in Italian). Touring Finlandia Moottorikerho ry has been active in arranging and informing about of these side events in Finland.
Alberto Dosi, motorbiker friend from Turano Lodigiano, Giovanni’s home village, has arranged several Dopo-FINITAs in Italy, and the last one was in 2016 in his new home country in St. Oswald, Austria.
Adriano Parri from Toscana has twice arranged Dopo-FINITA in Montalcino. Motoclub Jarno Saarinen has once arranged Dopo-FINITA in Petrignano d’Assisi.
It’s been a tradition to reward FINITA riders who have made the longest trip, or the youngest participant as well as the most loyal FINITA visitors.