"This Is Forever, Now"
Version: United States
Season: The Amazing Race 12
Episode No.: 7/11 (141)
First Broadcast: December 23, 2007
Viewership (in millions): 8.97[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49) 2.8/8
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Cherry on Top of the Sundae That's Already Melted"
Next: "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers or Something!"

This is Forever, Now is the seventh episode of The Amazing Race 12.


Route Markers

The order of departure from Fort Imperial are as follows:

  1. Ron & Christina (2:19 am)
  2. Kynt & Vyxsin (2:55 am)
  3. Nathan & Jennifer (3:45 am)
  4. TK & Rachel (5:37 am)
  5. Nicolas & Donald (7:06 am)

Teams must take a bus to Split and take a ferry to Ancona, Italy. Once there, teams will find their next clue.

Teams must drive themselves to Empoli and find Campo di Volo Silvano Poli to find their next clue. Teams are also given a BlackBerry, which is to only be used to receive a message, which later turned out to be a message from their loved ones at home.

The Fast Forward instructions were given to them after finding their clue at Campo di Volo Silvano Poli.

Teams must travel to Fabio Studios to take part in a local seafaring tradition but didn't know that the tradition is the art of tattoo. When they arrived, they would learn that they had to have a permanent tattoo drawn on their bodies, the letters FF for Fast Forward, when it was done, the team would win the Fast Forward. Nicolas & Donald won the Fast Forward.

The team member assigned to perform this Roadblock would have to soar through the skies over Tuscany in an ultralight and had to scan a 6-mile radius of the countryside below for the name of their next destination: Vinci. If team members thought they spotted the hint, they had to signal their pilot who would then bring them back down. Once on the ground, they would tell the instructor the word and, if correct, the pilot would hand them their next clue. There was a thirty-minute time limit per flight as team members had to make a mandatory landing for refueling before continuing their search.

The Roadblock performers per team are underlined:

Teams must drive themselves to the town of Vinci and find the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci to search for their next clue.

Choice A: Invention
Teams must make their way to a nearby courtyard and chose a replica of a centuries-old crane designed by Leonardo da Vinci. They had to first assemble the crane and use it to lift one large stone a foot off the ground. Then, they had to place a mirror underneath and read a clue printed on the bottom of the rock.

Only TK & Rachel chose this task.

Choice B: Tradition
Teams must make their way to Piazza Guido Masi. There, they had to learn a traditional local flag routine, and when they executed the routine correctly, the lead flagman would hand them a flag displaying the name of their next destination.

Kynt & Vyxsin, Nathan & Jennifer, and Ron & Christina chose this task.

Teams must drive themselves to Florence and find the Boboli Gardens to check in.

For coming in first, Nicolas & Donald won a five-night trip for two to Cancun, Mexico.

For coming in last place, Kynt & Vyxsin will have to perform a Speed Bump at some point during the next leg of the race.


     First Place •      Eliminated     Last placer on a Non-Elimination Leg     Season winner •      Season 2nd place •      Season 3rd place • Used the Fast Forward Used the U-Turn Recipient of the U-Turn
S12 NicolasDonald
 1st place 
Nicolas & Donald
S12 NathanJennifer
 2nd place 
Nathan & Jennifer
S12 RonChristina
 3rd place 
Ron & Christina
S12 TKRachel
 4th place 
TK & Rachel
Newly Dating
S12 KyntVyxsin
 5th place 
Kynt & Vyxsin
Dating Goths



  • Lyn Jensen at Reality TV Fans (01/05/2015): "The Amazing Race 12 Flashback: Final Five Teams in Italy"