Mille Miglia begins tomorrow in Franciacorta country

mille miglia car race italy

If you’ve never seen a leg of Italy’s historic car rally, the Mille Miglia, the “1,000-mile” race, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Not only do vintage car owners show off their beautiful Italian racers, but thousands of Italians line the route over the course of the four-day event, which begins in Brescia province and Franciacorta country and heads all the way down to Rome and back.

It’s a super fun party and the cars are gorgeous.

(See below or click here for the route.)

Originally, it was a competitive race and it ran annually from 1927-1957 (except for 1941-1946, because of the Second World War).

It was launched again in 1977 as the Mille Miglia Storica (“Historic 1,000-Mile Race”).

For more information and images, see the official site (with great content in English) and the Wiki entry (also very well written).

mille miglia route

Top image via Riccardo Palazzani’s Flickr (Creative Commons).

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