The Mille Miglia, also known as the Most Beautiful Race in the World, is a vintage car race held annually between Brescia and Rome.
Besides the racing aspect, the Mille Miglia has an enchanting, romantic atmosphere that attracts classic car enthusiasts and onlookers from all over the world.
The buzz and excitement in the alleys of Brescia before the start is unparalleled, especially during the parade of competitors through the streets of the city centre.
The race was held for the first time in 1927 starting in Brescia. The 1,600 km route travelled along the roads of northern and central Italy to Rome and then back to the Lombard city.
The Mille Miglia, then as now, was a highly anticipated event, attracting drivers, crews and fans from all over the world.
Over the years, the event hosted legendary drivers such as Tazio Nuvolari, Fangio, Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio, as well as numerous prestigious marques such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Lancia.
The Mille Miglia, however, was not and is not just a sporting competition, but a cultural and tourist event.
In every town the race passed through, festivals were organised to celebrate the passage of the cars.
From 1931, the race became competitive, and from the 1950s onwards it was included in the calendar of the European Sports Car Championship.
In 1957, after a tragic accident in which driver Alfonso De Portago and several people on the side of the road lost their lives, the race was cancelled and was not held again until 1977.
This year, the Mille Miglia will take place from 13 to 17 june 2023 and will consist of five stages.
Stage 1: Departure from Viale Venezia in Brescia, deviation to Lake Garda and then through Verona, Ferrara, Lugo and Imola to arrive in Cervia-Milano Marittima.
Stage 2: San Marino, Senigallia, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno and final parade in Via Veneto in Rome.
Stage 3: From Rome, the convoy climbs to Siena, continues on to Pistoia, the Abetone Pass, Modena and Reggio Emilia and arrives in Parma.
Stage 4: After Stradella and Pavia, the race will reach Piedmont, touching Alessandria, Asti, Vercelli and Novara before arriving in the centre of Milan.
Stage 5: From Milan towards Bergamo, Brescia's twin city as Capital of Culture 2023, passing through Franciacorta, Ospitaletto and Gussago, the 1000 Miglia 2023 will end in Brescia, again in Viale Venezia. On the evening of 17 June, the white night of the Freccia Rossa, the 1000 Miglia The Night, will conclude the intense week.