Mille Miglia, Brescia

Mille Miglia

Mille Miglia: “The most beautiful race in the world”

Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car race in the world. Every year in the month of May, timeless gems from the history of the automobile sweep through Brescia for the Mille Miglia (A Thousand Miles) race.

This race is famous all over the world and it gathers about 300 cars, which must have been built between 1927 and 1957, which contend for first place in a race from Brescia to Rome and back. Throughout a week of festivities, these cars are welcomed to the city of Brescia and cheered on as the race starts.

The Mille Miglia is much more than just a competition: the competitors also have to work as a team, face bad weather and dust and wear safety helmets and big googles, just like in the past.

This worldwide famous race took place for the rst time in 1927, but it still engag- es the entire city: thousands of tourists arrive in Brescia for this unique occasion, where they can meet Formula 1 drivers, artists, celebrities and previous winners from all over the world. The cars taking part must be original and with no modern mechanical parts: they must be an authentic proof of the bond between myth and speed.

Nowadays it has been 90 years since the rst Mille Miglia race and it continues to catch the interest of more and more people: millions of spectators still get excit- ed about this event, which has made the city popular all over the world and has become a symbol of Italian identity.