The roar of the engines, the glamour of vintage cars, the charm of the clothes and style of the past, recalled year after year in an event that every car enthusiast dreams of seeing: we are obviously talking about the “Mille Miglia”, the car race. period - or perhaps it would be better to say the parade - that has been crossing Italy in a clockwise direction for almost a century.
The Mille Miglia has a unique history, which begins in 1927 as a playful protest by four friends who conceived and organized a speed race in line (and not in stages, as it later happened) in response to an "outrage": the failure to assign in Brescia, their hometown, of the Italian Grand Prix, organized for the occasion in the brand new Monza racetrack.
Particular characters, coming from the elite of the Brescia society, already then an industrial center of great importance. The four musketeers of the Mille Miglia were Count Aymo Maggi, Count Franco Mazzotti, Renzo Castagneto and Giovanni Canestrini. Nobles, therefore, but also entrepreneurs and journalists, car and racing enthusiasts.
They created something unique out of nothing, a crazy race in its initial idea: an eight-shaped course, which descended from Brescia to Rome and back, 1600km long, or better still Mille Miglia.
The excitement was great, and the idea of a similar resistance contest galvanized public opinion, so much so that articles like this appeared in the newspapers:
"One thousand miles; something undefined, out of the natural, reminiscent of the old fairy tales that we listened eagerly as children, stories of fairies, of wizards in boots, of boundless horizons. Mille Miglia: a suggestive phrase that today indicates the progress of vehicles and the audacity of men. Crazy, exhausting, non-stop running through countryside and cities, on the mountains and by the sea, day and night. Street belts that wind under the roaring cars, eyes that do not close in sleep, faces that do not tremble, pilots with nerves of steel. "
(Giuseppe Tonelli, from: 100 cars launch from Brescia for the "Mille Miglia", La Stampa, 27 March 1927).
77 crews took part in the first edition and the winner completed the entire course in 21 hours, 4 minutes and 48 seconds.
The race became so famous that the course was changed numerous times to include new towns and locations as a stop.
Lake Garda, with its beauties, certainly could not be missing.
Today the Mille Miglia passes through Salò and Desenzano del Garda, and every time it is a great party. The cars admitted to the competition are all exclusively vintage, manufactured between 1927 and 1957, the last year of the historic edition.
In 1977, the Mille Miglia rose from its own ashes and became the most followed car event of historical re-enactment in Italy.
This year, the places near Lake Garda touched by the Mille Miglia will be Salò, Sirmione, Desenzano del Garda and the wonderful Sigurtà Park, one of our guests' favorite "out of town" trips.
The magic and excitement of a timeless race, which made the history of Italian motoring, awaits you on Wednesday 15 June 2022: after the departure from Brescia the cars will head towards Lake Garda, first Salò then Desenzano del Garda and Sirmione from where they will parade through the Sigurtà Garden Park, Mantua and Ferrara and reach Cervia-Milano Marittima for the end of the first day.
For more information, we recommend that you visit the beautiful dedicated website 1000miglia.it or stop at the reception. We are also great fans!