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It was the year 1927 when one of the most wonderful racing car competitions was born. An all-Italian street race, along public roads. At that time there were few cars so that it was possible to race on city roads. We are talking about the legendary Mille Miglia (literally a Thousand Miles). This all Italian competition was one of the major factors that kick started started the roaring years of car racing and manufacturing in Italy. To Mille Miglia we owe the creation of Alfa Romeo (whose most famous spin off is Ferrari), Maserati, Lancia, and Bugatti, just to name the most famous ones.

However, the destiny of Mille Miglia was not a happy one. With the entry of Italy in World War Two the race was suspended in 1938. In 1947 it was resumed and again interrupted in 1957 following many tragic accidents involving spectators. In addition Italy had become a much different country than it was in 1927, and street racing was now an irresponsible practice. The Mille Miglia was definitively interrupted.

In 1977 the race was again resumed, however under much different assumptions. The new rules make of this race an evocation of the original. Only classic cars are admitted, and street circulation rules have to be strictly respected.

Participants take this occasion to display their splendid vintage racing cars kept in mint conditions. It is indeed a splendid display, and classic cars lovers should not miss it. Every year during the first week of May (exact dates vary) there is a large affluence of people from Italy and abroad to witness this wonderful happening.
The entire race encompasses a large portion of northern Italy, but here we will concentrate on the Tuscan portion of this race and the best Tuscan accommodations to stay at not to miss a single classic car.

The Mille Miglia comes from south entering Tuscany near Torricella and running along the ancient SS2 road, the Roman artery called Cassia. The race crosses many world known Tuscan cities and towns such as Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and Florence to then head towards Bologna. From Florence onwards the SS2 is left for the SR65, also called “Bolognese”.
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