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1000 miglia toscana
June 10, 2024

The 1000 Miglia returns to Tuscany

The most beautiful race in the world returns from 11 to 15 June

For the second year running, the 'most beautiful race in the world' as Enzo Ferrari called it, which began as a real competition along Italy's most beautiful roads in 1927, reignites its engines at the gates of summer. From 11 to 15 June, 420 classic cars race along Italy's most picturesque roads, through cities of art and breathtaking landscapes.

1000 miglia race in Tuscany

The legendary race was born in 1927 in Brescia, the starting and finishing point of the loop route that ran through most of Italy to Rome and back. The intermediate stages have always been variable, but the name of the race derives from the length of the first Brescia-Rome-Brescia route, which measured some 1600 kilometres, or 1000 miles.

1000 miglia in Toscana

After a break of 20 years, the 1000 Miglia returned to the road in 1977 as a regularity race, reserved exclusively for the models that participated in the original race. These include the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Super Sport, the Ferrari 340 MM, the Bugatti T 23 Brescia, the Aston Martin Le Mans and the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. Over the years, these cars have been driven by professional drivers and enthusiasts, including celebrities such as Jeremy Irons and Adrien Brody.

1000 miglia in Toscana

For the 2024 edition, the 1000 Miglia starts from Brescia on Tuesday 11 June and on Wednesday 12 June makes a stop in Viareggio, and concludes its second stage on the marina of Torre del Lago, where the classic cars will arrive to pay homage to Giacomo Puccini on the occasion of the centenary of his death. The evening programme starts at 5 p.m., at the Auditorium Simonetta Puccini, with the presentation of the book Vivere in sorpasso. For opera lovers, on the other hand, the Auditorium hosts at 6 p.m. a meeting dedicated to the drama Le Villi, Puccini's debut title, which tells of love, betrayal and vengeful spirits. The programme closes at 7 p.m. with a guided tour of the Villa Museo on the theme of Puccini and cars, with free admission.

Giacomo Puccini al volante della Clément e l'autista come passeggero

The next day, the tour leaves again in the direction of Rome, where the third stage ends. During the route, which crosses the province of Livorno along the Etruscan coast, there is a stop for lunch in Castiglione della Pescaia. On 14 June, it is the turn of the Rome-Bologna stage, which again crosses Tuscany. The cars of the Mille Miglia first pass through Siena and then Prato, before heading to Mugello, where they tackle the Futa Pass to arrive in Bologna. The race ends on 15 June with the last stage, which returns to Brescia.

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