“Mille Miglia is so much more than race cars, drivers, winners, and losers. Mille Miglia is a part of Italian life, and its effects extend the length and breadth of Italy, all the way down to Sicily.”
Although written seventy years ago, this sentence by English journalist Denis Jenkinson, winner of the 1955 Mille Miglia alongside Stirling Moss, is still current, because it fully reflects what the Red Arrow means to this day, and how beloved it is even now.
The event, scheduled from 15 through 18 May, will come also this year in Desenzano: the vintage cars will pass in the center, under the eyes of passionate from every where.
Adding together the 24 racing editions from 1927 to 1957 (13 before the Second World War and 11 after 1947), the 3 with the rally formula of 1958, 1959 and 1961, and the 32 nostalgia editions from 1977 to 2014, the 2015 edition will see the seventieth auto competition to bear the Mille Miglia name.
As always, this will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity to best savour the best of Italian hospitality, through artistic masterpieces and natural scenery of extraordinary beauty, all enriched by the passing of 430 vintage cars.
THE 2019 COURSE
The cities destined to become the backdrop and protagonists of the first day of the race are Brescia, Desenzano, Sirmione, Valeggio sul Mincio (passing through the charming Sigurtà Garden Park), Mantua, Ferrara, Comacchio and Ravenna, to finally arrive at Cervia Milano Marittima in the evening.
At the crack of dawn on Thursday 16 May, the convoy will enter Cesenatico before going on to Senigallia, Fabriano, Assisi, Perugia, Terni and Rieti until it finally reaches the Capital at dusk, in a highly spectacular context of great emotive impact.
On Friday 17 May, the journey back north starts, accompanied by the breathtaking landscapes of Lake Vico and of Viterbo, Radicofani, Castiglione d’Orcia, Siena, Vinci, Pistoia, crossing the historic Futa and Raticosa passes. The third leg will end up in the heart of Emilia, the land of motors, with a stop in Bologna.
The final lap of Saturday 18 May will pass through Modena, Reggio Emilia, Langhirano, Parma, Busseto, Montichiari and Travagliato, to terminate with its triumphal arrival in Brescia, for the traditional procession in Viale Venezia.