Two women leaving soft footprints through city streets, country roads, and green mountain paths. Two friends with backgrounds in Fine Art Restoration and Art History who share an appreciation for simple pleasures and a passion for introducing others to Florence and beyond.
Angelica Turi - Tuscan, Licensed Environmental Guide. Elizabeth Namack - American, Licensed Tour Guide for Florence and Province
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Le Mille Miglia
On May 16 "Le Mille Miglia" will take place in central Italy. This historical car race was started in1927. It was first organized by a passionate pilot, Count Aymo Maggi, from Brescia together with Franco Mazzotti, who financed the race. The race path chosen was an "eight" shape from Brescia (in northern Italy) to Rome (in central Italy) and back, with a distance of about 1,600 km (corresponding to about one thousand miles). After the enormous success of this event it was decided to repeat it in years to come. Only on a few occasions was the competition was interrupted, such as during World War II (1941-1946). One of the pilots who has left a mark in mille miglia history was the Brit Stirling Moss. Moss travelled 1600 km in 10 hours 16mn and 39 seconds with a Mercedes Benz 300 SLR n°722.
Many people stand at the roadside to watch the most extravagant and fashionable cars roar by quickly. There is always great fanfare and cheering! So I will see them in Florence on the via Bolognese on their way back to Brescia. And as we say, "vinca il migliore!!"
- Posted by Angelica