The Mille Miglia, a vintage car race that makes a loop from Brescia to Rome each May, has been on my radar for almost a decade. This year, I finally got to see the spectacle as the cars paraded down Rome’s Via Veneto.
Of course, I took photos…and some videos, too:
The original Mille Miglia ran from 1927 to 1957, pausing during World War II. Vintage car enthusiasts in Brescia re-instituted the event in 1977 – and the 1,000 mile road rally in 1982 – stipulating that all cars must have been made in 1957:
Participation is limited to cars, produced no later than 1957, which had attended (or were registered) to the original race. The route (Brescia-Rome round trip) is similar to that of the original race, maintaining the point of departure / arrival in Viale Venezia in Brescia.*
As promised, here are a few videos that I took during the Via Veneto viewing. The cars began entering Via Veneto (from the north side via Villa Borghese) around 20:15 and continued for at least two hours.
The event was mostly a masculine affair, but there were at least a dozen female co-drivers/passengers by our count. Now you know the context for the comment “There’s another woman” in the following video.
Outside the Aurelian walls is a road in the Villa Borghese that leads into the Via Veneto. We moved up the parade route to the entry point as the night drew on in order to get a better view of the cars yet to enter the walls.
One thing I hadn’t bargained on when seeing this lovely stream of antique autos is just how nauseating the smell of fuel would become. These cars are beauts, but they certainly pollute.
I am so glad I finally made it to the Mille Miglia and I would recommend this event to anyone visiting Rome in May.
To learn more about the Mille Miglia, the cars, the race, and its history, check out the Mille Miglia website.