Auto Race Tour of Italy

Study History along Italy’s ‘Mille Miglia’ Circuit

Add an impact on your tour to study history along Italy’s historical Mille Miglia race circuit. Consider volunteering at a homeless shelter or donating blankets, clothing or money to assist those in need. Or, while in the seaside resort of Rimini, pick up trash along the beaches of the Adriatic Sea.

The Mille Miglia is a 1,000-mile race path that forms a figure-8 loop from Brescia to Rome and then back to Brescia through Siena, Florence and Parma. This unique endurance race originated in 1927 with Italian automobiles like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. The race was banned in 1957 after several fatalities. In 1982, it was revamped as a 4-day road rally to celebrate the golden age of Gran Turismo (1957-1957).

While you won’t actually be racing, you can experience the adventure and thrill of the Italian Gran Turismo racing circuit. The first leg of the tour takes you from Brescia to Bologna where you’ll visit the Autodromo International Enzo e Dino Ferrari racing venue. This massive raceway features a full schedule of racing with everything from cars and motorcycles to bicycles and BMX. 

From Bologna, you’ll visit the seaside resort town of Rimini where you can soak up the scenery along the Adriatic Sea. Journey through the Apennine Mountains to the Gothic and neo-classical architecture of San Marino. Visit the Three Towers of San Marino, which features panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The Maranello Rosso Ferrari Museum features vintage sports cars, Ferraris and Formula 1 cars, as well as photos and memorabilia relating to Enzo Ferrari, Carlo Abarth and celebrities like Marilyn Monroe.

The ancient city of Rome gets a day of its own. You’ll visit sites such as the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City and the Castel Sant ‘Angelo. Pay a visit to the Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi racing circuit, which is the former home of the Rome Grand Prix. It’s used as a test circuit by a variety of Formula One teams.

From Rome, you’ll journey past Tuscan vineyards and villages to Siena and Florence where you’ll visit the Romanesque-Gothic Duomo di Siena and the Piazza del Campo. The Torre del Mangia offers stunning views of the region. Stroll across the Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence. This medieval stone bridge spans the Arno River and features shops along the way.

Known for Italian sports cars Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati, Modena is often called the Supercar Capital of the World. The Enzo Ferrari Museum features photos, film and memorabilia of the famed car designer’s life and work. You’ll also visit 14th and 18th-century paintings and sculpture at the Galleria Estense and the Romanesque Duomo di Modena.

You’ll get a taste of Italian culture at the 19th-century Teatro Reggio opera house. Next, you’ll visit the Palazzo della Pilotta, which has antique books and manuscripts, a restored Baroque-style stage in the Teatro Farnese and frescoes of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Parma is famous for Parmesan cheese and Parma ham, so you’ll be visiting local restaurants and cafes along the way. 

Back in Brescia, the Museum Mille Miglia is the perfect way to tie up your whirlwind Italian road trip adventure. You can see vintage cars from private collectors at this historical and archaeological site.  The museum is on the grounds of the historic Sant’Eufemia monastery. Wind down and spend time strolling and admiring the architecture and atmosphere of the Piazza della Loggia, a Renaissance square dating to 1433 that is near restaurants and the Palace of the Loggia.   

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Your adventure to study history in Italy takes you past sprawling vineyards and ancient ruins, through mountains and cobblestone streets and along coastlines and raceways. From Brescia to Rome and back again, Italy’s Mille Miglia gives you a unique perspective of northern Italy’s landscape and culture blended with its past, present and future contributions to architecture and automobiles.


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