Day 4 : The red caravan en route to Brescia
Parma, 17 May – The fleet of Prancing Horse cars involved in the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia roared off at daybreak this morning bound for Brescia and the conclusion of the regularity trial. However, before they reach the Lombardy city they will be passing through some areas, towns and cities that will live long in the memory of all the participants.
Soon after leaving Parma, the cars called to Busseto to pay homage to one of the town’s most illustrious sons, composer Giuseppe Verdi. Thy are now en route to Piacenza but also pass through Cortemaggiore, where Ferrari won many victories in the famous Supercortemaggiore.
Ultimately, however, the Ferraris past and present are also expected at Monza where they will complete a symbolic lap of the circuit that most powerfully epitomises Italian motorsport: the old high-speed oval combined with the present-day track of just under six kilometres are one of the parts of the Tribute to Mille Miglia most eagerly awaited by all the participants.
Yesterday’s Ferrari Tribute stage ended in Parma having started in Rome. The Vallelunga Circuit, Radicofani, Pienza and Montalcino are just a few of the locations it took in. The Ferrari fleet also drove into Tuscany where it visited Siena, San Giminiano, Pontedera, Pisa and Lucca, before scaling the Apennine roads to Emilia. En route to Parma, they also did a quick call “home”, parading through Maranello before arriving in the Ducal city.
DAY 3 : From Rome to Parma via Maranello
Rome, 16 May – Today brought a dawn start for the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia with the cars leaving Rome where they arrived yesterday at the end of a 485-kilometre stage.
The Prancing Horse fleet finally drove into the capital city in the evening having come all the way from Riccione. In the course of the day, they followed a spectacular route across the Apennines that took in Senigallia and Macerata, and then stopped off at Ascoli Piceno, before going on to Teramo, Rieti and, lastly, Rome and the timeless beauty of the Castel Sant’Angelo.
Today is the longest stage in the Tribute: a 603-kilometre dash through three regions: Lazio, Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. The route spans a host of marvellous locations not least Viterbo, Radicofani, Buonconvento, Siena, Pisa and Lucca. The cars will even parade through Maranello, Ferrari’s hometown, before going on to the finish-line in Parma.
The final Parma-Brescia stage comes tomorrow with another stop-off at that legendary temple of speed, the Monza Circuit.