Leg 2: Forlì, Gambettola, San Marino, Urbino, Gubbio, Passignano sul Trasimeno, Norcia, Terni, Roma.
From the town on the Adriatic coast, the route includes a detour to Forlì, the climb to San Marino, the descent inland to Passignano sul Trasimeno, the passage to Norcia to conclude the Leg with the Roman parade along Via Veneto.
Forlì. The first time in this city of Romagna
An event destined to remain in history. For the first time the re-enactment of the Race crossed through the streets of Forlì, where two roads of Roman origin are still clearly visible. To celebrate the event, the second leg (scheduled for June 16), after the departure from Cervia, payed homage to the city that preserves significant traces of the Roman and Renaissance periods.
GAMBETTOLA. 1000 Miglia in the town of Stracciaoli
Gambettola is a town in the Province of Forlì-Cesena, covering an area of almost 8 km², with a population of over 10,000.
The current layout dates back to the 1930s and, although it does not boast buildings of strong historical importance, it is a fascinating place because ancient and special activities find development there, the main one being the recycling of old iron. In the postwar period, many people decided to start collecting rags and discarded material, creating a virtuous economy of recycling and reuse. They invented the business of recovering war materials, creating important realities and family-run businesses of demolition and recovery of metal parts. Thus, the figure of the Stracciaiolo (ragman) came into being, to whom a monument is also dedicated, who traveled on heavy, battered bicycles and collected rags and old tools from house to house and then resold them.
In recent years, Gambettola has also undergone a strong development from a socio-cultural point of view, investing significant resources for the enhancement of public properties (e.g., the Municipal Theater, with a strong connotation for figure theater; the ‘Station of the Artists’, which hosts exhibitions, artistic residencies and creative workshops; ‘Casa Fellini’, the home where the well-known director’s paternal grandparents lived, constituting a new cultural hub dedicated to training on film and circus art, also through the activation of moments of hospitality).
SAN MARINO. The Race under the three towers of the City-State
1000 Miglia and San Marino have something in common. Both, over time, have managed to perfectly preserve their history. After the departure from Forlì, during the second leg, which takes place on June 16, the race will cross the City-State, which, together with Monte Titano, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008.
Urbino. The Red Arrow in the cradle of the renaissance
Between the Metauro and Foglia valleys, in the hills of the Marche region facing the Adriatic Sea, lies the town of Urbino, one of the most important centres of the Italian Renaissance, whose artistic charm and architectural legacy is still preserved today.
Adorned with sandstone buildings and surrounded by a long wall of brickwork, Urbino is a city of immense historical and artistic wealth. From being a simple village, it became the “cradle of the Renaissance”, and even today, walking through its historical centre, one can breathe in the 15th century air.
In 1998, Urbino earned the honour of being included in the UNESCO World Heritage List for having been a point of attraction for the most illustrious Renaissance scholars and artists from all over Italy and the world, and for having influenced cultural progress in the rest of Europe, managing to keep its exceptional urban complex almost intact. The cars of the 1000 Miglia passed through it on Thursday 16 June 2022 during the second leg.
Gubbio. The Race in Gubbio, the city with medieval features
This city, proud of its origins, has fascinated many intellectuals over time – Hesse, Piovene, Ceronetti – who recounted its uniqueness in their writings.
Gubbio has spanned the centuries, from the Bronze Age settlement, clinging like a bird of prey to the hillside, to the thriving center of pre-Roman Umbria civilization that produced a complex and articulate organization, borne witness to by the “Eugubine Tables”, to the Roman city, splendid in its Theater and its domus.
What we see today is medieval Gubbio with the hanging square (Piazza Grande) and the Palazzo dei Consoli, built in the mid-1300s.
Popular traditions, first and foremost the Festa dei Ceri, also contribute to its appeal.
In a striking combination of ancient and “modernity”, the cars of the 1000 Miglia drove through Gubbio’s historic center on Thursday, June 16 during the second leg of the World’s Most Beautiful Race.
Passignano Sul Trasimeno. The Race between the village and the shores of the lake
The historic cars of 1000 Miglia arrived in the village overlooking the northern shores of Lake Trasimeno. During the second leg of June 16, the Race passed through the evocative historic center of medieval origin characterized by the Rocca.
Norcia. 1000 Miglia in the village of San Benedetto
1000 Miglia, during the second leg of June 16, crossed a village between history, nature and spirituality. Norcia, the birthplace of San Benedetto and home of the black truffle, is located in the Valnerina, the valley of the Nera river that originates in the area of the Sibillini Mountains, on the border between Marche and Umbria. Renowned for food and wine products and a destination for religious tourism due to the presence of numerous places of worship and meditation.
Terni. 1000 Miglia 2022 in Terni (90th anniversary of the victory of “Baconin”)
Terni, home of “engines and champions” hosted the passage of the “Most Beautiful Race in the World” remembering one of its most illustrious sons who won the race in 1932: Mario Umberto “Baconin” Borzacchini.
A great tradition that of the passage of the Race in the city of steel, which has seen the cars parading since its first edition; a tradition that is renewed with the participation of a Crew from Terni: Begliomini/Begliomin.
This year’s Crews, with a route approx. 4 km long, first enjoyed the natural beauty of the Marmore Falls then the streets of the city center amid two wings of festive crowds.
Roma. The Timeless Race in the Eternal City
Like a matryoshka. Beauty within beauty, uniqueness inside uniqueness, history within history. The Eternal City is ready to welcome the most beautiful race in the world. The second leg, which takes place on June 16, will end as usual in Rome. The Red Arrow will be surrounded by monuments and places that symbolize the greatness of the capital.