Mille Miglia vintage car rally returns to Rome

Italy's annual vintage car rally rolls into Rome on 16 June.

The 2022 edition of the Mille Miglia rally will see more than 400 classic and vintage cars travel from the northern Italian city of Brescia to Rome and back again this week.

One of the world’s oldest car rallies, the Mille Miglia began in 1927, taking place 24 times until 1957 and bringing international fame to luxury sports cars including Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche.

Celebrating its 40th edition, the four-day event will follow the traditional roundtrip route, from Brescia to Rome and back, between 15 and 18 June.

Mille Miglia in Brescia, October 2020. Photo credit: Artyart / Shutterstock.com.

Designed exclusively for classic and vintage cars, the 1,800-km Mille Miglia has been a regularity race since 1977, meaning that it is more of a rally than a contest, with precise average speeds maintained throughout.

Teams come from all over the world, and the event is only open to cars produced before 1957 and selected from the models which took part in the original race.

Mille Miglia. Photo credit: Zakrevsky Andrey / Shutterstock.com.

The cars are expected to arrive in Rome on Thursday 16 June at about 21.00 on Via Veneto - where car fans traditionally gather to admire the spectacle - before the rally continues its journey back north early the next day.

Commuters in Rome should note that the cars' arrival will result in the closure of Via Veneto and the re-routing of numerous bus services.

For 2022 programme details, in English, see the Mille Miglia website