Italian holidays… behind the wheel.

And again the day has come, when well over 400 classic sports cars stood at the start of the legendary 1000 Miglia race in Italy. Three teams take part from Poland. In an Aston Martin, Bentley and Mercedes.

The cities destined to become the backdrop and protagonists of the first day of the race are Brescia, Desenzano, Sirmione, Valeggio sul Mincio (passing through the charming Sigurtà Garden Park), Mantua, Ferrara, Comacchio and Ravenna, to finally arrive at Cervia Milano Marittima in the evening.

Today, on Thursday, the convoy will enter Cesenatico before going on to Senigallia, Fabriano, Assisi, Perugia, Terni and Rietiuntil it finally reaches the Capital at dusk, in a highly spectacular context of great emotive impact.

Mille Miglia is not only a unique road marathon. The event has no closed special stages and therefore takes place out on the open road, with sports cars mixing it in regular traffic.

The other unique feature of the great Italian adventure is also the fact that once the teams took some rest in the capital city of Rome, they all drive back again to Brescia. On a different route, of course.

On Friday 17 May, the journey back north starts, accompanied by the breathtaking landscapes of Lake Vico and of Viterbo, Radicofani, Castiglione d’Orcia, Siena, Vinci, Pistoia, crossing the historic Futa and Raticosa passes. The third leg will end up in the heart of Emilia, the land of motors, with a stop in Bologna.

The final lap of Saturday 18 May will pass through Modena, Reggio Emilia, Langhirano, Parma, Busseto, Montichiari and Travagliato, to terminate with its triumphal arrival in Brescia, for the traditional procession in Viale Venezia.

Three teams from Poland take part in the legendary event. The Classic Mercedes Club stages a 300 SL Gullwing with Tadeusz Kozioł and Monika Sikora, who take part in Mille for the fourth time. Two cars ride in Cisowianka Perlage colors.

The Cisowianka Perlage spring water manufacturer in a sponsor of the Italian classic. Cisowianka also supplies participants with their sparkling water.

Among teams from 32 countries, Cisowianka presents Krzysztof and Dorota Weka in an 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage and Paul and Tessa Van Arkel in a 1936 Bentley.

After the first day of Mille Miglia, the Aston had to withdraw from further competition due to a major mechanical failure.

Main picture: Tessa and Paul van Arkel/Team Perlage.

Picture credits: Mille Migla, Zuzanna Staniszewska (Classic Motors), Cisowianka Perlage Team.