FROM HISTORY TO MYTH
Several motor races were launched in Brescia and Montichiari between the late 19th and the 20th centuries, but only one has become legendary: the Mille Miglia. Originating in 1927 as a speed race, over time it has become a global event. Even today it continues to thrill adults and children alike, with spectators of all ages lining up eagerly along the sides of the route to see the cars pass every year. The route goes from Brescia to Rome and back again, passing through the roads of Lake Garda along the way.
In 1926, Garda bore witness to Gabriele d'Annunzio's love of speed and cars; a love passionate enough to shape the Italian language. In a letter published in the Corriere della Sera newspaper, the famous Italian poet proclaimed that ‘the word automobile is feminine because it possesses the grace and vivacity of a seductress’. Today you can admire some of his cars in a special museum in the Vittoriale degli Italiani.
We can hardly talk about speed without mentioning aircraft. In the early 1900s, several competitions for these innovative modes of transport were born including one dedicated to seaplanes: the Schneider Cup. In 1934, one of the aviators who trained for this competition, Marshal Francesco Agello, won the absolute world speed record for seaplanes after he achieved an average speed of over 709 km/hour on the route from Manerba del Garda to Moniga del Garda. His victory became legendary, remaining unbeaten to this day: a reconstruction of the aircraft can be admired at Parco Idroscalo.