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Taking place this weekend is the famous Italian vintage auto race called the Mille Miglia.  It was an open-road endurance race which took place in Italy twenty-four times from 1927 to 1957.  TIMG_7522ahe race was banned after two fatal crashes.  The crash in 1957 took the lives of the drivers and nine spectators.

In 1977, the race was revived under the name Mille Miglia Storica, a rally-type race for pre-1957 cars like Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Bugatti .  Only the cars selected from the models which took part in the original races can participate in the Mille Miglia.

Teams and caIMG_7517rs come from all over the world, but it is difficult to get entrance. The number of participants is limited and the organizers are very selective about the cars that are accepted. My husband, Neal, and friend, Jim Pugh, were lucky to be selected to drive a 1952 Fiat Giuliana in the 2013 race. You can find some videos I made of them leaving the main piazza to the start as well as another video of other cars on their way. So exciting!

IMG_7516The race this year starts Thursday, May 19 and will end Sunday, May 22. It always starts in Brescia, turns around in Rome and returns to Brescia. There are 3 legs to the race with overnight stops in Rimini, Rome and Parma. Before the start, spectators can view all the perfectly restored cars in the main piazza and along the streets of Brescia. The late afternoon start is exciting, even as a spectator, with the roar of those engines.

Believe me, the race is still an endurance race – for the drivers and for the cars, many of which do not make it to the finish.  I made videos of the cars driving through the streets to the start of the race.  You can see Neal and Jim taking off by clicking here.  For another video showing more cars, click here.

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Brescia is in northern Italy near Lake Como, so it would be a great destination this weekend of the year to observe such a unique race and then spend a few days at one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.


Have the winter blues? Dreaming of a summer vacation in Italy? Maybe not the whirlwind tour of the major cities, but a relaxing vacation with friends enjoying an authentic Italian experience – shop local markets, prepare meals in your Tuscan kitchen with herbs freshly picked from the garden, visit small wine producers and taste wines you cannot get at home, have your own bocce ball tournament or just lounge by the pool with beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. Podere-Erica-Pool

Bocce CourtOur property, called Podere Erica, is situated on over 30 acres of grape vines, olive trees, pastures and woodland, yet it is walking distance to a charming village with many shops and only minutes from the Superstrada that will take you to the picturesque hilltop villages of Tuscany as well as famous medieval cities of Siena, Volterra and Florence.

This beautiful 500 year-old stone farmhouse has been lovingly remodeled to modern standards, like air conditioning and wi-fi, while still retaining its characteristic charm. There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms with upstairs and downstairs living areas – plenty of room for a family reunion, or a group of friends celebrating that special birthday, retirement or their love of good food and wine! You can find more information, descriptions, photos and testimonials from our guests on our website –

We have an incredible offer for all you dreamers and procrastinators! A special last-minute discount off our rental rates for any remaining week in 2016.

 20% off plus our gift to you of one of the following unique experiences…..

  • Wine Tasting Party in our new tasting room with lessons from a wine expert and tasty snacks from local purveyors
  • Personalized self-guided tour from the Podere to your choice of nearby hilltop towns, complete with driving directions, touring notes and restaurant recommendations. You can’t go wrong!
  • A hike in the woods with a local guide to the abandoned town of Olena followed by dinner featuring the famous Bistecca Fiorentina cooked in our wood-burning oven
  • Three-course dinner, complete with wine, for up to 10 people prepared for you on our property. Enjoy the typical cuisine, dining under the stars.
  • Pizza cooking class for up to 10 people – Learn from an expert how to make pizzas from scratch and cook them in our wood-burning oven.

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