Mugello Historic Circuit

Mugello Circuit 1933 edition
Mugello Circuit 1933 edition

The route of the Mugello historic circuit consists of a 66 km ring, passing by the towns of Firenzuola, San Piero a Sieve, the Futa Pass, Scarperia. A short but challenging route, it can be completed in a single day.

The Mugello circuit was established in 1914 and in the years following World War I, the most celebrated drivers of the time challenged themselves on its complicated and torturous route, which highlighted their abilities. The participants included legends as Enzo Ferrari, who won in 1921, and Antonio Ascari.

Later obscured by the Mille Miglia, the Mugello circuit regained popularity when the former event stopped. Relaunched in the '60s, it was a success, especially after 1967, when Ferrari began to attend the event giving even greater popularity.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators attended the races, and it attracted beautiful sports cars as well as smaller and normal production cars, such as the Abarth.

Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo
Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo

ITINERARY 10: “Mugello Historic Circuit”
km 60 / 1 day

Mugello is a region at the foothills of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, an area of Tuscany still unspoilt by tourism that retains its charm intact. It features forests, lakes and rivers, mountain passes, ancient villas built by the Medici family and enchanting villages surrounded by nature. Among these, it’s worth mentioning Barberino, Vicchio (where the painter Cimabue lived), and Firenzuola. As for the villas, the villa of Cafaggiolo is undoubtedly the most famous. From the gastronomic point of view, a visit to Mugello is certainly not complete without tasting the "tortelli", a typical homemade pasta stuffed with tasty potatoes, that you will find only in this area of Tuscany: not to be missed!

The town of Scarperia could be called the "door of the Apennines." It was built in 1306 at the foothill of the Giogo pass, the most important communication route between Florence and Bologna. Scarperia experienced a considerable expansion thanks to its strategic location until 1752, when the construction of a new road between Florence and Bologna led the village to a sudden decline. Among the most important buildings is the fourteenth-century Palazzo dei Vicari, whose stern and gloomy appearance contrasts with the elegant Renaissance interior. The Romanesque church of St. Agatha, just a few kilometres outside the village, is also worth a visit.

Villa Medicea di Cafaggiolo
The Medici villa of Cafaggiolo, in the municipality of San Piero a Sieve, is one of the most famous residences of this powerful Florentine family. It dates back to the fourteenth century but was renovated in the mid-fifteenth century by Michelozzo. The villa was the family’s summer residence,and much loved by Lorenzo de 'Medici, who hosted philosophers and scientists of the time as Pico della Mirandola, Marsilio Ficino and Poliziano. Despite subsequent changes, the interior still retains many original features.

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