Not far from the famous Muggello circuit, the Futa and Raticosa passes, which were used during the glory days of the Mille Miglia, offer some of the most stunning driving roads.
Let’s recall Stirling moss and Denis Jenkinson………. faces covered in grime, are two-thirds of the way through their record-breaking 1955 Mille Miglia run. Their Mercedes 300SLR, number 722, is showing the miles after a couple of minor mishaps but Moss is still flat out. Jenks notices Stirling glancing at his watch as they begin the Passo della Futa early in the afternoon, and knowing that Moss wants to do the next section inside the hour, he rubs his hands with glee at the thought of seeing Moss in full flight. Stirling would later note in his diary that they in fact took 61 minutes to complete the section. He also recalls seeing Jenks’ glee: ‘I thought, “Kee-rist!” I’d just been flat-out for about six hours and here was this wonderful little nutcase, wanting to see me go harder still!’
If you’ve never read Denis Jenkinson’s account of the 1955 Mille Miglia, read it. It is possibly the greatest piece of motoring journalism ever and will undoubtedly inspire you to go to Italy if you’ve never been. The Futa and Raticosa passes are the only real stretches of the Mille Miglia that you can still drive as they were in 1955 and they are magnificent. The road, SP65, incessantly twists and turns north from Florence to Bologna, running across the Apennines from Tuscany to Emilia-Romagna and supercar country. Moss didn’t have much time to look at the views, but they are most definitely there; not craggily mountainous like the Alps or Dolomites, but beautiful nonetheless.
Having a supercar to pilot over the passes is undoubtedly preferred. Driveyouremotion organises evocative events and driving sessions at the steering wheel of a Ferrari or a Lamborghini. This combined with visits to the famous Lamborghini, Ferrari and Pagani supercars manufacturers, will make you discover the best of the real Emilia.