The present-day Mugello Circuit (Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello) is a race track opened in 1974 and owned by Scuderia Ferrari who use it for their Formula One testing.
Racing originated on the public roads of Mugello in the 1920s, with the original Circuito del Mugello stretching across 38 miles from Scarperia to Firenzuola, through the Futa Pass and returning to Scarperia via San Piero.
The Mugello GP was held in 1955 and again from 1964 to 1970, consisting of 8 laps of 66.2 kilometres each. The 1970 race on the public course was the last after local racer Spartaco Dini crashed his Alfa Romeo GTA into a group of people at the village of Firenzuola in a private test, causing four people to be seriously injured and a 7 month old baby killed.
The newly opened circuit hosted a round of the F5000 series, along with the World Sportscar Championship, the original Formula Two series and the Motorcycle World Championships. The circuit however experienced financial difficulty in the 1980s before being purchased as a testing facility by Ferrari in 1988, being just 75 miles from their Maranello headquarters.
Following significant renovations, the Motorcycle World Championships (MotoGP) returned and has hosted the Italian motorcycle Grand Prix annually since 1994.
The circuit meets the standards to host Formula 1 racing, being used in May 2012 for an official test session by several teams. It will host its first ever Formula One race in September 2020, named the Tuscan Grand Prix as part of a restructured calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will mark the 1000th Grand Prix for Ferrari.
Location & Travel to Mugello Circuit
The Mugello Circuit is located in the commune of Scarperia e San Piero in the Italian region of Tuscany and 35 kilometres away from Florence.
Air: The nearest international airport is at Florence, located approximately 30 kilometres to the south with flights on offer across Europe. If you are then looking to head directly to Mugello, you will need to catch a train from the Airport to the Santa Maria Novella train station and then catch the train or bus as below.
Alternatively Forli or Bologna Airport’s are 100 kilometres away, with Pisa International Airport approximately 120 kilometres from Mugello.
Bus: There is a direct bus that runs to Scarperia from Florence, departing from the bus terminal next to Santa Maria Novella train station. A timetable is available here.
Driving & Parking: From Florence or Bologna, take the A1 Autostrada and exit at “Barberino di Mugello” before following signs for “Autodromo Internazional del Mugello”.
Parking is only available at the circuit for campers and motorbikes, paid in advance. There is some free parking available in Scarperia or one large paid parking area.
Train: There are regular direct trains from Florence to San Piero a Sieve (3 kilometres from the circuit) or Borgo San Lorenzo (5 kilometre from the circuit). From either train station, you can catch a bus as above or on race day, there are free shuttles operating between 7am and 6pm.
Ticket prices for the MotoGP vary considerably depending on which day you attend and which kind of ticket you want – varying from VIP to Grandstand to General Admission.
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Last Updated on February 24, 2021 by Sports Tourist