The third and last circuit I visited during my vacation in Italy in 2007 was the old street circuit of Riccione. I never heard about this circuit but by coincidence I discovered it. In the report below you can read how.
It was Wednesday the 15th of August 2007 at the end of my summer holiday in Italy. The next day I should go back home. The Italians celebrate Ferragosto that day so I decided to take a rest day.
That afternoon I walk to the village I stayed the last week. I see a nice villa with the curious name Villa Mussolini, an old summer residence of the Duce which is an exhibition centre since 2005. To my surprise there was an exhibition about motorcycle races in Riccione. Because it was closed now (siesta) I decided to go back in the evening.
Once at the exhibition I was surprised about the fact that there was a street circuit in the village where I came coincidentally (I can’t publish the pictures of the exhibition because of the copyrights). I never heard about this street circuit before. Even the "Motor Racing Circuits Database" has no information about this race track.
I told an employee about my website and asked him if he could draw the layout of the circuit with the names of the streets, what he did. Start/finish was just behind the villa so the track was not far.
Because I should go back home next day I had to make a photo tour the same evening at twilight. So I started a 3,2 km (2 Miles) walk trough the centre of the busy seaside resort Riccione.
The tour started behind the villa on the boulevard alongside the Adriatic coast in the direction of the harbour. Underway to the harbour I found a road construction on my way so I had to make a little detour. At the harbour I turned left. After a short straight I turned left again into a narrow and most of all very busy shopping street.
After a nice walk trough the shopping district in the centre of Riccione, I reached the boulevard again. After a long straight, interrupted by a plaza where in the old days a chicane was constructed, I came back at start/finish.
The street circuit of Riccione was used from 1949 to 1971, primarily for motorcycle races. Because in the neighbour village Misano a permanent circuit - the Autodromo Santa Monica, home of the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix - was opened in 1972 the street circuit became superfluous.
So far my report about Riccione. Next week a new report about another circuit in another country.
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