Guidizzolo

Guidizzolo (Upper Mantovano: Ghidisöl) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Mantua in the Italian region Lombardy, located about 110 kilometres (68 mi) east of Milan and about 25 kilometres (16 mi) northwest of Mantua. The bordering municipalities of Guidizzolo are Cavriana, Ceresara, Goito, Medole and Solferino.

Main sights

The most ancient edifice is the Oratory of St. Lawrence, a small devotional building dating from the 13th century.

Guidizzolo Tragedy

The road between Cerlongo and Guidizzolo, in the communal territory of Cavriana, was the location of Alfonso de Portago's fatal accident in the 1957 Mille Miglia, where 12 people died. A memorial at the roadside commemorates the event.

De Portago's 4.2-litre Ferrari 335 S blew a tire and crashed into the roadside crowd travelling at 250 kilometres per hour (160 mph). The crash killed the driver, the co-driver and ten spectators, including five children. Spinning out of control, the Ferrari hit a channel on the left side of the road, then veered back into the onlookers. Two of the dead children were hit by a concrete highway milestone that was ripped from the ground by the car and thrown into the crowd. The body of Portago was in two sections, and co-driver Edmund Nelson was badly disfigured beneath the upside down vehicle.[4]

Enzo Ferrari was charged with manslaughter in a criminal prosecution that was finally dismissed in 1961.

References

  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  4. ^ "Daredevil Sportsman Perishes", Los Angeles Times, May 13, 1957, Page 1.

External links

Media related to Guidizzolo at Wikimedia Commons