Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo … even the mention of Italy‘s famed luxury sports cars can rouse the imagination and ambition of millions of car enthusiasts the world over. Here’s a roundup of a half dozen of the country’s best automobile museums.
Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari
Via Paolo Ferrari, 85, Modena
A museum “dedicated to the myth” of designer and manufacturing pioneer, Enzo Ferrari. This newly opened state of the art museum located at the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari goes beyond the legends and offers visitors the chance to discover the story behind one of the world’s most iconic brand names.
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Via Dino Ferrari, 43, Maranello
Museo Ferrari invites fans to participate in the “extraordinary experience of the world of Ferrari, where the historical cars” present a pretext to understand and get to know today’s models. Formula 1 freaks, tech geeks and anyone keen to find out about what makes some of Italy’s sexiest machines go vroom vroom.
Details at their website.
Via Modena, 12, Sant’agata Bolognese
Situated snugly within northern Italy’s “Terra dei Motori” (Motor Valley) in the tiny village of Sant’agata Bolognese , Museo Lamborghini is home to a historic collection of Lamborghini “dream cars” including the first production model ever built by Ferruccio Lamborghini in 1964 Factory tours can be arranged from here as well.
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Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile
Corso Unità d’Italia, 40, Turin
Following a radical, large-scale transformation of its contents and its building, Italy’s National Museum of the Automobile has recently reopened to continue sharing “the story and the evolution of the motor car, as well as the social themes linked to it, its transformation from a means of transport to an object of worship, from its origins right up to the contemporary evolution of creative thought.” In addition to one of the world’s greatest collection of cars, expect a full calendar of events and exhibitions being thoughtfully curated so that anyone from the most ardent of experts to youngest of children can enjoy the museum and walk away with more knowledge than before they visited.
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Strada Corletto Sud, 320, Cittanova (just outside of Modena)
Museo Panini is home to the world’s most complete collection of Maserati models. Another “Motor Valley” museum celebrating the small town origins of a global heavyweight, cars in the collection date back to 1936. The collection may be viewed only by appointment.
For more information go to their website.
Museo Storico Alfa Romeo
Viale Alfa Romeo, Arese, (near Milan)
Since 1976, the Alfa Romeo Museum has being wowing the world with a collection that now boasts more than 250 cars and 150 engines. Over 60% of the cars exhibited “are fully efficient and in working order and play a starring role in a whole set of national and international events and exhibitions.”
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