This museum welcomes more than 200.000 visitors from all over the world every year, as I said in my introduction, many many many more than Modena's dome.
The museum is structured in separated theme areas to satisfy the curiosity of the fan of the new model and the expert of the historical ones.
Spent a couple of hours wandering round the Ferrari museum,nice pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon. They allow cameras in,it cost 13 Euros for an adult.
Outside the museum,I was accosted by a lady who offered me the chance to drive a ferrari for 10 minutes for 50 Euros,I told her no..I`ll drive my own when I get home...Needless to say,she didnt belive me.
Galleria Ferrari costs 12 euro. We spent 35 minutes and got a refund. It is interesting but only if you are there locally anyway. Do not come too far to see this. The road directions are wrong on the web and the road signs are few. Where we stayed in a little tuscan town there were 6 Ferraris in a Motor shop you could look at. There are Lamborghini and Maserati museums nearby so maybe to make a day of it is best?
Located on the southern edge of Maranello (just 1.5km from the Galleria) is the Fiorano Test Track. The track was built in 1972, and is the place that the new Ferrari's are tested.
The track is used by mechanics and the racing teams for training purposes and also by drivers for testing and practice. The track is not used for racing, and there are no facilities for spectators.
There is however a sneaky place where you can pull up and check out the on-track action. As you head south along the SP3 road, you will see the race track on your left, and you can pull over to the side of the road and have a look through the fence. It is hard to snap a photo of the cars though - they are too fast!
No visit should be made to Maranello without visiting the Ferrari museum, Galleria Ferrari. You will find a superb selection of road and race cars from throughout the decades on display over 2 floors. There is also a small merchandise shop and cafe. A definite must for anyone interested in motoring and motoring history.
The Ferrari factory is also located in Maranello. Unfortunately the general public can't visit it unless they buy a Ferrari first! This was a little out of our holiday budget, so we made do with hanging around one of the factory gates for a while, hoping to see some Ferrari action.
We were in luck, seeing a few shiny new cars coming and going. Much to Alex's excitement we also saw a 'production mule' (or so he called it) - a type of prototype which appeared to be all taped up.
We also saw lots of factory workers walking about in their colourful Ferrari work clothes.
For all you car enthusiasts out there, a visit to Galleria Ferrari is a must!! The Galleria is the Ferrari company's museum, and it is a very impressive set up. The entry fee may seem a bit steep, but you are able to get up close to some of the most beautiful cars ever made, not to mention checking out Michael Schumacher's Formula One winning car.
There are three levels of cars on display, with a good mix of oldies, newies and formula one cars. One interesting exhibition shows the way the engine and car shapes have evolved in the formula one cars over the years.
A couple of sections are dedicated to famous people who own/have owned Ferrari's, with photos of them and their cars. Another thing I found really interesting was seeing the Formula One car's steering wheels - they are like a mini computer - I have no idea how the driver manages to push the right buttons while driving at 200+ miles per hour.
After a visit to the museum you can have a coffee in the Galleria café.
Admission is 12 euro (Nov 2006)
Open every day from 9.30am to 6.00pm (from 1st May to 30th September extended opening until 7.00pm)
The Galleria is laid out over several rooms, devoted to the display of historic cars, Formula 1 cars and modern Grand Tourers. Also on show, examples of innovative technologies, trophies, technical drawings, films and photographs, as well as the Ferrari Shop containing original Ferrari items.
The Galleria Ferrari is housed in a modern and functional building, and it was opened in February 1990.
The ticket cost is 12€ (not cheap at all!!!) and it is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you are in luck you may get a chance to see Michael Shumacher roaring around the track. Unfortunately I was not in luck!
The Formula1 inspired "Enzo". Even if you could afford it, you would have to stand in line to buy it. Sigh...
Jilles Villeneuve's winning F1 car. Jilles was arguably Ferrari's greatest driver and certainly Enzo Ferrari's favourite. He died during practice for the Belgium Grand Prix (Zolder) on May 8, 1982.
Not far from Galleria Ferrari there's the famous "circuito di Fiorano" where all Ferrari's car are tested and where people owning a Ferrari car can go to run faster than allowed in ordinary streets
The second section is dedicated to Formula 1, to the engines and to part of the trophy and cups won along the years
The first section of the Galleria is dedicated to Enzo Ferrari and to the history of his factory, until the management of Luca Cordero di Montezemolo.