The town of Maranello is located 17km south of Modena, and is famous for being the birth place of Ferrari. The town is home to the Ferrari factory and museum, and everywhere you look you see people walking about in their Ferrari overalls (factory workers I hope!).
Alex is a big fan of Ferrari's and I am not adverse to any shiny sports cars, so we made a visit to Maranello a top priority on our Sep 2006 Italy trip.
The highlight of a visit to Maranello is Galleria Ferrari, which is a museum charting the history of Ferrari. Here you can get right up close to a large range of shiny Ferraris and decide which one you want for Christmas ; )
Also, make sure you take a wander around town as you are sure to see a new Ferrari or two coming in/out of the factory.
For more information, check out my Maranello page.
- Road Trip
Located in Sant'Agata Bolognese, 19km from Modena, is the Lamborghini Factory & Museum. We headed there one afternoon to have a drool over the delicious cars.
We were told we had to make an appointment in advance to visit the museum, so I rang a couple of weeks prior to our visit to book a time. However, when we arrived we were able to just wander around and no one questioned us or asked for our name.
The museum is basically filled with Lamborghinis. It is set over two levels, and there is a fabulous range of old and new cars, along with several formula 1 cars. I really loved the old red 350GT with a square rear-end, and the bright green Countach.
From the 2nd level of the museum you could peek into the adjoining factory. It was really interesting actually being able to see the Lamborghini assembly line, albeit from a distance.
Museum Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 12noon & 2pm - 5pm
Entrance is free of charge.
Via Modena 12, 40019 Sant'Agata Bolognese
Located just outside the town of Sant'Agata Bolognese, 19km from Modena - via the SP255
- Road Trip
Well, if only a mighty, shiny...
Well, if only a mighty, shiny car is your idea of true art, don't waste too much time among architectural gems, but head straight to the nearby Maranello - yes, the home of Ferrari! The street leading towards Galleria Ferrari where all (or most of) their cars are exposed is a Disneyland for older kids - full of souvenir shops where you can buy virtually anything vaguely connected with Ferrari: official F1 team cap, racing car models, 1001 posters of Michael Schumacher (often with Enzo Ferrari smiling like a guardian angel in the air :-)), even model engines of all sizes. To let you see its treasures, Galleria Ferrari will ease your wallet for about 10 EUR. I decided I wasn't such fan after all.
In Modena central can be found...
In Modena central can be found a couple of points of minor interest - Luciano Pavarotti was born here, and his family, Giuseppe Verdi and the Ferrari family are buried in the same mausoleum at the Cimitero Comunale di San Cataldo - a very LARGE mausoleum, so be prepared to spend some time looking - for Ferrari, from the central garden, find the arches pointing to Galleries U & Z, and Porticatos T & Y, all in the South-west quadrant).