Many tourists would set their eyes on Rome, Venice, Florence, Lake Como, Milan and perhaps Naples and also the Amalfi Coast while planning a tour of Italy. But those who love speed and are fascinated with cars would want to head straight to the Motor Valley. There is no place on earth that brings to you a congregation of the Ferrari factory, Lamborghini factory and the Ducati factory along with their museums and a culture in the region that has thrived on their fascination with speed.
Any travel package to Italy should include a tour of the Motor Valley. It just takes a day from Bologna and you can visit all the major hubs, see cars being made, possibly take a ride and satiate your never quenched need for fancy automobiles. If you haven’t managed to drive a Ferrari or a Lamborghini which is quite possible and normal then you must treat yourself a tour of the Motor Valley.
- Check out the Ferrari Museum. Modena is the hometown of Enzo Ferrari and in that suburb of Maranello you would find Museo Ferrari, or the Ferrari Museum. While you will be fascinated by the cars put up on display, you would also marvel at the office used by Enzo Ferrari back in the sixties. There is a vintage telephone and a worn out chair in the office that was used by the Magician of Maranello.
- Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum should also be a stop on your tour of Italy. Normally, an Italy travel package that includes a tour of the Motor Valley will cover this museum. Inside the museum, you would find vintage tractors, there is a helicopter that was used by the fire department of Rome, then there is a golf cart customized which was used by Pope John Paul II when he was chauffeured in Vatican City. You will also find some unique Lamborghinis that you may not have ever seen before.
- Ducati Museum is another one of a kind tour. The museum has every detail tracking the development of the company from its post-war years to the present day manufacturing of road and racing bikes. Check out their assembly lines and you would be thrilled.
Then there is the Stanguellini Museum which showcases the story of Francesco Stanguellini. He is fondly called Godfather of Speed in Motor valley. You should also visit the Maserati Factory and Showroom.