Italy has something for everyone. It has amazing food, incredible fashion, thousands of years of history, and beautiful scenery. And as the home of Ferrari, it’s a dream holiday destination for the car aficionado in your life. Italy has some incredible places to visit for anyone who enjoys cars – whether that’s driving them or watching them race.
Fans of the famous Prancing Horse won’t want to miss the Ferrari Museum, so fortunately there are two to choose from. The Museum and Factory tour in Maranello is the older museum, and has more about Ferrari’s history in Formula 1, including simulators and a pit stop experience. It also includes the opportunity to enter the factory complex on a bus tour. The newer Moderna museum is more focused around the life and work of Enzo Ferrari, and includes many vintage cars he designed.
While the Ferrari museum tour just lets you peek inside the complex, the Lamborghini Factory Tour takes you step by step through the production process, allowing you to see how the cars are made up close. There’s also a museum where you can see many of Lamborghini’s classic cars.
Formerly the site of the main factory of car manufacturer Fiat, the long, low building in Turin is now a shopping mall, hotel and university complex. But the building still has the famous Fiat Test Track on the roof. The track, which featured in films included The Italian Job (1969), was used to test cars finished in the factory.
For fans of vehicles of the two-wheel variety, legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati offers a weekend dream tour. Those lucky enough to experience it pick up a motorcycle at the Ducati Factory and Museum, and then spend three days driving around the hills where the motorcycles were designed. Be sure to check your insurance, though, as some policies may include a larger excess when you drive powerful motorbikes.
Italy hosts a number of top-tier motorsport events each year which you can perfectly time your trip to take in, including the Formula 1 at Monza and the Italian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Mugello Circuit. There’s also the quirky Mille Miglia, held in honour of a race that ran between 1927 and 1957. Now it’s an annual vintage car parade held on the race route.