Emilia Romagna is world-famous for many reasons, from food and wine excellences such as prosciutto crudo, parmigiano reggiano, tortellini and balsamic vinegar, to great personalities such as Luciano Pavarotti and the poet Ludovico Ariosto, just to name a few. But whoever says Emilia Romagna, also says Land of Motors, in fact, this land, which has always had a vocation for two and four wheels, boasts an extraordinary wealth of museums, collections and motoring venues unique in the world. The heritage concentrated in this cradle of motors is immense: 13 museums, 188 sports teams including clubs and stables, 12 private collections, 4 racetracks, 11 go-kart tracks, international circuits and splendid motorcycle routes. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, the legendary Morini, Malaguti and Ducati, the Imola and Misano circuits are just a few of the many “universes” dedicated to this passion. Enthusiasts of this type of tourism are spoiled for choice.

Along the Via Emilia you come across unique motoring places in the world, among which the Ferrari Museum in Maranello stands out, located a few hundred meters from the legendary “red” factory and the Fiorano circuit. Visited every year by over 200,000 enthusiasts from all over the world, the museum tells the story of the Ferrari of today and tomorrow, sinking its roots into the extraordinary history of the Prancing Horse. The permanent exhibition dedicated to Formula 1 and the World Championships is joined by five rooms offering thematic exhibitions of notable interest. And it is precisely to the creator of the Ferarri brand that another important museum is dedicated, the beautiful MEF-Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena, a museum complex dedicated to Enzo Ferrari and motor sport structured in two separate buildings: the Birthplace, which narrates the life of Enzo Ferrari as a man, driver and builder through images, unpublished films and precious memorabilia; and the exhibition gallery, which represents the history, actors, places and competitions of Modena motor sport.

The motoring heritage of the Modena area does not end here, in fact, it boasts two other important museums that are really worth a visit: the Museo CUP – Umberto Panini Collection, where it is possible to admire one of the most beautiful and complete collections of Maseratis, including the A6GCS Berlinetta Pininfarina, produced in only four specimens and which won the Mille Miglia three times; and the Stanguellini Historic Car Museum, which traces the automotive history of this family of historic manufacturers. The Museo Lamborghini is located in Sant’Agata Bolognese, which traces all the salient stages of the Bull brand: an excursus with a strong emotional impact for fans of luxury super sports cars. Among the cars on display are: the Murciélago, the Miura SV, the 350 GT, the Countach S, the Jalpa, the Espada, the Sesto Elemento and the Reventon. The Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum in Funo di Argelato, in the Bolognese plain, is instead dedicated to the founder of the Toro machines. Inaugurated in 2001, the museum represents an exciting journey through the most representative objects that have marked the life of the brilliant founder of the Bolognese brand.

For two-wheel enthusiasts, the Ducati Museum is located in Borgo Panigale, which traces the glorious past of the famous Bolognese brand. The museum offers the visitor a double reading: on the one hand, the motorbikes have been arranged chronologically according to a circular route; on the other, six thematic study rooms contain detailed documentation on the different historical periods. Here enthusiasts can also visit the factory. Another interesting museum dedicated to two wheels is the Little Motorcycle Museum in Guastalla, which illustrates the phenomenon of mass motorization in the immediate post-war period, 1945-1965. In addition to these museums, there are also other lesser-known but no less interesting museums, among which we should mention: the Automobile Museum and annexed Scuderia in San Martino in Rio, which houses about forty cars, a dozen motorcycles and some bikes; and the Demm Motociclomotoristico Museum, where about 50 models of racing and touring motorcycles and mopeds produced by the Demm company between 1952 and 1982 are exhibited, sectioned engines, exploded views of the same, engines for industrial, automotive and motorcycle use accompanied by a technical-historical path.

Among the Private Collections, the Righini Collection in Panzano di Castelfranco Emilia, which houses one of the most important car collections in Italy, is absolutely worth a visit. Among the specimens on display, the following stand out: the “815 Auto Avio Costruzioni” from 1940, known for being the first car built by Enzo Ferrari when his factory did not yet exist; and the 1912 Fiat “Chiribiri”. Other Private Collections in the Motor Valley include: the Nello Salsapariglia Collection in Pieve Rossa di Bagnolo in Piano, where it is possible to admire fabulous unique pieces among 150 vintage motorcycles from 1898; the Parmeggiani Collection in Maranello, especially rich in Moto Guzzis, with some notable pieces such as Mandolini’s 500 cc twin cam and Lorenzetti’s record-breaking 350 single cam; the Battilani Collection in Imola, which brings together numerous vintage motorcycles produced by Italian and foreign manufacturers between the beginning of the twentieth century and 1945, all restored by Benito Battilani; and the Bruno Nigelli Collection in Monte San Pietro, with over 300 motorcycles that tell the story of motorcycle Bologna.

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