Itinerary: Bologna, Sant’Agata Bolognese, Maranello
Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati: a tour in Motor Valley, Italy
The area between Bologna and Modena in the Emilia Romagna region is also known as "The Motor Valley" or "The land of motors" because it is the homeland of some of the best car and motorcycle companies in Italy and in the world. In fact, this area is dedicated to motors, so here, you can discover the history and learn about the many victories of some worldwide famous car and motorbike manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Ducati. People in Emilia Romagna has a true passion for motors, and if you like them too, this tour is exactly for you!
The tour starts from Bologna, and most precisely in Borgo Panigale, the city district where Museo Ducati (pic n°5) is located. The Ducati brand was born in 1926 thanks to engineer Antonio Cavalieri Ducati, but the motorcycle department was opened only in 1946, just after the Second World War was over. The first model produced was "Cucciolo", a light and easy-to-use motorbike. From that time on, the company has been developed until becoming one of the most important motorcycle brands in the world and taking also part in many prestigious competitions.
The Ducati Museum, founded in 1998 on a 1,000 square meter large area, offers you two ways to visit: on one side, you can admire all the motorcycles in a chronological order, starting from the first prototypes to the most refined models of our days, - on the other side, you can stroll around some halls where different aspects of the Ducati company are depicted. Here, you can learn a lot about its history, and about its famous models, accessories, and much more! You also have the chance to visit the factory where these famous Ducati motorcycles are produced and assembled.
The Lamborghini Factory, another milestone of the Motor Valley, is located 24 kilometers North-West from here. It was founded in 1963 by entrepreneur Ferruccio Lamborghini who, according to what is said, started producing cars after a fight with Enzo Ferrari. Since then, the Lamborghini Company has been producing the worldwide known luxury and competition cars that have the bull as their symbol.
Today, the Lamborghini brand is part of the Volkswagen group, and its main factory, as well as the Museum Lamborghini (pic n°3), is located in Sant’Agata Bolognese, the second stop of our tour. The Museum was inaugurated in 2001, it allows visitors to take a journey along the history of the brand and admiring some of the most important or exclusive cars of the company. The first masterpiece by Ferruccio Lamborghini was 350 GT, then many others followed: Miura S, Espada, Countach, Gallardo, Aventador and many more! Here again, you can visit both the museum and the factory, having an insight into how these amazing supercars are produced.
From here, drive south-west and get to Maranello. This small town in the province of Modena is very popular for being the homeland of Ferrari, likely to be the most famous car company in the world! Entrepreneur Enzo Ferrari founded it in 1947, and it produces exclusive luxury cars and racing cars, having the famous Prancing Horse as their symbol. The racing division is called Scuderia Ferrari, which has been operating since 1929. Today, it is the oldest surviving and the most successful team in the Formula 1 competition.
In Maranello, you can visit the Ferrari factory where the luxury and racing cars are still produced, and then you can also have a unique experience in the Ferrari Museum (pic n°1). "Live the dream" is its claim, which makes you understand this is much more than a simple showroom of cars: together with permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum hosts semi-professional Formula 1-simulators, big screens, and a cinema, a photo set, and other interactive amenities! This is a special place where to get to know and celebrate an all-time Italian car! ..... Prices from 297 thousand Euros .... ;-) .....
Length: Km 59
Some pictures of these legendary Italian car & motorcycle brands:
Ferrari Museum (pic n°1); Ferrari 812 Superfast (pic n°2); Lamborghini Museum (pic n°3); Lamborghini Huracan Spyder (pic n°4); The Ducati Museum (pic n°5); Ducati Diavel 2019 (pic n°6); Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro (pic middle);