Emilia Romagna is the region to the North East of Tuscany. It is famous for its genuine cuisine and ingredients and fast engines. Indeed, along the Via Emilia that cuts diagonally across the region, lies the Motor Valley. La Valle dei Motori regroups the factories of the fastest cars and motorbikes: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati, Pagani but also some world renowned racetracks.
Ideal for a day trip out of Florence, Motor Valley has a lot of entertainment to offer.
Here are a just a few:
Visit the engine giants’ museums
If you want to know how and where it all began, visit the museums of the founding fathers of racing. Both Lamborghini and Ferrari have two museums. One is centered around the men behind the brand while the other focuses more on the models through time and the history of racing. Ducati, Ferrari and Lamborghini’s museums are next to their factory.
Get a factory tour
If you want to know how engines are built and cars assembled, book a factory tour. A factory guide will show you around and answer your questions. Beware, tours are closed at the weekend and on some week days so make sure to plan your visit accordingly.
Go for a test drive on a racetrack
The Modena racetrack offers different experiences to fans of speed. Take your own car or motorbike for a tour of the track for around € 35. For the hardcore fans, you can also get the chance to drive a race car. You can choose between these models and more: Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo, Ferrari F430 Challenge and KTM X-Bow. Two laps around the track can range from € 440 to € 690 depending on the model. The activity has to be booked at least 48 hours in advance.
Do a course on driving safety
Even experienced drivers can learn new tricks. A qualified instructor will give you tips for driving on slippery roads, avoiding obstacles and other dangerous situations before you try them out on the track. Courses exist for automobiles and motorbikes and even for professionals such as ambulance drivers or police officers. Contact any of the three racetracks in the area for safety courses.
Speed enthusiasts and lovers of beautiful cars will feel at home in Emilia Romagna. Between one museum visit and a factory tour, don’t forget to carve out some time to try the regions delicacies!