In the northern part of Italy, you find some of the finest breed of horses. Often stacked 500 or 600 in to a space under 1 square meter! Of cause we are thinking about the horse of Maranello – Ferrari. Besides being travel-entusiasts, we are also hardcore piston-heads, formula-one fans and horsepower addict. So being in Tuscany also meant going to the neighbor-region of Emilia-Romagna to visit the area where Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati etc origins from. This post is mainly about Maranello and the ferrari-factory and -museum.
We went to Modena first, and had a small drive around the center. When you arrive to the town, there is a certain feel of something special. There is a lot of car-shops, the giant three-fork of Maserati headquarters hoover over their great tower, and and you feel the history of super cars in the air.
We went on towards the small town of Maranello, where all the magic happens. In Maranello you find the Ferrari-factory. Park you car and take a walk around the area. The factory is totally closed off, but a some fences you can get a small peek at some of the cars parked outside. We went almost the entire way around the factory. In Maranello there is a vast amount of shops selling rib-off Ferrari-merchandice, but also 1 official shop – right oppersite of the old entrance of the original factory. For you car geeks – you will recognize the big red building, with the text “Ferrari” written in yellow over the gate – that is where it all began when Enzo decided to make a sportscar, to finance his racing cars.
You must also visit the Galleri-Ferrari – the official museum of Ferrari. In here you will see a vast collection of some of the special models, old formula-cars, learn the ferrari history and is is just a great experience as a car geek.
But, in our humble opinion, the best attraction of Maranello is found on your right when you exit Galleri-Ferrari. Test Drive Maranello! This is pretty close to heaven, a place where you can rent different ferrari, from the girlish California to more full-breed hardcore racers like the F430 Scuderia F1 etc. Then you get a co-driver to the car, which match the car and you own abilities behind the wheel. The male part of TravellersPlanet has owned and driven sportscars for several years, so the obvious choise was the F430 Scuderia F1 standing alone in the corner. This car was equipped with a formula 3000 instructor in the passenger seat and carbon ceramic brakes – spot on for the new driver.
On the drive, you get the chance for pushing the car to your or the cars limits, depending of what comes first. As an experiences driver of high power cars, and when the co-driver felt safe with my abilities, I got to push the car around in “race”-mode, which means power sliding out of the roundabouts – hey – what was that? Roundabouts? Yes – you entire drive is in the roads surrounding Maranello. We asked the the co-driver; “what about the police?” He just replied in typical italienglish: “Hey – This is Maranello, and you are in a Ferrari – they don’t mind”