You might easily associate the Ferrari name with Italy, but did you know that Ferrari is based not far from Bologna? In the town of Maranello, just outside Modena, you’ll find not only the Ferrari Museum but also the factory complex and the famous Fiorano test track.
The Ferrari Museum - Museo Ferrari in Italian - is a few steps from the factory in Maranello where every Ferrari is made. The museum contains a number of cars, including both cars designed for regular driving and some from the company’s illustrious Formula 1 racing history. In addition to the actual cars, the museum also has exhibits of photographs and racing trophies as well as interactive displays.
For racing enthusiasts, the Ferrari Museum has an F1 racing simulator based on the Monza race track outside Milan. You need to reserve a slot in the simulator in advance, and before you begin your experience you’ll even get pointers from a Ferrari technician.
A few steps from both the Ferrari Museum and the factory is the Fiorano test circuit where Ferrari tests its road and racing cars. You might be lucky to hear the familiar roar of a high performance engine as you’re walking to the museum from the parking lot - or you can arrange a special tour of the factory and the test track to get a behind-the-scenes look at what makes these cars so special.
If you don’t have a rental car, you can get to the Ferrari Museum via a special shuttle bus from Modena’s train station (the shuttle is an additional fee), or - to avoid the transportation hassles - you can book a guided tour of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Ducati, all of which are located around Bologna.