The most evocative name in Italian sports cars is Ferrari, and this dedicated museum in Maranello, Italy, focuses on the auto manufacturer’s history and production. It features 25 cars, including road cars and prototypes, a section devoted to the historic Formula 1 racing team, and fascinating automotive artifacts and memorabilia.
With about 27,000 square feet (2,500 square meters) of floor space devoted to Ferrari’s history and design, a visit to this unique museum is an unforgettable day trip from nearby Bologna, or cities as far afield as Verona, Florence, or Milan. For a full-immersion experience, combine your visit with a stop at the Fiorano Test Track at the nearby Ferrari factory, a visit to the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, or even a thrilling test drive. The Ferrari Museum is one of several world-renowned car manufacturers in Emilia-Romagna’s famed Motor Valley, so consider booking a full-day tour that also includes visits to the Lamborghini, Pagani, and Ducati museums and showrooms.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Ferrari Museum is located in Maranello, and the Enzo Ferrari Museum is located in Modena about 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) away; free shuttle buses run between the two museums every 90 minutes.
- The museum includes a Ferrari store selling official branded clothing, toys, and other memorabilia.
- Kids will particularly enjoy the multimedia exhibits, Formula 1 simulators, and interactive activities like pit-stop trials and photo ops in a Ferrari.
- Ferrari does not offer factory tours; the nearest visitors get to the factory is the Fiorano track, accessible by a dedicated shuttle bus.
How to Get There
The Ferrari Museum is located in Maranello, about 31 miles (50 kilometers) west of Bologna. It’s not easy to reach the museum by public transportation—you must take a train to Modena, then a bus or taxi to Maranello—so booking a private bus tour is the most convenient option.
When to Get There
The museum is open from 9:30am to 6pm from November through March and until 7pm from April to October. It makes an unforgettable way to spend a rainy day, as the collection and store are indoors.
Cars and Food: Two Passions
Emilia-Romagna is famous for its iconic automotive design and its unrivaled cuisine. Parmesan cheese, prosciutto ham, and balsamic vinegar all hail from this region, so combine a Ferrari Museum visit with a food tour to experience the best of Emilia-Romagna in a single day.