Modena Home to Ferrari and Maserati, a Car Lovers City
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The 1st time I walked through the city center of Modena, Italy, cobblestone streets dating back centuries was in Y 1968, I has business at both the Ferrari and Maserati works.
I saw couples walk arm-in-arm, laughing groups of friends stroll the arcades.
Noticeably absent from the scene now are cars, the rules are that only those who live within the city center’s boundaries are permitted to drive its streets.
What is ironic about the lack of cars in its city center is that Modena lies within Northern Italy’s Emilia Romagna region, or better known to car lovers as Italy’s Motor Valley.
There, in the midst of vineyards, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese farms and traditional Balsamic vinegar villas, that some of the biggest names in luxury car brands make their homes.
Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Dallara and Pagani, +Ducati motorcycles.
Enthusiasts are not surprised considering that these names associated with luxury, fantasy and speed come from agricultural beginnings.
Case in point: Hombre Farm, which specializes in Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese production yet is just as well-known for its impressive Umberto Panini Collection of vintage cars, mostly Maseratis.
If you look you will see Lamborghini’s tractor. Yes, Lamborghini made tractors to meet agricultural needs before building sporty cars. Lamborghini is a unit of Volkswagen (OTCMKT:VLKAY)
The vast collection of vintage vehicles on display at Hombre Farm spans decades of Maserati production, including one of 4 Maserati A6GCS/53 ever made, and the 1957 Maserati 250F.
If you travel there, that collection is not to be missed, then visit the Maserati, a unit of Fiat-Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) works in Modena; the company moved to the city in Y 1939. The tour became available on a regular basis to the public in September 2017, prior it was previously an insider’s look available exclusively to existing and prospective Maserati clients, I saw it 1st hand in 1969 and was driven around the town and countryside in a new Bora, by the factory test driver, a hair raising ride I will never forget.
The Maserati tour, available Monday through Friday, begins in the showroom. After a talk on the history of the marque, the tour moves to the assembly line where trained technicians hand-assemble the cars using modern tools and technology.
Two Maserati models are made at the works in Modena, where 4,000 custom-made cars are produced annually.
Then the Enzo Ferrari Museum’s is a terrific setting for the exhibits it houses, and across the plaza is the former workshop of Enzo’s father, Alfredo Ferrari, in which the young boy would watch his father tinker, and perhaps mold his interests in mechanics.
Today, the Ferrari Museum of Engines is housed on the 1st floor of former workshop, where memorabilia and Enzo’s office can be seen just as he used them when ‘Commanding’ Ferrari.
Back in the museum’s contemporary space, the Driving with the Stars exhibit showcases Ferraris enjoyed by Europe’s royal families, as well as celebrities who became unofficial ambassadors, like hometowner Luciano Pavarotti.
There is also a tribute to Ferrari’s 70th Anni being celebrated this year.
Enzo Ferrari wanted to be a tenor but was dissuaded by his mother because “he didn’t have a good voice,” so in his cars, he declared the sounds of his engine the music.
For more Ferrari, a bus tour of the Ferrari factory is available, as is a visit to the Fiorano track, visitors must remain on the bus at all times.
If you want to get in the driver’s seat of a Ferrari, head back to the museum and settle into a semi-pro simulators to virtually experience driving an F1, you will feel the surface of the track and the G forces the F1 drivers experience
For more luxury Supercars Modena, make plans in advance to visit the Pagani factory, whose latest model, the Huayra Roadster In addition to Ferrari, Maserati and Pagani, the Lamborghini Museum in Bologna opens its doors to enthusiasts and dreamers alike are.
Modena is easily accessible via car or train, between Milano and Bologna and Milan, about 2 hours by car, 3 hours by train.