A trip in discovery of the historic “Scuderia”, 90 minutes from the center of Milan, through the symbolic places of the legendary Ferrari.
For racing car enthusiasts, the town of Maranello is a milestone in the history of car racing competitions. The story of Enzo Ferrari and his racing stable began here. The true custodian of the legend is the Ferrari Museum which is visited each year by more than 200,000 aficionados from all over the world. It houses the cars, images and trophies that have characterized the history of the brand, but not only. The display space of the museum is continually upadated. For example, novelties introduced this year include the new Sala delle Vittorie (Victory Hall) which celebrates the Racing Stable’s most recent successes through an overview of the single-seater World Championships from 1999 to 2008, together with the more than 100 trophies and original helmets of the Scuderia’s 9 World Champion drivers. The heart of the museum is undoubtedly the breathtaking display of Ferrari racing cars featuring approximately 40 models, chosen by rotation, thanks to the company’s vast patrimony and its collaboration with several of the most important Italian and international museums and collectors from all over the world. The museum is divided into three thematic areas, each one capable of satisfying the expectations of not only racing enthusiasts but also vintage car connoisseurs: Formula One, Sports and Sport-Prototypes and the GT World. The whole is completed by a large shop, an offshoot of the larger Ferrari Store situated in front of the company’s historic entrance in via Abetone, which offers a wide range of official Ferrari merchandise; a well-stocked bookstore, a library showcasing the most important Ferrari publications and an original Photo Point where visitors can have souvenir photos taken against the special Formula 1 background, to celebrate an unforgettable day spent with loved ones and friends.
In addition to Maranello, Modena, situated just a short distance away, is a part of the circuit involved in the Ferrari Tribute to Mille Miglia (scheduled to be held from 16 to 20 May). The event, which takes place minutes before the Mille Miglia competition, will see 150 of the most “recent” Ferraris, built post 1958 (ferraritribute.1000miglia.eu), racing through the town’s streets. Modena is also home to the Cento Ore Classic car race (23-26 June), currently celebrating its 11th anniversary, and MEF, the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari which, in addition to the modern complex housing a precious gallery of car models, was also formerly the residence of Enzo Ferrari, now turned museum. (www.museocasaenzoferrari.it).
Just moments from the Duomo, in piazza Liberty, you will find the Ferrari Store, a true mecca for Ferrari fans carrying all the brand’s clothing collections, accessories and merchandise. Just outside the city, in Arese, motor sports enthusiasts can visit the Alfa Romeo Museum (currently undergoing restructuring work, www.alfaromeo.it), an historic name in the automotive industry, boasting strong ties with Enzo Ferrari who started his career here in 1920. Established in 1976 and extending over a surface area of more than 4,800 sq.m, the Alfa Romeo Museum houses an example of each model produced, including prototypes, studies, experimental vehicles and racing cars. Monza, on the other hand, is home to the worldrenowned autodromo (race track) whose fame lies more than anything else with Gran Prix racing. In fact, from 7 to 9 September, the circuit will host the Formula 1 Grand Prix competition, one of the most popular races on the world F1 calendar; conversely, on May 13 lucky Ferrari owners will have a chance to participate in the exciting Ferrari Day rally which draws lovers of these “red” cars from all over the world.
Rosso Corsa (racing red) is the red international motor racing colour of cars as signed by FIA (Federazione Internazionale dell’Automobile) to Italian teams in the 1920s, during world competitions.