What's the purpose of loving cars, you may ask, without the least bit of an aspiration to hop on your favourite one and drive across new lands? With so many interesting places right behind the sea, an European tour sounds almost natural for any petrolhead that praises as such in the United Kingdom. Certainly, the experience of driving around Europe, taking some days to hit the road and see so many different places and meet people, is something you should never skip. At least once in your life you need to do it, so you can experience the possibilities of driving, even the life-changing power of a car, more than any other way in the world.
So where to go? Car lovers will definitively include Italy in their top list of priorities, because man, do the Italian people know how to buld a car. Italian family names are all around the place when it comes to quality engines and breathtaking designs. Race cars, sportscars, luxury cars, and all the good choices you can make, are likely to have an Italian name stamped over it. So you definitively want to visit Italy on your trip to Europe. And if you are a race car enthusiast, you have for sure heard of Modena, the cradle of Ferrari. So here is a list of places you can visit to please your taste. Head to Modena, spend a couple days there, and don't forget to check out these spots that are listed below. You wouldn't forgive yourself if you missed at least one of them!
Let's start with the first word that pops up in the mind of any car lover when we mention this Italian city: Ferrari. One of the most widespread race car brands, and by very good own merit, was born in this very place. You should spare a couple hours to visit the Ferrari museum. If you love cars at least a little bit, you will feel in Heaven by just being here. You can see a variety of historic models with your very own eyes, from the first models to the most modern engines and entire vehicles that have been into competition. Learn, or rediscover, the history of countless champions who have raced in one of those cars, and see the history of the brand from the inside. It is basically mandatory for you that you give the F1 Simulator a try, so you can feel that you are actually racing on a Ferrari in a real F1 court.
You sould also visit the Stanguellini factory, and see where these world know engines are made. There is a display of cars and plenty of information on the family and the history of this company and the impact it has had on the world. And speaking of car displays, you for sure need to check out the Museo Panini, a huge collection of cars gathered after years of dedicated collectionism by Umberto Panini, himself a well known Cheese farmer.
And if you want to see the beasts run, then head straight to the Modena circuit track, known as the Autodromo di Modena. You will see heart racing displays of power and speed, so make sure to save an afternoon or two to check out this ride. Races are held constantly so make sure to book in advance and check the schedule so you can witness your favourite machines doing what they do best.
Modena has so many things to offer to car lovers that we could stay here all day, talking about the museums, the tracks, and the centuries of combined history. But let's not forget that Modena is a very lovely town in itself, so if you want to give your brain a little rest from the engines, make sure to hop on your car and drive around the countryside. Modena is also very famous for its local productions of cheese, ham and balsamic vinegar, so why not book a guided tour on some of its most famous local farms? You can see the productive process, learn about the history of Modena's most famous products, and taste memorable cheeses, balsamic vinegars and more. There are services like Emilia Delizia that will take care of everything for you. They organize guided tours through farms, plantations and productive plants, so all you have to do is book with them and choose your favourite circuit. They can pick you up at the hotel, or you can choose to drive your own car to the site.
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