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Along the via Emilia, a historical street that cuts through Emilia Romagna, one can find some of the most unique “motor” places in the world.


Who has never heard of Ferrari Museum before? Located in Maranello, near Modena, the Museum  tells the story of one of the most prestigious Italian automobile houses. And in the enormous and colorful Ferrari Store, everyone can find a “piece” of the Ferrari world. Celebrating the tradition of cars in Modena is also the beautiful MEF-Museum Casa Enzo Ferrari, opened in March 2012. This recently restored structure commemorates Enzo Ferrari in the house where he was born, with an exhibition which tells about the most important events of his extraordinary life, with the support of modern multimedia. There is also an art gallery, which is currently hosting temporary exhibitions about Ferrari's career and cars, and the main stars and competitions of this Modena brand of race cars.


Casoni - Ferrari


But the motorist patrimony of Modena does not stop here.  In the past, it boasted such names as Maserati, Pagani Automobili, B. G. Engineering, De Tomaso, and Bugatti, and today hosts two very important museums.  The Umberto Panini Museum of Vintage Cars and Motorcycles offers one of the most complete displays of Maserati cars in the world, including the A6GCS Berlinetta Pininfarina, only four models of which were made, and that, with its “boat-like” build, won three Mille Miglia races.

Then there is also the Stanguellini Historic Automobile Museum, where one can look back over the automobile creations of this family of historic car-builders and admire their most beautiful vehicles together with vintage motors, accessories, photographs, magazines and marketing materials.

In Sant’Agata Bolognese (BO), in the evocative structure of the Lamborghini Museum, many of the historic autos are on display, from the 60s to today, from the 350 GT to the Countach, from the Miura to the Espada and the Diablo models, all the way up to the most recent versions.  There are also some Formula One vehicles, marine motors and little models from all over the world.

Among the most important car collections in Italy, that of Mario Righini must be included; it is located inside the Panzano Castle in Castelfranco Emilia (MO).  This medieval castle, which belongs to the Malvasia family, makes a nice frame for a large part of Italian automobile history, besides housing an impressive motorcycle collection as well.

Cucciolo DucatiIn Bologna, there is the Ducati Museum.  Inaugurated in 1998, it is a really concentrated representation of the Ducati identity.  The main exhibition, focused on passion for racing, makes for very good reading and is accompanied by chronological and thematic information.  Fans can look back on the historic phases of the company and also visit the factory.

In Rimini, the National Motorcycle Museum presents two hundred fifty examples of motorcycles from sixty-five different makers, divided up by theme and epoch, in an informative journey that goes from the “pioneers” at the end of the 1800s to the 1980s with the Rimini Bimota.  There is also the Guzzi 500 belonging to the painter Ligabue.


In Coriano, in the hills near Rimini, you can visit “La Storia del Sic”, the museum dedicated to the sport career and life of Marco Simoncelli.  In three themed rooms, through helmets, riding suits, motorcycles and many images, the story of this Romagna champion is told, from racing in the 125 cc to the Moto GP.

Public and private museums

Little Motorcycle Museum
This museum explains the mass motorization phenomenon right after WWII, 1945-1965.
Via S. Giuseppe, 16/A - Guastalla (Reggio Emilia)
Tel. 0522 824064 - Cell. 3388969989. Visits by reservation only.

Via Barbieri 12 - San Martino in Rio (Reggio Emilia)
Tel 0522 636133
Opening hours: every Friday and Monday from 9pm to midnight, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 12pm, Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm and from 3.30pm to 6.30pm; other days only by appointment.  Calling before visiting is recommended.

MEF- Museum Casa Enzo Ferrari
Tel. 059 4397979
Via Paolo Ferrari, 85 - Modena
Opening hours: every day from 9.30 to 18.00


Ferrari Museum
Tel. 053 6943204
Via Dino Ferrari, 43 - Maranello (Modena)
Opening hours: every day from 9.30 to 18.00


Museo Ducati
Via Cavalieri Ducati, 3 - Bologna
Tel. 051 6413343
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday, two guided visits from 11.00 to 16.00
Saturday from 9.30 to 13.00; visits by appointment.


Museo Lamborghini
Tel. 051 6817611
Via Modena, 12 - Sant'Agata Bolognese (Bologna)
Opening hours: from April 1 to October 31 from Monday to Sunday from 9.30am to 7.00pm; from November 1 until December 31 from Monday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 6.00pm. Closed on May 1, August 15, December 24, 25, 31.

Museo del Patrimonio Industriale
(The industrial history of Bologna )
Tel. 051 6356611
Via della Beverara, 123 - Bologna
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9.00-13.00. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 15.00-18.00. Closed on Mondays, at Christmas, New Year's Eve, the 1st of May and Holidays during the week.

Museo Demm Motociclomotoristico
Via Mazzini, 230/a - 40046 Porretta Terme (Bologna)
Tel. +39 0534-60248
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 9.00 am-12.00 and 3.00 pm-7.00 pm - Week days by appointment only.


Via Galliera, 317 - Funo di Argelato (Bologna)
Tel. +39 051 862628
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00-12.30  and 14.00-17.30; on Sundays by appointment only  for groups over 10 people; closed from 10 to 24 August.

Museo Francesco Baracca
Historical museum dedicated to the famous aviator of World War I
Via Baracca, 65 - Lugo (Ravenna)
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00-12.00 - 16.00 - 18.00. Closed on Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, August 15th, December 25th


Via Casalecchio, 58/N - Rimini
Tel. 0541 731096
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00-12.30 and 15.00-19.00, Monday closed.


Maranello Rosso Museum
Strada dei Censiti, 21 - Falciano - Repubblica di San Marino
Tel. 0549 970614
Opening hours: February to November; Monday to Friday from 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00,
visits on Saturdays and Sundays by appointment.

Museo del Sic dedicated to Marco Simoncelli

c/o Palazzo della Cultura, Via Garibaldi 127 - Coriano

Tel. 0541658100

Opening hours: from January 9 until the end of March, from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am-12.30pm and 3.00pm-7.00pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays.  From April to May, from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am-12.30pm and 3.00pm-7.00pm, closed on Mondays.


Private Collections

Strada Parma, 3 - 43013 Pilastro di Langhirano (Parma)
Cell. 337989524 e-mail:
Opening hours: visits upon reservation. Free entry.


Collezione Nello Salsapariglia
Via Lazzaretti, 3 - 42011 Pieve Rossa di Bagnolo in Piano (Reggio Emilia)
Cell. 335 8430203

Collezione "Old Racing Spare Parts" di Mario Sassi
via Santa Rizza, 28/3 - 42013 Casalgrande (Reggio Emilia)
Tel. +39 0522 999179 - Cell. + 39 338 3228402
Opening hours: visits upon reservation. Groups within 20 people are admitted.

Museo dell'Automobile
Via Barbieri 12 - San Martino in Rio (Reggio Emilia)
Tel 0522 636133
Opening hours: Fridays from 21.00 to 24.00
, other days only by appointment.

Museo dell'Auto e Moto d'epoca Panini - Collezione Maserati
Via Corletto, 320 - Azienda Agricola Hombre - Cittanova (Modena)
Opening hours: Visits by appointment, when contacting the museum at least ten days before. From Monday to Friday.


Museo dell'Auto Storica Stanguellini
c/o Sede Concessionaria FIAT Modena
Via Emilia Est 756 - Modena
Tel. 059-361105
Opening hours: visits only by appointment.

Collezione Righini
c/o Castello di Panzano, via Nino Bixio, 12 - 41013 Panzano di Castelfranco Emilia (Modena)
Tel. +39 051 733309
Opening hours: visits by appointment. Free entrance.


Collezione Parmeggiani

For information and reservations:
Info Point Terra di Motori c/o Museo Ferrari, Via Dino Ferrari 43 - 41053 Maranello (Modena)
Tel +39 0536 073036

Collezione Ascari

For information and reservations:
Room Rental La Corte dei Sogni, Stradello Romano 8 - 41122 Fossalta (Modena)
Tel +39 059.283138


Collezione storica del trasporto pubblico ATC
(Historical collection of ATC's public transportation)
It is one of the few Italian collections on industrial archeology connected to public transportation
Via Bigari,1/A - Bologna
Tel. 051 379006
Opening hours: visits only by appointment

Collezione Bruno Nigelli
C/O NIFO, via Venturi, 3 - 40050 San Martino in Casola - Monte San Pietro (BO)
Tel 051 6766792
Opening hours: visits by appointment only.

Collezione Battilani
via Poiano, 1/b - 40026 Imola (Bologna)
Tel: +39 0542 640961
Opening hours: visits upon reservation.


Collezione Vespa Mauro Pascoli
via Faentina, 175/a - 48124 c/o Centro MIR, Ravenna
Tel. +39 0544 502078
Opening hours: visits by appointment only. Open Monday to Friday.


Collezione dell'Automobile Bandini
Sede: via del Braldo, 80 - 47121 Rovere (Forlì-Cesena)
Tel. +39 0543 67448
Opening hours: every morning (also Saturdays and Sundays) by appointment.
Last modified Apr 23, 2018

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