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The best things to do in
Maranello

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Located in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Maranello is one of the most interesting towns in the whole of Italy. While the town’s name doesn’t immediately spring to mind when thinking about the great historical attractions of the country, the city is well-known to those living inside and outside of Italy thanks to cars.

Maranello is home to the world-famous Ferrari and the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One team. The town is a top destination for many Formula One, and Ferrari fans, and thousands of tourists visit the Ferrari Museum and take the factory tour each year. But it isn’t just Ferrari who calls the location home. The region is also home to other famous automakers, including Lamborghini, Maserati, and Pagani.

There is more to do than just explore the wonders of Ferrari and other automakers while in Maranello. The nearby cities of Bologna and Modena provide travelers with an assortment of sights and exceptional cuisine. There is no holiday destination quite like Italy. Here are the best places to visit and things to do in Maranello:

Some of the best things to do in Maranello

Ferrari Museum and Factory Tour

Ferrari Museum and Factory Tour

After learning about the company, visitors can enjoy an espresso at the museum’s café or search for a cool souvenir from the shop. You can also embark on the factory tour. The shuttle bus tour will take you to the Fiorano race track and into the heart of the Ferrari Factory. Visitors will remain on the shuttle during the tour as a guide explains the amazing history of the Italian car maker.

Lamborghini Museum

Lamborghini Museum

As the museum’s website says, it is an experience that will take you to the heart of Lamborghini. The museum was only opened in 2016, so it is still quite new. Inside, you will find a legacy of amazing sports cars. You can also pick up the latest Lamborghini merchandise from the museum’s store.

Bologna

Bologna

The Torre Degli Asinelli is one of Bologna’s leaning towers, and you can climb to the top of it to see a bird’s eye view of the city. Bologna is also home to some of the best museums and galleries in Italy, and each offers the chance to explore the city’s rich history.

Modena

Modena

Modena is also located in Emilia-Romagna, and it is an easy day trip for anyone staying near Maranello. Many of Modena’s historic buildings are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However, the city is far more famous due to it being the birthplace of Enzo Ferrari.

One of the most popular destinations in Modena is the Torre Ghirlandina. The slightly off-center tower rises 88 meters into the sky and overlooks Piazza del Torre. It is worth the climb to the top as its views of Modena are breathtaking.

Although Modena isn’t as well-known as Bologna, it is gorgeous in its own right. Plenty of historic buildings, spacious piazzas and grandiose cathedrals are located in this remarkable Italian city.

Autodromo Di Modena

Autodromo Di Modena

If you're curious about driving on a race track, why not head to Autodromo Di Modena? There, you can hire a GT car and drive on the circuit. You can also take your own car or motorbike and test it out on the circuit. It is a great way to experience a real race track, even if you are only a novice driver. You can also take a specialized sports driving course at the track. It will teach you the secrets used by elite race car drivers

Horacio Pagani Museum

Horacio Pagani Museum

The museum also has plenty of information about its founder, Horacio Pagani, so any fan of the combustion engine should consider stopping by the museum. Something worth noting is that the Pagani factory is in the same location, so you may be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of an unannounced hypercar returning to the factory after a test drive. We certainly did during our visit.

Salse di Nirano

Salse di Nirano

If you're up for a bit of a geological expedition, the town of Fiorano Modenese has something interesting for you. Just 8 minutes away from Maranello, between the Chianca and Fossa rivers, is the quiet Riserva Naturale Salse di Nirano nature reserve. It hosts a set of intriguing mud volcanos known as Salse di Nirano. Mud volcanoes are landforms originating from the eruption of mud from rising water mixed with hydrocarbons and other liquids. Salse di Nirano is considered to be one of Europe's most complex examples of mud volcanoes.

Castello di Levizzano

Castello di Levizzano

Only 14 minutes away from Maranello, Castello di Levizzano (Levizzano Castle) is located on a walled elevation in Levizzano Rangone. Initially used as a military fortress for protection against invading Hungarians, it was later converted to a residence after the Bishop of Modena gave it to the Marquis Bonifacio of Tuscany. Subsequent renovations and restoration efforts have resulted in a mix of different architectural styles in the castle as it currently stands.

Today, Levizzano Castle attracts local and foreign tourists curious to learn about these chapters of its past. The castle has several parts to explore, including Stanze dei Vescovi on the ground floor with an elaborate fresco ceiling dating back to the 16th century, the courtyard, and gardens. The main attraction is the Matildic Tower, which also served as a chapel before it was deconsecrated.

Also present in the castle is the Rosso Graspa Museum of Wine and Rural Society, which displays various ancient agricultural tools, many of which were used for grape processing.

Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti

Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti

The Pavarotti Home Museum (Casa Museo Luciano Pavarotti) is only 15 minutes away from the center of Maranello. It offers visitors an opportunity to discover more information about the maestro's life. The house was specifically designed according to Pavarotti's instructions and currently has a collection of opera costumes he used on display. Other exhibits include photographs, videos and the numerous awards he won during his lifetime. While visiting, you should stop by the Ristorante Pavarotti next door for some exquisite Italian cuisine.

Imola Circuit

Imola Circuit

After several redevelopments and safety updates, the track is now a regular circuit on the Formula One calendar. It also hosts world superbikes and GT racing. Despite being modernized, Imola maintains most of its classic feel and is well worth a day trip.

 

Maranello’s location in the Motor Valley gives you the chance to visit some of the most iconic auto factories and museums in the world. With Bologna and Modena nearby, combining a great Italian holiday with a need for speed isn’t difficult.


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Tortellini

Local Favorite: Tortellini

Tortellini is a popular authentic dish found around the Maranello area. Ring-shaped pieces of pasta are stuffed full of meat such as pork, prosciutto, or mortadella. In addition, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, nutmeg, and eggs are added before the dish gets served in a broth. You can buy freshly made tortellini at markets around Maranello to cook at home. But many restaurants in Maranello make their own freshly made tortellini every day. According to legend, an innkeeper from a small town outside of Bologna created tortellini after being inspired by Venus's navel. The innkeeper was so spellbound by Venus's naval that he rushed to the kitchen to cook.

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