An Automobile Enthusiast's Dream Italian Vacation

Italy is a fantastic destination for car enthusiasts of all types. Incorporate one into your stay, or turn them all into a truly amazing experience.


Most people know that Italy is home to the famous automobile makers Ferrari and Lamborghini, among others, but there are many reasons that the country is a fantastic destination for car enthusiasts of all types. The unique experiences below can be included in an Italy luxury tour itinerary along with food, wine, history and culture. Or, they can be strung together for an automobile lover’s Italy vacation.

Visit the factory floor of Ferrari, Lamborghini or Pagani.

The “big three” car companies of Ferrari (Maranello), Lamborghini (Sant’Agata Bolognese), Pagani (Panaro) all have museums in the area near Modena, which is often referred to as Motor Valley. Alfa Romeo (Arese) also has a museum nearby.  Visiting the car museums is fairly straightforward: visitors need to check opening hours and days, which is information easily found online.

However, visiting a car maker’s factory floor is not as simple. Only Ferrari owners can visit the Ferrari factory floor, even though the museum advertises a “Factory and Track tour” (a 45-minute bus tour during which guests don’t get off the bus). Automobile enthusiasts will be happy to know that Lamborghini and Pagani offer actual tours of their factory floors, and there’s no need to own an actual Lamborghini. But, the tours are not joinable at the last minute, and time slots are not published online. Requests must be made via the car maker’s museum websites or with your Villa Ardore Personal Tuscany Stay Planner months in advance and are only available on weekdays.

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Take a drive on the Stelvio Pass.

This is one of the most scenic drives in the world and offers an exhilarating experience for car enthusiasts.  Stelvio Pass is famous for its stunning scenery and as a dream road come true for motoring enthusiasts. It is a mountain pass located in picturesque northern Italy bordering Switzerland. One can enjoy this pass at all times of the year. At the top is one of the few locations for summer skiing with hotels nearby offering year-round accommodation.

The Alps of Europe are utterly stunning and are world-famous for a reason. The Stelvio Pass is certainly one of the most stunning drives for those seeking an unforgettable road trip through Europe. In America, there are also many superb roads one can travel by motorcycle, but if in Europe be sure to put the Stelvio Pass on the bucket list.

Attend the Mille Miglia.

This is a historic endurance race that takes place in Italy each year and attracts vintage car enthusiasts from all over the world.  The Mille Miglia is much more than just a road race; it is a celebration of Italy's rich automotive heritage and a tribute to the golden age of motoring. Participants and spectators alike enjoy the atmosphere of the rally, which is characterized by camaraderie, sportsmanship, and a passion for classic cars.

Whether you're a classic car enthusiast, a motorsports fan, or simply someone who loves Italy, the Mille Miglia is an unforgettable experience. The rally combines the thrill of driving with the beauty of the Italian countryside, making it one of the world's most popular and prestigious classic car events.


Take a drive on the Amalfi Coast.

This scenic drive along the Mediterranean coastline is a must-do for car enthusiasts and offers breathtaking views.  Rugged cliffs and sparkling blue waters are characteristic of the Amalfi Coast’s natural beauty. You'll be treated to stunning views around every bend, with colorful towns perched on the cliffs and lush greenery covering the hillsides.  

Stop at one of its charming towns, each with its own unique character. Some of the most popular include Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello. You can stop in each town to explore the winding streets, shop for local crafts, and sample the delicious local cuisine.

The Amalfi Coast is home to several historic sites, including the Cathedral of Amalfi and the Villa Rufolo in Ravello. These sites offer a glimpse into the region's rich history and culture.

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Visit the Ducati Museum in Bologna.

Discover the history of this legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer and see some of its most iconic models on display. The Ducati Museum is intentionally designed to tell the story of the company along three different routes: the Ducati road motorcycles that marked the different eras, the Ducati racing bikes parade, the timeline of Ducati Moments, or milestones in the company's history. Located at the Ducati Factory headquarters, the 1000 sq/mt Ducati Museum highlights 50 years of racetracks heritage.

From these narrative courses emerges a synergy of road and racing bikes based on the credo of the entire Ducati production: Style, Sophistication, Performance. Trust.

These are just a few examples, but Italy has much more to offer car enthusiasts. Whether you're interested in visiting museums, taking scenic drives, or attending car-related events, Italy is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.