Maranello is a town in the province of Modena, in Emilia Romagna. It is famous for being the home of sport cars manufacturer Ferrari. In Maranello Ferrari has its manufacturing plant, the headquarters of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula One racing team, the Fiorano testing circuit and the Ferrari museum.
If you are Ferrari lovers and are planning a long distance transfer between Milan and Florence you could include a stop in Maranello in it. Visits to the factory are reserved to Ferrari owners only but the Ferrari museum is open to everyone. The visit to the museum also includes a short ride in a shuttle inside the manufacturing plant area but you will be able to see only the exterior of the facilities.
Near the entrance of the Ferrari museum there are a couple of companies that own Ferrari cars and offer test drives on the local public roads. If you are really crazy about sport cars you could also ask your driver to take you to Sant’Agata Bolognese and visit the Lamborghini factory and museum; the drive from Maranello to Sant’Agata Bolognese is about 45 minutes. And for fans of fast motorbikes it is also possible to visit Ducati in Bologna.
If you are looking for other things to do around that area we suggest the House Museum of Luciano Pavarotti where you could also have lunch at his restaurant Europa 92. Modena is also famous for the production of balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese. There are many “acetaie” and cheese production factories open for visits and tastings; we suggest Malpighi or San Donnino for the balsamic vinegar and San Silvestro for the parmesan cheese.