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Driving a Ferrari in Italy – The Ultimate Ferrari Experience

When you think of luxury Italian cars, three legendary names come to mind, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. Which one is the best? In a heartbeat we say Ferrari! What is there not to love about Ferrari cars? In my (Christina) opinion, Ferraris are the sexiest car on the planet. For some, owning a Ferrari is only a dream, a SWEET dream, but that is all. We know it is just a dream for us. However, we a dream we could make come true… driving a Ferrari in Italy! A bucket list item on my very long list. Who can blame me though? That is an awesome bucket list item and I am happy to say, we were able to make my dream of driving a Ferrari in Italy come true! Really, what could be more thrilling during a trip to Italy, than driving a Ferrari?

 

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2 Ways of Driving a Ferrari in Italy

Do you feel the need, the need for speed?!? Visitors yearning to drive a Ferrari in Italy can achieve this in two different ways – test drive on the open road or burn rubber on a race track. You really cannot go wrong with either choice. At the end of either driving experience, we bet your heart will be pounding and your hands shaking.

 

Driving a Ferrari on the Open Road

The two most popular cities to drive a Ferrari on the open road in Italy are Maranello and Florence. The options are almost endless, you can drive a Ferrari for a duration of 2 miles (4km) to almost 14 miles (22km) or 10 minutes up to 2 hours! During your test drive, there will be an expert instructor guiding you through the rolling hills and winding roads of Italy. Hopefully watching out for police officers too, though we were told that the police typically let Ferraris go – that’s Italy for you! The longer your test drive, the longer your guided route will be. In some Ferrari models, you are also able to have an additional guest in the car (prices may occur).

Driving a Ferrari on the open roads of Italy are for those wanting that luxury feel. Though you are driving in a sports car that can reach up to 208 mph, chances are you may not be reaching top speed because of the winding roads. However, you will be driving in Italy where the beautiful landscape is surrounding you on the most blissful drive of your entire life.

Prices start as low as $70 and can get as high as $1,500.

 

Driving a Ferrari on a Race Track

For those wanting the most thrilling Ferrari experience, you need to drive on a race track. Pack your racing gloves because this motorsport experience is an adrenaline rush on steroids! We chose to fulfill my dream of driving a Ferrari in Italy at a race track just south of Milan. With that said, after enjoying a full day of sightseeing in Milan, driving a Ferrari at a nearby race track is the perfect way to finish a trip to Milan.

Driving a Ferrari in Italy on one of their beautiful race tracks are for thrill seekers and car racing lovers. Though you have the track to yourself, driving on a race track is a completely different feeling than the open road. Open road is calm, the race track is exhilarating. Not only are you driving a Ferrari in Italy, but you are also learning how to drive on a race track and hitting the gas on the straightaways.

 

We booked my Ferrari driving experience with Racing in Italy at Castelletto Circuit – Motodromo Autodromo. The experience includes a 30 minute briefing of the race course, 1 lap in the passenger seat with the instructor driving, 3 laps with the Ferrari 458 as the driver and a video of your experience. The expert instructors do an excellent job of teaching the drivers how to drive on a race track. It is not just about turning the wheel in the right direction. I learned race lingo (which made me feel like a pro), when to brake and how to turn properly like a professional race track driver.

 

My Ferrari Driving Experience

My instructor, Oren, drove the first few turns slowly so that I could learn and see the proper driving techniques. Then he drove fast and it was a lot of fun being in the passenger seat. After our first lap, I got into the driver seat and my real fun began. The first lap was all about getting acquainted and the jitters out. During every turn Oren would guide me with the driving lingo, so that I was making my sharp turns. Second time around I had a real groove going and by the third lap Oren just let me do my thing.

The straightaway is the best part of the track because you floor it till you have to brake. I was able to easily break 100mph! Making the turns while driving fast was just as fun as the straightaway. Overall the Castelletto Circuit was a great course, it’s a 1.2mile (2km) race track with 16 turns and a single 450meter straightaway. My only wish, is that the straightaway was longer because I was never able to hit over 100mph since I had to slow down for the turn. Though it is thrilling, it is also really scary!

 

This was without a doubt, the most exhilarating experience of my life. When I was driving on the race track and flooring it after my turns, the sound of the Ferrari’s engine sounded like music to my ears. The adrenaline rush from the speed of the Ferrari alone was also very addicting. I cannot recommend this experience of driving a Ferrari in Italy at a race track enough.

The Cherry on Top

Another dream of mine had always been to model with a Ferrari super car. What can I say? I LOVE Ferraris! So in addition to the best driving experience, I was also able to have a photo shoot with my Ferrari 458. My modeling career started and ended that day. Racing in Italy does a phenomenal job creating a personal experience for their guests.

 

Their package rate for this driving experience is very reasonable and worth every penny. I left Racing in Italy with one of the biggest smiles of my life and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Racing in Italy
Via vedano 5 Monza, Italy 
+39-02-8088-9801 
 [email protected]
Price: €230
http://www.racinginitaly.com

 

Bonus Lap –  Ferrari Museums

If you cannot get enough of Ferraris, then we recommend you visit the Ferrari Museums. There are two, one in Maranello and one in Modena. The museums are very close to each other, only 25 minutes away by car. So it is easy to enjoy both museums to make the most out of your ultimate Ferrari experience in Italy.

 

Enzo Ferrari Museum

The Enzo Ferrari Museum is located in Modena and focuses on Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the Ferrari sports car marque. The museum is comprised of two buildings, one is the house and workshop that belonged to Enzo Ferrari’s father and a newly designed building next door. It is only fitting that this museum showcases Enzo’s life and his work building the best sports car manufacture in the world. The house features an audio-visual show to tell the story of Enzo’s 90 year life. The workshop is a museum of Ferrari engines and the new building which boasts 65,000 ft has an extensive gallery displaying some of the most noteworthy Ferrari automobiles. Visitors can see some of Ferrari’s most rare cars from the 1950s, Formula One race cars and today’s more recent sports cars.

photo courtesy of Flickr by Gord Webster

 

Via Paolo Ferrari, 85, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
+39 059 4397979
Open daily except December 25 and January 1
November – March: 9:30am – 6:00pm
April – October 9:30am – 7:00pm
Price: €16.00 for adults, €14.00 for seniors over 65 years, €6.00 for 19 years and younger 
Tickets for both museums: €26.00 for adults, €22.00 for seniors over 65 years, €10.00 for 19 years and younger 
https://musei.ferrari.com/en/modena

 

Ferrari Museum

The Ferrari Museum is located in Maranello and focuses on the story and evolution of Ferrari automobiles, from the streets to the circuits this museum covers it all. Visitors see the transition of Ferrari street cars by walking through the exhibit and viewing the beautiful models up close. From the hot red, to lightning yellow and cool blue – the museum showcases Ferrari cars in all of the luxury colors.

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The best car, my dream car – the Enzo Ferrari, isn’t she a beauty?

Another part of the museum showcases the Ferrari Formula One automobiles, the trophies won over the centuries and photographs of some of the most notable Ferrari drivers.

 

Via Alfredo Dino Ferrari, 43, 41053 Maranello MO, Italy
+39 0536 949713
Open daily except December 25 and January 1
November – March: 9:30am – 6:00pm
April – October 9:30am – 7:00pm
Price: €16.00 for adults, €14.00 for seniors over 65 years, €6.00 for 19 years and younger 
Tickets for both museums: €26.00 for adults, €22.00 for seniors over 65 years, €10.00 for 19 years and younger
https://musei.ferrari.com/en/maranello 

 

 

Do you feel the need for speed yet? I always do and I hope you enjoyed my ultimate Ferrari experience in Italy! I cannot express enough how exhilarating and fun it is to drive a Ferrari in Italy. The bonus lap was being able to see over 30 Ferrari cars at the Ferrari Museum, which I also highly recommend.

 

Ciao!

Christina (+ Adam)