The Motorcycle and Car Museums in Italy
Italy is a country in love with speed! Ferrari is one of the most famous manufacturers in the world and Valentino Rossi, a MotoGP racer, needs no introduction to any Italian. Of course, with all this love, it’s not difficult to find museums completely dedicated to cars and motorcycles, Italian or not. Today, we will find out where the best motorcycle and car museums are located in Italy. Let’s get to to our Post: Shall we get to know the Motorcycle and Car Museums in Italy? Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams !!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
When talking to an Italian about cars and asking the first automotive brand that comes to mind, the direct and excited answer will be “Ferrari!” If you talk to this same Italian and ask for a famous name of a motorcycle racer, without thinking twice the answer will be “Valentino Rossi!” An Italian motorcycle brand? “Ducati!” . The passion for speed is in Italian blood! In fact, after football, two other very famous sports in Italy are F1 and MotoGP and it’s not hard to understand why: with great Italian drivers and brands present in various competitions, Italy has always been present in championships related to speed, and always had great results. Today we will find out where some of the many Italian museums dedicated to motorbikes and cars in Italy are located.
We’ll start with museums dedicated to two wheels: THE MOTORCYCLE MUSEUMS!
1) The Motorcycle Museums in Italy – MOTO GUZZI
Moto Guzzi – founded in 1993 on the initiative of three Rimini collectors, it houses 250 motorcycles from 65 different brands, divided by themes and eras, arranged in five rooms. The tour starts with the “pioneers”, the motorcycles from the late 800’s and goes until the 80’s, with the be-all and end-all of two-wheel engines. The museum is a historical, technical and cultural heritage and brings together many sports bikes, experimental prototypes and engines of unparalleled beauty! Also read our Post Traveling by Motorcycle through Italy!
Among the rare and unique exhibits, the first motorcycle built by Carlo Guzzi, in 1919 (the only one signed by GP (Guzzi-Parodi)), and a 1957 Otto Cilindri 500, born by the hands of the genius of Giulio Cesare Carcano, deserve to be highlighted. . The Guzzi Museum is located in the heart of the historic Mandello del Lario Factory, the same one that saw the birth of the myth of L’Aquila in 1921. In front of the exhibition center, there is a market dedicated to the exchange of accessories, which takes place every third Sunday of each month.
- Where it is: Via Emanuele Vittorio Parodi, 63/67 – Mandello del Lario LC, Italy.
- Hours: Monday to Friday, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm; in July, on the same days, but from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Not open days: April 21st and 22nd, April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd, August 3rd to 25th, November 1st, December 8th, December 21st to January 6th.
- Ticket price: free! Guided tour.
2) The Motorcycle Museums in Italy – DUCATI MUSEUM
Ducati Museum – perhaps one of the most beautiful in Italy. The Ducati Museum is a meeting of masterpieces throughout the history of the automaker! With a very clean environment, it doesn’t take long to understand that, there, the big stars are, in fact, the motorcycles! Ducati tells the story of its brand and the evolution of motorcycles in a beautiful way, with a language in shapes and colors that impress even those who are not in love with motorcycles. In addition to the history of their motorcycles, they tell a little more about the automaker’s participation in the Motorcycling Grand Prix, a little about the history of the riders who had the honor of driving a Ducati, the key moments for the company’s change and much more! “Style, Sophistication and Performance”, these are the words that Ducati itself uses to define its style and, we can assure you that they are not wrong!
- Where it is: Via Antonio Cavalieri Ducati, 3 – Bologna BO, Italy.
- Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- Ticket price: 17 euros.
- Ducati also offers other tours such as the Fisica Ducati, which is a kind of laboratory for Ducati motorcycles; and also offers a visit to its Factory. To visit Fisica Ducati, the ticket costs 35 euros, but entitles you to the Museum; if you want to visit the factory, it is necessary to make an online reservation and the ticket costs 32 euros – guided tours in English or Italian; Spanish, German and French, for groups only. The times are informed on the official page, but may change without notice.
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3) The Motorcycle Museums in Italy – NICOLIS MUSEUM
Nicolis Museum – here you will find more than 100 examples of historic motorcycles. One of the most interesting motorcycles is a 1919 motorcycle! There are motorcycles from BMW, Bianchi, Indian, Guzzi and many other brands! It’s hard to choose the prettiest one, but lovers of two wheels can try! In addition, the museum also features automobiles, musical instruments, bicycles and much more! A very worthwhile tour! It is a relatively new museum, opened in 2000, but has already established itself as one of the best Italian museums.
- Where it is: Viale Postumia, 37069 – Villafranca di Verona, Verona (VR), Italy.
- Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- Ticket price: 12 euros.
4) The Motorcycle Museums in Italy – NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
National Motorcycle Museum – one of the most celebrated Italian museums is the National Motorcycle Museum. In Rimini, since 1993, the Motorcycle Museum was the first museum of its kind in Italy open to the public. It tells, with fantastic examples, the history of the motorcycle from its origins until today. It has more than 250 samples from 55 different brands. Among one of the most valuable examples, a 1937 Moto Guzzi 500 GTV, which belonged to the artist Antonio Ligabue. Here are also the Grand Prix bikes and some prototypes. Brands such as Aermacchi, Benelli, BSA, Ducati, Frera, Harley Davidson, Henderson, Innocenti, Moto Guzzi, MV Agusta, Norton, Piaggio, Rudge and Triumph are present there and impress those who love two wheels or not.
- Where it is: Via Casalecchio, 58/N – Rimini (RN) Italy.
- Hours: in summer, every day from April 1st, from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. In winter, reservation only.
- Ticket price: 7 euros.
5) The Motorcycle Museums in Italy – SCOOTERS AND LAMBRETTA MUSEUM
Scooters and Lambretta Museum – it is one of the most charming museums, without a doubt! In 2001, Rodano promoted the creation of a permanent scooter museum, to collector Vittorio Tessera. A large area in a municipal building was provided for Vittorio, which, incredibly, brought together incredible specimens. With an area of over 800 square meters, the museum opened on January 21st, 2006, and consists of six rooms dedicated to the history of the scooter.
There are exhibits from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. Scooters are displayed according to geographic origin and the main hall is called the “arena”. There you can see the first scooter, built in October 1947, until the last one that rolled off the assembly line in April 1971. There are also some rare bikes dating back to 1800, all in perfect condition.
- Where it is: Via Kennedy, 38 – Rodano (MI), Italy.
- Hours: Monday to Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday for groups and with reservation.
- Ticket price: free.
Now we continue with the museums dedicated to the four wheels: THE CAR MUSEUMS!
1) The car Museums in Italy – FERRARI MUSEUM
Ferrari Museum (Modena and Maranello) – is undoubtedly the most beautiful when we talk about cars and classics! The famous Ferrari museum, or simply MEF (Museo Enzo Ferrari), combines the history of the Prancing Horse with environmental sustainability. Completely restored with a structure capable of reducing consumption and harmful emissions, it was (re)opened in 2012. With a very futuristic structure, it features historic, modern models, prototypes and competition champion cars guided by names like Michael Schumacher. The Maranello museum, on the other hand, is more focused on Ferrari racing cars. Both are beautiful!
- Where it is: Via Paolo Ferrari, 85 – Modena MO, Italy.
- Hours: from November to March, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm; and from April to October, from 9:30 am to 7:00 pm. It does not open on December 25th and January 1st.
- Admission fee: 24 euros, access to Modena Museum and Maranello Museum.
- Pair your visit with the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. It is possible to buy a ticket that gives access to both museums! It’s really worth it! Also read our dedicated post: Shall we have a test-drive in Maranello?
2) The car Museums in Italy – – LAMBORGHINI MUSEUM
Lamborghini Museum – say what about this FANTASTIC place? Lamborghini is another historic Italian brand when it comes to cars, and its museum, of course, is splendid! Lamborghini presents its visitors with history, iconic models and lots and lots of technology. It is one of the car manufacturers that has established itself and modernized itself over the years, investing more and more in the future. The so-called Mudetec (Technology Museum) offers an interactive experience and also a driving simulator, which expands the emotions and discovery of the cars shown there. The museum brings together the first visionary creations of the genius Ferruccio Lamborghini, such as the well-known Miura and Countach, to the brand’s most exclusive sports supercars, such as the Asterion, Centenario, Huracán Performante and Aventador SVJ. Is it worth the visit? YES!
- Where it is: Via Modena 12, Sant’Agata Bolognese (BO), Italy.
- Hours: must be chosen when purchasing the ticket; Tickets online only. Click here to buy!
- Ticket price: from 15 euros.
- You can buy admission to the museum only (15 euros); to the museum with a guide (20 euros) or to the museum and factory (75 euros).
3) The car Museums in Italy – ALFA ROMEO MUSEUM
Alfa Romeo Museum – another great Italian brand, of course, it also has an excellent museum! The museum tells the story of the brand whose main characteristics are beauty and speed. Since 1910, Alfa Romeo has established itself as one of the most beloved brands by Italians and ended up becoming world famous. With historic cars, it shows the evolution of its engines and models in a very elegant and authentic way, passing through memorable moments for both the factory and its fans.
- Where it is: Viale Alfa Romeo, 20020 – Arese (MI), Italy.
- Hours: Wednesday to Monday, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- Ticket price: 12 euros.
4) The car Museums in Italy – MAUTO MUSEUM
MAUTO (Museo Automobile Torino) – Inaugurated in 1932 with the idea of two pioneers of national motoring, Cesare Goria Gatti and Roberto Biscaretti di Ruffia (who was the first president of Turin Automobile Club and one of the founders of Fiat), the museum has almost 200 original cars, from the most different eras. It brings together brands from countries such as Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Poland and the United States. It was renovated in 2011, and was also one of the first to offer visitors a truly interactive experience. It was already voted one of the best museums in the world in 2013.
- Where it is: Corso Unità d’Italia, 40 – Turin (TO), Italy.
- Hours: Monday, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Tuesday to Sunday, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
- Ticket price: 13 euros.
5) The car Museums in Italy – MILLE MIGLIA MUSEUM
Mille Miglia Museum – The Museum opened to the public in 2004 and preserves the history of an extraordinary race, the Mille Miglia! The Mille Miglia, or the Thousand Miles, was a circular race, with the departure from Brescia and the arrival in the same city after the competitors had passed through Rome, the route was about 1600 km long which was the equivalent of about a thousand imperial miles, hence the name. The museum brings together historic cars from this famous race thanks to the commitment of private collectors and the collaboration of other historic car museums. They managed to put together amazing cars and offer the visitor a set of real machines that made the Brescia-Roma-Brescia triangular race have the respect it has today!
- Where it is: Viale della Bornata, 123 – Brescia, Italy.
- Hours: every day, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
- Ticket price: 10 euros.
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