Maranello, Italy

There’s only one reason to visit Maranello right?  We arrived at the free stopover at about midday and had a rushed cheese and biscuit lunch.  Then on the bikes and a 3km easy ride to the Ferrari factory and museum. The museum is good – it’s not as big as the main Ferrari museum in Modena, but we could not arrange a stopover for Modena.  An easy afternoon looking at many millions of euros of Ferrari masterpieces including a collection of Michael Schumacher F1 winning cars. We decided not to do the factory tour – it doesn’t actually go inside any buildings – Ferrari keep what goes on in the factories top secret!

There are quite a few companies around the factory and museum offering Ferrari driving experiences.  It’s probably saved us 1000€ that T driving license was stolen in Rome! Instead, a ride on the F1 simulator was enough followed by a peek over the fence at the Fiorano test track.

Then back to the van for evening meal and a great chat with a brit couple who are also on a gap tour.  They are a lot younger than us and travelling in a converted mobile library truck along with a 2 and 5-year-old. They are heading east where we are heading west.

Next morning and a quick look at the cemetery next to the camperstop and then off – 170km to the next stop!