Italy is home to some of the world’s best automobile makers, such as Lamborghini and Ferrari, making it an excellent destination for car lovers.
When visiting Italy, car enthusiasts should centre their holiday around car-inspired adventures. Whether that’s driving in a Mini around Turin, experiencing the Italian Grand Prix, going for a classic road trip to the Amalfi Coast, or visiting the Ferrari Factory in Modena, these car-inspired holidays are a must for every car enthusiast.
1. Drive Mini’s Around Turin
If you’ve watched the movie “The Italian Job”, then you’re probably thinking about driving a Mini Cooper as you explore beautiful Italian cities, like Turin. While there are several popular movies about heists, the Italian Job stands out from the rest because of its use of the Mini Cooper as a getaway vehicle. Belonging to the BMW family, the Minis are subcompact cars that have become popular worldwide. If you want to experience how it feels driving this car on the roads of Italy, then you should consider renting a mini on your driving holiday in Turin.
Located in northern Italy, Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region, filled with charm, atmosphere, and beauty. It’s famous for its refined architecture and delicious cuisines. Along its beautiful streets, you will find stately Baroque buildings, cosy cafes, and excellent restaurants.
If you have plenty of time, go on a one-week driving holiday across the Northern Italian cities of Turin, Milan, Verona, Venice, and Como, all are within the 400 km straight line. As you drive along Italy’s northern regions, you’ll discover charming Italian countryside, smaller villages, and other hidden gems. While covering this route for one week is possible, you can choose to extend it to ten days, two weeks, and even more, depending on how much time you have available.
2. Experience the Monza F1
Watching the famous F1 race is a dream for many car enthusiasts. So, why don’t you schedule your holiday to Italy during the Italian Grand Prix? Grab a couple of Italian F1 tickets and head to Monza, one of the world’s most iconic racetracks, the race will see rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen battling on track again.
The 2022 F1 Grand Prix is scheduled from September 8 until September 11. If you’re interested in attending the race, it may be best to avail of the Ticket Packages. These packages include select grandstand seats, all-inclusive hospitality at the Champions Club and the Formula 1 Paddock Club, along with other unique benefits!
While in Monza, take time to explore the city as well. Located close to Milan, Monza is home to a few historical sites, such as the Monza Cathedral, Royal Villa, IL Teatro Theatre, and more. Close to the Monza Cathedral, you’ll find a Town Hall built around the middle of the 13th Century. For many centuries, it was used as the seat of the government. It is now located in the heart of a colourful historical district, lying next to the many historic buildings built from the Middle Ages.
Another architectural marvel in Monza is the Villa Reale, set in a beautiful park. Visitors can stroll through the park and marvel at the old palace. Within the old palace walls, you’ll find many unique design elements, including medieval furniture and old frescoes. There are also unique murals adorning its walls and ceiling. Here, you can admire the antique stuccoes and appreciate the grandiose chandeliers.
3. Take a Classic Car to the Amalfi Coast
Driving a classic car along the picturesque roads of Italy is a dream of many car enthusiasts. Since road tripping is a popular activity in Italy, you’ll easily find car rental companies that offer rental services for classic cars. Imbued with charm and elegance, you get to choose from different car models, from Mercedes Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, and Jaguar. These companies can send over a staff to accompany you along the route, offer assistance on the road, or recommend places and interesting routes. One of the most popular routes for a driving holiday in Italy is along the Amalfi Coast.
Located along Italy’s southwestern shores, the Amalfi Coast is renowned for its dramatic and rugged coastline, surrounded by cliffs that are dotted with pastel-coloured villages. A favourite among holidaymakers, one of the best ways to discover the Amalfi Coast is to drive along its scenic road. Your journey will require driving along the Costiera Amalfitana (SS163), which weaves its way along the Italian coastline for more than 60 km starting at Sorrento and towards Vietri Sul Mare. This scenic coastal road links the charming towns of Positano, Praiano, Ravello and, the Amalfi. Much of the is formed from the near-vertical limestone cliffs plunging into the Tyrrhenian Sea far below. If you have plenty of time, spend a few days at the Amalfi Coast and stay in one of the spacious villas in Italy with a sea view. You will find villas close to the beach while others come with a private pool.
4. Check Out the Ferrari Factory in Modena
Visiting the factory of Ferrari in Modena is a must for every car enthusiast visiting Italy. Offering visitors an exclusive look into how these luxury sports cars are manufactured, the tour will come with a guide who will discuss the different characteristics of the Ferrari track. It will also include a visit to the Ferrari Campus and the complex where all the cars are made. Visitors can also explore the buildings and facilities within the complex designed by world-leading architects.
One of the most interesting aspects of the tour is a visit to the historical part of the factory that has been preserved meticulously. The tour will also take visitors to the Enzo Ferrari Museum that features exhibits about the life and work of the car designer himself, his childhood years, home, and the iconic Ferrari models housed in a futuristic building.
This activity requires visitors to ride the shuttle bus, and they must remain on the bus for the entire duration of the tour. Taking photos and videos inside the factory is strictly prohibited.