Last year in June, when I made my round trip through North and Mid-Italy with my always loyal, PERFECTLY RUNNING 124 SPIDER, I stayed two days in the small city of FORMIGINE in the district EMILIA ROMAGNA in Northern Italy.
After a wonderful dinner in a superb small restaurant in a nearby hamlet, I consulted - back in my hotel - the local maps and navigation, planning a tour for the next day.
Although I did not plan or intend to visit any (!) tourist town, city, event, monument or touristic sight in MY ITALIAN ROUNDTRIP other than my favorite rural AGRITURISMO accommodations such as olive grove farms and vineyard estates, I found out to my completely unexpected surprise that Maranello was merely 5,7 KM. and Modena 12,5 KM. away from my hotel in Formigine.
Although visiting these places of Ferrari- pilgrimage never crossed my mind, I changed my original planned tour and visited the FERRARI FACTORY , where I blocked the MAIN ENTRANCE for a while, THE STORE and THE MUSEUM in Maranello as well as the museum in MODENA (OLD) and ( NEW ), where at that moment was an extraordinary exhibition of "100 years of Maserati" in a dazzling FUTURISTIC BUILT MUSEUM , the MUSEO ENZO FERRARI MODENA.
Talking about pilgrimage: In Maranello I met a nice couple from California who exclusively came to Italy to visit THESE TWO FERRARI EXHIBITIONS only. (Sorry for the short ad right at the start)
I experienced not only the story of Enzo Ferrari told by a spectacular 360 degrees video, which with a total of 19 projectors captivated me completely ( see HERE for a short summary of this amazing show ) and placed the car models on display in their historical context alongside the men and drivers who created and drove them, but I admired also the most famous Maserati models on display in its CENTENARY MASERATI history.
A unique exhibition that was opened just THREE DAYS BEFORE on June 19. 2014.
And to be honest, looking back I was really glad I changed my route for a few days.
It was just one of my not-planned but great surprises during my SPIDER ROUND TRIP in Italy.