My husband and I also got the chance many years ago to drive a Ferrari 360 and a Lamborghini Gallardo on an experience day. We both felt like The Stig from Top Gear and since those test drives, it has cemented our passion for supercars.
For as long as I can remember I have always had a ‘thing’ for fast cars… In fact, it’s always been a dream of mine to drive around Germany’s Nürbürgring circuit in a Ferrari Spider – one car, along with many others I would purchase in a heartbeat if I came into some miraculous windfall. Such is my passion for fast driving, that I’ve recently purchased a more modest and affordable sporty little number which is Modena yellow – I kid you not. Let’s just say people can see me coming for miles!
Fantastic Ferrari Museums and Attractions
Ferrari is arguably one of the most famous car manufacturers in the world – their recognisable logo of the black prancing horse on a yellow background is synonymous with luxury, class, and quality. Did you know Ferrari became the first Formula 1 team to achieve the result of one hundred victories in the Grand Prix?
Having three boys in the family means I am quite used to talk of cars, motorbikes and all sorts of vehicles, but can you combine a love of Ferrari and travel? Of course, you can… Not only are there several Ferrari Museums to visit in Europe but two huge Ferrari attractions that will not only offer adrenaline-fulled fun but a great day out for the whole family – if you happen to be in Bologna, Barcelona or Abu Dhabi…
Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena, Italy
This is the car museum to visit in Italy. If you want to learn about the roots of Ferrari and its founder Enzo Ferrari via a digitally immersive experience, then Ferrari museums don’t come better than this. Not only does it showcase some of the most classic cars ever built but now houses the Museum of Ferrari Engines where visitors can see the Prancing Horse’s most experimental power units in what used to be Enzzo’s old workshop. To top it off for Ferrari enthusiasts there is a Ferrari F1 simulator where visitors can feel the exhilaration of driving it around a famous racing track. Got a drivers’ license? Then you’re in for an extra treat. Head over to the Autodromo di Modena circuit, present your Ferrari Museum or MEF ticket at the Autodromo di Modena and you can enjoy 15 minutes of exhilarating circuit time in your own car at a discounted price of just €35.
Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena Via Paolo Ferrari 85 – 41121 Modena; Tickets: Adults from €16; Kids from €6
Museo Ferrari Maranello, Italy
Not far from the Enzo Ferrari Museum and reachable via a shuttle bus, the Maranello Ferrari Museum experience is much more about Ferrari, racing, engines and Formula 1 cars. Technical drawings and a showcase of some of the greatest Formula 1 Ferraris are all on display here, as is another simulator which you can try. Meanwhile, for F1 fans, there is a chance to experience a Ferrari pitstop. You’ll be timed to see how quickly you can change a front tyre! Plus, you can’t leave without hopping on a special tour bus and driving to the Fiorano track and along the Viale Enzo Ferrari boulevard in the factory complex.
Museo Ferrari Maranello Via Dino Ferrari 43 – 41053 Maranello (MO); Tickets: Adults from €17; Kids from €7
Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi
So the Middle East isn’t somewhere you would necessarily imagine a Ferrari World to be located, but it is the home of Ferrari’s first branded amusement theme park situated on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. There are tons to do if you’re a Ferrari enthusiast including the Ferrari F1 Scuderia Challenge which is timed, as well as in-depth tour of the Ferrari factory and discover how a Ferrari GT is made. But perhaps it’s the rip-roaring fast rides and thrilling experiences that will really get the excitement going. Not only does Ferrari World have Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster but a whole host of other exhilarating rides such as Flying Aces – the world’s highest loop! There is so much for the whole family from toddlers to teens – so if you didn’t know much about Ferrari before going, you will after spending a day here.
Ferrari World Adult: AED295 (approx £60); JuniorAED230 (approx £48)
Ferrari Land, Barcelona, Spain
If Abu Dhabi is a little too far to travel, then you can always head to PortAventura in Spain to experience the exhilarating thrill of a Ferrari theme park, European style. Ferrari Land is housed in Europe’s biggest theme park and its most popular ride, Red Force – let’s brave adventurers feel the speed as they accelerate from 0 to 180 km/h in five seconds flat. Now that’s fast! There’s also a Ferrari Experience where through an interactive journey you’ll discover the details of the story behind the legendary Italian Scuderia. Families can also race one another in the Maranello Grand Race, and junior championship.
Ferrari Land PortAventura Tickets: Adults from €55; Kids from €48
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