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Italy's Motor Valley

Hello - We are traveling to Italy this June/July with our car-obsessed teenager and would like to plan a few days in Motor Valley. Should we do a tour? If so, which one? Is a self-guided tour feasible? I read Lamborghini factory is closed through the summer due to the war in Ukraine. Do you have any ideas of others who I could contact who might have answers? THANKS!

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You can probably visit on your own, but since those factories are in the industrial areas or in the suburbs, you will need to rely on a taxi or a rental car to get to them from Bologna or Modena city centers. For example Ferrari is in Maranello, a suburb of Modena. There are also numerous tour operators in Bologna and Modena who operate organized group tours that take you to those factories, even more than one in one tour, you just have to Google TOURS TERRA DEI MOTORI or AUTOMOBILE FACTORY TOURS BOLOGNA (or MODENA if you stay in Modena) and you’ll get a few hits.

We will also be in Italy (first week if August) with a car-obsessed teenager. :) His first pick is Lamborghini but I'm having a hard time figuring out logisitics. Based on the first link below (from 2017), I'm going to try to get us to the Ferrari museum(s). The second link is in reference to storing luggage during sightseeing as we'll be traveling directly to Modena with no hotel stop beforehand. Hope this helps!

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187802-d3521894-r536995372-Museo_Ferrari-Maranello_Province_of_Modena_Emilia_Romagna.html

https://www.visitmodena.it/en/plan-the-trip/tourist-services/luggage-storage

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You state June/July. Mille Miglia runs 15 - 18 June this year. If possible, plan to stay in one of the towns it passes through. We did just that a few years ago in Siena and it was wonderful.

Also, to have a shared experience, there are many tours that combine wine and/or balsamic tastings with a visit to one of the car museums. This way everyone gets a bit of something from all that.

If a motorcycle enthusiast as well, the Moto Guzzi museum is just a bit north in Mandell del Lario on Lake Como.