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Old 09-15-2007, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default My trip to Italy: Maranello/Ferrari, Lamborghini Factory Tour

Hey everyone... we just got back from our one week trip to Italy while we had some time off. We were going to have a longer trip with Germany and the Nurburgring preceeding the Italy portion, but a friend dropped out at the last minuted and we rescheduled everything and left Germany for a separate trip int he future. Anyway, I just thought I'd share the car related photos from the trip. I'll try not to ramble too much here as I put captions on a lot of the pics... (ingnore the couple of typos).

We started in Zurich Switzerland for a day, then took the train to Milan.

Zurich was ok, not too much in the way of cars to be seen other than a lot of the general runabouts that we don't get here really. I saw one STi in Zurich and one WRX in Maranello... other than that... no suby content, unless you count my t-shirts.

We didn't stay any longer in Milan other than to get off the train, walk to the Hertz place, and pick up the rental. After getting the Punto we drove to Maranello, where we stayed two nights. Maranello was awesome! Every Ferrari lover should come at least once, and any car junkie, even if you're not a Ferrari nut would probably just love the town and area in general for it's atmosphere, as everything in Maranello and the surrounding area is laid back and has a wondeful small town feel with the added bonus of a V8 or V12 soundtrack that can be heard throughout. The food was the best we had through our whole trip (save one place in Florence) and the gelato was the BEST...even better than Florence and Rome.

Everything in Maranello is pretty close together, and you can pretty much park your car and walk anywhere you need to go to to see most of the staple Ferrari related sites.

Some high points in Maranello:

- Gelato
- Restaurant next to the Hotel Domus's lobby... the pizza was super bad ass.
- Coming into town over the bridge we were greeted with an F1 car scream, and only to see who I assume was Massa doing a couple of final laps of testing prior to the Turkish GP before getting in a helicopter and leaving. (no pics)
- Seeing the F430 Scuderia testing before it was unveiled at the Frankfurt motorshow:


- Seeing a prototype testing in full camo bodywork:


After leaving Maranello, we headed to Sant'Agata for our factory tour at Lamborghini:


The factory tour at Lamborghini is awesome! Cristina Guizzardi, who sets up and gives the tour is the coolest lady you'll meet! She knows everything Lamborghini and her enthusiasm and passion for Lamborghini is obvious on talking to her. The museum is great, but some cars were missing due to the holidays. The factory wasn't in full swing as almost everyone was on holiday, so the production floor was just us more or less on tour, with only a few people putting bits and pieces onto a couple of Gallardos and Murcielagos. Very cool though to see how everything is made, and the different stations, etc. We weren't allowed to take photos on the production floor though... sorry.

After we left Sant'Agata we drove down to Florence where we started the sight seeing portion of the vacation. There are a few car moments from both Florence and Rome that I have in the gallery but not too many.

Hope you guys like them... it was a great trip and I can't wait to go back. Here's the whole gallery of photos... some shot with D2Hs, some shot on little Fuji point and shoot: There are a lot of pics...

http://www.scottandtemphotography.com/italy07cars/

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Old 09-15-2007, 10:48 PM   #2
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sweet pics.

i love and miss italy.
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Old 09-15-2007, 10:52 PM   #3
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F430 is sick...my favorite ferrari evar!!!
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:05 PM   #4
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There are some amazing pictures in there, Great work!!!
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:12 PM   #5
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wtf they were testing that prototype while people were taking tours????

what could it be?
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:14 PM   #6
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awesome pics!
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:20 PM   #7
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Awesome shots! Thanks for sharing
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:30 PM   #8
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Very nice, I think Maranello is one of the coolest places I've ever been. I was like a kid in a candy store for the entire day
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:50 PM   #9
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Damn!! That yellow Scuderia is ridiculous. I want one, badly.
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:53 PM   #10
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Nice!!!!
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:54 PM   #11
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awesome pics... looks like a fun trip
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Old 09-15-2007, 11:54 PM   #12
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amazing, just wow

seeing this though, makes me realize, I'm poor
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:05 AM   #13
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thanks guys.... I just looked through them again and realized how 80's I must sound with all the "awesome" and random "gnarly"
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:28 AM   #14
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So i assume you can visit the Lamborghini factory without a vin? Could you use a vin number of a friends Ferrari to get a tour?
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Old 09-16-2007, 02:01 AM   #15
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Yeah... the Lamborghini tour was available without owning a car. Not sure about the Ferrari tour and using a friend's Vin... I think they might have to set it up for you through the Ferrari owner's site if possible. The only guy I knew personally who owned a Ferrari has since gotten rid of it, so I didn't investigate further into getting someone to get me a tour.

one note... I loved how the Italians drove on the freeways... if you're not passing, you're not in the left lanes. I wish people did that in the U.S.

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Old 09-16-2007, 03:00 AM   #16
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:29 AM   #17
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Fantastic stuff, thanks so much for sharing!

This thread is so good it deserves Sticky status for awhile
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:42 AM   #18
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Those are some great pics! Looks like you had a blast!

If you know someone at a Dealership, they usually can get you in a tour of the ferrari factory w/o a vin #. But again you have to know someone to pull some strings. Also... while you were in the area you should have taken the Ducati Factory Tour in Bologna... I have heard it is among the best!
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:50 AM   #19
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very nice! my fiancee and I just returned from Italia as well and the gelato in Venice was better than any other place we visited. Roma had way too much stuff to do but we skipped Firenza and went straight to Napoli. I wish we had time to go to Maranello. We had Pizza al Metro (meter of pizza) in Napoli and it was the BEST pizza I'd ever had.
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:10 PM   #20
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Great stuff. I was meant to go this summer but just didn't get the time. Maybe next year...
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Old 09-16-2007, 01:48 PM   #21
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damn im gonna pick up a ferrari now... haha... amazing pictures
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great pics man.thanks!
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Old 09-16-2007, 04:42 PM   #24
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+1 for sharing
i saw a few nice cars during my trip to europe, but nothing like what was in maranello
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Old 09-16-2007, 05:26 PM   #25
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a month ago me and my wife went to italy and greece for our honeymoon and it was amazing didnt see any nice cars aside from one sti in greece and alot of alfa's in rome but still i would live in italy without giving it a second thought
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