Itinerary through Imola, Maranello and Mugello, in the Land of Motors
Lugo is an excellent base from which to explore the whole of Romagna, and particularly for motorcyclists, it is the centre of what has been renamed the ‘Land of the Motors’, birthplace of many champions, and home to circuits and racing tracks, with plenty of fun and demanding routes amongst the roads and bends of Tuscan Romagna.
Read the details for information and suggestions of routes that will take you to discover this beautiful land.
This history of Lugo is closely linked to that of Maranello’s Ferrari, thanks to the mythical symbol of the rearing horse (read the section of Lugo for more information). And precisely in Maranello, near Modena, enthusiasts can see the Ferrari plant along the roadside, founded in 1943. together with the Fiorano racetrack stretching for 3 km and the place where the racing cars are tested and experimented. You can also visit the famous Ferrari Gallery that brings together all the most glorious memories of the industrial and sporting activities of the rearing horse. Modena also has an interesting museum, that of the classic car Stanguellini, with the most important Modena classic car, that has gathered victories in various events, including the Mille Miglia (thousand mile race), Italian and European championships, etc.. There are many museums on the theme, but the following have gone down in history: the Maserati museum in Modena, the Ducati museum in bologna, and the Lamborghini museum in Sant’Agata Bolognese, where many of the cars produced from the 1960s are displayed, together with some of the Formula One versions.
The area’s motor racing circuits are a must. In Imola, 20 km from Lugo, the classic 'Enzo e Dino Ferrari’ circuit unwinds, that has seen so many Formula One Grand Prix and Super Bikes as well as lesser events, and which has recently been restored to greater efficiency and to welcome other types of event too, such as musical shows that previously staged events in this circuit (Heineken Jammin Festival).
In the route towards the famous International racing circuit of Mugello, 90 km from Lugo, well worth being crossed to reach the Senio valley to enjoy a beautiful panorama, the Lavender route can be followed. Passing through Casola Val Senio, the City of Herbs, so-named because of its medicinal gardens, you will come across Susinana abbey, an ancient Vallombrosa abbey that has today been transformed into a farm, with an interesting and imposing fortified mill nearby. A few more kilometres on and we reach Palazzuolo sul Senio, a pretty little picturesque feudal village in the heart of Tuscan Romagna that is certainly worth a visit, and whose firm traditions can be well seen both in the summer Mediaeval festivals and the autumn celebrations of typical products. A long road winds back up Mount Fabbiola before descending to Firenzuola, an important passageway between Tuscany and Romagna since ancient times. Proof of this can be seen in the three paths through the Apennines just a short way from the walls, and which give motorcyclists wonderful moments: Passo della Raticosa, Passo della Futa and Giogo di Scarperia.