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This section was designed to inform you of a selection of interesting museums and places to visit, which we feel could be very well inserted in any motorcycle trip through Italy. Most of them are motorcycle related and some are of historical interest. It is not intended as exhaustive but as a section which will grow in the years. Any suggestions are very welcome...


Tazio Nuvolari on Bianchi 350, Lesmo turn 1925Nuvolari at Brno 1936 - on three wheels!!


In the pictures above is a man, who's an Italian hero for both motorcycle and car enthusiasts, Tazio Nuvolari. He embodies the Italian passion for everything that is motor driven competition. If you pass by Mantova on your trips, the museum is a must. See link below.

"The greatest driver of the past, the present and the future"
Ferdinand Porsche


Museums featured:








Museo Nazionale del Motociclo

National Motorcycle Museum. Over 200 motorcycles, 100.000 books and magazines. Their website is only in Italian and doesn't have a lot of information other than how to get there and a long detailed list of the bikes on show.


Museo Nazionale del Motociclo
via Casalecchio 11 - 47900 Rimini

Directions: exit the autostrada A14 at Rimini Sud, follow directions to the airport and when you join the SS16 (via Flaminia) turn into via Casalecchio when you reach the Hotel "Quo Vadis"


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This museum covers many areas of life through the centuries in the region of the Agro Pontino, the area south of Rome on the way to the Circeo promontory.

It also holds many wonderfully restaured military vehicles from WW2 and has dedicated sections to the Anzio Beach landings, to the battle of Cassino and other events. Among the vehicles displayed there is the only fully functional Sherman tank in Europe... maybe in the world. It's the same one used by Roberto Beningni in "Life is Beautiful" and by Minghella in the "English Patient". Check the website and click on "mezzi & film" on the menu for a complete list of restaured military vehicles. If you visit Anzio then you really should come here too.


Piana delle Orme
Via Migliara 43/45
04010 Borgo Faiti - LATINA

tel. 0773 258708
fax 0773 255000  

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The Anzio Beachhead Museum was inaugurated on January 22nd. l994, the 50th. Anniversary of the Allied landings. It is housed in one of the ground floor rooms of the splendid 17th. century Villa Adele only two minutes walk from the Anzio rail- road station and five minutes from the center of the town...

...a library and collections of photos, video cassettes, press cuttings, magazines, propaganda posters, leaflets and prints concerning those times, flags & ensigns, two motorcycles (GB&D) and many other items...

Museo dello sbarco di Anzio
"Villa Adele"
Piazza Pia, 19 - 00042 ANZIO (Rm) Italy
Tel 069845147 - Fax: 069848135



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It's the result of 25 years of research and collaboration with experts: 3000 sq meters, 300 motorcycles ranging from 1900 to 1980.
Giancarlo Morbidelli, father of Gianni Morbidelli F1 racing driver, always had the passion for motorcycles since his childhood. To sponsor his engineering company he decided to build his own racing motorcycle and won 4 titles in the 70s. When he eventually sold his business he turned to producing his own motorcycle. A V8 850cc motorcycle of which the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Las Vegas and Bilbao have examples. A remarkable person a remarkable place...

Museo Morbidelli                                     
Giancarlo Morbidelli

Via Fermo, 39                                                 
61100 - Pesaro

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Inaugurated on the 29th March 2000, the Piaggio Museum occupies 3,000 sq. m. of what used to be the company toolshop in one of the oldest buildings in Pontedera. It is an example of the harmonious conversion of an industrial area for cultural purposes...

The Museum tells the history of products that represent excellence in creativity and technological competence, while exalting the entrepreneurial capabilities of the people who designed and produced them...

Besides Vespa and Piaggio products, the Museum displays the most beautiful and most famous motorcycles from the two-ring Gilera brand, including 1950s models like the Saturno and the Gilera 500 that kindled the dreams of an entire generation of sports enthusiasts.

The Piaggio museum is in Pontedera in Tuscany between Florence and Pisa.


Museo Piaggio “Giovanni Alberto Agnelli”
viale Rinaldo Piaggio 7
56025 Pontedera (PI)

Tel  +
39 0587 27.17.1
+39 0587 29.00.57

Opening hrs:                            
Wednesday to Saturday     
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.                      
Free entry


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Ducati Factory and Museum Information


Monday to Friday:
Guided tours are offered 11:00 a.m. and at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday only:
Continuous tours from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

*There are no factory and museum tours on Sundays, in the month of August, Easter holidays, Christmas holidays and any other Italian celebrations.

* Photographs are allowed in the Museum, but not inside the factory.

Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.
Via Ducati 3,
40132 Bologna, Italy.

Entrance FREE.

Museum and Factory visits must be booked in advance. Call, fax or email to make a reservation.
Phone (10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.):
+39 051 6413343
Fax: +39 051 6413113

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The Moto Guzzi museum is in Mandello del Lario on Lake Como approximately 10km north of Lecco and 85km north of Milan.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri  from 3pm to 4pm

Entry is free - No need for an appointment

On two floors it exhibits approximately 200 models. From the early 1912 to 2002 you'll find the evolution of this  legendary Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Many are the speed records which Moto Guzzi won over the years, many were the racing successes and adventures to witness. One Moto Guzzi in 1934 managed 12 Alpine passes in January. You'll spot it immediately. It's the only Guzzi with two side skis and spiked tyres.




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La Galleria Ferrari in Maranello (near Modena) is open every day from 9.30am to 6.30pm and is located not far from the Ferrari production plant in

via Dino Ferrari, 43
Tel 0536/943204    
Fax 0536/949714.

A worthwhile visit for fans and motor sport enthusiasts. Famous classics, recent winning F1 and legendary V12cyl engines are the protagonists of this perpetual exhibition.

Tickets cost 9 euro but it is worth it.



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A remarcable collection of Ferraris and Abarth cars. Definitely worth a visit before challenging the passes to Florence.
Check the link below for further information and directions.

Stelabar S.A
Strada dei Censiti, 21  
47891 Falciano
Repubblica di San Marino

Tel. 0549 970614 - Fax 0549 970607
cellulare 0337 612898



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Luciano Nicolis, authentic Verona born, made this dream come true in 2000, when he inaugurated “his Museum” which was immediately opened to the public. In the “Museum of Cars, Technology and Mechanics” he has gathered together unfindable and precious items that his fascination for mechanics led him to seek out all around the world: cars, motorbikes, bicycles and also musical instruments, cameras, typewriters and other items of human genius.

The museum was his “hidden dream” since, as a boy, he collected paper for recycling by biking around the villages nearby.

He even managed to transmit the same passion to his family, who have always backed him up and helped him. The museum is his habit and his enjoyment, he wanted it to be spectacular and creative and he is constantly adding to the collections. He loves acting as guide for the visitors, introducing himself as “I’m the nutcase who did all this”, and he amazes everyone telling the story of each single piece, where it came from, its history and curios. You will find him enthusiastically walking around “his museum”, bursting with ideas and projects. Yet, when you ask him anything about “his collections, he answers “we are not the owners of all this, just the safekeepers for the future...

Museo Nicolis
Via Postumia
37069 Villafranca di Verona

Tel.045/6303289 – 045/6304959
Fax 045/7979493



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