A supercar sidetrip

The Ferrari Museum is just one of the many highlights of Supercar Alley in Northern Italy.

By Dave S. Clark

The stretch of land between Modena and Bologna is what many people call Supercar Alley, and for good reason. It is home to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani and Ducati. And there are some great options for experiencing them all. Bologna isn’t on many people’s Italy agendas, even if they really love spaghetti Bolognese. But the best base for a day in Supercar Alley isn’t too far from other more popular Italian cities. If you’re going through automotive withdrawal in the wheel-less island city of Venice, you can get your fix pretty quickly. Bologna is just 1 hour and 23 minutes away on Trenitalia’s speedy Frecciargento train, which picks up passengers at the Venice Mestre station on the mainland. There are also a few regional trains that will get there in about two hours. For those travelers who are in Florence, Bologna is very convenient, about 40 minutes away by train, with frequent departures. A regional train will take about an hour. So if you want to leave your wife to see David at the Accademia Gallery or The Birth of Venus at the Ufizzi, it will be a quick trip for a day you will never forget. If you are considering taking the Motorstars tour, Francesco will pick you up and drop you off at the train station, making this method of travel even more convenient. If you’re flying in, Bologna’s Marconi airport is well connected to the rest of Italy and also offers flights to and from France, Greece, Austria, U.K. Spain, Germany, Turkey and several other European destinations.

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