The first thing I noticed when we arrived in town is the massive prancing horse, surrounded by red roses, on the roundabout. Welcome in Maranello!
As we went in search for a bed for the night – that does not cost you an arm and a leg – your senses are overwhelmed with the red factor on the streets. This is Ferrari territory!
Getting an appropriate place to sleep took us a wee bit longer than usual as every so often when a red Ferrari, with that distinctive growl, shoosh past us hubby will freeze in his steps. Then after recovering from his frozen stance we moved a couple of steps forward just to get stopped in our tracks to gawk at another flamboyant red racer with that unmistakable sound. Sensory overload par excellence!
The next day we went in search of Pista di Fiorano, the race track which is the development and testing facility for all those brilliant red machines and found it without difficulty on Via Gilles Villenueve. By now hubby was just about drooling on his shoes ….
Then unexpectedly we pass the roadside memorial of Gilles Villenueve, the famous F1 driver who lost his life, decorated with some fresh red flowers in memory of a great driver. The Italians are really passionate people!
But the day was not over, yet. Near midnight we were, like the locals, sipping on a glass of red wine from one of the many stalls while we explored the local Vespa Club’s get together at the flea market. What a bunch of friendly enthusiasts – just love, love, love the Italians!
Then off to do some window shopping. We spent countless hours standing in front of window shops while hubby studied every detail of the merchandise on display. Oh, that mesmerising red glow of Ferrari!
And of course a must visit on the cards when in Maranello – a visit to the Ferrari museum. A small museum adorned with beauties boasting technology, master craftmanship , innovation and passion.
And what a surprise to see our very own Jody Scheckter’s helmet on display – what a proud moment for me!
I may be wrong, but I think RED is the all time favourite colour in Maranello!
“I build engines and attach wheels to them” —– Enzo Ferrari