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September 27, 2021

Italy — The road of automotive history


Italy — The road of automotive history

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Lightyear Journeys is a monthly evolving selection of imagined trips to fuel your wanderlust. Always within Lightyear One’s 725km range, it’s a carefully curated selection of eco-luxury trips and destinations.

Lightyear has a singular relationship with Italy, especially with Italian car design. After all, Lightyear One is a product of Dutch technology encased in design developed in Turin.

So, what better way to celebrate Italian automotive than taking a journey around the most important motorcar landmarks?

We begin our journey in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy and one of the original Four Motors of Europe. The Four Motors are dedicated to exchange knowledge on subjects like science, research, education, and environment, in an attempt to enable economic and technological growth.

Parma — Home of parmesan

From Milan, we go to Parma, home of amazing parmesan and Parma ham (parmigiano and prosciutto di Parma), as well as the Dallara vehicle.

Race car enthusiasts might recognise that name as the innovative automobile that rose to fame in a relatively short time frame. With a focus on technology and aerodynamics, Dallara created a name for itself in Formula E, as well, the race championship made only for electric vehicles.

Leaving Parma, we head to Modena, home of some of the greatest names the industry has to offer. Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani, and Lamborghini are just some of the consecrated names in automotive, who found their starting point in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region. Lamborghini even got its start because of Ferrari, after a heated argument with Enzo Ferrari and Lamborghini's conclusion of "I can make a better car than you — the perfect car".

Of course, you can find here the future of clean mobility, as well, in the form of start-up company Energica, manufacturers of electric motorbikes.

While you are here, don’t forget to pass by Bugatti’s former factory, in Campogalliano. The structure itself is both a feat of architecture, as well as a landmark for car enthusiasts, as classicdriver.com describes it as the “Pompeii of the car world”.

After a quick typical Modena lunch, consisting of handmade pasta, cured meats, and aceto balsamico, we continue our journey to Bologna.

Another great automotive name waits to be discovered here, that being Ducati.

By now, you may have noticed the great automotive legends we are passing by, and their presence here is no coincidence. All of these names are placed on what is, historically, the oldest road recorded in the world, via Emilia.

"Via Emilia dates back more than 2000 years, and was used as both a trading and a military route."

Faenza — the Autodromo di Imola

After responsibly drinking a glass of wine at the bio winery Corte d’Aibo, we continue our journey to Faenza. Waiting for us in all its splendor is the Autodromo di Imola, or the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari.

As one of the few racetracks that has an anti-clockwise driving direction, this racetrack was mostly used by local teams, until it became famous again in the 2020’s, with the circuit now having the new name Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Imola Circuit, 1998 — Tower and pit lane exit.

We end our journey in Rimini, where we visit another world-famous race track, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.

With the great legacy of fast cars and motorcycles that Italy leaves the world, it’s no wonder we wanted to take a trip around its most famous road, where so many illustrious names shaped the history of automotive as we know it.

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