Car Museums in Italy
Here we have listed a variety of museums and other places worth visiting in Italy, for those interested in Italian cars. We can personally recommend all of these.
Turin : Museo dell'Automobile "Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia"
The 'main' automotive museum in Italy, this is an impressive purpose built building (constructed in 1960 and paid for by the Agnellis) housing over 200 cars from all ages and fields.
Starting with an excellent collection of early motorcars and other forms of powered transport the visitor is guided along a timeline through the years, able to see the logical development of the car. With a heavy Italian bias it also contains many foreign models.
In a separate area there is an excellent display of cars from motorsport, covering early examples as well as various Formula One and Sportscar models.
Images of the museum
Corso Unità d'Italia 40
Tel : +39 011 677 666
A reasonable walk from the centre it is also easily reached by tram or bus and has a dedicated car park.
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 from to 18.30.
Turin : Centro Storico Fiat
The 'official' museum (although many of the cars owned by Fiat are in the Biscaretti museum), this is near the centre of Turin and houses numerous Fiat cars, from the early days through to the later models.
A number of displays are also present, such as an early production line, several video screens show various historic footage and there is also an exhibition of advertisements. Other curiosities include a complete aeroplane (a Fiat G91) on the first floor accompanied by models of the various Fiat built aeroplanes through history.
Images of the museum
Centro Storico Fiat
Via Chiabrera 20-24A
Tel : +39 011 686 6240
Within walking distance from the centre of Turin and the main railway station, it is also near to a tram-line.
Open Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to 17.30.
Verona : Museo Nicolis
A private collection of cars with a predominantly Italian theme, there are several examples worth seeing including an Isotta-Fraschini 8AS, an Alfa Romeo RL, an Ansaldo 22 and the jewel of the display, the 1938 Lancia Astura Mille Miglia built for Villoresi.
Unfortunately, photography in the museum is not permitted.
Tel : +39 045 630 3289
Near to the A4 and A22 motorways it is rather inconvenient to reach without a car, being around 15km from the 'Porta Nuova' railway station in Verona.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00
Milan : Museo Alfa Romeo
The official Alfa Romeo museum is housed in a purpose built building attached to the old Alfa Romeo offices at Arese, on the northern outskirts of Milan. With over 100 cars, it is a must for any Alfa Romeo enthusiast since it contains many of the famous cars which have formed the marques illustrious heritage. It starts with a variety of early cars, including several ALFA models, and continues with examples of most of the significant production cars through the years. Arguably more interesting are the wide selection of concept cars, prototypes and motorsport cars on display, from hardly know design exercises to championship winning F1 cars.
Images of the museum
Via Santa Maria Rossa
Tel : +39 02 93391
Realistically only accessible by car it is just off the A8/A9 motorway.
Bassano del Grappa : Museo dell'Automobile "Luigi Bonfanti"
A small, private museum, this is worth regular visits since, unlike most museums, it does not have a permanent collection, but arranges themed exhibitions, usually running for around 5 months. Cars are drawn from numerous museums and private collections. The building, and old industrial unit, is also worth seeing.
Images from recent exhibitions include : Maserati, Abarth, Mini-cars.
Via Torino 2
36061 Bassano del Grappa
Tel : +39 0424 513 746
Accessible only with a car, it is just off the 'ring-road' around Bassano.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to 19.00
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There is also a list of all our picture galleries (including museums, motorshows and various events).