There is a reason why Emilia-Romagna has been given the name Motor Valley. Legend has it that, when being weaned, babies born in this region were given a dose of pe in their baby bottles…
This is obviously a joke, but it doesn’t mean that the DNA of the people from this region isn’t clearly encoded with an affinity for motors.
This is a four-stop itinerary dedicated to those who want to experience, first-hand, a little bit of this DNA that smells like asphalt, adrenaline and petrol.
The first stop is the autodromo Riccardo Paletti in Varano de’ Melegari, in the province of Parma. It is surrounded by the Parma Apennines and welcomes both two-wheeler and four-wheeler lovers. In fact, this is where you can put yourself to the test by taking beginner driving lessons in the Centro Internazionale Guida Sicura [International Centre for Safe Driving], useful for improving your driving skills and controlling your vehicle, as well as lessons for driving sports motorbikes and on advanced safe driving. Throughout the years, the autodrome in Varano de’ Melegari has built areas dedicated to reproducing different road conditions by introducing artificial rain-making machines and low-grip asphalt with certain kinds of resins. This was all done to guarantee advanced training lessons and create the ideal conditions, with challenging curves, that substantially cover all the different types of curves that drivers may encounter on any road open to traffic.
The second stop is the autodromo di Modena. This structure was built to offer safe driving courses for sports driving, daily driving and, mostly, driving with highly specialised techniques aimed at improving safety and performance thanks to controlled eye movements and correct visual pointing. Here too, there are many days in which driving courses are offered, where you can go onto the tracks and drive through an obstacle course that has been set to safely reproduce the most common incidences when driving a vehicle. But that’s not all. The autodrome in Modena is free for anybody who wants to drive their own vehicle and/or motorbike (amateurs and experts included) in order to optimize their driving skills and techniques.