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Not only about fash­ion and gas­tro­nomic de­lights. Car en­thu­si­asts re­joice! If you're lucky enough to be vis­it­ing Mi­lan in the spring, you'll be spoilt for choice. This sea­son's cal­en­dar fea­tures his­toric re-en­act­ments, test drives on pro­fes­sional race circ

Where Milan - - CONTENTS - BY CHIARA ZACCARELLI

This sea­son's cal­en­dar fea­tures his­toric re-en­act­ments, tours on vin­tage cars and a few tips for shop­ping and din­ing…

Italy has given a lot to the mo­tor in­dus­try; in­no­va­tion, de­sign and pro­fes­sional rac­ing. A key driver of Italy's econ­omy, it has con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the coun­try. Like the rest of Italy, in Mi­lan, Ital­ians' love of cars is shown by nu­mer­ous races, mu­se­ums, and events, as well as iconic cir­cuits filled with his­tory that en­thu­si­asts should visit at least once in their life­time. So, get on board and we'll take you on a jour­ney to dis­cover some of the city's must-visit places, events, cu­riosi­ties and gems, and some out-of-town treats.

VIN­TAGE CAR EVENTS Have you planned a trip to Mi­lan af­ter the mid­dle of May? On Satur­day 19 May, if you stroll through the streets of the cen­tre, you might see a pro­ces­sion of vin­tage cars, cheered on by en­thu­si­as­tic spec­ta­tors. This is the Mille Miglia, the his­toric re-en­act­ment of a race held be­tween 1927 and 1957. From 16 to 19 May, this not-to-be-missed event will fea­ture 72 vin­tage cars from different au­to­mo­tive com­pa­nies. Ac­cord­ing to tra­di­tion, the drivers com­pet­ing in this ex­cit­ing four-day rally will cover the 1,000 miles from Bres­cia to Rome and back again, pass­ing through sev­eral of Italy's most beau­ti­ful ci­ties en route. This 36th edi­tion will be a par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant for the Mi­lanese. Af­ter a hia­tus of sev­eral years, these vin­tage cars will once again be revving their en­gines in the shadow of the Madon­nina. On 19 May, the race will make a stopover in Mi­lan's breath­tak­ing pi­azza Duomo, one of the fi­nal check­points. It will then con­tinue on to Arese, with a stopover at the His­toric Alfa Romeo Mu­seum, en route to the Monza race­track (www.millemiglia.it).

As far as vin­tage cars are con­cerned, and only a few kilo­me­ters from Mi­lan, on the shores of Lake Como, a visit to the pres­ti­gious Con­corso d’Ele­ganza Villa d’Este is an ab­so­lute must. This event is held from 25 to 27 May at the Villa d'Este Ho­tel. The motto of this year's spec­tac­u­lar

A fun, unique way to say hello to the city: Luca Ta­funi, the brain­child be­hind Vin­tage Tour Mi­lano, or­ga­nizes small the­matic tours with his time­less Fiat 500. www.vin­tage­tour.it

event, fea­tur­ing 50 his­toric cars from different cat­e­gories, is ‘Hol­ly­wood on the Lake'. (con­cor­sodel­e­gan­zav­il­ladeste.com).

In just over an hour from Mi­lan, you can reach Turin where the paths of the city's Parco del Valentino will act as a strik­ing back­drop to the Salone dell’Auto di Torino Parco Valentino (The Turin Parco Valentino Car Show), from 6 to 9 June. The show will see the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 40 au­to­mo­tive com­pa­nies in­clud­ing the FCA group, the Volk­swa­gen group, MercedesBenz, Smart, Suzuki and Mazda. In­no­va­tions at this year's edi­tion – a ref­er­ence point for Italy's

cal­en­dar of au­to­mo­tive events – in­clude the in­volve­ment of the en­tire city of Turin, which will be trans­formed into city­wide car show. The squares and streets of the city's his­toric cen­tre will be­come show­cases for unique mod­els, pro­to­types, his­toric cars and supercars (www.par­co­valentino.com).

ITALY'S MO­TOR MU­SE­UMS Italy boasts sev­eral car mu­se­ums, most of which are lo­cated in the so-called ‘Mo­tor Val­ley', an area that runs largely be­tween the prov­inces of Mo­dena and Bologna and is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from Mi­lan in just a few hours, ei­ther by train or car. On the out­skirts of Mi­lan, the Alfa Romeo Mu­seum in Arese, also known as ‘The Time Ma­chine', tells the story of the his­toric Mi­lanese car com­pany founded in 1910. The mu­seum ex­plores the evo­lu­tion of mo­tor­ing with 70 of its most rep­re­sen­ta­tive mod­els. Af­ter tour­ing the mu­seum, vis­i­tors can ac­cess an im­mer­sive room where they can watch a se­ries of short 4D films ded­i­cated to Alfa's leg­endary suc­cesses (www.museoal­faromeo.com).

An­other ex­am­ple of Ital­ians' en­thu­si­asm for the aptly named ‘House of the Snake' is the Fratelli Cozzi Mu­seum. This his­toric Alfa Romeo deal­er­ship in Leg­nano (20 km north of Mi­lan) now fea­tures more than 50 four­wheeled gems of de­sign and is open for pub­lic view­ing (www.muse­ofratel­li­cozzi.com). In the re­struc­tured monas­tic com­plex of Sant'Eufemia in Bres­cia, the Mille Miglia Mu­seum ex­plores the his­tory of this ex­tra­or­di­nary race, with a dis­play of the cars that par­tic­i­pated in the race over the years (www.museomillemiglia.it).

Fi­nally, an im­por­tant ref­er­ence point for car en­gi­neer­ing and de­sign can be found at the Na­tional Automobile Mu­seum, in Turin: an ex­hi­bi­tion space fea­tur­ing a dis­play of more than 200 cars from 80 different mak­ers and

Ex­plore the best of Ital­ian and in­ter­na­tional car de­sign in some of the city's must-visit places and out-of-town treats. Be­low the new Pilota Chrono­graph Watch by Fer­rari.

coun­tries that will cap­ti­vate even those who are re­cent afi­ciona­dos (www.museoauto.it).

Those wish­ing to ven­ture into the real ‘Land of Mo­tor's should visit the Fer­rari Mu­seum in Maranello, in the prov­ince of Mo­dena (190 km from Mi­lan). Here, you can ad­mire 40 iconic mod­els of the ‘Prancing Horse' in­clud­ing leg­endary F1 grand prix cars, sports pro­to­types and unique con­cept cars. Apart from view­ing the fab­u­lous car col­lec­tion, there's an op­por­tu­nity to try an F1 sim­u­la­tor and ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of driv­ing a Fer­rari sin­gle-seater like a real pro (mu­sei.fer­rari. com/it/maranello).

POWER, PAS­SION, PER­FOR­MANCE Not far from the Lom­bardy cap­i­tal, you'll find three of Italy's most pres­ti­gious rac­ing cir­cuits, that are well worth an out-of-town trip. Some host cel­e­brated na­tional and in­ter­na­tional car and mo­tor­bike races, while oth­ers are used to test rac­ing cars and newly de­vel­oped ve­hi­cles. Some of­fer sports and safety driv­ing cour­ses as well as free test-drives. The Monza

Race­track, sit­u­ated about 15km from Mi­lan, is es­pe­cially renowned for its four straight­ways and its fa­mous par­a­bolic curve. One of the old­est cir­cuits in the world, it has hosted the Ital­ian Gran Prix for years. This event is one of the races of the For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­onship, tra­di­tion­ally held on the first or sec­ond week­end of Septem­ber. This year, the race will be held from 31 Au­gust to 2 Septem­ber. The cir­cuit is also used for events and con­certs and, on some oc­ca­sions, as a leg of the Giro d'Italia (www.mon­zanet.it).

Not far from Bres­cia, about 100 km from Mi­lan, the Fran­ci­a­corta Daniel Bonara cir­cuit fea­tures 3 speed­ways and 13 curves of vary­ing dif­fi­culty. From 18 to 20 May it will host the only Ital­ian leg of the NASCAR Whe­len Euro Se­ries (www.au­to­dro­mod­ifran­ci­a­corta.it).

At Imola, on the out­skirts of Bologna, about 250 km from Mi­lan, the In­ter­na­tional Enzo and Dino Fer­rari Au­to­drome is a highly tech­ni­cal and dif­fi­cult cir­cuit, char­ac­ter­ized by com­plex corners. In 1980, it hosted the Ital­ian For­mula 1 Gran Prix and from 1981 to 2006, the San Marino Gran Prix, as well as sev­eral edi­tions of Mo­tomon­di­ale. To­day, the au­to­drome is used to host the Ital­ian Gran Prix Su­per­bike, as well as other world-class mo­tor­bike and car races. Here as­pir­ing rac­ing drivers can get be­hind the wheel of a Fer­rari or Porsche and test their driv­ing skills on the race­track (www.au­to­dro­moimola.it).

SHOP­PING & LEISURE Shop­ping is gen­er­ally a ‘woman's thing', but in this case we suspect that it's the ladies who will be wait­ing out­side the shop for hours. Here's a roundup of Mi­lanese stores that will de­light car en­thu­si­asts. Just steps from the Duomo, in ad­di­ti­tion to ‘Prancing Horse' ap­parel for men, women and chil­dren, the Fer­rari Store stocks ac­ces­sories, gad­gets, toys and a col­lec­tion of mem­o­ra­bilia that cel­e­brate the suc­cess of the com­pany. In ad­di­tion to brows­ing the store's wares, vis­i­tors can ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of driv­ing on a race­track thanks to four F1 sim­u­la­tors (store.fer­rari.com).

In the heart of the ‘Quadri­latero della moda', at the Porsche De­sign Store, cus­tomers can find all the mer­chan­dise of the Ger­man au­to­mo­tive com­pany. The store car­ries the com­plete range of Porsche De­sign readyto-wear for men, women and chil­dren, ac­ces­sories, small leather goods, lug­gage, sun­glasses, watches, pens, state-of-the-art elec­tron­ics and, nat­u­rally, a range of ve­hi­cle ac­ces­sories (www.porsche-de­sign.com).

Al­ter­nately, the Mercedes Me Store is lo­cated in­side the Gal­le­ria Vit­to­rio Emanuele. This space, owned by the Ger­man car brand, takes cus­tomers on a thrilling jour­ney into the real and vir­tual world of Mercedes-Benz. It also of­fers an ar­ray of in­ter­ac­tive ser­vices that al­lows en­thu­si­asts to in­ter­act di­rectly with the par­ent com­pany. In ad­di­tion to the above, the store car­ries ap­parel, watches, small leather

Alfa Romeo Mu­seum

Mille Miglia

Porsche De­sign Store

Vin­tage Tour Mi­lano PHOTO: FABIO MANTEGNA; COPY­RIGHT: VIN­TAGE TOUR MI­LANO

Con­corso d'Ele­ganza Villa d'Este

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