Emilia, land of engines


Emilia, land of engines

Emilia, a land that alternates moments of placid quiet to sound of engines.



Dallara Academy
Near Varano de 'Melegari (PR), the roar of Giampaolo Dallara's automotive and sporting story still echoes, another symbol of the Motor Valley bond to leave its mark, thanks also to Dallara Academy, an exhibition space for cars that make Dallara's genius live, but also a place where the new generations can learn.
The area which connects the two floors, that house the laboratories for schools, the auditorium and the university classroom, is the beating and visible heart of the biulding: a place that is always open to visitors, who can "breathe" and touch the vehicles that charaterized the engineer 's career, including: the Lamborghini Miura to the Fiat X1 / 9, the Sport cars designed and built for the Lancia in the early 1980s, the Formula Indycar single-seaters that run in the United States, the prototypes of Le Mans, the series like Formula 3 and Formula E, and finally the last born "Dallara Stradale".

Useful information:
Open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 am to 6 pm
On Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6pm.
Closed on Monday.
Via Provinciale 33/A
43040 Varano Melegari - Parma
Tel: 0525 1982980
Email: academy@dallara.it
Web: www.dallara.it

Riccardo Paletti Varano de 'Melegari racetrack
A few kilometers away from Parma, a few hundred meters from the Dallara headquarters, is located the Varano racetrack.
Built in 1968 and then extended several times, the current track is 2350 long, it works 300 days a year and hosts international events such as the Formula SAE, during which Universities from all over the world compete boasting treir more innovative and futuristic projects, that consist in racing cars, and the ASI Motoshow, an important weekend dedicated to collectors bearing two wheels in their hearts.
Its asphalt has been consumed by Formula 3 racing cars and championships, such as the "Italiano turismo" and "Supermotard".
Furthermore, it also houses the International Safe Driving Center, established thanks to Andrea de Adamich in collaboration with Alfa Romeo.
Abarth, Maserati and Ferrari are just some of the names of the brands participating in a program aimed at improving the car's control capabilities in critical situations, with days dedicated specifically to sporty, advanced and advanced driving.

Useful information:
Motor Sports Car Management Company
Via Strada per Fosio, 1
43040 Varano de’ Melegari - Parma
Tel.: 0525.551211 (4 linee r.a.)
Email: autodromo@varano.it
Web: www.autodromovarano.it


The Museum of San Martino in Rio seems almost a simple workshop or garage, compared to the adventuristic appearance of the Dallara Academy (above).
Actually, this feature perfectly expresses the spitir of the collection, which comes from the passion and the wish to get dirty with the engine oil, in order to gather significant masterpieces of the art of the four wheels.
The arrival of the first item dates back to 1956, when a "Queen of Africa" ​​- the 634 Fiat trailer truck used to colonize byssinia - stopped near San Martino in Rio, with three vehicles on board.
But what the visitors are facing today is the result of the obstinacy of Emilio Storchi Fermi, known as Barighin, "patron" of the Scuderia San Martino and the heart and soul of a unique Museum, that only in 1981, six years after his death, could find a definitive place.
Fans of vintage cars can thus enjoy the view of exceptional specimens with an incredible charm: from the Fiat 501 of 1925 to the Lancia Augusta of 1936, to a number of Fiat Balillas and the Mercedes 170 of 1948.

Useful information:
Open every Sunday from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
Every Friday from 9 pm to midnight.
Via Barbieri, 12
42018 San Martino in Rio - Reggio Emilia
Tel: 0522 636133
Email: info@museodellauto.it
Web: www.museodellauto.it

The Salsapariglia Museum displays 150 vintage motorcycles produced since 1900, along with 100 Agricultural and Industrial Engines, 100 Gramophones and Phonographs and Radios, Lesa Tractors and Motor Mowers, Antique Bicycles and Sabart Chainsaws.
Obsessed with mechanics, Nello Salsapariglia put together a collection that occupies three floors and manage to evoke the adventure of a life, that begun in the fields and kep on with wit and a "sense of functionality" typical of those who always had the passion to create things.
Of great interest - in addition to the sections dedicated to communicator groups and stationary motors - also the hall hounsing gramophones, radios and projectors, witnesses of past but always fascinating eras.

Useful information:
Open: 9-12.30 am and 15-18 pm on holidays. 
On weekdays it will only be open by reservation. 
Discounts are available for groups. Children under 13 years old: free
Via Lazzaretti, 3
42011 Bagnolo in Piano - Reggio Emilia
Cell: 335 8430203
Email: info@collezionesalsapariglia.it
Web: www.collezionesalsapariglia.it