Featured holiday For the love of the automobile holiday Italy

5 nights/6 days
This is a cultural break of five nights exploring the relationship of Italy, Italians and the automobile. You are based in two hotels in northern Italy and you tour the many places associated with the luxurious and renowned brands of Italian car, from Alfa Romeo to Ferrari. A fascinating tour into the love of car and also visiting some charming small cities as you progress from Turin to Bologna.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Turin, Bologna to London, economy
  • Hire of a group B car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury holiday for the love of the autombile in Italy

This is a 5-night cultural break exploring the Italy’s love of the automobile starting in Turin and travelling through the many places in northern Italy associated with renowned brands of Italian cars. Turin is the birthplace of much of modern Italy and is also the source of some of Italy’s most famous brands of cars, furniture, pens and boats. Whilst the spirit of Italian culture is perhaps associated with Florence and Rome, the practicalities of design and production have sprung out of Turin. Let your fascinating love affair with the automobile start here in Turin, which has witnessed the birth of renowned brands such as Fiat and Pininfarina before exploring another famous brand near Milan: Alfa Romeo. Near Modena you can be entranced by the stallion of motorcars, Ferrari, whilst another exclusive marque, Lamborghini, has its origins nearby too. So, within the space of less than two hundred miles, you have the places of genesis of some of the most famous and romantic cars of all time. (Entrance fees are not included in this holiday and pre-booking is recommended where possible).

Highlights

Stay in 5-star hotel in Turin • Stay in 4-star hotel in Modena • Visit Turin • Visit Mirafiori village • Visit the Pininfarina museum • Visit the Alfa Romeo museum • Visit Ferrari in Modena • Visit Lamborghini • Visit Maserati museum • Visit Pagani • Visit Ducati • Use hire-car to explore the region


Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,380

Holiday Code FHIT07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury holiday for the love of the autombile in Italy

Fly into Turin and collect your hire-car if required (or ask us to arrange a private transfer to the hotel and then collect the car at the end of your stay in Turin). Your hotel for two nights is the Grand Hotel Sitea (car parking is available nearby) in the city centre. Spend the rest of the day settling in and exploring the heart of the city.

Today the first visit on the list is of the Museo dell’Automobile, then over to Lingotto, which was the original Fiat factory, which is now an art museum but with the race track still on the roof, and then a must for an outstanding range of new and used cars (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Abarth and Jeep) for viewing and purchase is the Mirafiori motor village – a huge showroom on the site of the old Fiat Mirafiori factory. Another place to visit if you are a group of 5 or more people is the Pininfarina museum (must be pre-booked). The car museum is closed on Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings and the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli at the Lingotto is closed on Mondays. If you have time to spare then there is still plenty to visit in Turin: the Egyptian museum, the Turin Shroud, the Mole Antonelliana, the Juventus stadium and museum, the Museum of urban art and the numerous cafés and chocolate shops on the Via Po and the Piazza San Carlo.

Leave Turin and north of Milan stop to visit the Alfa Romeo museum (closed Tuesdays). It is just off the A8 so easily accessible without having to go into Milan, which means you can arrive in Modena in time to explore before dinner. The hotel we suggest in Modena, the Canalgrande has parking outside, or there is another hotel we work with, the Rechigi Park Hotel, just outside the centre.

Today devote to Ferrari and there is plenty to provide excitement. In Modena there is the Ferrari museum with driving simulator where you can book a museum and track entrance that gives you 15 mins of laps in a car and then just 20 kms from Modena is the Maranello museum and factory, where you can both visit and book a tour by bus of the factory. If you want the tour, it has to be booked in advance. Enjoy the rest of the time in Modena, home to balsamic vinegar and tortellini as well as the Osteria Francescana, where chef Bottura has 3 Michelin stars.

Just 17 kms from Modena is home to the marque of the raging bull, Lamborghini. Their museum features key models over the years including racing cars and F1, SUVs and Urus and offers a guided tour of the production line. Open Mondays to Saturdays. On the edge of Modena is the Umberto Panini Collection, a museum where 19 vintage Maseratis are displayed. Just to the south of Modena is the location of the sports car manufacturer, Pagani, where you can visit the showroom and take a guided tour.

There is time on the way back to the airport in Bologna to visit the Ducati museum and factory near Bologna (not far from the airport). You need to book for a guided tour but Ducati celebrated its 90th birthday in 2016 and has an amazing array of motorcycles through the years.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,380

Holiday Code FHIT07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Turin, returning from Bologna to London Gatwick, economy
● Two nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double or twin room at the Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin
● Three nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double or twin room at the Hotel Rechigi, Modena
● Hire of a group B car for the duration of the holiday
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£1,380

Holiday Code FHIT07

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London Gatwick to Turin, returning from Bologna to London Gatwick, economy
• Two nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double or twin room at the Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin
• Three nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic double or twin room at the Hotel Rechigi, Modena
• Hire of a group B car for the duration of the holiday
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways from London to Turin and from Bologna to London daily, with more than one flight a day. Upon arrival you collect your hire-car at Turin airport and then it’s a drive of about 40 minutes to your hotel in the city centre. At the end of the holiday the drive from Modena to Bologna airport is about 45 minutes.

Luxury holiday for the love of the autombile in Italy

Expressions Holidays includes these two hotels for this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Turin
Grand Hotel Sitea

Grand Hotel Sitea is a 5-star classic hotel in the heart of Turin. The gourmet cuisine and stylish, comfortable accommodation make it an ideal spot to recuperate after a day enjoying the city's historical and cultural sites.

Classic double or twin room

Modena
Rechigi Park Hotel

Rechigi Park Hotel is a comfortable 4-star hotel a short drive from the historic centre of Modena.

Classic double or twin room

From about Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

Holiday Code FHIT07

Luxury holiday for the love of the autombile in Italy

About Turin

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Turin is a chance to explore the capital of Piemonte in Northern Italy. Turin is renowned for an eclectic selection of things, including hard chocolate, Fiat cars, and the mysterious Turin Shroud. Popular for its proximity to the ski slopes in winter, in summer Turin is a cultural and historic hub. Its legacy as the brief capital of Italy before the country’s unification is still evident in the grandeur of its streets, which are smattered with monuments to Savoy royalty and lined with arcaded shops and cafes. The atmosphere of the city is distinctly calm, but still with a real sense of the typically Italian bustle and life, making it the perfect base from which to venture out and explore the wine towns and villages of Piemonte as well as the historically important sites of the region.

Cultural highlights of Turin

The Mole Antonelliana, with its distinctive spire and cinema museum, the Piazza Castello at the heart of the city, the grand Savoy Palazzo Reale, the former senate-house and prison Palazzo Madama, the historic and elegant cafes, the Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista, where the Turin Shroud is currently held, the Museo Egizio, dedicated to Egyptian artefacts, the Reggia di Venaria Reale, one of the largest royal residences in the world, the Basilica di Superga, final resting place of the Savoy family, and the Castello di Rivoli, bursting with contemporary art.

Festivals in Turin

The summer in Turin is punctuated by a number of festivals. The Festival delle Colline Torinesi sees a number of local and national theatre productions take to the stage. The International Jazz Festival of Torino also takes place in the summer and is most enjoyable in the evenings. It attracts a number of famous international names. To appreciate authentic Italian music, attend the Traffic Torino Free Festival, where performers capture the best of each genre on various stages. In November, however, visit Turin to see the Turin International Contemporary Art Festival, which features pieces from 150 of the world’s most well-respected art galleries. In the autumn, the Terra Madre attracts thousands of chefs from across the world. For something more modern and unique, attend either the VIEW Conference or VIEW Fest, both of which look at emerging developments in 3D technology and digital cinema.

Gastronomy in Turin

Around the city, you will come across the three main venues for Turin’s characterful cuisine: the restaurants, the eating houses, and the small international eateries. In this way, Turin offers everything from fine dining to cosy, authentic, hearty meals. Antipasti is particularly popular here, encompassing Albese meat, vol au vent, omelettes, and tuna soup. The seafood influence that is most evident in the dishes of the restaurants, is a result of the many nationals who moved north from southern Italy. Pasta, too, plays a large part in the cuisine of the area. Try tajarin, pasta made with egg, buckwheat pasta soups, butter and sage ravioli, or risotti with beans and salami. Other key ingredients in the hearty food include braised meats and cheese, especially gorgonzola. For dessert, we would recommend trying one of the many chocolate and nut based cakes. Gianduiotto is the most famous chocolate from Turin.

Travel around Turin

Being in such a large city necessitates good transport links. The trains in from and to Turin ensure that travelling to and from your destination is incredibly easy, particularly if you are visiting as part of a rail touring itinerary. Within the city, the bus and tram links are also exceptionally comprehensive, running from 5am until 12am. It is very convenient to move from one side of the city to the other by public transport, meaning that every attraction is within easy reach. This is also a better option to driving around with a hire car. It is important to remember that most tickets run with a time limit as well as a destination.

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