This is the city that spawned Fiat, so it is only fitting that the car is king at MAUTO, an innovative museum located south of the Parco del Valentino. One enters through the piazza, a futuristic covered courtyard that leads into the venue; the Atrium café and bookshop are off to the left as you come in. Alfa Romeos and lots of bright-red Ferraris feature heavily among the displays, which start with vintage cars from the days when road travel was only for the very wealthy. The exhibition then progresses through to factory-line mass production. Exhibits also highlight the social, financial, and environmental impact that combustion engines have had on the planet. The different areas of the museum include “Automobiles and the 20th century,” “Automobiles and Man,” and “Automobiles and Design.” You don’t need to be a car buff to appreciate the lovely lines of a Maserati, and this is the perfect place to bring kids who have traipsed around one too many baroque palazzi.

 

 

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