Cars, motorcycles and aircrafts: Bassa Romagna tells its history with its passion for the roar of the engines through the lives of heroes, symbols and past life styles.
The itinerary takes you to discover museums, monuments, documents and historical finds that tell ancient stories to run and fly in the land where the symbol of the prancing horse was born through a journey for the lovers of cars, vintage motorcycles and flying aces epic stories.
- Interests: Motor Valley, History
- Duration: 48 h
- Target: Famiglie, Gruppi, coppie
- When: Tutto l’anno
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FIRST STOP, Lugo
Francesco Baracca (Lugo 1888 – 1918) was an important aviator and thanks to his many victories he is considered as the Italian Ace of Aces of the First World War. In Lugo it is possible to deepen the knowledge of this leading personality of our history visiting the Museo Baracca, the Monument in the square dedicated to him and the Grave Chapel decorated by the Lugo-born artist Roberto Sella.
The Museum is located in a Liberty-style building that was his birthplace and it keeps relics, some of the hero’s objects and historical documents as well as the SPAD VII, the aircraft dated 1917 that he piloted during one of his 34 victories.
Francesco Baracca’s personal badge, a black horse with its fore feet raised, in 1923, few years after the end of the war, was donated by his mother donated to Enzo Ferrari: the symbol, with a couple of modifications (the tail position and the background colour), appeared on the sport cars driven by Ferrari for Alfa Romeo and later the cars produced by Ferrari with the business he established after World War II. Today the emblem is still the symbol of the red cars.
Moreover there is the permanent installation of a special flight simulator open to the public on demand that recreates the historical landscape of 1915-1918 and the present one perceiving its historical values and transformations and, at a glance, you will discover the deep transformations that occurred over a century.
For those who prefer to take action, at the small Aeroporto F. Baracca it is possible to fly with the instructors and see Bassa Romagna from above admiring all the aspects that cannot be seen from the ground. The airport hosts the National helicopter school (Scuola Nazionale Elicotteri).
SECONDA TAPPA, Fusignano
Romagna Air Finders Museum and Mauricette Primo Contoli Museum
The Romagna Air Finders Museum in Fusignano displays finds and relics recovered by the association’s volunteers engaged in research and excavations at sites where some aircrafts of the Second World War were buried, sometimes with some missing aviators. The finds are recovered, cleaned, organised and partially released and certified by the military authorities. Some of these create the collection in the two exhibition centres that includes personal possessions, clothing, uniforms, inert weapons, equipment, documents and various curiosities, thoroughly organised. The exhibition is completed by explanatory scenic panels and a specific catalogue.
In Fusignano the passion for history and vehicles finds its expression in the Museo Mauricette Primo Contoli that displays an interesting collection of historical cars and motorcycles donated to the community by the couple Contoli. It is possible to admire the Gilera, the Triumph Junior, the Fabrique Nationale M50, The Fiat 521 and the Citroën 5cv Bateaux.