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An Exclusive Road Trip to Modena

By Scott Jawns

Visit the Collezione Umberto Panini Motor Museum

Feel the excitement mount as your luxury cruise ship docks in the Port of Livorno - you are about to start your Italian road trip. Livorno is a Renaissance-era port city on the Tuscan coast about 25km south of Pisa. Step on to dry land and our professional Meet and Greet team will be waiting for you with the keys to your exotic Porsche 911 4S Convertible. There are no queues, no waiting and no rushing around looking for us. All the paperwork is done - just slide in behind the wheel, settle down and head to Pisa.

Your road trip will take you via Florence to Bologna and then Modena, a distance of around 205 km. Car enthusiasts will be wowed by the car culture in Modena with iconic museums, showrooms and exhibitions on display.

The 2-door Porsche 911 4S Cabriolet features a 3-Litre V6 engine and a 7-speed manual four-wheel-drive transmission. It has a top speed of 305km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. It offers four seats, making this the ideal drop-top model for a family or two couples travelling around northern Italy.

Test The Porsche 911 (992) 4S Convertible

For a stylish, safe and comfortable drive, the Porsche 911 (992) 4S Convertible features include Apple CarPlay, eight-speaker sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, Rearview Camera Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist. The Porsche Communication Management offers Real-Time Traffic and Voice Command Recognition. An open-air drive is the ultimate thrill to top off your luxury road trip and with the ‘S’ in the name you will be assured of a sporty drive. Head to the stylish boutique hotel, Relais I Miracoli, it has 8 rooms and offers stunning views of the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

Drive to Florence to see the iconic Statue of David by Michelangelo

After breakfast at the classy Relais I Miracoli Hotel, drive east on the A11/E76 scenic road for a trip of one and a half hours to Florence. You will arrive in time for a morning espresso and muffin at Ditta Artigianale. They source and roast their own coffee – you are in for a real treat. After coffee head to the Galleria dell'Accademia. Here you will find the world famous David sculpture, by Michelangelo. This massive statue was created between 1501 and 1504 and stands 5.17m high.

Bologna – a foodies’ paradise and home of Ducati

Your trip continues north to Bologna, a distance of around 110km. Enjoy this scenic drive along the E35. Bologna is a charming city of ancient Medieval style buildings. It is also a food lovers dream, offering the best of Italian produce and speciality dishes. Visit the Basilica di San Petronio, a huge Gothic church with 22 chapels. Then take a drive to the famous Fountain of Neptune, located in the Piazza del Nettuno. This massive bronze figure of Neptune was created in 1567 and stands in the water, surrounded by beautiful mermaids, spurting out water.

Car lovers must stop in at the Museo Ducati. It has a fabulous collection of racing motorcycles, equipment and racing memorabilia. Take a guided tour to learn more about this world famous brand.

Visit the Collezione Umberto Panini Motor Museum in Modena

Continue your drive to Modena, about an hour away and stop at the Umberto Panini Motor Museum. This is a unique, private museum that belongs to the Panini family. It offers an awe-inspiring display of Maserati models. The museum is located on an organic dairy farm called Hombre. Walk around and admire a collection of cars from 1926 onwards. There are 40 car models as well as unique vintage motorcycles and military vehicles. While you are here, you can also learn about the farm and the famous Parmesan cheese that it produces. Make sure you buy some cheese to take on your next picnic.

Time for a bite and your destination is the Restaurant Osteria Francescana. It is run by the famous chef Massimo Bottura, and has been listed as one of the World's 50 Best Restaurants.

After your meal, get a bird’s eye view of Modena. The Torre della Ghirlandina stands 86m high, towering over the city. It is a vital landmark in Modena and is visible from all over the city. Join a tour and learn that the Bell Tower has five bells, all tuned in C major, which were cast during the Renaissance period.Drop the top of your Porsche 911 4S Convertible and enjoy a leisurely sunset drive back to Pisa. The beautiful scenery and fresh air will rejuvenate your mind and spirit.  

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