A recent imbedded journalist on a journey through Umbria and Tuscany, I found myself onboard a luxury motor coach winding its way away from the rolling hills under the Tuscan sun into the flatter Emilia-Romagna and could think of only one thing: REDHEADS.
Not the Super Tuscan wines we recently left behind, but the sleek, fast-to-the-finish line redheads created by the late Enzo Ferrari: the Testa Rossa (redhead). We’re about to see a bevy of Il Commendatore‘s redheads inside the Museo Ferrari in Maranello.
I’m here for a VIP tour, but I can’t wait on the Ferrari girl, our guide for this visit. I want to get out front of my media mates, so, off I go in search of Enzo’s curvaceous redheads.
With over 3,500 square meters of surface space — including a Formula 1 simulator that lets you strap yourself in and give it a go — more than 250,000 visitors pass through the turnstiles of the Museo Ferrari annually to walk among the stable of legendary race cars that has won 31 Formula 1 World Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles and counting.
The industrial gray floors and white walls make the museum the perfect photo-shoot studio. Living up to what Cavaliere Ferrari once said, “Sono uno che ha sognato” (I am one who has dreamed), this place is a true auto racing aficionado’s dream come true.
Buffed to the nines, Enzo’s redheads, along with a few of his white and blue creations, just lie in wait to pose for the camera.
Close up, low, wide and overhead angles, I’m kneeling, hanging over railings and lying on my back to frame these red-hot beauties with my lens the best I can.
With everything to see, seen, I pack up my gear and take the proverbial checkered flag as I walk out of Enzo’s historic gasoline alley. I gotta tell you, it’s a real pity to have to leave all of those gorgeous redheads behind.
Note: Tom was part of an international media group invited along to sample a portion of Insight Vacations’ Country Roads of Italy journey. For more info on Insight, click here.