4 awesome car museums you can find in Italy

No, I'm not speaking of Ferrari and Lamborghini...

24w ago

Italy has a great car history, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Alfa and Lancia, Maserati and Pagani, there's surely plenty of choice for petrolheads that wants to have a full immersion on Italian car culture. Stepping a little bit further from the holy trinity of car museums, (Ferrari Museum in Maranello, Museo casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena and Mudetec or Lamborghini Museum in Sant'Agata Bolognese) another alternative and less mainstream tour is available in Turin.

In this beautiful city, birthplace of Fiat, is possible to find four interesting museums dedicated to cars and car's history.

MAUTO ( Museo dell'Automobile di Torino)

A true journey through car history, the Mauto offers a permanent collection of more than 200 veichles. Starting from Leonardo Da Vinci's visionary projects to modern evolution of the most popular and variegated way to move ever developed. Along with the permanent exhibition the museum offers multiple temporary displays, changing from time to time, showing retrospective focused on certain cars, photographic collections and so on. Going deeper on what the museum offers to the visitors, it's possible to book a visit to their Documentation center, where to find book, newspapers and photos. Another interesting must see is the Open Garage, a collection of 70 rare cars located in the basement of the museum, where they're restored and studied. On top of all it's also possible to have a peek to the Restoration Center, and to have a closer look to how cars are preserved and brought back to their original splendor. Sadly the Museum is temporarily closed due to the pandemic.

More info here.

Centro Storico Fiat

Turin is the birthplace of Fiat (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) and close to the building where all started is located Centro Storico Fiat. This place is a piece of Italian history, Fiat has played a great part in the story of the Boot, and at Centro Storico Fiat, it's possible to find out every shade of this company. Cars, cars and cars, but also planes, tractors and engines, vintage advertise and a great variety of products labelled Fiat. Among the pieces displayed there's also the Fiat Mephistopheles, a car with an aeroplane engine that broke the Land Speed Record in 1924. The museum also offers the possibility to visit the corporate archives (only over appointment) where is possible to find design projects, historical films and magazines and a lot more. The admission ticket is free, like the Mauto, the museum is temporarily closed. In regular times it's open every Sunday from 10 to 7 p.m.

More info here.

Heritage Hub

In the historical site of Mirafiori, one of the most important factories of Fiat, it's possible to find Heritage Hub. Fully restored and transformed in a bright and wide exhibition area, Heritage Hub still recalls the style of the old factory. More than 250 vehicles are on display, narrating the history of Fiat, Lancia and Abarth, with exclusives pieces and eight thematic areas. There's something fro any taste, from glorious rally cars to small and affordable old cars that helped to motorize the country. A section is dedicated to Concepts and one-off cars, another one to Motorsport legends, there's a section dedicated to innovative designs and Eco-sustainability, enough to leave open mouth every petrolhead. The bad news is that apparently the exhibition area is not open yet to visitors, the good news is that probably when the will kinda be back to normality, would be possible to visit the museum.

More info here.


A few Kilometres from Turin, it's possible to find some rarities, displayed in the Pininfarina Headquarters. Pininfarina is one of the major brand of Italian design, the company, founded in 1930 by Battista Farina has since ever a strong collaboration with Ferrari. Among the many car designed there are also Lancia, like the Delta S or the Alfa Romeo Spider. The exhibition area is modern and interactive, on display the visitors can find old and new cars, in a panoramic look to the history of this great design company. Obviously the museum is temporarily closed...

More info here.

Personally I plan to visit these museums soon, sadly at the moment everything it's uncertain, here at least, nevertheless it's never too early to plan...

Which one would you like to visit?

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Comments (24)

  • The Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese

      5 months ago
  • We visited the FIAT museum a few years ago after staying in one of the hotels in the Lingotto.

    There were some lovely cars in there and the sense of the history of FIAT.

      5 months ago
  • Fantastic and straightforward article! I hope this stupid virus goes away soon cause i really want to visit italy. Thanks for the guide!

      5 months ago
    • You're welcome, thanks! Glad to be helpful and I'm hoping as well we'll be out of this madness soon 😅

        5 months ago
  • Torino's a great city to visit. Besides MAUTO you can visit all the locations from the Italian Job. And there's plenty of non-car stuff for the rest of the family to see and do. But it's not a tourist destination, so you don't have to deal with crowds.

      5 months ago
  • Pininfarina

      5 months ago