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Discovering the best Italian car and motorcycle private collections

by /// August 31, 2021
Estimated reading time: 6 minutes



Everybody knows that Emilia Romagna is a region historically devoted to speed and to the production of racing cars and motorcycles.

All along the Via Emilia, the historic road that cuts throughout Emilia Romagna, it is possible to meet “motoring” places unique in the world, where the passion and the myth of speed take a shape. And it is always here that the engineering and motor skills have merged into one that has given life to the best motor brands in the world, the best mechanics and the best drivers.

After having told you about the museums and the great brands of MotorValley today we lead you discovering part of the many great private collections that surrounded the Official Brands Museums. About 20 private structures, in fact, collect and preserve part of the national automotive history, a great heritage that is available to all the curious and passionate.

So if it is true that it is in Emilia Romagna that most of the Italian automobile museums are located, if it is from these lands that the best talents come from the motor industry, it is always in this region that are found the most beautiful and complete collections of the history of Italian motoring.

Vespa collection Mauro Pascoli

The Mauro Pascoli Vespa Collection, inaugurated in Ravenna on 10 May 2008, is a collection mainly dedicated to a legend of two Italian wheels: The Vespa. A place where the most beautiful pieces are not museumized, but still maintain a relationship with the street, with the signs of the kilometers made and the scars of the past. With this collection, Mauro Pascoli managed to involve not only the family but also many Vespa enthusiasts who spontaneously offered the museum useful material for the setting.


The “Mauro Pascoli Vespa Collection” is located in Ravenna – Via Faentina 175 / A

Opening time:

Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 12.30pm and from 2.30pm to 6.00pm.
Monday and Friday only by appointment contacting the phone number +39 0544 502078.
Closed on holidays and during holiday periods reported on the site.
Reservations are recommended for groups. Free entry.

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Vespa Collection Mauro Pascoli – Ph.

The National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum finds its origins from the common passion for the motion of three friends: G. Corvatta, G. Savoretti and T. Zaghini; that in December 1993, by joining their private collections, they conceived and set up the first Motorcycle Museum open to the public in Italy.

The museum was created with the specific aim of dealing with the subject of the “Motociclo” from its origins to the present day.

Inside, visitors and cycling enthusiasts will find around 250 specimens belonging to 55 different brands, arranged chronologically according to the history of this fantastic two-wheeled vehicle.


The Museum is located in the Rimini countryside – Casalecchio Street 58 / N and has huge open spaces for events and clubs, groups and associations.

Opening time:

Open every day from 9:30 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00.

(November-April) Open only by reservation for at least 10 people.

Info: Tel. +39 0541-731096
Mob. +39 347 1844267

Pollini Collection

The Pollini Collection can be visited as if it were a real journey into the costumes and history of our country from the 50s to the early 2000s and the cars that marked those years.

The Bolognese Giovanni Pollini has managed to build over time a rich collection of model cars, brochures, specialized magazines, vintage drawings and other objects that gravitate around the car world. There are also plenty of car models, made available by various collectors depending on the topics covered in the guided tours.


The Pollini collection is located in Via Guido Rossa 7, close to the Autocarrozzeria 3T in Casalecchio di Reno BO.

Opening time:

Visit only by reservation contacting the +39 051 520311, please phone after 8.00 pm.

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The Pollini Collection – Ph

Motorcycle DEMM Museum

DEMM was an Italian metalworking and motorcycle industry active from 1919 to 1988 and that for part of its history was located in Porretta Terme, Bologna.

The DEMM museum, established in May 2005, was created thanks to the passion and stubbornness of Mazzini Mosè and his father Giuliano, at the time mechanical engineer of DEMM, who brought back to the old splendor many examples of the company’s motorcycle production.

Inside the Museum you can visit, in addition to the models of the 60s, the real rarity such as the notorious “torpedo” that won in 1956, 24 world records on the Monza circuit and other sports bikes that allowed the DEMM to excel in the Italian mountain championships in the years 1961, 1962 and 1963.

The DEMM museum is the result of the research, the recovery, the restoration, and the enhancement of documents made by the Mazzini Family, which also manages the structure.


The DEMM museum is located in Mazzini Street, 230 / A in Porretta Terme – BO

Opening time:

Visits to the Collection are possible only by appointment by calling +39 320 0533370 or writing to the mail address

Scortichino Museum

The Scortichino Museum in Bondeno, Ferrara, is a private museum that collects Italian and foreign motorcycles from the 50s until the 90s, with models for competition, cross-country, trial, tourism, as well as everyday models such as Vespa or Lambretta. The museum project envisages a continuous renewal of the vehicle fleet with the periodic addition of new historical elements restored and/or preserved.

The Museum is also a center for enthusiasts and often hosts motorcycle rallies of motorcyclists, thanks also to the large wooded park that surrounds it and to stunning nature that surrounds it.


The museum is located in Cimarosa Street 44012, Scortichino di Bondeno – FE

Opening time:

The Museum is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00.
Visits are available only by appointment
Tel. +39 338 3322384.

Bariaschi Motorbike Museum

The Emilio Bariaschi Motorcycle Museum in Guastalla, Reggio Emilia, preserves motorcycles produced between the end of the Second World War and 1965. Because of its historical characterization, the Museum is a sort of time machine that tells the roaring years of motorcycling in Italy and the first economic boom, a period in which Italian companies like Gilera, Moto Guzzi and MV have imposed themselves and have become famous all over the world.


The Museum is located in Via San Giuseppe, 16 / A in Guastalla (RE), about 30 km from Parma, Reggio Emilia, and Mantua.

Opening time:

The Museum is open every Saturday from 10.30 to 12.30.
For all other days, we recommend booking at +39 338 8969989.

The Panini Collection

The Panini family’s collection of cars is perhaps the most complete collection of Maserati cars in the world.

In fact, in 1996 Umberto Panini decided to buy about 19 cars belonging to the official Maserati brand collection and to exhibit them in his private facility. The lovers will find themselves in front of the most historic models of the Trident house from 1926 onwards, treated with loving care by the Panini family and handed down from generation to generation by Umberto to his son Matteo.

In this private museum, there are also many vintage motorcycles, most of which are produced in Emilia-Romagna, collectible bicycles and military vehicles.


The collection is located in Modena, Via Corletto Sud n° 320 and can be visited only by written request in the months of March, April, May, June, July, September, and October.

Opening time:

Monday to Friday 9.00am – 12.30pm; 2.30pm – 6.00pm
Saturday from 9:00 to 12:30.
Closed on Sundays.
Guided tours for groups with reservations required.
Visits to less than 6 people are not guaranteed.

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Panini Collection – Ph. Panini Collection

The Scuderia San Martino

The first structure of Scuderia San Martino Museum can be traced back to the 50s when some wealthy inhabitants of the country of Reggio Emilia (including Giulio Campari, then owner of the famous beverage company) began collecting the cars of the time. Since that time the Museum of San Martino in Rio has grown in size and today has an exhibition area of 650 square meters, where there are about forty cars.

The Museum is part of various cultural circuits and together with the Scuderia San Martino, the race department, it is a member of ASI and shares its status in the recognition of international motoring culture.


The Museum is located in Via Barbieri, 1242018 in San Martino in Rio (RE)

Opening time:

The Museum is Open every Sunday from 10: 30-12: 30 / 15.30 to 18:30
Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.00 to 12.00 and every Monday evening from 21.00 to 24.00 by appointment.
Every Friday from 21:00 to midnight.
Entrance ticket Euro 5.00.
Tel.+39  0522 636133

Bruno Nigelli Collection

Over 300 motorcycles, with vintage pieces, and some unique cases that tell the story of the Bologna motorcycling, here is the substance of the Bruno Nigelli Collection that, with its over 80 manufacturers and Brands, has created a unique reality in the world.

The Museum is completed with a collection of “horns” of every age, from the trumpets of Laurel and Hardy films to the marine sirens up to the modern pneumatic horns and a collection of about 250 Italian and foreign motorcycle engines.


The Bruno Nigelli collection is located in Via Giuseppe Venturi, 3 Monte San Pietro – BO

Opening Time:

Visits only by appointment, Tel. +39 051 676 6792

Old Racing Spare Parts

The private Museum of Mario Sassi is a collection of historical motorcycles and other objects of Ducati brand from its origins (1926) to the 90s: from the first high-tech products such as radios, cameras and mechanical calculators to the prestigious motorcycles of the company.

Old Racing Spare Parts is set up as a unique collection, featuring all the most important Ducati models that have made the history of motorcycling: from the single-cylinder Desmo to the 750 GT-S, from the 750 SS to the 900 SS and MHR 900-1000. Also on display is a Laverda 750 along with other very rare models.


The private collection of Mario Sassi is located in Casalgrande of Reggio Emilia, Via Statale 11 / J.

Opening time:

Visits are allowed only by telephone appointment to the num. +39 338 3228402.
Groups of up to 20 people are allowed.


Walter Manni

Explorer and Adventurer: loves sailing the oceans, climbing the highest mountains and surfing on the waves of the web

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