The idea to create the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the raceway often simply called ‘Imola’, came about in the 1940s. It was the dream of four locals and Checco Costa: they wanted to build a permanent track based on the route already being used for motorcycle races in the surrounding hills. On 6 March 1950, the first stone was set, but it wasn’t until 25 April 1953 that the circuit had its grand opening with the Gran Premio Coni. Today it hosts the Formula 1 Superbike Gran Premio d’Italia and other motorcycle and race car competitions. The circuit is very difficult and requires professional skill, and is one of the few that runs in a counter-clockwise direction.
It’s a thrilling place at the heart of Motor Valley, one that offers a unique experience in which the history of engines is the star. In addition to the track, its halls and exhibition spaces are ideal for events, to be combined with different activities, such as exclusive driving experiences on the track or in professional driving simulators (GT Car Man simulator driving stations that offer an engaging driving experience and a thrilling challenge on the Imola raceway thanks to triple screens, a professional pedal board and racing seats).
It’s possible to visit the circuit on the Motor Shuttle, the Bus tour, or to take things ‘slow’ on foot or by bicycle, each offering a different perspective from which to learn about the history and characteristics of the racetrack. With its rises and drops, the circuit is also a great place to set the pace on a bicycle. Indeed, it can be rented for safe cycling workouts on perfect asphalt that’s traffic-free.
True enthusiasts can also reserve a spot for the Racetrack Parade, which lets groups drive two laps around the track escorted by a pace car, with stops at the starting grid and Tamburello curve, and a visit to the Ayrton Senna Memorial within the Parco delle Acque Minerali (Mineral Water Park, next to the track).
The park has long been a beloved natural area and today it’s entirely surrounded by the racetrack.
Each year, this large space hosts large concerts and internationally renowned events, such as the Mostra Scambio for vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles, organised by CRAME.
Within the racetrack there’s an info point (IF Imola Faenza Tourism Company), which provides detailed information about the region and advice on exploring and getting to know more about the circuit.