First post- Greetings all! Just returned from a fantastic "car week" in the heart of Italy, the greater Modena area. My weekend started with the German GP at Hockenheim (I currently live the Heidelberg). Then drove down to Lucerne on Monday and spent one evening. Drove to Modena Tuesday morning and relaxed the rest of the afternoon. We stayed at a B&B called Podere Prasiano just outside Modena. It was a beautifully renovated farm house, and the owner made us feel more like family than just guests. The meals were all fresh prepared and delicious. Wednesday started with a trip to the Ferrari Museum, then coach tour through the factory and Fiorano test track (where we caught a glimpse of Alonso and Massa coming out of the Scuderia building). Unfortunately, we were not able to take pictures or get out of the coach... Then, lunch at Cavallino Restaurant across the street from the factory. Then onto Warm-Up (next to the Museum) for my 90 minute 458 Italia drive, 60 minutes on road, 30 minutes on track with former 355/430 Challenge Champion Instructor. Thursday started with a tour of Museo Enzo Ferrari, beautiful new building! Then went to a private tour of Museo Stanguellini. The tour was run by a mechanic that has worked for the racing family for 50 years. Beautiful collection of vehicles and the Automobilia collection was unbelievable. Friday was a private tour of Pagani Factory (which is more like a shop). It's nice to see there are still skilled craftsmen hand building vehicles. Every nut/bolt has Pagani inscribed into them. All carbon panels are made in house. They currently have 40 outstanding orders, which is twice the amount they are used to. Thus, they are moving to a larger facility soon. At the end of the tour, I met Mr. Pagani, shook his hand, and took a picture with him in the showroom. He also signed a 1/43 limited edition model I purchased in the lobby, very exciting! I will certainly return for a visit soon. I have never met so many people that are absolutely passionate and proud of their heritage and accomplishments. As well as friendly and accommodating. Viva Italia!