World's Best Drives: Cruising Through The Italian Countryside In A Ferrari 275
Fancy an adventure on the open road but don’t know where to begin? In this mini-series, World's Best Drives, we ask some of Asia’s most prominent petrol-heads to give us the low-down on their favourite road trips.
First up, we have Tatler 500 lister Joseph Fung, the director of architectural and design firm SP2. Read about his memorable road trip through the Italian countryside in a Ferrari 275 below:
One of my favourite road trips was Ferrari’s 275 Tour in 2004, a six-day, 1,670km drive to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Ferrari’s famous 275 model. Ferrari fans from around the world came for the drive, with more than 50 275s taking part.
The drive started and ended at the Fiorano Circuit in Maranello, Italy, where Ferrari tests all of its cars. We gathered at the track on the first day, soaking up the atmosphere and admiring all the 275s.
After that, we visited the Ferrari factory and museum. The drive follows roads that the marque used to test the 275 in the 1960s, so it’s important to start with a taste of Ferrari’s history.
Our road trip started in earnest on the second day, when we drove through the picturesque Tuscan countryside to Florence via the famous Vergato-Cereglio Hillclimb, where professional drivers first put the 275 through its paces.
Make sure to take that route, rather than the highway.
Early the next morning, we left Florence on winding rural roads, driving through the historic town of Volterra before stopping for lunch at Querceto Castle in Pomarance.
Ferrari’s testing routes pass many castles, and after lunch, we got back on the road and visited Villa Medicea di Camugliano, an estate that has been in the hands of the Niccolini family since 1634. After that, our cavalcade of Ferraris snaked back to Florence.
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The next day we explored the Chianti region, and the day after that, we tested our wheels on the Mugello Circuit, where Ferrari tests its Formula 1 cars. Finally, on our last morning, we drove our 275s from Florence back to Maranello.
Although this was a special occasion, the trip can be recreated by car fans—ideally in a Ferrari.
Distance travelled: 1,670 kilometres | Days on the road: 6 | Castles visited: 6
Car driven: Ferrari 275