to Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese.
off, I'd like to express my extreme gratitude and thanks to my friend
Giancarlo Pistoja for making our visit to the Alfa Romeo facility so enjoyable
2003, my girlfriend and I made plans to tour Italy. I have always wanted
to visit the Alfa Museum, so we made certain that Milano was on the itinerary.
We arranged to arrive at the Malpensa airport which is a short distance
from central Milan. We actually passed the Alfa factory in Arese while
on a shuttle bus between the airport and the Milano Centro Termini (train
station). I was able to see the famous Alfa Romeo sign from the Autostrada.
I wanted to stop there and then, but we had decided to postpone the Alfa
factory visit to the end of our trip since we would be flying back to
the States from Malpensa 9 days later.
intervening 7 days, we did lots of traveling - visiting the Cinque Terre
(highly recommended on any Italian holiday), Rome, Florence and Sienna
as well as Milano (of course). Italy is a beautiful and fascinating country,
but, since this is an Alfa Romeo related web page, I'll skip to the last
2 days of the trip when we arrived back in Milano. Send me an email if
you want some travel tips for Italy itself!
fortunate to have as a long-time friend, Giancarlo Pistoja - an engineer
with Alfa Romeo. He showed us around the Museum which was fantastic given
his level of knowledge on each of the cars. He is also a transaxle Alfa
aficionado, owning both a 75 3 liter and a GTV (Alfetta) 2 liter.
as we arrived back in Milano, I called Giancarlo and he explained that
the best and fastest way to reach the Alfa Centro Direzionale (where the
museum is located) is via taxi. This only took about 30 minutes and we
arrived in early afternoon. If you intend to visit the factory, you will
need to make prior arrangments (see the Alfa
Romeo Web Site for details). Have the taxi drop you off at the security
gate just outside of the plant offices - not the remote one near the car
met us at the guard booth and we had to pass through security before proceeding
to the museum. The entire museum was an incredible experience. It is much
larger and more comprehensive than I had expected. You can follow a chronological
history of Alfa Romeo by starting on the upper floors and moving downward.
I saw the first car built by Alfa (actually, a Darracq) and the first
Alfa - in incredible condition. One of the unusual aspects of the museum
is that the cars are not cordoned off - you can walk straight up to them,
look at various angles, maybe even climb under them if you wished. It
was also rather quiet. In the few hours we were there, we saw only 2 other
groups visiting the museum. I'd also recommend allowing an entire day
to take everything in!
(of the hundred or so) cars on display is worthy of its own section in
this page, however, here are some of the more interesting photo's we took.
the graininess of some of the pictures - the light in the museum sometimes
made for difficult camera work.
picture shows the interesting pedal arrangement on many of Alfa's early
cars. The accelerator (gas) pedal is in the middle, the brake is on the
right, the clutch on the left. Giancarlo told me that this makes driving
this car quite challenging given how used we are to having the accelerator
on the right.
was one of my favorite cars. The 1951 Alfetta 159. An impressive engineering
feat as it was capable of producing 425 hp with only a 1.5 liter engine
(in 1951)! It also has the famous deDion rear axle later used by Alfa
Romeo in its transaxle series of cars (Alfetta, Giulietta, GTV, GTV6,
Milano (75), SZ Zagato etc.).
1931 Bimotore Monoposto "Tipo A". It had two engines, two driveshaft.
That's Giancarlo on the right, me on the left.
8C 2300 - perhaps one of the most beautiful Alfa's on display.
TI Super, 1962.
very pleased to see that the museum included an original Alfetta - a car
very much like this was the first car I ever owned. This is a 1972 model.
original GTV6. Giancarlo explained that this car had been used for driving
around inside the factory grounds until it was retired and placed on display
in the museum.
had made unusual arrangements for us to visit the Alfa Romeo Test facity
(track) in Balocco - click
here for this story and pictures of an Alfa 147 GTA.