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Shops in Italy

Postby Serafa » Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:57 pm

In two weeks I will be with my wife in Italy and we will stay in Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome.

Of course, I'm planning to pay a visit to the Ferrari museum in Maranello and the Montana restaurant (thanks for the hint, Ian!) on the way from Venice to Florence.

I was looking for a few Ferrari Collection cheap models and maybe some other interesting Italian racing models. I know that next to the Ferrari museum there is a store called Warmup that sells models from Brum, Red Line, and others.

Any ideas to buy some good 1:43 models in the country? Any suggestions from our Italian folks?
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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby Jager » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:36 am

Sounds like a great trip Bruno. I'm sure you'll come back 5kg heavier after all that fantastic Italian food and wine.

While you'll find the food and wine cheap, unfortunately the same can't be said for models. Despite numerous trips to Italy in the last 10 years I've only bought a handful of models there as generally you can find them much cheaper online (especially when you live outside the EU and can buy tax free). Unfortunately Maranello seems to be the worst place to buy models because price levels are set for tourists, not serious collectors. The little Brumm Abarth I bought in Maranello in June could have been found Euro 10 cheaper online.

Nevertheless, I like browsing the model shops when I'm in Italy. Most model shops usually have either "Modellisimo" (ie Models) or "Giocattoli" ("Toys") in their name, so use these words to Google for shops that may be near your locations. Just check their websites first as some may only sell radio controlled cars, or plastic kits.

Here are a few that I know.

Maranello
You'll find 4 or 5 shops scattered around Maranello. Here's a few others not far from the Ferrari factory and museum :

Giorgio Garci
Via Claudia, 135
http://www.giorgiogiochi.com/

Shopping Formula 1
Via Abetone Inferiore, 23
http://www.shoppingformula1.it/

Hors Ligne
Via A. D. Ferrari, 11
http://www.horsligne.it/

Florence :
There are a few model shops on the outskirts of Florence, but only one I've found in the city centre. It's just a short walk from the Duomo.

Dreoni Giocattoli Modellismo
Via. Cavour 31/33
http://www.dreoni.it/dreoni_infinity/cms/

Rome :
There are quite a few model shops scattered around Rome. I don;t get there very often, so haven't saved the details other than this one.

Modellismo 90
Largo Gaetano de Sanctis, 6
http://www.modellismo90.it/dove.asp?lingua=en

Just remember that some stores are closed on Sundays and sometimes Mondays, and additionally sometimes from 1pm - 3:30pm on weekdays for the usual Italian siesta so its best to plan ahead.

On your way from Venice to Florence, you might also consider a visit to the Lamborghini museum halfway between Bologna and Modena.
https://www.lamborghini.com/en-en/experience/museum

You'll also find model shops in Modena and Bologna as well.
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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby Alfaholic » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:51 am

Bruno, can I also suggest you find time to visit the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia and my personal favourite the (small) Tazio Nuvolari Museum in Mantua if you get time - both are lovely towns with other attractions and good "aperitivo hours".
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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby Featherless_Biped » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:07 am

Thanks, Ian. I will be in Florence, Rome and a few other smaller Italian towns next month so this is good information. Those store hours sound a lot like those observed in Paris. :?

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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby Jager » Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:25 am

RT, when will you be in Florence ? I'll also be in Bologna, Florence and Rimini from the 25th to 30th Sept.
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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby Featherless_Biped » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:25 pm

Ian, PM sent.

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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby DeadCanDanceR » Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:04 pm

Take photos if you get to meet each other! :)
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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby Jager » Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:18 am

Here's a few model shops I've come across in other parts of Italy which may help people on their travels :

Lake Como
Mantovani Modellismo
Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 74,
Como

Bologna
Ta-Boo Giocattoli Modellismo
Via San Felice 24A,
Bologna
http://www.ta-boo.it/

Lucca
Disco Rosso
Via S. Paolino, 67,
Lucca

Milan / Monza
Strangely I've not been able to find any model shops in Milan. The closest seems to one in Monza, 30 minutes away (though I haven't managed to get there yet) :

ModellismoBaracca
Via Francesco Baracca, 17,
Monza
http://www.modellismobaracca.com/37-die-cast-auto-1-43
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Re: Shops in Italy

Postby Serafa » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:10 pm

Ian, I will thank you forever for having so much patience on doing this fantastic guide! I have no words to thank you.

I will have a look at your suggestions during the weekend. I need time to digest everything.

Cheers!

Alfaholic wrote:Bruno, can I also suggest you find time to visit the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia and my personal favourite the (small) Tazio Nuvolari Museum in Mantua if you get time - both are lovely towns with other attractions and good "aperitivo hours".


Fantastic! If you didn't tell me, I would have missed it. I will definitely stop over to see this one. It's also perfect because it's right in the middle of the way to Venice. Thanks!
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