The MAUTO - Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile – Italian national automobile museum boasts one of the rarest and most interesting collections of its kind, with over 200 original cars from 80 brands from all over the world. The oldest nucleus of the collection is linked to the story of its founder, Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, who gathered cars, chassis, and engines with enthusiasm and determination. The cars on display represent creativity, technical excellence, and manufacturing know-how but equally important are the stories linked to each piece of the collection, each protagonist of a historical, sporting, social, or customary conquest: the exhibition itinerary traces the continuous evolution of the automobile, narrating projects successfully completed (or ended unsuccessfully), the result of the great passion for progress that prompted builders, entrepreneurs, and pilots to focus on the symbolic means of transport of the twentieth century.
At MAUTO, every visitor can discover these stories starting from the visionary project of the Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, to continue with the first experiments of the nineteenth-century steam carriages and the elegant little cars of the early twentieth-century, which saw the affirmation of an engine above all, the internal combustion engine, the absolute symbol of man's continuous tension towards speed. Decade after decade aerodynamics, technology, and continuous innovations lead the visitor to the projects of the future, in search of a sustainable world thanks also to young experiments.