Welcome to the new museum

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The “Tazio Nuvolari” Museum is dedicated to honour the memory of the unforgettable champion whom Ferdinand Porsche identified as “the greatest driver of the past, present and future”.

From 1920 to 1950, Nuvolari (Castel d'Ario 1892 – Mantova 1953) competed in around 350 motorcycle and car races, winning 161 of them (91 outright, 70 class wins). In his racing life, he also won two European Championships, five Italian Championships and five International Speed records.

The Museum is located within the beautiful structure of the fifteenth century Church of Carmelino, situated along the «Percorso del Principe», the walkway where the two most important monuments of the city, the Palazzo Ducale and the Palazzo Te, are found.

The Museum displays the trophies, plaques and cups which the “Flying Mantuan” won during his long racing career, as well as a rich collection of gold medals attesting his sporting achievements and his legendary life.

Very noticeable is some of Nuvolari’s well known sportswear: helmets, gloves, goggles, overalls and his legendary yellow tee shirt. Also to be found are several historic documents, as bills, certificates, personal letters and honours received. Amongst them the telegram sent to Nuvolari by Gabriele D’Annunzio after his victory in 1932 Targa Florio, and the reproduction of the golden turtle that the poet gave him with the dedication: “to the fastest man, the slowest animal”.

Finally one will find a selection of historical films and an exhibition of vintage scale models which will bring us back to the times when Nuvolari raced.


Welcome

WELCOME TO TAZIO NUVOLARI MUSEUM!

14 Tazio Nuvolari con Enzo Ferrari

Tazio Nuvolari (1,65 m tall and 55 kg in weight) was born in Castel d’Ario (nearby Mantua) on 16 November 1892 and died in Mantua on 11 August 1953. He began to race in 1920, when was 28 years old, and went on until 1950, first on motorcycles and then in cars. He was 58 when he drove his last race, winning it. During his sporting career he competed in 353 races (124 bike and 229 car events), won 105 overall and scored 77 class wins, recording 100 fastest laps. He won 7 Italian Championships (2 on bikes, 5 in cars) and even established 5 international speed records (3 on bikes, 2 in cars). He clocked a flying kilometre average speed of 330,275 km/h. Nuvolari was injured in several frightening accidents. He risked to die when his car burst into flames, or to be crushed by its weight when he got trapped into it. But nothing could ever stop him. His extraordinary performances made him into a legend. They coined many nicknames for him: “son of the devil”, “son of the wind”, “musketeer of the risk”, “Flying Mantuan”, “Nivola” (in the Mantuan dialect means “cloud”), “Campionissimo”, “Ace”, “Master”. Enzo Ferrari called him “the greatest of all”. According to Ferdinand Porsche he was “the greatest racing driver of all time”. Streets, squares and even three monuments have been dedicated to his memory in Mantua, Castel d’Ario and Rome.


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