The town where dreams are made
Trip Start Dec 19, 2007
32Trip End Apr 16, 2008
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Getting there was a bit of a problem. We missed the cheap train by 10 min (we were told the wrong time by someone at the train station) and forced to take the eurostar. It's a non stop faster option aimed at business and non backpacking travellers.
While waiting in the train station that morning we were joined by a group of 4 gypsies in the train station. It was quite the site. At first they were all walking around and joking. Then as mo people starting filling into the train station the began to get into character. All of them had crutches and we sat there and watched them practice their limp. They were very well trained. We even saw one of the guys begging later with a full body trembling action. Quite the show they put on.
Anyways, after the train ride we caught a bus to Sant'agata. A local on the bus gave us directions how to find the factory. We approached to find a car park full of Audi's. I imagine since the Audi group bought the Lamborghini company employees must get great deals. Arriving to the front doors was exactly how we expected it. Lamborghini's driving around everywhere and the constant roar of the engines coming to life.
Our tour consisted of the two of us and one other guy our age from Austria
The first thing we saw were all of the cars that had passed the road tests and ready to be shipped out. Row upon row of these beauties (that's what it's all about!). We also noticed a brand new M3 sitting outside of their Research and Development building. Obviously spying on the competition! We headed into the production line and saw a series of Murcielago's in each stage. There are stations that the cars sit at for 3 hours where they are worked on by hand. No robots, just incredible. When we got to the end we saw a funny looking murcielago with sharp corners. Turned out to be the new Reventon. They said that we were witnessing history as it was the first ever production Reventon. 1 of 20 to be produced. Could it get any better? Yes. After spending some time in this area we went to the area where the interiors are assembled. When a person orders one, they are so customizable to the extent that you pick the color of thread in the seats. They said that because of this basically no two are identical. They allowed us to each pick our favorite color of Lamborghini leather and gave us a piece, pretty cool. Then a lady came over, put it under a press a put the bull logo into it just as it is on each seat. A major benefit of being in such a small group. The tour was over after this and we were free to take pictures in the museum. On our way out we even saw one of two concept Reventons outside that was being revealed. Very cool!
Overall an amazing experience. A long day trip from Venice but possibly once in a lifetime.