Francesco Baracca and the "Cavallino rampante"

  • Francesco Baracca, aviator

Do you know the origin of the Ferrari logo?! Ask the Countess Paolina ...

Even if many people know Francesco Baracca, only few of them are aware of the fact the famous Ferrari Brand is strictly connected with his brilliant personality. 

Enzo Ferrari told this anecdote in one of his letters: "The story of cavallino rampante (prancing horse) is very simple yet fascinating. It was painted in the side of the plane of Francesco Baracca, an ace of the Italian Air Force and national hero of World War I. In 1923, when I won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna, I met the Count Enrico Baracca, father of the hero; after that, I met the Countess Paolina, mother of Francesco Baracca, who asked me to use her son’s horse on my car suggesting that it would bring me good luck."

Lugo is home to the interesting Baracca Museum, that contains precious documents, planes and memorabilia that give guests the possibility to gain precious insights into the hero’s life and vicissitudes.




AC Staff
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The texts are taken from the guide Art Cities in Emilia Romagna


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