While in Modena this September we thought we’d make a pit-stop at Modena’s Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari – and boy am I glad we did. As well as beautiful cars; Maseratis Ferraris and F1s displayed inside, the building itself is incredible too. The flowing lines of the roof, bright yellow highlights and reflections in the blue-tinted glass were mesmerising and echoed the curves of the cars themselves as well as the crystal clear sky and sparkling yellow sunshine. A Formula One feast for the eyes inside and mesmerising design outside in perfect tribute to Enzo Ferrari “If you can dream it you can do it”…
Enzo Ferrari’s Museum
The museum opened in March 2012 and the architecture is a slightly sci-fi and completely engaging. The sloping roof, designed to replicate the curves of a car bonnet, is bright yellow – the signature colour of The City of Modena and a colour that you’ll recognise from the background of Ferrari’s prancing horse logo. It’s a piece of architecture by Future Systems and Shiro Studio well worth a visit – I feel the building will become as iconic as some of the cars it is currently home to.
As we walked down the entrance road we came face to face with both modern and traditional – Enzo’s family home beautifully reflected in the new museum building with a turreted backdrop – so many contrasts.
Enzo Ferrari’s Birthplace
The futuristic building housing the cars stands in stark contrast next to the house where Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898. His former dwelling is now home to an interactive exhibition of the major events of his life. Enzo sold this house originally to fund construction of his first Ferrari racing car.
On the day we visited the exhibition was “GRAND PRIX – The Formula One World Championship Single-Seaters”. 20 amazing Formula One cars were on display – legends which told 40 years of racing history. For a few years I followed F1 and the names Senna, Brabham, Williams all brought back memories of Sunday afternoons keeping up with the tactics, strategies and speed of this exhilarating sport.
I’m guessing some of you petrol-heads just want to see the cars! I’m not a major motor buff but they were wonderful to see so here’s a photo tour of the cars and exhibits that we saw. If you’d like to visit in person the exhibition ends 28th January 2014.
When: The museum is open every day of the year, except Christmas and New Year’s Day, from 9.30am to 7pm 1st May – 30th September and 9.30am – 6pm 1st October – 30th April.
Full rate – €13
Under 26 and over 65 & Affiliated companies – €11
Children 6 to 10 years old, helpers of the disabled, military personnel, families with children over 5 years old – €9
Disabled visitors, children up to 5 years old
Where: Via Paolo Ferrari, 85, in Modena
For more details, see www.museocasaenzoferrari.
Suzanne Jones is creator, writer and photographer at The Travelbunny. When she’s not indulging her wanderlust you’ll most likely find her enjoying coastal walks in her home county of East Sussex, UK.
Suzanne co-writes Sussex Bloggers which showcases the best of East & West Sussex.