After a fantastic experience driving a Ferrari car on the race tracks in Modena in Italy, it is time to learn a bit more about the history of this super car. One of the best places to do so, is where it all started: at the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena.
Follow along to see what you can expect in the museum, while checking out some of the most incredible cars of their current collection.
Tour of the Enzo Ferrari Museum Modena
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In Italy, there are two museums for Ferrari-lovers that cannot be missed: the Museo Ferrari Maranelli and the Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena. On my visit, we checked out the Enzo Ferrari museum, which opened in 2012.
On site, there are two buildings for us to explore: Enzo Ferrari’s birthplace and a new exhibition gallery adjacent to the house. After we get our tickets, we start at the house, which has been restored to preserve the living space of Enzo Ferrari, as well as his garage.
With a guided Ferrari tour, we are taken along the highlights of the museum, to make it to the exhibition gallery in time for a movie about the history of Ferrari, which our guide tells us we don’t want to miss. We learned a lot of Ferrari facts along the way.
ENZO FERRARI’S HOUSE & WORKPLACE
We start our tour learning all about the gradual development of the Ferrari logo (yellow being the colour of Enzo’s hometown Modena and the initials SF for “Scuderia Ferrari”) and its brand as the best race cars out there, the childhood of Enzo Ferrari and how his passion for racing (and later building cars) started in his dad’s steel workshop.
The workplace, which used to belong to Enzo’s father, is white with large windows, so the workers had more day light and thus could work for longer work times each day. No slacking at the Ferrari headquarters, that’s for sure!
There is a whole section about all the different engines and Ferrari motors, a detailed history of every single car Ferrari has made, which is more interesting if you’re into all the tech details (which I am not so much), but I’m personally more interested in the personal story of how little Enzo turned his passion into a thriving business.
I loved hearing how Enzo was so dedicated to building his cars for speed (and speed alone), and how he had little interest in making cars for everyday use. He only did because he needed funding for his race team, but if it was up to them, his cars could only be seen on the circuit.
The futuristic looking main gallery (with a car bonnet-inspired roof) has two different exhibitions each year, and during our visit it was all about the Timeless Masterpieces of the Ferrari collection.
Before we check out the cars, a movie is projected on the tall white walls of the exhibition space, displaying the story of Enzo Ferrari’s life and his accomplishments and car developments over the years. All supported by dramatic opera music, to give everything some extra grandeur.
Then it’s time to have a close-up look at all the cars on display. There is a mix of unique, one-of-a-kind cars (going for many millions – if they even were on sale in the first place), as well as limited edition and various types of racing cars, both vintage as modern versions.
That Ferrari is an exceptional car brand, I already knew. But seeing the different cars from up close at the museo ferrari Modena and learning a bit more about the history of the brand and its founder Enzo Ferrari, I definitely have grown a bit more respect for it!
The combination of great design, exclusivity and great craftsmanship make Ferrari a unique car brand and this museum gave a great look into this world that I knew little about.
PLAN YOUR VISIT
The Enzo Ferrari Car Museum is located in the centre of Modena. You can arrive on foot, with public transport or by car. There is free parking at the back of the museum (via Giuseppe Soli 101). From Bologna to Ferrari museum in Modena, it’s about 55 minutes driving.
From Modena centrale train station, you can take bus 1, 3 or 9, getting off at Caduti in Guerra street and walking the last bit.
Also looking to visit the Museo Ferrari Maranelli? There is a special bus service connecting the two museums.
Factory Tours: While we had factory tours at Ducati and Lamborghini, we didn’t tour the Ferrari factory Italy on this trip, but this is possible at the museum in Maranello. They offer visitors exclusive Ferrari factory tours to the Fiorano track and along the Viale Enzo Ferrari boulevard in the factory complex. Do note that during these shuttle bus tours, you cannot get off the but and also don’t take any photos and/or videos. Tickets are 15 Euros. Read More.
Opening Hours: 09:30 to 19:00 (April to end October), until 18:00 November to end March.
Closed: December 25th and January 1st.
Tickets: 16 Euro (adults) 6 Euro (kids). There are also combination tickets with the museum in Maranelli. Avoid the queue and book your ticket in advance >>
Want to do a full day trip to the Enzo Ferrari Museum? Here are some great options:
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO ITALY!
Here is more information to help you plan your trip:
Time Zone in Italy? Italy is on Central European Summer Time, GMT+2
Currency in Italy? Euro (EUR). Check the latest exchange rate here.
Electrical Plugs in Italy? In Italy the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. The power plugs and sockets are either of type F (two round pins, thick or thin) and L (three round pins). The thick F-type pins won’t fit in the L-type pin, so always make sure to bring an adaptor that fits the 3-pin sockets as well!
We recommend getting a universal travel adapter to never worry about having the right plug on your travels!
Languages Spoken in Italy? Italian, but English is widely spoken, especially in the more tourist areas, such around Bologna and Modena.
Best time to visit Italy?The best time to visit Italy is either in the spring (April-June) or fall (September and October). In these months, the weather is fair and moderate and there will be fewer tourists around.
Insurance for Italy? Make sure to get travel insurance! We recommend checking out worldnomads.com
How to get to Italy? Check skyscanner.com for the best flights to Bologna >>
MAP FERRARI MUSEUM ITALY
Address Ferrari Modena: Via Paolo Ferrari, 85, 41121 Modena MO, Italy
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Disclaimer: I visited the Motorvalley in Italy and the museo Ferrari Enzo on invitation of the #STSRavenna Social Travel Summit conference, organised by iambassador and Emilia Romagna tourism. All opinions and photos in this article about the Modena Ferrari Museum are 100% my own.