I've never had a thing with cars. Boyfriend, on the other hand… So when we decided to travel to Italy for our big 2016 vacation, visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum Modena and the Ferrari Museum Maranello was a must.
Unfortunately, the Maranello Museum was closed for an event when we were there, but we did get to enjoy the Enzo Ferrari Museum!
The Enzo Ferrari Museum Modena: back to the source
The Museum Enzo Ferrari Modena is located where Enzo Ferrari's birth house used to be and where his father's workshop still stands. Instead of the house where Enzo Ferrari grew up, there's now a futuristic looking mega hall dedicated to the history of Ferrari and different models Enzo designed.
The main hall
When we got there, a movie was just about to start so we hurried in to see that movie projected entirely on one side of the large museum hall. It was an ode to all the Ferrari cars that had ever appeared in movies, both Italian and international ones.
When the movie was done, the lights went back on and we could admire the smooth design of the halls. Really, the architecture of this museum alone is worth a visit.
I definitely was more fascinated by it than Boyfriend, who walked from car to car, reading all the information panels and making remarks I could only nod my head at, pretending I knew what he was talking about.
But even though I'm not into the technical side of cars, I couldn't deny the beauty of the designs we saw. I especially liked that most of the cars exhibited were older moderns, which is because this Ferrari museum is dedicated to the life of Enzo Ferrari and thus models designed after his death don't get a place here – except for the Ferrari Enzo, designed in honor of and named after the founder of the brand.
Besides Ferrari cars, the museum also exhibits a few other cars from the region, like Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
The Engine Museum
What used to be Enzo Ferrari's father's workshop has been completely restored and turned into an engine museum. Aside from engines, you can also see more car models here as well as a race boat.
I found this part a bit less interesting, but that's probably because I'm not that interested in engines :-)
Modena, the Ferrari hometown
Being the birthplace of Enzo, Modena can be seen as the Ferrari hometown, especially as Enzo loved his city and the love was – and still is – mutual.
Take a look at the Ferrari flag, for example: the symbol of a horse against a yellow background. Or at the yellow roof of the Enzo Ferrari Museum. Yellow is the color of Modena.
He may be gone, but in Modena, Enzo Ferrari is still very much alive.
Museum Enzo Ferrari Modena
Via Paolo Ferrari 85
There's a free parking space at the back of the museum, in via Giuseppe Soli 101
Ferrari Museum Modena opening hours:
– 1 November to 31 March: daily (holidays included) from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– 1 April to 31 October: daily (holidays included) from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
– Closed: 25 December, 1 January.
Enzo Ferrari Museum tickets:
Tickets for the museum can be bought online or at the counter. You can buy a ticket just for the Museum Enzo Ferrari Modena, or a combi-ticket for the Museum Enzo Ferrari Modena and the Museum Ferrari Maranello, in which case a discount applies. Check the website for up-to-date ticket prices, opening hours and special discounts.
Take a day tour
Prefer a guided visit? There's a guided tour that takes you to the Pagani, the Lamborghini and the Modena Enzo Ferrari Museum all in one day.
Where to stay in Modena
Boutique: B&B Il Corte dei Sogni
We spent the night at B&B Il Corte dei Sogni in Modena before visiting the Ferrari Museum and the Lamborghini Museum the next day.
Budget: Ostello San Filippo Neri
The main perks of this hostel is the free bike hire and great location in the center of town (just round the corner from the Enzo Ferrari Museum!). The rooms are basic but comfortable. There are several different dorm size options, with free WiFi available. There’s also a bar and communal living space, shared kitchen and outdoor patio.
Chain: Best Western Plus Hotel Modena Resort
This Best Western hotel is about five miles out of the city center, but is a clean and contemporary place to stay with a few luxurious selling points. It has two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), gym, hot tub and Turkish bath, as well as a bar. Parking and WiFi is free, as is the hotel’s own bike hire.
Luxury: Hotel Rua Frati 48 in San Francesco
Hotel Rua Frati 28 is a five-star hotel within walking distance of Modena’s best sites. Elegantly furnished rooms overlook a quiet town square and have air-conditioning, a TV, a desk, and plenty of space. The hotel also offers a luxury spa with hot tub and sauna, as well as a bar and restaurant.
Apartment: Stella21 Bed and Breakfast
An attic apartment but surprisingly spacious, with stunning timber ceiling beams and packed full of charm. This flat is in a perfect, central location. A huge well-stocked bookshelf and walls peppered with artwork really makes it feel like home. An authentic italian breakfast is served daily by the hospitable Francesca, who by all accounts is an exceptional host.
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We were offered two tickets to the museum in order to be able to write an honest review about our visit.