All fans of cars and racing should visit Modena at least once. It is, after all, the city, where the great Enzo Ferrari, entrepreneur, engineer, and driver, founded his car dynasty in 1947, giving rise to the legend that has made Ferrari the most famous car brand in the world and the most triumphant team of Formula 1 drivers.
The Ferrari museums route
The museum’s ultra-modern aluminum roof, constructed in the shape of a large, yellow car hood, contrasts on sunny days with the blue of the sky as if promoting the city’s official colors.
When it’s time for lunch, enjoy fine Emilia-Romagna cuisine in one of the many restaurants or farms in the area.
In the afternoon, continue on to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. In the museum’s 2,500 m2, learn the history of the great Ferrari company and its manufacturing facilities.
End your visit with the thrill of “driving” a Ferrari Formula 1 single-seater on some of the most famous race tracks in the world. Two semi-professional driving simulators are available at the Ferrari Museum to give you a realistic driving experience, with the speed, drag, and fast braking that are part of every Formula 1 race.
And there’s even more! If you want to go further, you can take a panoramic shuttle tour to the Fiorano track and along Enzo Ferrari Boulevard to the factory. This sensational experience lets you touch the reality of the rumble of the Ferrari engine.
We recommend ending the day with a visit to one of the many vinegar cellars in the area for a tasting of balsamic vinegar,” Modena’s “black gold.”
And here’s another suggestion:
The Ferrari Museums and the Modena Autodrome have created another special experience for visitors. Present your Ferrari Museums ticket for permission to take your own car onto the Modena Autodrome track for a fifteen-minute drive at the discounted rate of €35. (The service requires advance reservations. Check availability by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org).
This full day of engines, speed, and the thrill of custom-built racing cars is a special and unforgettable experience.
First stop: The Museo Enzo Ferrari in Modena
The museum’s more than 6,000 m2 is divided into two parts. First is the house where Enzo Ferrari was born and where, in his father’s former workshop, the Museum of Ferrari Motors is located. The other is the futuristic architecture of the Enzo Ferrari Museum, designed by architect Jan Kaplicky of the London-based Future Systems firm and built with cutting-edge materials and innovative engineering. The famous Ferrari automobiles are on display here.
Second stop: The Museo Ferrari in Maranello
Third stop: Panoramic Factory tour by bus
Of particular interest are the structures built by such famous architects as Renzo Piano, Massimiliano Fuksas, Jean Nouvelle, Marco Visconti, and Luigi Sturchio. Equally noteworthy are the well-preserved historical areas of the complex, starting with an entrance hall that has been left just as it was in 1947.