The Italian city of Modena stands as a veritable mecca for automobile enthusiasts. Not only does it serve as the home of both Maserati and Pagani, but it was also the birthplace of one Enzo Ferrari. While the automaker and racing team that carry his name are situated in nearby Maranello, where the company also operates its own museum, a new foundation has started up in Modena, dedicated to preserving the memory of the legendary industrialist and racer.

That organization is the Fondazione Casa Natale Enzo Ferrari, which has acquired the house where Ferrari was raised, turning it into a museum of its own. Although Enzo himself sold his childhood home to finance his aspirations, the foundation has recently reacquired it, transforming it and the adjacent garage where his father worked into a cultural center and expanding on the original buildings with a modern structure.

Designed by Czech architect Jan Kaplicky and carried to completion after his death by his protege Andrea Morgante, the yellow-roofed building – painted the color of the Ferrari logo and designed to evoke the hood on one of his iconic sportscars – incorporates an art exhibit, a multimedia experience, a rotating display of Ferrari road and race cars borrowed from independent collectors, and a collection of Enzo's own artifacts.

The grounds also house education and conference centers, a book shop, cafeteria and the offices of the foundation itself. If you're planning a pilgrimage to the area, it strikes us as an experience not to be missed. But if your travel plans don't extend to the Modena area, you can check out the gallery of high-resolution images we've compiled for your virtual tourism pleasure.


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      cyrusyn
      • 2 Years Ago
      should have been red, instead of yellow...
        jessesrq
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cyrusyn
        Red is also a difficult color for building products and especially fabrics, as it is the most susceptible to fading even with the best Kynar finish techniques.
          pbenett
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jessesrq
          Go, seriously, there were just two standard colours for Ferraris: you had to be seriously famous to have Enzo Ferrari build a specially coloured car (like directro Roberto Rossellini's present to then wife Ingrid Bergman). This is what i've been told from senior Ferrari employee of those time whom i met long time ago. You see, i live in Modena, 10 minutes walk from the museum, 15 to Maserati's factory.
        pbenett
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cyrusyn
        Yellow is the colour of the Ferrari logo (background of the prancing horse), and it was used by Enzo Ferrari because it is the colour of the city of Modena emblem. Originally, Ferraris were built in only two colors: red and yellow. That's why yellow was the natural choice for the museum to be built in the town of Modena
          Go
          • 2 Years Ago
          @pbenett
          Gee, thanks for making up facts, Cliff Claven. Ferraris were never built in "only two colors." They've always been available in any color a client wanted, from 1947 to present. The 125 Sport was red, as were the two 159's and the first 166 but afterward were variations of silver, black, red, maroon, yellow and others...
      Go
      • 2 Years Ago
      Odd that so many of these photos are mislabled -- Most of those cars were Maseratis (a few A6G variants) and the motor on display was a four-cylinder Stanguilini, not a Ferrari at all...
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      look out, a giant sea slug is eating the ferrari house!
      Toddley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Beautiful architecture.