• MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: General view of the 'Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Opening Press Preview' on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: General view of the 'Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Opening Press Preview' on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: General view of the 'Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Opening Press Preview' on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: General view of the 'Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Opening Press Preview' on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
  • View of the "Enzo Ferrari Casa Natale", Enzo Ferrari Family House, museum in Modena, Italy, during a media preview, Friday, March 9, 2012. The Museum, that is opening next Saturday March 10, is built in an area around the house where Enzo ferrari was born and spent the first years if his life. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: General view of the 'Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Opening Press Preview' on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: A general view of Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari on March 3, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: A general view of Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari on March 3, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: A general view of Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari on March 3, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: A general view of Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari on March 3, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: A general view of Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari on March 3, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 03: A general view of Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari on March 3, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: A general view at press preview at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari opening on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. The opening will be on March 10, 2012. (Photo by Mario Carlini - Iguana Press/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: Piero Ferrari, Italian sportscar maker Ferrari vice chairman and son of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari attends the 'Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari Opening Press Preview' on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
  • Farrari vice president Piero Ferrari poses next to a vintage Ferrari sport cars on display at the "Enzo Ferrari Casa Natale", Enzo Ferrari Family House, museum in Modena, Italy, during a media preview, Friday, March 9, 2012. The Museum, that is opening next Saturday March 10, is built in an area around the house where Enzo ferrari was born and spent the first years if his life. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
  • Visitors walk between vintage Farrari sport cars on display at the "Enzo Ferrari Casa Natale", Enzo Ferrari Family House, museum in Modena, Italy, during a media preview, Friday, March 9, 2012. The Museum, that is opening next Saturday March 10, is built in an area around the house where Enzo ferrari was born and spent the first years if his life. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: A general view of cars on display at the press preview at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari opening on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. The opening will be on March 10, 2012. (Photo by Mario Carlini - Iguana Press/Getty Images)
  • MODENA, ITALY - MARCH 09: A general view of cars on display at the press preview at the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari opening on March 9, 2012 in Modena, Italy. The opening will be on March 10, 2012. (Photo by Mario Carlini - Iguana Press/Getty Images)
  • A visitor waks past a vintage Ferrari sport car engine on display at the "Enzo Ferrari Casa Natale", Enzo Ferrari Family House, museum in Modena, Italy, during a media preview, Friday, March 9, 2012. The Museum, that is opening next Saturday March 10, is built in an area around the house where Enzo ferrari was born and spent the first years if his life. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
  • Visitors admire vintage Ferrari sport cars on display at the "Enzo Ferrari Casa Natale", Enzo Ferrari Family House, museum in Modena, Italy, during a media preview, Friday, March 9, 2012. The Museum, that is opening next Saturday March 10, is built in an area around the house where Enzo ferrari was born and spent the first years if his life. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)
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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