The passion which drew the Modenese into mechanics was responsible for the numerous racing car stables established in the town at the beginning of the XX century. Many of them would become famous all over the world, such as Ferrari, Maserati, Stanguellini, De Tomaso, Pagani.
Cars enthusiasts can find many places in Modena to relive the story of these engineering geniuses. In via Paolo Ferrari, the new Museo Casa Natale Enzo Ferrari°° is certainly one of the best in the world. It houses many cars in a futuristic yellow building in the shape of a bonnet, next to the house where Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898.
Only a few metres away, on the crossroads with viale Ciro Menotti, the wonderful Maserati skyscraper is silhouetted, surmounted by the trident symbol of the factory.
In corso Canal Grande°° 73 there is still the barber’s where Enzo Ferrari used to go. The shop is completely filled with Ferrari memorabilia (Massimo and Stefano, picture 16).
The house in largo Garibaldi 11 was the one where Enzo lived; whereas his grave is in the San Cataldo cemetery°.
Out of the centre, but easily reacheable by car, there is also the Museo dell’Auto Storica Stanguellini, the famous car repairer’s Scaglietti (via Emilia Est, 1163) and the Museo dell’Auto e Moto d’Epoca Umberto Panini.
In Maranello (about 20 km from Modena), the Museo Ferrari is the true temple of the Modenese motoring. It is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists per year and it is next to the factory.
In the Emilia Romagna region: the Mario Righini collection in Castelfranco Emilia; the Ducati Museum in Bologna; the Lamborghini Museum in Sant’Agata; the Nigelli collection in San Martino in Casola; Maranello Rosso in San Marino and so on.
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[Images from 1 to 15, from 23 to 25 and 'MEF' courtesy of the Museo Casa Enzo Ferrari, from its official Facebook page and website (number 2 by Actualfoto; number 7 by Antonio Cianca); images from 26 to 37 by the Author with the kind permission of the Museums Panini and Stanguellini]