Bright yellow banners with the phrase “if you can dream it, you can do it” lined the streets of Modena, Italy (about 22 miles northwest of Bologna) when I arrived on Friday- the town was ready for the opening of the Casa di Enzo Ferrari museum.
This past Saturday, a new museum dedicated to the auto-visionary opened in his hometown. Although I’m not a car fanatic, I do have a special place in my heart for Ferrari because I spent most of last year studying in Modena. I was fortunate to be here again to see this historical occasion.
When I found out that the museum was located only a few blocks from where I used to live, I was very excited. The long-standing Ferrari Museum and factory is located just 10 miles away in Maranello, but now there is a monument to Ferrari in his original stomping grounds.
The automobile gallery, the first part of the two building museum, makes a bold impression. The front of the building is made entirely of windows and lights up the neighborhood at night. The gallery’s modern design was created by the late architect, Jan Kaplicky, and completed by his protégé, Andrea Morgante. Its oblong-shaped yellow roof, a tribute to Modena’s colors, sticks out against the typical Italian brick houses that line the street next to it. Inside, the bright car colors contrast the white floor of the gallery. On display are antique models of Fiat Group automobiles including Ferraris from as early as 1948, as well as models from Modena-based Maserati and Turin-based Alfa Romeo.
The second part of the museum, located in the farm house where Enzo Ferrari once lived, presents a video chronology describing the path that took Enzo Ferrari from a race car driver to a world class automobile maker.
For more information on visiting the museum see the official website here.
Written by OSIA National Office Intern, Carol Cummings. Cummings is a senior at American University, majoring in print journalism, with a minor in Italian.