The second year of the Ferrari Museum in Modena, created in the
house where Enzo Ferrari was born in 1898, opens with two
different but equally unmissable attractions.
The area that was the office of Alfredo Ferrari, Enzo’s father, at
the start of the last century, is now home to the Museum of
Ferrari Engines. The area is divided into six sections:
experimental engines; small capacity 2 to 6 cylinder units; the
classic 12 cylinder engines; the 8 cylinders; the turbo charged
units and finally, the Formula 1 engines. In each section, a 3D
video explains the characteristics of the various engines and how
Apart from the engines, there are also some of the cars to which
they were fitted. From the one Ascari used to win the world titles
in 1952 and 1953 to the famous Sport 750 Monza, from
Villeneuve’s Formula 1 turbo to the F60, the first ever Ferrari to be
fitted with KERS.
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Alongside this “technical” offering can be found the homage to
Luciano Pavarotti. The opera star was born in 1935, when Enzo
Ferrari was already 37, but despite the age difference, the two
men knew one another and held each other in high regard. Ferrari,
who as a youngster had even dreamed of becoming an opera
singer, welcomed the rising talent to Maranello. Luciano had
bought a second-hand Maserati Ghibli, which is on show today in
the MEF, but he wanted a Ferrari. He chose an F40, another car
that is on display in the museum.
Thanks to a technology that uses 19 projectors, visitors will be
“wrapped up” in the video, Enzo e Luciano: da Modena a Modena,
with a soundtrack that features some of the most beautiful of the
tenor’s songs. The images play on the affinity between the two
men: where they came from, their success on the world stage,
their fans and admirers, the international recognition they
received. In terms of the overall look of the exhibition, it highlights
details that became their trademarks, such as Ferrari’s dark
glasses and Pavarotti’s scarf and Borsalino hat.
Some of the most famous Ferraris of all time are on show in this
pavilion, from one of the earliest models, the 1948 166 Touring
right up to the awe inspiring LaFerrari.
Thanks to a collaboration with Verona’s Fondazione Arena and
Arena Museo Opera, visitors can also admire some of the set
designs used by Pavarotti during his career.
The exhibition is open until February 2016. It can be seen on its
own, or combined with a visit to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello.
Furthermore, as from 4 April, a “passport” will be available at a
cost of 60 Euros, which, for two days, includes use of a shuttle
between the Ferrari Museums, the one in Pavarotti’s house and
other places of interest in the area. There is a food and wine trail
that includes the cheese making factories of Parmigiano
Reggiano, the Lambrusco wine cellars, the producers of Balsamic
vinegar and the Salumeria (delicatessen) Museum, as well as
cultural visits to Modena, to Nonantola and its abbey and the
potteries of Sassuola, with its ceramics manufacturers and