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Paying homage to Enzo Ferrari’s Prancing Horse

Enzo Ferrari developed one of the most recognisable and prestigious brands in the motoring world. I pay homage by visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum.

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Enzo Ferrari Museum Maranello

Visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum

“Death will destroy my body, but my creatures will keep on living ever after, in the years to come.”

– Enzo Ferrari

There are few brands in the world that everyone can recognise.

Ferrari’s prancing horse happens to be one of those brands. And it is not recognisable because it is commonplace. Quite the opposite. It is rare. It is largely unattainable. It is extraordinary.

It is recognisable because it is an object of beauty.

Enzo Ferrari Museum Maranello

“I don’t sell cars; I sell engines. The cars I throw in for free since something has to hold the engines in.” 

– Enzo Ferrari

Visiting the Enzo Ferrari Museum

Stepping through the swinging doors out of the scorching Italian summer sun into the gloom my eyes blink furiously to adjust. Dust motes glitter from the artificial lights before blinking out of sight.

A faint trace of fresh paint hangs in the air where the stench of oil and grease should have been. The steady hum of the air conditioning breaks the deepening silence.

Standing in Enzo Ferrari’s old factory, and birthplace, I am struck by a sense of longing for days gone by. A time that I never even lived.

A time when there were no such things as traction control, power steering or even seatbelts. Racing car drivers seemed reckless with their lives and cars were only just becoming mainstream.

Enzo Ferrari Museum

As I wander through the old workshop examining Enzo Ferrari’s life in minute detail, I wonder what it must have been like 60+ years ago. Working away in this tiny shed in the middle of the Italian countryside developing a car and a brand that what would become a legacy.

He was the first to believe that cars could be a luxury object. Cars could be a work of art. To him, cars had to be a mix of power and style. A combination of speed and elegance.

Enzo Ferrari Museum Maranello

“Everyone dreams of driving a Ferrari, it was my intent from the start.” 

– Enzo Ferrari

These are words I can relate to.

As a boy, and still to this day, I often dream of driving a racing car. And not just any racing car. It would have to be the best. A Formula One racing car.

They represent everything that is extravagant and excessive about motor racing.

The Formula One car that I would choose to drive? Ferrari.

Why? Because there has been no other team that has dominated the Formula One World Series over the course of history. Even though they have had rocky periods with no wins for, they have also had a grip on the trophy more times than any other team.

Formula One cars Ferrari museum

“Second is the first of the losers.”

– Enzo Ferrari

Enzo Ferrari’s passion for success has pushed Ferrari to be the best in the racing world. And for that, everyone that has ever owned or driven a car, should be thankful.

Because not only are Ferrari’s considered some of the best racing cars in the world. But Formula One cars are the reason most road cars have been developed to where they are today. Nearly every technological advancement in speed, safety, aerodynamics and handling has been developed during testing and racing Formula One cars.

It is why I felt such an honour to stand where the best have stood before.

Whether you like Ferrari or not, visiting the Museo casa Enzo Ferrari in Modena to pay homage to one of the greatest Italian’s that ever lived is a must for any motoring enthusiast or if you ever win the lottery.

Enzo Ferrari

18th February 1898 – 14th August 1988. 

Enzo Ferrari Museum

“The most important victory is the one which has to arrive.”

– Enzo Ferrari

Extra Travel Tips:

The Enzo Ferrari Museum is located in Modena in the heart of Motor Valley in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

Opening hours: 9.30am – 6pm (1st October – 30th April) and 9.30am – 7pm (1st May – 30th September)

Cost: €13 per adult. Also available is a discount to the Ferrari Museum in Maranello if you combine the two museums for €22 per adult.

Disclaimer: I was invited to visit the Enzo Ferrari museum as a guest of the Emilia-Romagna tourism board as part of the #Blogville project. As always, our thoughts and dreams, are our own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    August 22, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Not necessarily a car person, but these look beautiful! Would definitely go just to learn more about Ferraris!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      You don’t have to be a car person to appreciate how beautiful they are 🙂

  2. Cynthia Scarborough

    August 22, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Pretty impressive museum. Ferraris always seem to conjure up images of deep pockets and speed. Beautiful cars! Good article.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      Thanks Cynthia. We definitely don’t have deep enough pockets haha.

  3. Laurence

    August 22, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    This looks like a funky adventure. The closest I’ve come to something like this harks back to my student days, when a friend decided we were going to go visit our local Ferrari dealer. We drove down to the garage, me not even wearing any shoes (I was a classic student, long hair, scruffy clothes, the works), and we rocked up at this incredible Ferrari showroom, clearly without a penny to our name. They were so nice to us it was amazing, even taking us on a tour of the back garage where no-one usually gets to go, which was just wall to wall Ferrari’s. Good times 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      August 23, 2012 at 10:27 AM

      That is brilliant that they even let you in. Must have been a slow day, as I can imagine what they would be like if someone in a suit was there at the same time as you haha.

  4. Jennifer

    August 23, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Now THIS is a museum my husband could get behind.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Adela didn’t want to come with me but was plenty of fun just by myself 🙂

  5. Micki

    August 23, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    These are just as much art as car, I think. I’m definitely not a car person (as evidenced by the number of 10 year old beaters I’ve driven in my lifetime), but I can really appreciate the beauty of these Ferraris.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Don’t get me wrong, I only drive 10 year old beaters! But don’t mind dreaming every now and then 😉

  6. gabi klaf

    August 23, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    love it. what amazing photos. really really cool, and i never had an interest in cars and such. but now, i’m curious… that says tons. thank you… keep up your travels. so very inspirational guys. gabi

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Thanks Gabi! These are beautiful cars so no wonder they are amazing photos 🙂

  7. Cheryl

    August 23, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Looks like an offbeat museum to visit. I love how cool Enzo looks in the last photo! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      Apparently he never took off those glasses. I can’t remember if it was a condition he had or not now…

  8. Pete

    August 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    As an avid enthusiast, I am disappointed I missed this when I was in the area. I use the “second is the first loser” quote all the time, one of my favorites.

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      That quote just makes me think of Talladega Nights haha.

  9. D.J. - The World of Deej

    August 24, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I’m not really a car guy, but it’s hard not to marvel at this…

    • Cole Burmester

      August 24, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Would fit right in driving up to Pebbles Beach in a car like this!

  10. Angela

    August 24, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I’m not a car person, but a Ferrari never passes by unnoticed.

  11. Jeremy Branham

    August 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I have to admit that I don’t care much about cars. I am not an adrenaline junkie at all. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had no interest in cars or racing. However, I can appreciate what Enzo Ferrari did. He built a brand which is well known and the cars are beautiful. I would definitely take the tour if it was on my way 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Like you say, even if you don’t like cars, it is pretty amazing just finding out about Enzo Ferrari’s life. He built an empire from absolutely nothing apart from dreams and aspirations.

  12. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    August 24, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    LOVE Enzo’s quotes! He was a wit as well as a design genius! He’s definitely on my list of dream dinner party guests.

  13. Ali

    August 25, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I’ve never been a car person, but I can imagine how cool it would be to visit this museum!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      He actually succeeded in building a business out of his passion, which so many of us try to do as bloggers, so he is definitely a bit of an idol.

  14. LeX @ LeX Paradise

    August 26, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Man! one day I want to be there!

    Real great quote!

    • Cole Burmester

      August 29, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      He was a genius with cars and words it seems 🙂

  15. Terry at Overnight New York

    August 27, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    “Second is the first of losers’ — love the quote (and all those spiffy red cars). Cool post!

  16. Karun

    September 16, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    The brand he is built speaks. Tribute to the greatest mind in automobile industry who revolutionized ferrari and its logo.

  17. Donna Hull

    November 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    You can also visit the Ferrari Museum in Maranello. And, if you have the funds, schedule a test drive in a Ferrari. My husband still talks about his time behind the wheel.

  18. Charles

    February 17, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Like Donna said, the Ferrari Museum in Maranello is a must see. As for the test drive, try calling in advance and see if you can book one. This way you can avoid being disappointed when you get there.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 17, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Great point about pre-booking the driving Charles.

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5 European Cities to Visit in the Dead of Winter

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As one of the most polarizing seasons, winter could be termed as both a blessing and a curse by those who like making the most out of nature.

After all, while it brings about the opportunity to build snowmen and to ski on magnificent ice slopes, it also brings a chill to the bone and a desire to never get away from the fireplace.

Don’t forget about the hot chocolate either.

That is why, when it comes to vacationing in winter, it gets quite difficult to choose from a location – especially when the destination is as diverse in climate as Europe. Do you select a place that’s sunny and warm? Or somewhere that lets you enjoy the ice and cold in the best ways possible?

To make that decision easier for you, here are 5 European cities that you could visit in the dead of winter, with the assurance that you would come out of the vacation phase with a smile on your face.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is a city that is synonymous with sunshine, warmth, and some of the world’s most breathtaking architecture.

The temperature rarely drops below 45 degrees even in the coldest months of the year. While the sunshine remains present amidst the rainy days. This means that you can enjoy the best effects of winter without having to endure the worst of them.

If you happen to be a fan of football, then these effects can be increased by several times. This beautiful city is home to one of the greatest football clubs of all time and with Barcelona FC in contention for a championship virtually every year, odds are you’ll be walking out with a smile on your face after watching a win. Not a bad way to take a break from the beach!

Athens, Greece

While you wouldn’t be able to go to Mount Olympus’ mythical version in this day and age, you can still experience Greece’s magnificence through the beautiful city of Athens.

Like Barcelona, Athens also sees rare drops in temperature while being consistent around 45 degrees throughout the heaviest months in winter. With the architecture that you can experience under the sun, this weather can actually be ideal for an exploratory walk.

And if you are a fan of Greek food, then checking out local restaurants for authentic dishes would only add to the overall experience of your trip.

Venice, Italy

Since Italy is full of some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world, it would be quite debatable to say that Venice is the crown jewel of the country in terms of structural beauty.

But it is.

From the way that the city has been designed to the manner that the buildings have been developed, Venice remains a breathtaking sight for anyone who visits it.

That remains true even in the months of winter, where the does drop to around 30 degrees, but still provides the tourists and inhabitants with a way to enjoy the magnificent sights under the sun.

Zugspitze, Germany

Germany is considered to be one of the coldest countries in Europe, but it is a good thing for those who enjoy a bit of snow during their travels.

And for those who do, there are perhaps not many places that are as marvelous as Zugspitze in terms of a memorable winter experience.

With snow covered mountains and a temperature that dances around -14 degrees in winter, you can enjoy an array of winter sports such as skiing, sledding, and snowboarding to your heart’s desire. If you are one to enjoy snow and everything good there is about the season of winter, then Zugspitze is the place to go.

Marseilles, France

While Paris gets quite cold in winter without the weather enhancing any effects of life within the city, Marseille seems to be quite the opposite. The city is as lively in the winter as it is during its busiest days in summer, with plenty to do in adjacent areas.

You may visit the many architectural sites and tourist attractions in Marseilles itself, but you can add to that experience when you choose to visit the Christmas markets in Aix en Provence or Avignon.

With that, the many warm and steamy French soups and bouillon based dishes that you can enjoy in Marseilles only add to the trip. This means that by the time you are done with your visit to Marseilles, you are bound to be fed well, have some goods in your shopping bags, and some memorable pictures in your phone to boot.

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Even the Most Expensive Cities Have Cheaper Alternatives: Paris

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According to the results of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Worldwide Cost of Living” survey, Singapore, Paris, Zurich, Hong Kong, and Oslo are the most expensive places to live – and visit – this year. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit them, though – actually if your budget allows it, you should cross them off your bucket list as soon as you can. But this doesn’t mean you have to break all your piggy banks and sell your soul only to spend a weekend in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unless you’re adamant that it’s “Paris or bust”, there are alternatives to this crowded and top-dollar destination you might want to consider – and start saving for your dream trip nonetheless.

Lyon

Lyon has a history of almost two millennia, and it shows: the remains of the Roman settlement Lugdunum, built at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône, are showing to this day. Lyon might not be a capital city – it doesn’t have the size or the population – but its role in the everyday life of France was always important, both as a trade and a cultural hub.

The city has many gorgeous sights to see, like the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, the Tour Métallique (a tall TV tower that replicates the top of the Eiffel Tower), among others, covering every age from the birth of the city to its modern times. Plus, it has museums, parks, gardens, and a street art group that has been designated the cultural ambassador for the city. Not to mention its cuisine, the unique and popular Lyonnaise cuisine that has become a worldwide sensation.

Lille

A relatively small city in the north of France, Lille is another charming alternative to a crowded and overpriced Paris. It features many distinct architectural styles, most of them with a clear Flemish influence. Among its landmarks, you find its Cathedral (Basilique-cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), its Citadel, its palaces, and gardens. Lille is also the place with the biggest flea market in Europe – Braderie de Lille takes place on the first Sunday of September, with millions of attendees and over 10,000 sellers gathering in the streets of the city. It’s a charming, agreeable, and colorful city that will offer its visitors a beautiful experience.

Strasbourg

Last but not least, let us mention a city with a double significance – on one hand, it’s the official seat of the European Parliament, on the other, it’s a wonderful place to visit and a great alternative to an overcrowded Paris.

Strasbourg is a place where French and German architecture mingle in a unique way, with an Old Town filled with timber-framed houses surrounding typical French landmarks and churches. It also has many notable parks, some with historic significance, and almost too many museums for its small size. Plus, it’s a distinctively multicultural city where visitors will find it easy to fit in.

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Let’s Do A Road Trip In Europe Fin

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Its that time of year again. It is the holidays and vacation, mirth and much merriment is upon us. Those of us who are lucky are able to take a few days to a few weeks off for vacation and can enjoy it abroad or do a staycation. A trip abroad is probably preferred, there’s so much to see and do, it would a pity to while the days away in your own hometown.

Get a move on, grab your bags, get a ticket and jump on a plane to Europe. When you get there, rest for a bit and begin your road trip. Nothing beats traveling on the road and taking all the sights that nature has to offer while stopping by at different locations.

Remember, a road trip can be very feasible and pleasant if it is done right. Make sure to have your car inspected, checked and ready to go for a long distance road trip.

You’ll want to make sure that you have your oil checked and your tires as well. Proper tires from suppliers such as Kwik Fit will get you squared away and ready to hit the road.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Grossglockner

One of the top places that you’ll want to go is in Austria. There’s this little spot called Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, this spot is one that is talked about by road trip aficionados of all kinds.

The Grossglockner is the opposite of what it sounds like, it’s not gross at all, it’s quite pleasant actually.  The path will take you through different sights ranging from mountain tops to rivers, to rock formations and more. What’s fun about this place is that you will also be able to have different changes in the road itself, it is not just one straight path but one that is filled with turns and changes to keep you from getting bored.

Italy and the Amalfi Coast

Italy is a place that won’t disappoint, it has food, culture, and history to keep you company. Italy also has beautiful sights all over too. One of the best places to drive through would be the Amalfi Coast.

The Amalfi Coast has everything you could possibly want, beaches, cliffs, and beautiful fishing villages. The place is not only beautiful in nature but in culture as well. One can check out the Cathedrals, Villa Rufolo, engage in some boat tours for a quick respite from their road trip and also view the Sirenuse from afar.

Portugal – The Estoril Coast

Drive from Italy, pass by countries such as France, Spain and reach the destination of Portugal. You will find the climate and the overall setting over here to be appealing.  On your way to this beautiful place, make sure to check out popular spots such as Lisbon and other prominent locations such as Sintra. The Estoril Coast was home to the nobility of ages past and even to those that we see as nobility today, celebrities, wealthy people and tourists with a couple of euros or dollars to their name stop by this place and immerse themselves in the manmade and natural attractions that this place has to offer.

Don’t Hesitate, Time Stands Still For No One

Time is slipping, check out budget and look into which part of Europe you want to stick to. Make the decision and take the trip, it will be a great refreshment and you will be glad you were able to have the experience. Take a few snapshots and indulge in the experience of #RoadtripsofEurope

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