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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.

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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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Tips for Making Any Overseas Trip a Romantic One

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Vacations are a great way to leave our everyday lives behind to spend some stress free time with the one we love. Travel in itself can be quite romantic but there are definitely ways you can spice up your holidays even more.

Follow these helpful tips to make sure your romantic holiday gets off on the right foot and continues to head down the tunnel of love and passion. You can easily turn any part of your travels into a special romantic affair.

Choosing the Right Destination

A romantic trip starts with selecting the right destination. There are definitely cities and regions which are much more prone to sparking romance than others. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but generally destinations such as popular European cities, beach getaways, Asian resorts, luxury ski resorts, or tropical islands make for a good choice.

Couples should pick a destination which they both will enjoy as this will of course make it far easier to express their love for each other.

Choosing the Right Time

It is a good idea to select a time that will be most appropriate for your holiday. Choose a time that is easy for you in regards to taking time off work or from household duties. This will make it far easier to feel relaxed while on your holiday, allowing you to focus more on fuelling the romance.

You may also want to research when the best time is to visit your chosen destination so as to avoid peak crowds or unideal weather conditions.

Choosing a romantic date to travel such as an anniversary, honeymoon, or birthday can also turn any holiday into one filled with more passion. Travelling during Valentine’s Day can make for an especially romantic holiday of which there are many perfect Valentine’s Day destinations.

Fly Business Class

Although your destination may be exhilarating, the flight or flights to get there can be stressful. Minimise the stress of flying by booking business class where you’ll enjoy the VIP treatment with far more comfortable seats which many times convert into a bed allowing for a decent rest while in the air.

As a bonus you can many times be granted access to luxurious airport lounges when flying business class which makes waiting for your flight much easier as you are treated to free food and drinks along with clean bathrooms and seating areas.

Private Transportation

Public transportation can not only take longer to get to your hotel or attractions in your chosen destination, but they can also kill the mood for you and your loved one. By booking private transfers via your hotel or on your own, you can avoid buses, trams, and trains which can be crowded and noisy.

Choose a Nice Hotel

It may be difficult to find romance if you are staying in a dodgy motel or hostel. Be sure to book quality accommodation which has private en suites and clean furnishings. Remember that your vacation is supposed to be an escape, so make that escape the best it can be with premium toiletries, fancy marble bathroom floors, plush pillows, quality linen, and a nice hotel room view. All of these luxuries will make for a far more romantic getaway.

Eating Out

Nothing can ignite romance more than delicious food although preparing it isn’t always that much fun. One of the best aspects of travelling is that it gives us an excuse to not have to cook.

Seek out popular restaurants that offer a romantic setting, quality service, and mouth watering flavours that will leave you passionate for more than just satisfying your hungry stomach.

Get Dressed Up

Although you and your loved one may look good in any light and attire, it is never a bad idea to put on your Sunday’s best. It can sometimes be difficult in our everyday lives to find occasions to get all dressed and made up, so why not make your holiday abroad an excuse to do so.

Although clothes may not necessarily make the person, a nice dress or suit and tie can go a long way to giving us a little extra special glow to spark a bit of romance.

Log Off and Put the Phone Away

Nothing can kill a romantic dinner or event than the sound of message notifications, phone calls, or emails. Any holiday should be an excuse to remove the stress of the online world or work and with romantic holidays this becomes even more paramount.

You want to be focusing your attention on the love you and your partner share or if travelling solo you want this time to focus on the beauty of the destination you have selected which may in turn bring you a bit of romance. Disconnecting is all about reconnecting; so log off and put the phone away!

Reduce the Risk of Stressful Situations

Stress can kill romance very quickly. When we are stressed we can easily find ourselves getting into silly arguments or bouts of criticism. Your holiday is supposed to be an enjoyable experience so don’t let it turn sour by making the possibility of stress to creep on in.

Don’t try to overload your itinerary with too much and avoid setting too rigid of a timeline. Prior planning is important to avoid any unwanted surprises or disappointments when it comes to securing reservations for flights, hotels, or activities.

Should anything go wrong during your travels, you want to have the peace of mind you are protected by travel insurance from InsureandGo. Travel Insurance can help when the unforseen happens while you are overseas.

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How to Plan a Trip to Iceland

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If you have ever heard the amazing stories about Iceland, they are all true!  If you’ve come this far into doing research about how to plan a trip to Iceland, I’m here to help you cross the bridge and fill in gaps so you can make your dream a reality.

As someone who has done this trip, I’m able to assist in every step of the journey.  I’ve boiled this down into cliff notes so you can do your own research after reading them and dig deeper into tours that will fit your personal preferences and budget.

First off, you are going to need to trust the Internet.  It’s a big place with a lot of information that can help you get there in one piece and not be stressed out.  Long gone are the days of visiting a travel agency and having someone plan everything for you – for a fee!  It’s your adventure, and you can know that every item is covered online, you just need to know how to look for it.

The best tip I can give you is to leverage the various Facebook Groups about Iceland.

Resource:  When In Iceland Facebook Group.

Next, you’ll want to decide when to visit Iceland.

The winter months will allow you to have more freedom as the tourism numbers are down.  However, this comes with the caveat that it will be below freezing and there will be very little sunlight!  The sun is only out for approximately six hours during the month of December!

On the positive side, this allows you a great opportunity to view the Northern Lights, which is a marquee attraction in Iceland.

Conversely, the Fall and Spring will bring you better temperatures and less snow, but there will be a much slimmer chance of viewing the Northern Lights.

Lastly, there are the Summer months.  While you will see a greener country and experience a lot of beauty on that end of the spectrum, it does come with a much higher price tag.  Be prepared to spend more money if you choose to visit Iceland in the Summer.

Also, you’ll want to have an agenda.  If you are one to take things in on your own and adventure into the wild, Iceland will be a perfect escape for you.  There are also guided tours that you can hire and they will accommodate to your every need or desire.  Simply ask anyone in the aforementioned Facebook group and they can steer you in the right direction.

You can of course, do public transportation in Iceland.  It’s entirely safe and used by many people.

Iceland is a fantastic, unique place to visit.  If you need any help planning your trip, please visit my Iceland Tour guide resource and leave a comment.  Happy Travels.

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Overlooked and Underrated Euro Vacations

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Here’s a quick list of places to possibly include in your next European itinerary. 2018 is the year of the underrated vacation spot in our humble opinions, and we want to honor it.

Basque Country:

This place is in this author’s humble opinion easily and hands-down the most underrated little corner of Europe.

And honestly, between the two, the Spanish side of Basque country is going to cost you probably around 50% what the French side will, and most people in the know will agree that the Spanish side is at least 100% more fun!

 

Canary Islands:

There are two ways to do the Canaries: simply fly in and enjoy them, or treat yourself and a loved one to a romantic Canary Island cruise.

Best time to visit is definitely either spring or fall, as it does get quite cold in the winter and quite hot in the summer. If you are a beach bum, on the other hand, summer is best (but there will be a lot more tourists in the summer).

 

Siena, Italy:

This city is often overshadowed by Rome, Florence, and Venice, but it actually is arguably the best-preserved city in Italy and has the best historic city center. The cuisine here is absolutely to die for, and you won’t have to pay inflated tourist prices like you will in the aforementioned places either!

If you can, try to make it for the famous Palio, a horse race that has been going on literally for centuries.

 

Brussels:

Just as Siena is overshadowed by other bigger Italian cities, Brussels tends to stand forgotten next to London and Paris. But Brussels has key elements of the two metropolises, as well as its own unique and delicious cuisine, its own beer (considered by more than a few experts to be the worlds best), and easily the worlds best chocolate, both in solid and drinkable form. Belgian chocolate will seriously change your life forever.

 

Istria, Croatia:

This is one of the world’s best summer beach destinations. It’s incredibly beautiful, and by Western European standards, almost outrageously cheap.

Hipster tourists are starting to come in and drive prices up, but it still remains a great bargain by any standards, and most importantly, it’s a bargain without really having to give up any of our beloved amenities.

 

Budapest:

Budapest could be called the poor man’s Prague, but in reality that name isn’t very fair. For one thing, Hungarian culture and Czech culture are actually extremely different (for one thing, the Hungarian language isn’t in the same family as the rest of Europe, it’s its own thing completely, like the Basque language).

Prague is gorgeous, but it’s getting almost as expensive as the rest of Europe too, and honestly Budapest’s history and culture is much more interesting, especially for the seasoned traveller.

 

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