Once you have had a chance to visit some of the Cultural and Culinary treats that await you in Bologna, it is time for a visit to the Ducati Museum and Factory to experience Italian motor engineering and style at its’ best! Ducati has been making motorcycles since 1946, and at the Ducati Museum, located at the factory headquarters, you can learn how their product has evolved over the course of the last 70 years. This is no stuffy old-fashioned museum, but a modern and award-winning attraction that will delight young and old alike, so do not miss it!
The DUCATI Museum Collection
The museum, which opened in 1998 has been arranged to represent an illuminated racetrack, featuring 33 iconic motorcycles from various periods of the company’s history; Adding to the WOW factor, the spectator area is situated inside a massive red helmet! After you have had a look at the cycles on the “track” you will proceed through 7 themed rooms, where you can learn all about the Brand, the dream and the reality that is Ducati today. You will see the history of the company, its’ most important innovations and an overview of the 30 years before the first motorcycle was produced. You will learn about the Ducati motor racing heritage and the people who made it all happen.
The story starts with the Cucciolo, (puppy, in Italian!) the first engine produced by the company in 1946 (designed by Aldo Farinelli) after World War II, when there was a desperate need for a cheap form of transport to boost the economy. The Cucciolo was basically an ordinary bicycle fitted with a very economical 4-stroke engine, which could carry two people up and down the many hills in the area. You will then follow innovations which resulted in Ducati becoming the envy of the motorcycle industry and won them many prizes at Superbike World Championships. The final exhibit is of the Desmosedici cycle, which introduced a new generation of racing engines from the company.
Factory and Museum Tours
Tours of the Factory and the Museum are conducted by a Ducati guide 4 times each day, and need to be booked in advance. Plan to visit from Monday to Friday is possible, as the factory tour is not available on Saturdays unless you are a member of the DOC – Ducati Owners Club! Times are 9.15, 11.00, 13.45 and 15.30 and it will cost you €10.00 to visit.
Bookings can be done online at www.ducati.com or by telephone: +39(0)516413343.
Bologna is easily reached from all parts of Italy by train, plane or car. It is just 1 hour from Florence, 2 hours from Milan and Venice and 3.5 hours from Rome. If you are flying into Bologna airport, you can get a taxi which will take you to the factory in 10 minutes.
From the centre of Bologna, the best way is to take a suburban train, which will only cost you about €1 and takes just 10 minutes. Then grab a taxi for the short ride to the factory. You can also take a bus from the centre of Bologna; although this takes quite a bit longer (40min) and requires a change of busses along the way, you can get off at “Borgo Panigale” stop and then walk just 200 metres to the Company. Take a no 36 or 39 to Via Lame and then change to No 13 going towards Borgo Panigale.
Organised Ducati tour in Bologna.
For those not fond of fiddling with reservation and Italian publish transport, Emilia Delizia can organise a chauffeured Ducati museum and factory tours. We will book and reserve spots for you and provide transport, you can also combine the Ducati factory and museum visit with the other super car factory and collection in the area.
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The tour of the Parmesan Reggiano cheese dairy, Balsamic Vinegar farm, the Parma ham and lunch at the organic vineyard was thoroughly enjoyed by our family of 4. Paolo was a gracious and knowledgeable host for the day and provided us with insights to the production of the cheese and balsamic vinegar which was enhanced due to his chemistry background. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to those interested in the specialities produced in the Modena region.
We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!
The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!
Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.
Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.
The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.
Nous sommes une famille de cinq et nous avons adoré notre expérience. Les trois endroits étaient choisis judicieusement. Notre guide était très généreuse et super gentille. Nous recommandons ce tour ( parmesan, vinaigre balsamique et jambon de parme).
My family felt our first trip to Italy must include a tour of a Parmesan Cheese Factory so when I stumbled on this website several months ago I had no idea what I treasure I found! From the moment I submitted a request for the tour, my experience with Emilia Delizia was first rate. Gabriele provided excellent customer service by patiently answering all my questions to guide me through the selection and reservation of our Foodie Delight Tour. Paolo, our driver, was prompt, cordial and knowledgeable about the processes we were observing and the area in general conveying loads of information with his well-developed English speaking skills. Our stop in Modena fell on a Saturday so we were quite fortunate to end up with a private tour which allowed us to have a nice, personal interaction with the people at each site. Everyone was friendly, generous with the tastings and we never felt rushed to move along to the next location. Now that we have returned to the states, my family agrees this tour was a highlight of our 10 day trip. I was really looking forward to this excursion and am glad to report it exceeded my expectations.
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