Did you know that Ducati HQ in Bologna has its factory there, a museum AND a laboratory?
Ducati has a long and wonderful heritage. It started in 1926 as a radio maker, and it’s not before 1944 that it moved its focus into making motorised bicycles, and so the Cucciolo (the puppy) was born in 1946, a little 50cc engine that had to be attached to your own bicycle. In 1950, they finally introduced a proper little motorcycle, a 65cc sport edition.
To showcase their success, they created a museum at their headquarters in Borgo Panigale (Bologna), which is definitely worth the visit if you’re a Ducati fan! There, you will see a good range of models throughout the years, as well as memorabilia and of course their very impressive trophy cabinet! You don’t need to book to see the museum, which is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from October to the end of March, and every day except Wednesdays between April and October.
If you book in advance, you can also arrange to go on a guided tour of the factory, where you can see what the parts go through to become these unmistakable motorcycles. In the winter months, there are 2 visits a day, 4 in the summer time, so you do need to book well in advance to be in the chance to go at your preferred date and time.
Since 2018, they have also opened to the public their Fisica in Moto interactive laboratory, where you can learn all about the physics of motorcycling! Visits are again restricted, during school time, it’s only opened at the week-end, with 4 guided tours available, and 3 during the week when students aren’t hogging the place!
The best thing is, all the proceeds of those visits go to the Ducati Foundation, which helps preserve Italian motorcycling history, promote the education of Italian mechanical engineering and design, and improve road safety!
At the time of this blog, the entrance to the museum is €17, for the laboratory and the museum, it’s €32, for all 3, it’s €47. There are concessions for groups, Ducati owners, disabled people, children, pensioners, university students and Desmo Dwners club members.
Borgo Panigale being a couple of hours from either Mugello or Misano, arranging the visit would be perfect to top your motorcycle tour of Italy during the MotoGP!