Ducati Museum and Factory Tour, Bologna
Bologna ItalyLocated at the Ducati factory headquarters in Bologna, this is an excellent day out for anyone with an interest in motor sports history. Bologna is approximately 140km from the south end of Lake Garda down the E45/E35.
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The Ducati Museum, BolognaThe Ducati Museum opened in 1998 and has preserved 50 years of Ducati racing history although the company actually began in 1926. The well laid out museum recreates Ducatis history, beginning with the Ducati brothers, Bruno, Marcello and Adriano and the products they made in the thirty years prior to motorcycles. The Cucciolo was the first engine produced in 1946. Later the famous Pantah twin cylinder was developed. The bikes are all on show alongside the stories of some of the great racing legends: Mike Hailwood, Paul Smart and Gigi Mengoli. Follow the development of the bikes around the circular racetrack and then explore in depth the seven thematically organized rooms. The huge collection of memorabilia and artifacts from collectors, riders and staff has made this a fantastic showcase of Ducati history.
To complement the Museum, guided tours of the factory are available twice daily. Prior reservations must be made with the factory and visitors must meet at the factory gate 10 minutes before the tours start, which is at 11am and 4pm. The guided tours are free of charge and are given in English and Italian. This is surely a day out to remember for any motorcycle enthusiast.
Other Sights in BolognaThis trip can be coupled with a visit to the sights of historic Bologna which includes the Piazza del Nettuna, the huge Basilica di San Petronio and the impressive Renaissance Palazzo del Podesta. The famous 12th century leaning towers of the Torri Pendenti and a visit to the National Art Gallery will complete a full day in this interesting city.
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