Bologna - Ducati Factory and info

Here's some info for those of you wanting to see where your Ducati was born, it's well worth the trip, Bologna is a great city for a weekend, great food, and history.

Ducati Factory and Muesum
Ducati factory and museum entrance

Museum & factory tour

Firstly, you need to book your tour, it's not necessary to book for the museum only but it is for the tour & museum.

You can’t just turn up on the day. (This does not apply during WDW and some special weekends like Mugelo MotoGP etc)

Remember that Italy is on holiday for what seems like most of August, so check that they are open when you want to visit.

This is where you book:

Our members who are registered on the Factory DOC you will get in for free, (don’t forget to take your red Factory DOC card with you. >>> April 2019 update - As the 2019 Factory DOC red cards are not yet available if you are visiting the factory and are registered on the Factory DOC please ask us to let the factory know you are coming, by giving us your names, membership numbers, and when you are booked in for We will let the know you are visiting

You will get a discount (10-15%ish) in the 3 factory shops by showing your DOC GB card and your Factory DOC card.

These are the shop locations:

Factory & museum

Main shop

Scrambler shop

Next to the Scrambler shop…. America Graffiti Diner Restaurant Borgo Panigale


Bologna from the tower
Bologna from the Asinelli Tower

Hotels near the Factory & Airport

Borgo Panigale

Hotel del Borgo - This is where we usually stay, it’s fairly cheap, nice place with nice staff and they know us very well. 5 min walk to the factory and some nice local restaurants

Hotel Amadeus – Bit more upmarket, nice place, the bar is open when most of the rest in the area are shut


Restaurants near the Factory & Hotel del Borgo

La Stella Pizzaria – My favorite, great food and a nice atmosphere

Il Desiderio – Does special seafood, next door to the del Borgo

Randagio – about 10mins walk, pretty good



We usually just use the Taxi from the airport and the bus to get in and out of Bologna, its cheap and very good service.
Trains can take you to Florence, & Modena.

Bologna transport info here

The number 13 Bus goes from Normandia Just up the road from the del Borgo right in to the city, catch it here to get to and from the factory
Ducati bus stops!

In the city catch it here to go out of the city Lame

It’s €1.50 for a 75-minute trip, buy tickets in tobacconists (yes really) or you can use coins on the bus, remember to validate ticket when you get on at the machine.

Our favorite bar near the factory our flag is up on the wall!
Hostaria Dei 4 Gatti (The Four Cats)
Go in for a drink or food and say hello.

Things to do in Bologna

Visit Bologna website here 

Asinelli Tower the real two leaning towers!

Asinelli and Garisenda Towers

You can climb the 498 wooden stairs to the top for a fantastic view of the city.
As Bologna is getting more tourist than ever (400% more in the last 3 years) you need to book tickets, which can be done online or at the tourist information office in the main square Piazza Maggiore

Palazzo Poggi Museum
Anatomical museum in part of the old Uni building very interesting

Museo Civico Archeologico

Teatro Anatomico
Anatomy lecture theatre museum, not been yet

Piazza Maggiore
The city's Main square with the statue of Neptune, you might recognize the trident he’s holding up!

Basilica di San Petronio
Big church on the square

This is the older part of the city, nice narrow streets with great food and little bars

And now 2 Scrambler Food Factories!
Not sure what this one's all about, we've not been yet, what's it like, please let me know?

This one out by the ring road
Scrambler Ducati Food Factory

And this one behind the Cathedral
Scrambler Ducati Food Factory