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
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 DOC card with you)
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 https://goo.gl/maps/fb5xzwi9N3K2
Main shop https://goo.gl/maps/YEYHRZPUzZp
Scrambler shop https://goo.gl/maps/mdzj4iMt99T2
Next to the Scrambler shop…. America Graffiti Diner Restaurant Borgo Panigale
Hotels near the Factory & Airport
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
The number 13 Bus goes from Normandia Just up the road form 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, validate ticket when you get on at the machine.
Our favorite bar near the factory our flag’s in the window!
Hostaria Dei 4 Gatti (The Four Cats)
Stop press… they have now moved down the road, we need to get in there to see if the flag is still up!
Things to do in Bologna
Asinelli Tower the real two leaning 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
Anatomy lecture theatre museum, not been yet
The cities Main square with the statue on 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