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:

https://www.ducati.com/ww/en/ducati-museum-and-factory/the-factory

Our members who are registered as DOC GB members on the Factory DOC you will get in for free, (don’t forget to take your red Factory DOC card with you. >>> August 2019 update - As the 2019 Factory DOC red cards are still 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 memsec@docgb.net 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 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

https://goo.gl/maps/uuYVWUaennS2

 

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 https://www.hoteldelborgo.it/en +39 051 406878
https://goo.gl/maps/S3ZQRcW66Nn

Hotel Amadeus – Bit more upmarket, nice place, the bar is open when most of the rest in the area are shut  https://www.ih-hotels.com/it/i-nostri-aberghi/ih-hotels-bologna-amadeus.html +39 051 403040
https://goo.gl/maps/RWUGwVeuKPA2

 

Restaurants near the Factory & Hotel del Borgo

La Stella Pizzaria – My favorite, great food and a nice atmosphere
https://goo.gl/maps/U78mnXPCaPE2

Il Desiderio – Does special seafood and Pizza, next door to the Hotel del Borgo
https://goo.gl/maps/N5EAZN4HAUq

Randagio – about 10mins walk, pretty good
https://goo.gl/maps/oLyFz6qfkZz

 

Transport

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 https://www.tper.it/

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!
https://goo.gl/maps/hKpthjh4Cg32
https://goo.gl/maps/pBTvBxCrZgF2

In the city catch it here to go out of the city Lame
https://goo.gl/maps/uKxcoDT8fom

It’s €1.50 for a 75-minute trip withing the inner zone, buy tickets in tobacconists (yes really) or you can use coins on the bus, remember to validate ticket when you get on the bus 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.
https://goo.gl/maps/naZpthGuZko

Things to do in Bologna - Where to start...

Visit Bologna website here https://www.bolognawelcome.com/en/ 

Asinelli Tower the real two leaning towers!
http://www.duetorribologna.com/

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
https://goo.gl/maps/TD5ZWtT4VJE2

Palazzo Poggi Museum
Anatomical museum in part of the old University building very interesting
https://goo.gl/maps/yBc6dr6ZbMu

Museo Civico Archeologico
https://goo.gl/maps/uNahjmCgBVT2

Piazza Maggiore
The city's Main square with the statue of Neptune, you might recognize the trident he’s holding up!
https://goo.gl/maps/hrnNjFCHUL42

Basilica di San Petronio
Big church on the square, which houses Cassini's Meridian Line and the usual religious stuff.
https://goo.gl/maps/zHbomS7bNVt

This is the older part of the city, nice narrow streets with great food and little bars
https://goo.gl/maps/ppjaDTyDx1A2

Teatro Anatomico - Anatomy Theatre
Also houses the old University Library, interesting building.
https://goo.gl/maps/rNJVXdpPR1mUZZRJ7

Basilica di Santo Stefano
Odd Monastery / church with some interesting architecture and artifacts
https://goo.gl/maps/59YCZ3ey9gJD7YdBA

And now 2 Scrambler Food Factories!
We've been to the one in the town, but not the one on the ring road, what's it like, please let me know? memsec@docgb.net

This one's out by the ring road
Scrambler Ducati Food Factory

And this one's behind the Cathedral.
We had dinner there during Mugello week 2019, very nice food and great beer, well worth a visit, it you enter via the ground floor on one of the old towers, Torre de Galluzzi, there's a scrambler in parts on the wall, and one parked up inside.
It's been very nicely done
Scrambler Ducati Food Factory

Scrambler Food Factory

 

If you fancy a walk theres also.... 
Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
Which is the big red chruch on top of the hill overlooking Bologna, it's a nice shaed walk up there apparently
https://goo.gl/maps/mFCTSgpwMrREmEjA8