Tue 30th June 2020|
On Saturday 4 July, on the occasion of the anniversary of the founding of the Società Radio Brevetti Ducati, the Ducati Museum and the Fisica in Moto educational lab reopen their doors to visitors, albeit gradually.
Until the end of September, in fact, the opening of the Ducati Museum and the educational lab will be limited to Saturday and Sunday, but some exceptional openings are already scheduled in the weeks from 3 to 9 August and from 17 to 23 August.
For visitors who choose to discover the history of the Borgo Panigale motorcycle manufacturer, a single ticket will be available at the special price of €25 instead of €32. This ticket will include admission to the Ducati Museum and a guided tour of the Fisica in Moto lab, a truly unique opportunity to discover the laws of physics applied to the world of engines.
In line with the safety provisions against the spread of Covid-19, access to the facilities will be allowed to a maximum of 7 people at a time and subject to reservation and purchase of the ticket on the Museum Ducati website. Tour groups are scheduled every 15 minutes from 9.00 to 17.00.
For the entire duration of your tour within the company area, it will be necessary to always maintain the interpersonal safety distance of at least 1 metre and it is compulsory to wear the face mask. Should visitors not have one, they will be provided with it by the Museum staff.
In order to guarantee a greater availability to visitors and to avoid crowding, the maximum duration of the tour is of one hour and a half, 45 minutes at the Museum and 45 minutes at the Fisica in Moto (Physics in Motion) Lab.
New experiences to discover the territory
You will also be able to combine the tour in the Ducati Museum and the educational lab with some new experiences that Ducati offers to allow its fans to discover the history and tradition of the area that saw the birth of the historic Bolognese brand. Proposals that can be carried out during the day or at the weekend, independently, by renting a Ducati or by mountain-bike accompanied by the certified E-xplora guides from the National MTB Academy.
Here are the proposals prepared specifically for the reopening:
1. Bologna by E-xplora: a short and a longer tour to visit the city centre of Bologna, its historical monuments and the Bolognese hills on Ducati Scrambler e-bikes. On both tours visitors will be accompanied by a certified E-xplora guide from the National MTB Academy. Cost of the city centre tour is €65, city centre tour + Bologna hills €85; Ducati Scrambler e-bike rental and guide included.
2. Valley of the Reno and Savena rivers: a route to discover the ancient history of the Bolognese Apennines and their waters through two legendary roads: the “Porrettana” and the “Futa”. From the Ducati Museum, in fact, you can easily take the “Porrettana” - a road connecting Bologna and Pistoia built in the crucial years of our country, between the wars that determined the independence and the Unification of Italy. You can ride this path independently or by renting a bike at the Ducati Factory Store (price list for bike and clothing rental can be found on the Ducati web site).
The main legs of this journey are:
a. the Sluice in Casalecchio di Reno, a real hydraulic monument built in 1894;
b. Villa Grifone in Sasso Marconi, home to the mausoleum of the scientist who inspired the work of Antonio Cavalieri Ducati;
c. the Rocchetta Mattei, a castle that combines medieval and Arab-Moorish styles;
d. the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Riola, a Catholic religious building built between 1975 and 1980 to a design by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
e. Lizzano in Belvedere, located on the border with the provinces of Modena and Pistoia, at the far end of the Bolognese Apennines, whose highest peak is Corno alle Scale (1945 m) -
f. Loiano, inside the Setta Valley and through Via Dei Mulini, for a stretch of about 40 km along which you can still admire some of the ancient watermills that only about fifty years ago were an essential element for the local economy.
g. Pianoro, last stop before returning to Bologna. 15 kilometres from the town, in the area of the Parco Naturalistico dei Gessi and the Calanchi dell'Abbadessa (Naturalistic Park of Chalk and the Gullies of the Abbess) is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Zena on Monte delle Formiche, an isolated mountain, reachable by car or through a footpath, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Valleys of the Idice and Zena rivers.
3. The Stradelli Guelfi. From the Middle Ages to the origins of motorcycling in Romagna, from Baracca and Taglioni, up to Cervia and Cesenatico, the origin of the Mototemporada Romagnola: the route of the so-called Stradelli Guelfi (Guelph roads) represents an intelligent alternative to reach the seaside, avoiding the summer traffic directed daily to the destinations of the Riviera Romagnola and retracing roads that tell the origins of motorcycling in the region. An authentic example of “slow ride”, the Stradelli run along the stretch of Romagna that reaches the Riviera Romagnola around Ravenna, immersed in a colourful countryside. You can ride this path independently or by renting a bike at the Ducati Factory Store (price list for bike and clothing rental can be found on the Ducati web site).
The main legs of this journey are:
a. Lugo di Romagna, the birthplace of Fabio Taglioni - engineer, inventor and designer who, over the course of his thirty-year career at Ducati, was the author of over a thousand projects, including the trellis frame, the "L" twin-cylinder engine and the desmodromic system - but also of Francesco Baracca, Italian air-ace and hero of the First World War whose exploits are remembered in the Baracca Museum. The symbol of Francesco Baracca, the Prancing Horse, also appears on the bikes designed by Taglioni between 1956 and 1960 and is still clearly visible on the 125 and 250 Desmo bikes on display at the Ducati Museum;
b. Cervia, a town known not only for its seaside resorts and its sea view, but also for its historical salt works, already in operation in Roman times, which still today produce the famous "Cervia sweet salt" using artisan methods
c. Cesenatico, a seaside resort in whose historical centre you can still breathe the atmosphere of the ancient fishing village. Cesenatico also saw the birth of the "Mototemporada Romagnola", a series of races on the city circuits of the Riviera that from 1959 to 1971 saw the participation of riders such as Agostini, Hailwood, Pasolini, Read, Spaggiari and all the most important motorcycle brands of the time.
For more details and reservations, please write directly to the Ducati Museum reception service: firstname.lastname@example.org .