Entry price: € 10.00
€ 8 for groups, € 6: Ducati owners, for visit reserved on saturdayr; free: DOC members, children under 10, disabled
Guided tours must be booked
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The Ducati museum, inaugurated in 1998, is a true concentrate of the Ducati identity, as well as a tool for the marketing strategy opted for by the Managing Director and President Federico Minoli. The exhibition, centered
around the passion for racing, can be read on two levels: a more spectacular one, symbolized by the semicircular shape which recalls the curves of a race track, and one of chronological-thematic analysis.
In the first, along the imaginary track, parade the motorcycles that were victorious on the road and on the race track, from 1946 to today. The thematic sections, entire rooms, explore various stages of Ducati's history, allowing visitors to enter into contact with the historic values and the heritage of this famous company. The first section is dedicated to the Cucciolo and to Ducati's debut in the production of motorcycles.
The second concentrates in particular on the victories won by the Marianna in long-distance trials.
The third section is dedicated to the "meteorite" of the three-shaft parallel twin-engine vehicle, indissolubly linked to the name of Mike Hailwood, as well as to the talented engineer Taglioni, who made the name Ducati great by applying the desmodromic system to its motorcycles.
The fourth hall is dedicated to the return to official competitions with the innovative twin-engine "L" motorcycles, which carried Paul Smart to victory in the 200 Miglia di Imola in 1972 and Mike Hailwood to the Tourist Trophy in 1978.
The fifth section focuses on the Pantah engine with which the TT2 and the 750F1 raced to success in the competitions of the eighties.
The sixth records the creation in 1986 (in the midst of the Cagiva era) of the innovative "four-valve" motorcycle, designed by Bordi and Mengoli, which inaugurated a string of Superbike victories.
The exhibition concludes with the latest Racing models and the seventh room dedicated to the world of Moto GP. Visits to the Ducati museum are combined with brief tours of the factory, where visitors can see the different stages of the manufacturing process.
Source: local site of Bologna