Ducati motorcycle factory tour – Visit with KIDS

Ducati Motorcycle Factory Tour – Tips for taking the kids

On The Educational Tourist trips everyone participates in the planning. Since my husband is a motorcycle fan during our trip to Italy we learned about motorcycles. We stayed in Bologna and hired a car to take us to the Ducati motorcycle factory where we enjoyed a tour of the museum and factory. Amazing place! Even if you aren’t ‘into’ motorcycles you’ll enjoy a real factory and looking at all the bikes. AND one of the tips for a successful trip is to make sure everyone has a turn. When it isn’t your turn you try to find something interesting, learn something new, and enjoy that your trip mate is so happy.

No photos were allowed in the factory! It has too many goodies the competition might find interesting, I suppose.  It was very, very clean, and surprisingly quiet. Everyone was very friendly and seemed delighted we were there.  It was the perfect opportunity to discuss an assembly line with the kids. None of us had every been in a real factory before and it was fun and a learning experience for everyone!

Ducati Motorcycle factory, Ducati motorcycle factory tour, www.theeducationaltourist.com

The tour included a look at examples of bikes from each year. We loved walking down this timeline admiring the new additions and changes each year.

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The design changes from year to year were interesting and the tour guide was amazing. There were examples of very early motorcycles, too, and those were especially fun. I’m sure at the time they were the latest and greatest in design, but now they look funny to us.

early Ducati racing motorcycle, Ducati motorcycle factory tour, www.theeducationaltourist.com

My husband, who is a motorcycle lover, was thrilled and we all got a chance to learn a little about one of his loves. I tell the kids that dad listens and learns about Barbies and Trash pack monsters because he loves us and we should do the same for him. It is an easy way to teach children to think about others and how even listening with interest can mean so much to someone else.

Ducati motorcycles, Ducati motorcycle factory tour, www.theeducationaltourist.com

We even had the pleasure of meeting one of the first racers and he posed with his bike. I’m sorry I don’t remember his name.

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Travel is about learning and sharing and enjoying each other. Take time to explore the interest of each of your travelers as options are available when you travel.

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Ducati Motorcycle Factory Tour  – Information

Where: Ducati Motorcycle Factory, Via Antonio Cavalieri Ducati, 3 – Bologna

How to Reach: We hired a car to take us from Bologna. It is an easy 1 hour drive and we had an interesting chance to stop at a road side station for a potty break and snack break. But whether you hire a car, drive a car, or take the bus or train, this factory is easy to visit. Directions to the Ducati Motorcycle Factory Tour here.

Schedule:  Ducati Motorcycle Factory Tour times: 9:15 – 11:00 and 13:45-15:30.

Fees: Full price 10 euros and Reduced price 8 euros. See this link for who qualifies for reduced price.

Reservations: Reserve spots for your Ducati Motorcycle Factory Tour here.

The world is a big place – let’s see it! If you are headed to Italy, here is some information about what to see in Rome with the kids and see my book list for reading about Italy before you go!

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Happy Travels,

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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15 Responses

  1. Hendrik says:

    I remember once when I was a kid my father took me to a motorcycle race which was simply amazing. First time ever and I can even remember the smell of this special gasoline. This is for kids so fascinating, great that you also do such things. Its a playful way to discover the world and possible interests!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      You never know what will spark a child’s imagination for sure! It was so cool to learn a little more about Dad’s passion, too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  2. James Smith says:

    That’s a good way of letting Dad have some peace. Tell them he had to learn about Barbies and Trash pack monsters. Or in my case I had to watch Toy Story over and over (that was fun by the way). It looked like a great day out!

  3. I think I would truly enjoy visiting this factory even though I am not a motorcycle enthusiast. I also think it would be a great family experience to share the history and view some of those early bikes. If I were anywhere close I would certainly visit. Thanks for the fun post.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It was a rare opportunity to see a working factory and a great way to explain ‘assembly line’ to kids! We all really enjoyed it.

  4. Maja Mexatia says:

    Cool place for kids to learn more about what dad loves! I’m sure your little guy will remeber this visit when he grows up and be thankful for creating this great childhood memory.

  5. Janine Good says:

    What a great day out for the motorcycle fans out there! I never would have thought Italy would have such an attraction so it was great to learn about something new and different to visit next time in Italy. Ducatis are impressive vehicles and this looked like a great collection.

  6. I love travelling pillion on my friends bike and has been lucky enough to travel extensively through Europe. I think he would love to visit this factory. I love it when factories open up their doors for tours

    • NatalieTanner says:

      How exciting! I only ride pillion as well and love watching the world go by from a motorcycle! The factory was so interesting! Thanks for stopping by, Kathy.

  7. Cynthia says:

    How interesting! I’m not *into* either, but even I think I would find something interesting here. Love your advice too about traveling with others and taking turns. So important, and really means so much to the other person to experience what they enjoy.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      LOL! I understand completely. About the advice to consider the joy of others and try to learn about them and take turns….wouldn’t the whole world be nicer if we all did that? *sigh* According to Mother Teresa, “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” and I think this goes along with her philosophy. And….it turns out to be pretty interesting, too! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Glad I came across this post! I didn’t know about this factory when I visited Italy. But there is always a next time. You are right; travel is a great way to learn.

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