An itinerary on motorbike to discover the italian history of the two wheels and the motors: a sort of history of transport in our country.
Museum DEMM and Porretta Terme
The tour starts in Porretta Terme, the city where DEMM was founded in 1928 by Daldi and Matteucci Milano. The most famous product by DEMM was the Siluro, the one on display at the museum performed well at mountain championships in the sixties. In 2005, this museum was realized by Giuliano and Mose’ Mazzini to celebrate the victories of the historical marque. You have to book your ticket in advance to enter.
In addition to the museum, we suggest a visit to the thermal bath in Porretta and to the centre of the Borgo: the church of saint Maria Maddalena, the sanctuary of Madonna del Ponte, the Ancient Castle (or Castello Manservisi), with parts from XVI century and neo-gothic additions from the XIX century.
From the Appennino towards Bologna, you’ll reach Borgo Panigale, well known around the world for the Ducati factory and its Museum, become a multimedia museum (Museo Ducati Multimediale). The Ducati Museum is one of the four most visited museums in the city of Bologna with over 650,000 visitors so far since 1998. It was updated and renovated to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the company and has been organized in such a way as to present each bike as an authentic work of art; As well as exploring the museum, visitors can book for a guided tour of the factory to see how a Ducati is made.
The Little Motorbike Museum – Emilio Bariaschi
Leaving Bologna behind, towards Modena and Reggio Emilia, we will arrive in Guastalla (RE). The little town’s museum, founded by Emilio Bariaschi, includes the motorcycles protagonists of mass motorization between the end of World War II and 1965. A collection able to tell the roaring years of motorcycling in Italy. Emilio, a passionate motorbiker, felt the need to share his passion and collection with the public. The best way to visit it is to follow a guided tour by Emilio himself, to not miss important facts: for example the story of an owner who created a motorbike putting together a BSA bike’s chassis with a type of Siata engine called “cucciolo”.
In the postwar period, the Monza Eni Circuit was a storage for ARAR’s weapons. The road Emilia became the best circuit to push cars and motorbikes to the limit. For this reason many drivers, mechanics, garages and trainers moved to Emilia creating, unknowingly, the “Motor Valley”.
We suggest a gastronomic stop at Fratelli Ballarini, a famous restaurant along the road Emlia close to Bologna, where you can taste a genuine cuisine since 1923. Ristorante Ballarini