Ducatis everywhere

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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Monday, December 2, 2002

Having owned a Ducati since 1989, and buying another one in June, my next mission was to do a tour of the Ducati factory in Bologna. Then Ryanair had a special, so Lucy bought 2 tickets, and off we flew. In Bologna, in our pension, the owner gave us directions, and in the morning, off we went. We had driven past the factory in 98, and to park outside, was another dream realised. To go in, was better. The tour, wasn't as good as the Mercedes, but it was very informative, then we went to the museum. Pointless boring you with information about the Cucciola and the Green Frame and so on, but it was awesome. Bologna as a city, was small, but there were a couple of towers and you could climb one. So we did. I don't understand why those wimps in Pisa had their tower shut for years, because this tower had a massive lean !!!!! It also looked good in the night, all lit up. Next morning, we drove to Pisa. The Tower was now open, so we paid the equivalent of 10.00 to go up and be there for 35 minutes. Filthy bloody rip off but kind of worth it !!!!! It was good, so we went to the Duomo next that was beside it. Jumped back in the car and headed over to San Gimignano. Lovely little town on the top of a hill, and this place was littered with towers. They were everywhere and they had more of a lean than the ones in Pisa. My thoughts of the people in Pisa were right down at the bottom now. Surely their tower could have remained open !!!!! We grabbed a HUGE pizza and ate it before the mad dash back to the airport. As we thought we had a bit of time, we decided not to go the Autostrada and we went over the mountains instead. Saw the Duomo of Florence briefly. We drove, more, and some more, and then we arrived. We were way late. As this was Italy and not England, they were not bothered with holding the aeroplane up for us. Pity about the rest of the passengers, but that is life on a cheap and easy airline
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