Ducati, at the time known as the Radio Brevetti Ducati Scientific Society, was founded on 4 July 1926 by the three brothers from Bologna, Adriano, Bruno and Marcello Cavalieri Ducati, assisted by their father Antonio.
Driven by the enthusiasm generated by the technological discoveries of the famous Guglielmo Marconi, Nobel Prize winner and father of radio transmission, also from Bologna, they began producing a small condenser called “” Manens “” in a laboratory located in the center of Bologna, where they worked together with two workers and a secretary. In just ten years, Ducati expanded enormously and production moved to Borgo Panigale, employing over 1,600 workers, becoming one of the largest industrial companies of the time.
During the Second World War the factory was destroyed and the Ducati brothers decided to introduce, in 1946, the first motorcycle product, the “Cucciolo” auxiliary micromotor, designed to meet the needs of economic means of transport, and easy to use. (the Cucciolo was applicable to the frames of the common bicycles).
Born in Parma in the heart of the Motor Valley, Kiara Fontanesi knew exactly what she wanted to do at a very young age when she received her first motorcycle as a gift from her father Massimo. Discover more about her life and career during the first instalment of “Humans of Motor Valley”: a brand-new project recounting a series of stories dedicated to those who year after year continue to make the Motor Valley what it is today.