The Museum of Vespa (and much more)

Tuscany has many symbols known all over the world: cities like Florence or Siena, areas like the Chianti, the Mugello or the Val d’Orcia, monuments as the Leaning Tower or the Ponte Vecchio, people like Leonardo da Vinci or Dante… But there is one symbol that not everybody knows that was born here, in Tuscany, too: the Vespa.

New Museum (2018)

Piaggio has made a great effort and in 2018 the new Piaggio Museum, completely restored and renewed, has been inaugurated. The museum is located right into the historical Piaggio factory in the city of Pontedera (between Florence and Pisa), a huge structure raised in the 1920’s, where the most famous scooter of the world was born and became a symbol of the industrial boom after WWII in Italy and Europe.

Even if the museum is enormous (around 5.000 sqm), very nice, clean, very complete and well maintained, (take note) the entrance to the museum is FREE! I personally think it’s a very good idea. So there are no excuses, this is an important stop when you visit Tuscany you can’t miss.

 

Vespa but not only

Obviously, the biggest part of the museum is dedicated to the Vespa scooter. You will find all kind of Vespas, old models, classics, new models, special customizations, limited editions, artistic versions from Dalì, Picasso… All presented in a very elegant and colourful way.

But there is much more, in the museum you’ll see around 250 units including other vehicles from the brands of the Piaggio group like: Aprilia, Gilera and Moto Guzzi that together have won 104 World championships in different categories (SBK, Trial, Supermoto…). A very interesting area of the museum for all the lovers of the Italian motorcycles and racing.

You will also find pieces of other important activities and vehicles produced by Piaggio such as the famous “Ape” (another Italian symbol) and projects of aeronautics and trains.

We consider this museum definitely worth a visit, you won’t regret it and will surely have good memories of it. And who knows if next stop will be a Piaggio dealer!

MotoGP: the Best Show in the World!

MotoGP is the most important motorcycle racing championship in the world. This 2018 there will be 19 races all over the world and 2 of them will take place in Italy! On June 3rd in the Mugello Circuit near Florence and on September 9th in the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in the Adriatic coast. For the race in September we have a motorcycle tour that starts in Florence and will make you discover this great event in the best way: riding a motorcycle in the best roads of central Italy.

So, why attending this amazing show with us?

1 Stress-free:

We take care of everything: rental of motorcycle, tickets in stands with good view over the circuit, nice hotels, English speaking guide… You just need to be on Florence the departure date ready to enjoy a great experience!

2 Great roads and no risk to get lost:

The group will be led by an specialist who will make sure you don’t lose the funniest roads to reach the MotoGP circuit and that nobody in the group gets lost. We depart together and arrive together to our destination!

3 New friends:

In the tour you will meet people from all over the world. We will ride together, eat together, have fun together and live an unforgettable experience.

4 Italian passion:

Motorcycle races have a lot of tradition in Italy. Many teams and riders are Italian or are based in Italy. The people live it in a very passionate way, you will be amazed by the ambiance you will see in the track!

5 Valentino Rossi “Il Dottore” at home:

The legend Valentino Rossi is ending his MotoGP career (last year will be 2020) so, if you still haven’t seeing him live, this is one of the last opportunities! Also, the circuit of Misano Adriatico is just a few miles from Valentino’s home, Tavullia, so this is the most important race of the year for him and his fans.

6 Tavullia:

Obviously one of the must of this tour is the visit to Tavullia, the town where Valentino Rossi grew-up and where he has his famous Ranch, the Fan Club and Official Store.

7 San Marino:

We will also visit the Republic of San Marino, a fantastic medieval city in the top of a hill with a breathtaking view over the Adriatic Riviera and the countryside.

8 Arrival and departure in Florence:

The tour starts and finishes in Florence so you will have time to see this world famous Renaissance city which is one of the most spectacular destinations of Europe!

9 Come with your bike or rent one from us:

You can chose if you prefer to reach Florence with your own bike and make the tour with it. Otherwise, come by plane and here you will find a new model of motorcycle waiting for you. For this tour you can chose between a BMW R 1200 GS, BMW F 800 GS or a Ducati Multistrada 1200 (depending of availability).

10 Beach and swimming-pool:

This MotoGP race takes place at the beginning of September so the weather will still be hot. No worries, our hotel in Rimini has a swimming-pool and the Adriatic sea is just 500 meters away, so bring your swimsuit!