When holidaying overseas, particularly in Italy, I often keep an eye out for classic Vespas, listening for that all too familiar “pop-pop” of a Vespa’s engine. It was no exception when I holidayed for a week in Tuscany the last two years, with my wife and daughter.
We have visited Italy a lot over the years and I have definitely noticed I'm seeing less geared, classic Vespas; particularly in cities such as Milan, Florence and Rome. I'm sure this is due to the ever tightening laws and regulations aimed to protect built-up areas from the effects of the internal combustion engine. Interestingly though, you can often see websites offering city tours by Vespa..
While Vespa sightings may be declining, out in the Italian countryside you are never far from the buzz of an Ape - the Vespa’s three-wheeled sister. Unlike the impatient local car drivers, I never get frustrated or tired of trailing an Ape for a good few kilometers along winding country roads…
The inimitable Ape is still widely used and can be frequently seen across Italy, being used for all manner of purposes - whether as a tourist rickshaw on the islands of Capri and Ischia to a coffee van in Italian cities, but more often that not I’m used to seeing them driven around by farmers.
When there are no Vespas or Apes to be found, you could always pay a visit to Il Museo Piaggio, in Pontedera, just outside of Pisa - failing that, inspiration for photography is never too far away…
Well that’s a snapshot of some of my travels that have involved our beloved Vespa - what about you… ?!
Rod Gillan admirably stepped forward recently and enlightened us on his European adventures last summer, read on - here
I’m not asking for David Baileyesque photos; just a few words about what you got up to on holiday and one or two snaps of your Vespa sightings would be more than great - after all this News page facility is for all VVC members and reading what I put out all the time may get a bit boring after a while!
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