Think of Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday (1953), and Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow in The Talented Mr Ripley (1999), to name but a few.
And it has been adopted by many well-known personalities – not just Italians –, from British chef Jamie Oliver, hopping around London’s gourmet markets and stores, to Australian travel journalist Peter Moore, touring Italy’s back-roads.
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Vespa is the Italian word for ‘wasp’, and it was Enrico Piaggio - founder of the Piaggio factory in the province of Pisa - who gave the scooter its name back in 1946, because of the high buzzing noise – like a wasp - that its engine made, and its unusual narrow-waisted shape.
This includes a wonderful, working juke box that plays some of the classics of Italian pop from the Dolce Vita era.
It is kept in safe custody by Marco whom Peter came across on the internet when he was looking for a suitable old Vespa to buy.
Famous Vespa Riders The Vespa has been a cultural icon in Italy since it was first produced by Piaggio in 1946.
It has been used in many a movie about Italy, from the fifties up to recent times.
The same is payable by credit card, debit card* or cash.
The full amount of this deposit will be refunded if you return the scooter and the accessories in the same original conditions. Yes, cancellations are possible and free of charge up to 48 hours prior to the agreed date.