History of Vespa

Dragon Red parked along Viale della Trinita del Monti
Dragon Red, Viale della Trinita del Monti, Rome, 2012

For as long as I can remember I have always been fascinated with Vespas.  Their unmistakable sound “buzzing bee” is something unique to this scooter.  From their inception, Vespa scooters have been known for their painted, pressed steel unibody which combines a complete cowling for the engine (enclosing the engine mechanism and concealing dirt or grease), a flat floorboard (providing foot protection), and a prominent front fairing (providing wind protection) into a structural unit.  The Vespa has evolved from a single model motor scooter manufactured in 1946 by Piaggio & Co. S.p.A. of Pontedera, Italy—to a full line of scooters and one of seven companies today owned by Piaggio.  The name means wasp in Italian and is apropos of the distinctive sound the scooter makes.  If I every am fortunate enough to purchase one the hardest part will be choosing the color.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPositano Yello , Piazza di Pasquino, Rome, 2013

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