What is the most glamorous way to visit the suggestive towns, the vineyards and the historic wineries of eastern Veneto? Definitely on a Vespa, a cult icon of Made in Italy.
One of the most iconic objects of Made in Italy, ambassador of Italian design at the MOMA in NY or at the Design Museum in London, the Vespa is also the legendary protagonist of Fellini’s Dolce Vita and one of the most fashionable means of transport on two wheels in the world.
On a sunny day, it is perfect for wandering among the most picturesque places in Veneto, immersing yourself in the sounds of nature, free to stop by a winery for a tasting of typical wines or by a trattoria for a gourmet lunch based on local products.
Veneto is a region that must be lived: the Vespa is the perfect way to savor its true beauties that hide behind a door, among a vineyard, beyond the walls of an ancient village.
There are many panoramic spots that are just perfect to be visited by Vespa, such as the wonderful Borgo di Rolle, candidate for Unesco Heritage, surrounded by rolling hills covered with vineyards, or Susegana where you can visit the Castles of San Salvatore and Collalto.
And what about if you don’t have a Vespa? No worries: you can just go to Vespa Rent Dolomiti, conveniently located in Vittorio Veneto very close to the Prosecco Hills, where, just with a basic driving license, you can rent a shining Vespa 125 Primavera New Automatic. To be booked strictly red or white with a fashionable tricolor helmet, it’s just perfect to travel with style and take romantic Instagram-friendly photos, perhaps with a picnic basket surrounded by vineyards that can be ordered at the moment of departure or on the spot.
Together with the Vespa, you will receive a complimentary Road-Book, a 16-page photographic travel book that will guide you to the discovery of the Prosecco Hills, making you feel like explorers hunting for the best local “secret gems”.
In fact, there are many suggested theme routes that will take you to some of the most fascinating places in Veneto, such as: the legends of the Cansiglio forest, the itineraries of the First World War, the Monster and the Lake, the Villas and the Castles, and the food and wine routes of the Prosecco Hills…Or just ask Paolo Serravallo, the owner of Vespa Rent and expert connoisseur of all the local beauties, and let him advise you on an itinerary tailored made for you.
Upon request, the Vespa can also be delivered to your desired departure point or to your hotel.
Don’t you feel like taking a ride?
The Vespa was officially born in 1946 driven by Piaggio’s need to find new markets to counter the decline in its productivity caused by the downsizing of the aviation industry at the end of the Second World War. Thinking about the growth of urban mobility, Enrico Piaggio commissioned Corradino D’Ascanio, an aircraft designer, to create a means of transport that was easy to use for everyone. Taking his cue from the aeronautical industry, D’Ascanio laid the foundations for the worldwide success of the Vespa by creating a scooter that, for the first time, could be used with everyday clothing and in a comfortable position. Even when carrying packages, drivers did not risk, in fact, getting dirty with oil, thanks to the frame that covered the engine. The name, on the other hand, seems to derive from the similarity of the Vespa to the animal of the same name, both for the sound of the engine and for its shape, especially when viewed from above.
Pricing: 69 euro per day (per Vespa, cost to be split if you are in two persons)
Kit includes: helmets, Road Book with “secret itineraries”, K-ways, upon booking pic-nic blanket and trunk
Pic-nic basket (upon booking it from one of Vespa Rent’s partners): 8 — 15 euros per person
Seasonal promotions apply when booking the Vespa for several consecutive days