Thu May 12, 2022 4:01 pm

Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1698
Location: AZ
 
Molto Verboso
Vespa Super 300
Joined: 24 Mar 2013
Posts: 1698
Location: AZ
Thu May 12, 2022 4:01 pm linkquote
so as I am now retired and looking to travel more(assuming Covid will allow it), I thought of a Vespa tour through Europe(Italy would be my favorite) or Asia. I do see there are some tours like that and was curious if anyone has done one of these and your opinion. thanks for any info


larry
Thu May 12, 2022 5:13 pm

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2020 GTS 300 HPE
Joined: 27 Sep 2019
Posts: 888
Location: San Francisco
 
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2020 GTS 300 HPE
Joined: 27 Sep 2019
Posts: 888
Location: San Francisco
Thu May 12, 2022 5:13 pm linkquote
The best rental I found in northern Italy was Motoragazzi. They have a bunch of locales near Verona around Lago di Garda.

They have their own app with day tours. You can also negotiate a multiday rental if you want to make your own tour. If you're into scenery and hot springs, the Dolomites are some of the best riding in Italy, and Garda/Verona is a good place to start. (You'll be on Monte Baldo, which is already gorgeous.) That area was Austrian until Mussolini claimed it in WWI, so it's more Brown Mountain Food™ than what you imagine when you think of eating in Italy.

As jess warned when I embarked on my trip, transacting in Italy can easily turn into a comedy of errors (which is why he taught MV the Italian National Salute: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). That was true in both directions, picking up and dropping off the rental.

I never did chronicle those events. In short, the people were very friendly and well-intentioned. There were a few things they were unexpectedly hard on for no clear reason (e.g. a 50% upcharge for requesting a newer model, even though they all rent for the same price for day use). Both dropoff and pickup were a little disorganized and took way longer than expected, but the staff was very nice. I ended up getting a ride to the train station on the back of an employee's small-engined scoot to catch the last train back to Venice. On the one hand, they went above and beyond to take care of me in some ways (e.g. putting a bottle of oil under the seat in case I needed a top off, or the aforementioned late night ride). On the other hand, some of the things they were so nice about taking care of wouldn't have been hard in the first place with a little more organization.

(Please, nobody quote this post. I'm in a hurry right now, and I'll probably revise my wording later. I wouldn't want to misspeak and have it live on after I edit.)
Thu May 12, 2022 6:07 pm

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2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
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2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4876
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Thu May 12, 2022 6:07 pm linkquote
My wife and I are flying to Greece next weekend to join the Vespa Club del Mediterraneo for a two+ week ride through the Peloponnese.

It will be our fifth trip with the group.

The previous four were my favorite vacations ever.

I highly recommend riding in Europe whether solo or with a group.

Bill


Riding a Tmax in Tuscany, 2016.

Thu May 12, 2022 7:51 pm

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GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
 
Molto Verboso
GTS 300ie Touring 2013 - Signora D'argento & GTS 300ie HPE 2022 - Regina Arancione.
Joined: 03 Jun 2018
Posts: 1573
Location: Lancaster, U.K.
Thu May 12, 2022 7:51 pm linkquote
Europe is a large continent so don't try and cover too many countries in one visit. Italy should be high on your list, it has everything, history, culture and sights, but avoid in August. Most Italians take their holidays in this month, so everywhere is busy with tourists. A day Vespa tour of Rome is a lot of fun.

UK and Ireland is a good combination, we share the same language and again, loads of culture, history and scenery. Ireland can be very wet, even in summer, so good waterproofs is a must.
Thu May 12, 2022 8:34 pm

Hooked
Gts 300 notte
Joined: 27 May 2020
Posts: 197
Location: Toronto
 
Hooked
Gts 300 notte
Joined: 27 May 2020
Posts: 197
Location: Toronto
Thu May 12, 2022 8:34 pm linkquote
Tour of Tuscany on a vespa. Would be a dream come true
Thu May 12, 2022 9:58 pm

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2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 184
Location: Oxford, UK
 
Hooked
2021 GTS 300 Supersport, Triumph Tiger 800
Joined: 26 Sep 2021
Posts: 184
Location: Oxford, UK
Thu May 12, 2022 9:58 pm linkquote
Yes dont forget the UK, we have great riding roads in Wales, Scotland and North England and a pleasant temperature whereas Southern Europe can get too hot.

I'm currently on a trip visiting the Ardennes on the French/Belguim border and its a stunning area with fun and challenging twistie roads. So I'd recommend a day or two there before catching the Eurotunnel to England.
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