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Has anyone been in the last couple years, and is it worth the detour between Siena and Cinque Terre?
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Has anyone been in the last couple years, and is it worth the detour between Siena and Cinque Terre?
Decide yourself and start Virtual Tour for first impression: https://www.museopiaggio.it/en (Feature is from 2021)
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I think the big change in recent years is that you have to book a reservation in advance. When last I was there (in 2016), you could just walk in and peruse the exhibits. That doesn't seem to be the case any more.

I think the exhibits (specifically the models on display) are substantially the same. It looks like they've improved the presentation a bit, though.

I think that if you're into Vespas and you happen to be in Tuscany -- pretty much anywhere in Tuscany -- then you can't go wrong by stopping in.

Edited to add: Personally, seeing the Montlhery in person was worth the trip all by itself. But I might be biased.
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I think the big change in recent years is that you have to book a reservation in advance.
You just saved me a wasted trip, thanks!

UPDATE: Go figure, the link to book a visit at the Moto Guzzi factory does not load.
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Another update: Just found out my local Moto Guzzi dealer that since the pandemic, all factory museum access in Mandello Del Lario has been cancelled. Great news all around lol.
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Another update: Just found out my local Moto Guzzi dealer that since the pandemic, all factory museum access in Mandello Del Lario has been cancelled. Great news all around lol.
Bummer.
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We have been there last summer.

We made a trip that day from Lucca to Siena and Pontedera is in the middle.
So we decided to have a visit to the museum.

As said you had to make a reservation. We did not know that, and we had no reservation. We found at the entrance.

I am the logical one of us and since we did not have a reservation my idea was we cannot get in. But my wife is more practical and she said: "we are here and we go in." And we did. Don't ask me how.

What we think is that this reservation thing is mainly linked to Covid and making sure not too many people are in at the same time. When we were there it was a very hot day but not too many visitors.

Is it worth a visit?

I liked it. But I was a bit disappointed because I did not find my 1962 160GS.

On the other hand I found Pontedera very interesting.

It is a small village. (With a very helpfull pharmacy in the center of town.)

Then there is the Viale Rinaldo Piaggio. That is where the museum is.
That entire street is Piaggio factories all over. And in the middle there is a technical school.
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I was there in 2021. If you miss it, you aren't missing much. I think I wrote about it in Doing a lap around Italy.

It was just a few rooms lined with Vespas. They didn't really get into the science/design/engineering of it all. Was a lot of "and here is the following year's edition (presented without context)" and "over here is one we did with a Donald Duck decal."

Seemed to be more of a museum of Piaggio's marketing guy polishing his own ego about weird teamups than a museum of stylish Italian motorbikes.

The Ducati museum in Borgo Panigale was much better, and I knew basically nothing about Ducati when I went there.
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They didn't really get into the science/design/engineering of it all. Was a lot of "and here is the following year's edition (presented without context)" and "over here is one we did with a Donald Duck decal."
Agreed that there isn't a lot of context. Still, there are some very important bikes in that room, if you know what you're looking at. And yes, the onus shouldn't be on us to know, but that's Piaggio for you.

(I also think there might have been more context when I was last there in 2016, especially about the historic vintage models).
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Another update: Just found out my local Moto Guzzi dealer that since the pandemic, all factory museum access in Mandello Del Lario has been cancelled. Great news all around lol.
The Moto Guzzi Museum is letting me book a visit. https://www.motoguzzi.com/us_EN/tradition/museum/
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The Moto Guzzi Museum is letting me book a visit. https://www.motoguzzi.com/us_EN/tradition/museum/
Were you able to complete booking all the way through? I always error out right away. The missus has some sort of black magic so she can get to step 3 before she gets an error and can't proceed.

We called our dealer who emailed their Guzzi rep who said they haven't reopened the museum since the pandemic. Maybe the rep was mistaken? 🤔
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Were you able to complete booking all the way through? I always error out right away. The missus has some sort of black magic so she can get to step 3 before she gets an error and can't proceed.

We called our dealer who emailed their Guzzi rep who said they haven't reopened the museum since the pandemic. Maybe the rep was mistaken? 🤔
Dozens of Google reviews from the last few days/weeks give the impression that the museum is open.
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Dozens of Google reviews from the last few days/weeks give the impression that the museum is open.
Friday and Saturday: 10.00 am -6.00 pm (local time)
Open to general public
The bookshop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., every Friday and Saturday.


I read that as "Just bowl on up Friday or Saturday". Like it used to be at 3pm daily.

I think the guide can only manage a couple of days a week. Yawn emoticon

Make sure you head around the corner to Agostinis for better shopping than the factory.
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Between Siena and Sinque Terre, I'd go and see the leaning tower of Pisa It's weird enough to warrant a visit. The roads at the coastal side tend to be busy, though.
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