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Best routes to ride a Vespa or scooter in Tuscany?

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Best routes to ride a Vespa or scooter in Tuscany?

We would like to spend a day riding a Vespa around Tuscany. Do you have any recommendations of which area or routes to take? The Chianti area seems to be a nice place to start.. Any recommendation on where to rent the Vespa in this region? Thanks for all your help!

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1. Re: Best routes to ride a Vespa or scooter in Tuscany?

Alas we recommend you don't. OK idea for towns (assuming you have ridden a Vespa before on city streets) but they are most certainly not a sensible means of transport out in the Tuscan countryside, especially the Chianti. This conversation crops up often on this board.

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2. Re: Best routes to ride a Vespa or scooter in Tuscany?

Yep.....absolutely NOT a good idea. Rent a car instead. Riding a scooter in Tuscany, particularly if you are not extremely experienced, you are a stain on the road waiting to happen.

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3. Re: Best routes to ride a Vespa or scooter in Tuscany?

While taking into account the two comments above, you can rent Vespas in Greve in Chianti. If you look at the Greve website you'll see information on cycling routes in Chianti. Those same routes are also good for Vespa excursions.

greve-in-chianti.com/bicycling/bicycling-eng…

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4. Re: Best routes to ride a Vespa or scooter in Tuscany?

Wandering around Tuscany is a "classic" first journey made by italian Vespa lovers used to drive only in cities.

I did it when I was very young and it is one of my fondest memories. It's the first trip away from home because hills are not steep, traffic is quite slow and the countryside takes your breath away.

So the problem is not the vehicle going up and down the Chianti hills (my old 150 cc Vespa crossed the Alps twice without batting an eyelid. Of course It was slower than Hannibal's elephants, but...).

The problem is the driver, franlky for a first timer who never drove a Vespa before it can be dangerous.

Edited: 09 November 2013, 10:19
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6. Re: Best routes to ride a Vespa or scooter in Tuscany?

If, in fact, you are an inexperienced rider... the advise given above is good. But I'm not sure why it was assumed that you are inexperienced. You could be a professional stunt rider planning a leisurely vacation... o.k., maybe that's a stretch.

Have you considered checking out the touring club of Italy? They have some trip itineraries.

Enjoy Tuscany.

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