We were based in Florence for the week hiring a 125
vespa automatic for 3days. Driving in Florence was a free for all.
Trying to find our way about the city was like whacky races. Margaret
on the back as my navigator! Would have been better with Stevie
Wonder on the back!
Riding to the rally was excellent though. 40 odd miles through the
Tuscan mountains in glorious sunshine towards Imola through the
Mugello pass.arriving at the rally at Badia Di Moscheta early Saturday
afternoon with approx 100 scooters in attendance, with only 1 automatic
(shame on me). But no cars, which was a refreshing change from the
rallies in the UK.
We were staying in a traditional Italian farm house approx 5 miles
from the rally. We spent Saturday chilling and meeting the locals
then in the evening we all sat down to some pasta, wine & beer.
There was an all nighter in the grounds of the monastery. We lasted
till about 2am as we had to ride to our farm house 5 miles away.
Thought my steering was knackered but it must have been the bevy.
The ride out on the Sunday was around 15 miles through breathtaking
mountain roads to Firenzuola where we rode right through the pedestrianised
town centre to a café bar for some local drinks & snacks.
We then rode back to the rally site where we all sat down to a meal
& a few wines while the trophies were handed out. The furthest
travelled going to 2 guys from northern Germany who put their vespas
on a train to the south of Germany and drove across the Alps. The
same guys invited us to go with them to Pontedera vespa factory/museum
about 50 miles away. Which we declined as we had to return the scooter.
When the guys got to Pontedera the museum was closed but they opened
it up especially for them as they had rode all the way from Germany.