Thursday, April 27, 2006
Vespa Turns 60
The de facto symbol of Italian life - the Vespa - celebrated its 60th birthday today. The manufacturer unveiled three new models and plans for a Vespa museum - a brilliant idea! According to ANSA, "the Vespa's actual birthday was April 23, the day in 1946 when the patent for the innovative two-wheeler was registered in Florence by Piaggio & Co ." More than 16 million Vespa scooters have been sold over the past six decades. If you're anything like me, once I return from a trip to Italy - Rome, especially - I miss the hum of the everpresnt hum of Vespas zooming to and fro.
Posted by Kathy McCabe, DreamofItaly.com at 12:02 PM