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Life has kept me busy and away from TE for nearly 2 months... Then I read an article “The irreductible devotees of vespas in Mali”, and I thought it was about time to resume my series of postings on Tuscany, particularly Pontedera.

Pontedera located about 20km east of Pisa, is best known for the Piaggio company, manufacturer of the famous VESPAS, and for the museum of the same company.
The company was founded in 1884 by Rinaldo Piaggio, and throughout its history created all kinds of models in the means of locomotion, from aviation to the road, not forgetting the agricultural sector.
In the main post of course, I had to present the famous scooter "Vespa". Its launch dates back to 1946 (its name translates as "wasp", as it was created by Enrico Piaggio when he discovered the prototype, for the sound of the engine, its shape and its movement.
The company had mostly manufactured planes during the 2nd World War, but after the war, this activity was banned in Italy, so Enrico Piaggio decided to make a two-wheeler, in order to give an outlet to his factory : He asked one of his aeronautics engineers to create a modern and economical mode of transportation which would be for both women and men , and that would not dirty clothes (unlike the bike) ... The line is still running well at the beginning of the 21st century .

In WS, I present a small sample of the models that caught my attention during our visit. Far from being complete of course, because the museum is so extensive and so rich in original pieces.
And I dedicate this to Carlo again : Pontedera is his stronghold as he goes there everyday.

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