Cruise City Streets and Open Countryside on a Quintessential Classic
Italy’s history dates back thousands of years, even beyond the times when Phoenicians, Greeks, Celts, Etruscans, and ancient Italic tribes inhabited the land. Since then, Italy has given rise to the Roman Empire, the Renaissance, and other cultural influences that have shaped Western society. Today, Italy is renowned for its cuisine, fashion, wines, and more. It is home to some of the best manufacturers and master craftsmen, from espresso machines, cars, motorcycles, and even scooters, to leather goods, clothing, and other products!
The variety of geography and culture are reason enough to visit, but make a road trip in Italy a fantastic way to see the country. There is gorgeous coastline, towering mountain ranges, gently rolling countryside, magnificent lakes, and more natural beauty throughout the country. What better way to travel Italian style and immerse yourself in these lands, than by cruising around on a classic Italian scooter? While the varied geography can lead to a number of different climates and variations in weather, generally, March to November is a good time for Italy Vespa tours.
The possibilities for things to see and do are endless, with fascinating destinations throughout Italy. UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound, and you can explore Roman ruins, see the faint history of Etruscan villages, marvel at the paintings and sculptures of the Renaissance masters, or simply enjoy the amazing wines and cuisine. Italy is one of the world’s top producers of wine, with multiple protected denominations of origin. You’ll never tire of the food either, as every individual region, and even individual cities, have their own specialties and staples!
Getting into Italy will be extremely simple for most visitors. You’ll likely arrive in Rome or Milan for intercontinental travel, but several cities, like Bologna, Naples, Palermo, Pisa, and Genoa offer shorter range international flights. Since Italy has membership in the European Union, and is part of the Schengen Agreement, entry requirements for citizens of other member nations requires nothing more than a valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining. If you happen to be coming from some other country, make sure to double check the visa requirements! While airports are typically the easiest points of entry, arriving by train, bus, car, or even ferry will not present any major difficulties, and all make for excellent ways to get around Italy once you’ve arrived.
What Planet Ride offers for Vespa adventures in Italy
Planet Ride features a number of scooter tours throughout Italy, and the only acceptable make for them all is a Vespa! The company was born over 70 years ago in Rome, with the first model unveiled to the public in 1946. Since then, Vespa has gained a cult following around the world, and will always be Italy’s scooter! It makes for the perfect way to travel Italian style while visiting.
Again, we feature a variety of Italy Vespa tours and the number is constantly growing. Your options for a scooter road trip in Italy cover most of the country. Some offer 100% freedom, where you will head out on your Vespa to explore the route on your own, while others will let you choose a group and follow your expert local guide. Below are a few examples to get you fired up!
In the north, you can spend four days exploring the region between Venice and Milan, including the magnificent Lake Garda. Over the course of those four days, you’ll make a series of fun and relaxing day trips to the south of Lake Garda, cruising the northern reaches of the lake, then to the city of Verona (home to Shakespeare’s story of Romeo and Juliet), and finally to the famed Valpolicella wine country. You’ll have plenty of time and freedom to stop along the way and explore quaint local villages, taste delicious local products (like wine and olive oil), and take in the gorgeous scenery.
The central parts of Italy - Umbria and Tuscany - feature several different options for a Vespa road trip. On the San Gimignano tour, you’ll explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, wander the narrow streets of San Gimignano and nearby towns, taste local sheep’s milk cheeses, and much more. One day you’ll head to Monteriggioni, an intact and still inhabited medieval village encircled by walls and towers, and on the next, you’ll explore the culinary delights (wine, olive oil, and bread) of the town of Montespertoli. Finally, no Tuscany trip would be complete without a stop in the famous wine region of Chianti! Here you’ll sip some of the world’s best wine before cruising back to the hotel on your trusty Vespa.
Finally, one of our Italy Vespa tours in the south of the country let you experience another unique region - Puglia. The olive groves, rocky canyons, and coastline make for gorgeous views that never seem to end! After arriving, you’ll make your way to the hotel in the whitewashed town of Alberobello, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its history and unique architecture. With Alberobello as your home base, you’ll venture into the Valley of Istria. On the following day, head for the coast while exploring charming villages and fascinating archeological sites. The remaining days will be spent exploring Puglia’s natural wonders, like the Castellana Caves and the wines and cheeses of Gioia del Colle.
No matter what your interests may be, from a simple Italy Vespa rental, to a multi-day road trip, Planet Ride features a tour or local travel partner that is sure to meet your needs!