As I was walking to work this morning a Vespa drove past me. Now, a Vespa sighting in Scotland is a rare thing, but seeing it in the flesh and hearing its raspy engine transported me back to a Vespa tour we did in Tuscany over the summer. Before I continue, I need to make this point early. If you haven’t ridden a Vespa before, do it. Do it as soon as you can. It really is a whole lot of fun.
Rob is a Vespa obsessive, and since we were going to be in Tuscany over his birthday, I figured a Vespa tour would be the perfect gift. It turns out, I wasn’t wrong.
I booked our adventure with Tuscany Vespa Tours. I can’t recommend them enough. I thought the day would be spent just scooting around the Tuscan hills, but it was so, so much more than that.
We started at a winery in the grounds of a historic castle in the Chianti hills. We were shown where the wine was made, how olive oil was made and we were treated to ample tastings of both. Mopping up copious amounts of the peppery olive oil with fresh bread is categorically the best thing to do before jumping on a Vespa. Fact.
Now it was Vespa time. We weaved our way in and out of the Tuscan hills, getting slightly braver with every corner. The wind was in our hair, the backdrop was uncompromisingly stunning and the roads were smooth. It was incredible.
All that riding made for some hungry Vespa recruits and lunch was courtesy of a traditional Italian restaurant. Huge plates of pasta were followed by mouth-watering desserts, washed down with more local wine. It was pretty much the perfect day.
The best way to get over a lunch like that is to get back on the Vespa and ride it off. Another couple of hours of touring followed, before we returned home with huge smiles on our faces, and an evening spent reminiscing about one of the best days out we’ve ever had.
I can’t recommend Tuscany Vespa Tours enough. The instructors were fantastic, the day was well organised and the route was stunning. I can’t wait to go back to brush up on my skills. And who knows, maybe I’ll add a second Vespa to the Edinburgh collective.