Since 2000, some of Piaggio's factory buildings have been given over to a museum documenting the history of the company and its products. There are posters, newspaper cuttings and, of course, lots and lots of Vespas - early models, record breakers, prototypes, special editions and publicity stunts.
The town is proud of its main export. This sculpture, showing the distinctive body shell of a modern Vespa, is outside the railway station.
In we go!
As well as Vespa, Piaggio owns the Gilera brand. So 100% of the scooters I own are Piaggio-made.
I love the Ape, the little three-wheeler scooter van.
Lunga Vespa è lunga.
From rough model to prototype, a Vespa is born.
Looks like a fish, moves like a fish, steers like a cow?
Vespa, don't run.
Not a trick of the camera...
...it really is that big!
It was wonderful to see the love people all over the world have for the Vespa. It was visible in the guest book, signed by visitors from the USA and Russia, from Sweden and the Netherlands, and it was visible on the faces of the other tourists as they smiled and snapped photos.
In the afternoon, we went to Pisa!