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Pontedera ( Pisa ), 21-22 April 2018 – FIRST STAGE: THE VESPA FACTORY. From 9 am on the inaugural day of the big Vespa event, Saturday 21st, there is a gay atmosphere. Our enlistment begins at the entrance of the Piaggio factory, on Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, coloured with posters that “ embrace ” the trees. There are already many people ready for the experience, for many first-time, of visiting the Vespa factory, where the celebrated scoter has been made without pause since 1946 .
Families with children, young people, long-standing Vespa enthusiasts, Italians and foreigners : those who had booked on-line on the dedicated web site move quickly, the others hush have the opportunity to register at desks and “ appropriate ” a home on the decent egg white electric trains. And you can besides do some patronize among the Vespa gadgets, helmets and accessories. The tour lasts 45 minutes : many “ Ooohs ! ” of wonder meandering through the assembly lines, with their nose point upwards to admire the antenna line that carries the color bodies to the forum telephone line. “ It looks like a miniature factory ! ” exclaims an enthusiastic child. And besides the adults have the same ecstatic gaze as the little ones .
The 2 Wheeler vehicles exhibition area provides a good overview of the models produced in this factory. The trains go up and down throughout the day, always loaded with visitors, from 9.30 am to well by 7 phase modulation, to meet all requests. But then, it is a rare occasion to visit the factory : the last was two years ago, in 2016, celebrating the seventieth anniversary of Vespa. The future opportunity ? Who knows…perhaps in 2021 for the seventy-fifth anniversary !
SECOND STAGE: THE PIAGGIO MUSEUM. The numerous Vespa scooters of the fans who have flocked from all over Italy and afield for the party, with a significant presence of Vespa Clubs, form an ad-lib exhibition, along the avenue between the factory and the nearby Piaggio Museum, just inaugurated in its renewed look, with new boastfully rooms ( which retain the charm of industrial computer architecture ) and even richer collections of historic vehicles of the Piaggio Group brands ( not only Vespa but besides Piaggio, racing Gilera and Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Ape, and so forth ). In an area of 5,000 square metres there are more than 250 pieces exhibited, many rarities : we are in the largest and most complete italian museum dedicated to motorcycling, one of the foremost in Europe .
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not at all austere, it is a welcome and colorful rate, fun to visit between one collection and another. And there is besides the “ FuturPiaggio – 6 italian lessons on mobility and modern animation ” exhibition ( inspired by the homonymic book by Jeffrey Schnapp, created to celebrate the 130 years of history of the Piaggio Group, besides on sale in the Museum ‘s raw and attractive workshop ), capable until 10 June 2018. One surprise after the other, a ceaseless attraction .
In the areas in front of the Museum, there are besides the Ape ‘s in street food adaptation that offer delicious specialities, and the Vespa Live music 1968-1978 stall ( the beginning of the 5 “ decades ” ) with entertainment until the evening. There are two gay Pandas wandering round ( available for a selfie ), protagonists of the new Vespa advertising campaign ( “ Live more Vespa ” is the claim ). In the Museum Auditorium, the attraction is the Poste Italiane ( Mail service ) stand where you can pick up the postcard with extra postage stamp cancellation dedicated to Vespa .
THIRD STAGE: VESPA VILLAGE. Continuing towards the city center, Piazza Martiri della Libertà is unusually and colourfully adorned. There is the Info Point where people can pick up the “ recommendation ” and return it at the end of the tour, after having collected the stamps of the assorted locations of the party, to receive a delightful free appliance ( a customised capital with the Vespa Days logo ) .
There is the workshop with a wide range of Vespa accessories and official fiftieth anniversary clothing and trade. There is the Vespa on Tour stand, from where the steer Vespa rides start, in order to enjoy the most evocative routes in the area on the saddle. There is the stage of the Music Party where, on Saturday night, the Street Clerks dance band performed. In each of the areas that mark the 5 decades of history and success of Vespa Primavera ( 1968-1978 ; 1978-1988 ; 1988-1998 ; 1998-2008 ; 2008-2018 ) there is live musical entertainment ; they are scattered between the Piaggio Museum, the Vespa Village and along the central Corso Matteotti, enhanced by the exhibits of all models of the Vespa range. For two days the city of Pontedera resounds with notes and colours .
VESPA COLOR DAYS PASSPORT & CAP. In the conclusion, more than 10,000 fans will have enjoyed the extraordinary experience of the Vespa Color Days 2018.
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Those who visited all the areas of the event and collected the seven stamps ( 5 decades plus factory and Piaggio museum ) received the custom-make cap with the logo of the consequence, in memory of an unforgettable experience. even Raoul ( the little pawl of a Vespa fancier reviewer ) likes it, “ showing it off ” with a certain … stylus !
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