DAY 3

Monastery & Vespas

55 km

8am - 6pm


We know the Vespa Museum.

Day three, Sapori e Motori Italian Adventure,  guests start with breakfast. We warm up our engines and head to  the ancient villages of the Pisan mountains. Admire the beauty of medieval buildings before Motori e Sapori lead you   towards Calci (PI) with it's Natural History Museum located in an old Carthusian monastery.  We visit the monastery and see the chapels and cells where the monks sang their vespas , studied and worked. See where the invention of the motel room service hutch could have begun .  A building dating back to 1300 a.c..

 

Lunch with the gang , after a typical Italian meal and a good wine and enjoying the sapori / flavors of Italy  we are back in the saddle.Fire up engines / motori and set a new route to Pontedera where we will visit Piaggio, mother of the famous two wheels, the Vespa by Piaggio.

  

 

In the evening return home. Relax for a while before we  meet for an aperitivo in the piazza.  Motori e sapori take you to dinner.


Vespa Museum Space.

Are you fond of the Vespa? Come to Pontedera  to visit the Vespa Museum! A stone's throw from Pisa , a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Vespa myth.

 

In the Vespa Museum you will find some of the most legendary Vespa models: thanks to videos and vintage photos, you will be able to relive the charm of the past years, of which the Vespa is now a recognized symbol all over the world.

The Charterhouse of Calci.

It was in 1366 that Carthusian Monks established their hermitage near Calci. The Carthusian order derives its name from the location of the first heritage established by Saint Bruno. The Chartreuse Mountains, located east southeast of the French city of Lyon is where Bruno began his religious life.

 

Gorgona, a small island located about twenty miles off the port of Livorno, is part of the Tuscan Archipelago.  In 1369, Pope Gregory XI expelled a group of Benedictine monks  from the island. Some of the monks from Calci were sent to repopulate the island, even as their population grew at the Charterhouse.

 

In the mid-15th Century, due to threats of possible attack by Saracens, the monks on the island brought all of their valuable documents to the Charterhouse.