Bella Italia, the home of the Vespa, is always worth a trip. However, exploring the unique landscape of northern Italy on the cult scooter is a very special experience. The unique travel region offers a fantastic backdrop, with a wonderful pine scent in the air in summer. The months of May to September are particularly suitable as a travel period for a Vespa tour in northern Italy. In the winter months, the milder climate of the south is much better for a Vespa tour in Italy. Below we have briefly summarised three of the most beautiful Vespa routes in northern Italy.
Lake Garda Vespa Tour
Lake Garda is not only the main water reservoir of northern Italy, but also one of the most beautiful lakes in Europe. The picturesque surroundings invite you to explore the fairytale villages on the shores of the lake on your own on a balmy summer day. A popular starting and ending point for a tour on a Vespa is San Giorgio in Salici. From here, the tour leads towards Torri del Benaco. Here you have the option of taking the ferry to the opposite shore. From Maderno, the route continues through the ever greener landscape to Affi. The village of Albisano with its impressive view is a good place to take a break and enjoy the magical atmosphere. After a detour to the Brasa Gorge and Pieve di Tremosin, the Vespa can be transferred back to Torri del Benaco by ferry. From here, a short detour to Lumini in San Zeno di Montagna is worthwhile. After a gelato in the main square, it’s back to the starting point in San Giorgio in Salici.
Start: San Giorgio
Destination: San Giorgio
Duration of the route: 6 to 8 hours
Distance: 100 kilometres
Vespa Tour through Tuscany
Discovering Tuscany on a Vespa offers pure Italian lifestyle. Florence is the ideal starting point for a Vespa tour through Italy’s most famous hilly landscape. The first stop is the Piazzale Michelangelo, probably the best vantage point in Florence. Very close to the Piazzale Michelangelo is the monastery of San Miniato, which is also suitable for a short break. Before tackling the approximately 100-kilometre route towards Pisa, it is worth making a stopover in Fiesole, which lies on the imposing hills a little outside Florence. After a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the route continues to Siena, to the impressive Piazza del Campo, which offers a wide variety of cafés and restaurants for a leisurely review of the day.
Duration of the route: 8 to 10 hours
Distance: 250 kilometres
Vespa Tour on Lake Maggiore
The beauty of Lake Maggiore is known far beyond the borders of Italy and Switzerland. There are many architectural masterpieces and natural spectacles to discover on a Vespa tour around the lake. A good starting point is Locarno in the south of Switzerland. After a tour of the famous old town, continue on to Ascona. Here, Mediterranean architecture meets one of the most beautiful promenades on Lake Maggiore. The next stop is the sophisticated Stresa with its exclusive villas and hotels. After a short stopover, the final destination of Spiaggia di Reno can be tackled. The wonderful beach and the many small boutiques, bars and restaurants invite you to stroll and linger. After a leisurely dinner, the journey home can be started along the shore in the direction of Locarno.
Duration of the route: 8 hours
Distance: 170 kilometres
A tour of northern Italy on a Vespa is a unique experience. If you have more time, you can combine several day tours. The hilly landscape of Tuscany in particular offers many opportunities to immerse yourself in the Italian way of life and enjoy the country’s culinary and cultural diversity.
By the way: If you feel like getting on a scooter and exploring the country and its people, you should definitely check out our article on planning a Vespa tour beforehand.