From Past to Present: Vicopisano and the Piaggio Museum
The tour begins in the small medieval town of Vicopisano, not far from Pisa. Strategically located at the confluence of the Arno and Serchio Rivers, it was the scene of epic conflicts between the troops of Pisa and Florence.
With the guide, you will visit the Romanesque Church of Santa Maria, which houses a majestic early 13th-century wooden Descent from the Cross, followed by a walk through the fortified village, strewn with towers, to the Rocca (stronghold) of Brunelleschi, so called as the famous Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi modified and strengthened the fortification in the 15th century. The Rocca dominates the underlying territory.
On weekends, it is possible to visit the Rocca and adjacent areas. Entrance fee is required.
The tour continues to the town of Pontedera, home to the Piaggio Museum. The museum was inaugurated in March 2000 in the former tooling department of the factory where the company transferred its production in the 1920s.
The museum was conceived by Giovanni Alberto Agnelli and is dedicated to his memory. It was entirely renovated in 2018 with a surface area of 5000 square meters exhibiting Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Aprilia, and Guzzi collections including many rare and original pieces such as a Vespa, decorated and autographed by Salvador Dalì.
Duration: half day