Gratitude and Joy, Italy, Travel

Day 174 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – The Vespa Tour

There’s no doubt about it, Tuscany is spectacularly photogenic. The minute you cross into Tuscany, you begin to see hillsides covered with grapevines and orchards of olive trees. You spot magnificent villas with Italian cypress-lined driveways. 

It seemed impossible to get a bad picture in Tuscany.

Greg was driving, so I felt bad for him because my head was on a swivel as I tried to see everything. It seemed like every time we turned a corner there was another stunning vista. Even the view from our little hotel room was practically unbelievable.

Everywhere you looked there were villas and rows of grapevines.

We had expected to see some beautiful sights, so we booked a Vespa tour through our hotel to get a slower, open, and more fun chance to take in the scenery. What a blast! 

Before the trip I was a little nervous.

We turned up at the appointed time and presented our US drivers licenses to check in. From there we were sized for a helmet and introduced to the Vespa we’d be riding on the local Italian roads.

The gravel parking lot was an interesting place to get comfortable on the Vespa.

If you’ve ridden a motorcycle or even a mini-bike in your youth, the Vespa is fairly easy to ride. But for anyone who’s ever driven in Italy, the idea of guiding a scooter in traffic is daunting. We were assured it wasn’t as bad as we might expect, so we learned a few steering and braking tricks and guided our rides onto the roadway.

Greg made riding look easy.

As we climbed to the top of a 20% grade (yeah … that’s crazy steep), our guide had us all pull over onto the shoulder to point out some sights … and to take pictures of us on our ride.

After our first steep climb we were all smiles.

We thought it was very Italian to have all the couples kiss for a camera shot.

A kiss for luck? or a kiss for love?

From there we went back down into the valley and up another hill to San Gimignano for a break that included a visit to one of Italy’s most famous gelaterias. As a professed lover of all things ice-cream related, it was a particularly perfect stop for me.

Gelato was a priority in San Gimignano.

When we arrived back at the starting point we were laughing as we decided our fears were probably a safe bet, but in the end, unwarranted. It was a fun way to see a little of the Tuscan countryside.

Sleeves rolled up and ready for the ride back.

There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Have a little fun and try a different way of checking it out.

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