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Piaggio Museum

Over 100 scooters on display to enjoy the history of Vespa

Map for 43.661120,10.632712
viale Rinaldo Piaggio, 7
The Piaggio Museum was created in 2000 with the aim of documenting the history of the Piaggio company and of the economic and industrial development of Italian society. The museum is housed in the former ''Attrezzeria'' (tool shed), one of the oldest buildings in the Pontedera plant, suitably restored for the purpose.

The 3,000 sq.m exhibition displays the Vespa, Piaggio and Gilera collections. The Vespa collection contains the MP5 and MP6 prototypes, the whole series of Vespa classics, and unique gems such as the ''Vespa Dalì'', the ''Vespa Montlhéry'' and the ''Vespa Siluro'', the latter two also known as ''Vespa da record'' (record breaking Vespa). The Piaggio collection displays the incredible variety of means of transport produced in the 110-year history of the company, from trains to aeroplane engines, from buses to trolleybuses, from the Ciao to the Ape (Vespacar). The Gilera collection offers the vast range of two-wheelers produced under this brand before and after it became part of the Piaggio group.

The museum houses a ''video space'' and a historical archive. The former shows historical films on the Vespa and Gilera collections featuring famous actors and artists; the latter documents the history of the company and offers the possibility to consult documents, sketches, drawings and the advertising campaigns carried out from the 1930s to the present day. The museum also preserves the Antonella Bechi Piaggio Historical Archive. Additional facilities include a meeting space for workshops and conventions, a small theatre for video projections and a bookshop.
A real open air museum with great permanent sculptures by contemporary artists
Pontedera is a harmonious little town near to the place where the Era river meets the Arno. Around the town remains of ancient settlements have been found that date back to the Neolithic period. Subsequently the territory was also inhabited in Etruscan times and in the Middle Ages the castle was built with brick walls and stone and the bridge over the Era river was strengthened. ...