Italy Scooter Tour!
By Bert Magnuson
I had the most incredible adventure on the Italy Scooter Tour. It’s almost impossible to pick my most favorite experience. Highlights in Rome included seeing and going inside the Coliseum and being in St. Peter’s Square to see and hear the Pope deliver Sunday mass. We thoroughly enjoyed everything our guide, Constantine, shared as we toured the Vatican museums, cathedrals and other famous landmarks.
Tuscany by Scooter began in Florence. I rode a Vespa super 300cc model. The seat height, higher than my V-star, made it a little more difficult for the vertically challenged. Our guides, Domenico and Ursula were great giving us the history of places we visited, San Gimignano, Siena, Mugello, Arezzo, and the Villa Pitiana where several took part in a cooking class. We had rain every day and only six of us chose to ride to Siena while the others enjoyed camaraderie on a train ride to get there. Also only a few chose to ride to the more mountainous region of Mugello while the majority of us stayed in Florence and enjoyed touring with Ursula as our guide. Visiting the Duomo, seeing Michelangelo’s sculpture of David and shopping in the leather market were among the highlights.
Riding the twisties and viewing the vineyards and olive orchards through the region of Chianti was a truly exhilarating experience. Cathy Davies shared: “Late in the trip, one of our guides said that she and the other guide were shocked when all 18 of us showed up ready to ride that first morning in the rain. Since we’d be returning to the same hotel each night, it would have been tempting to lay low. I smiled and told her, “I’m not surprised, we’re Women On Wheels®!”
Fourteen of us ended our stay in Italy by traveling by train to Venice where again we had very good guides. Louisa led us on a walking tour of Venice and to a gondola ride at night (in the rain, what else?). Finally, sunshine on our last day and Jivonna was our informative guide on a private boat tour. On the island of Murano, we visited a glass making factory and saw beautiful exhibits in their gallery. We stopped at the quaint country island of Torcello and then Burano with its brightly painted houses also noted for its lace-making.
I can’t begin to count the number of flavors of gelato I had, the number of glasses of wine I enjoyed, the delicious Italian dishes I tried, and my favorite after dinner drink limoncello. The best part of every aspect of the tour was sharing it with old friends and making new friends, all because I belong to this great organization, Women On Wheels®.
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