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Vroom with a View: In Search of Italy's Dolce Vita on a '61 Vespa Paperback – February 21, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Centro Books (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933572019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933572017
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Its punning title sets the tone for this off-beat travel book...touched by romance and haunted by the glamour of Sophia Loren, it's a larky, laddish tale of roadside picnics, bad behaviour and attempting to re-enact 'Roman Holiday" YOU magazine "'Moore has the parched dry wit, the solid brass cojones of a true traveller and rare eye for the madness of the wider world'" JOHN BIRMINGHAM "'Moore is the genuine article, a traveller's traveller...inspirational stuff'" FHM magazine "'Haunted by the glamour of Sophia Loren, it's a larky, laddish tale'" -- MAIL ON SUNDAY "'Peter Moore...the Jim Carrey of travel writing, has tapped out another racy travelogue' " -- SUNDAY HERALD --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Peter Moore is the voice of independent travel in both Australia and the U.K. A former advertising copywriter and website designer, he has visited more than ninety-two countries on his travels. When he is not lugging his senseless backpack through foreign lands, Peter can be found at home with his new bride, Sally, who he married on Cook Island. Sadly, Sophia was unable to attend.

More About the Author

My name is Peter Moore and I'm an Australian travel author.

Basically, my job is to go on grand journeys and write about them. I've travelled overland from London to Sydney (The Wrong Way Home), from Cape Town to Cairo (Swahili for the Broken-Hearted) and around Italy on a forty-year-old Vespa (Vroom with a View). I also travelled around Central America with a girl I'd only just met (The Full Montezuma). I'm just finishing a book about driving around Australia in an old car with a new wife (Crikey!).

I'd like to think that my books convey the stuff that I love about travelling - the people you meet and the crazy situations you find yourself in. I constantly find myself in situations that you couldn't make up. Like sheltering in a coffin shop during a riot in Addis Ababa. Or being assured by an Iranian nuclear physicist that my country would be safe in the event of a nuclear war. And I'm constantly overwhelmed by the hospitality of people in even the poorest countries

If I had to describe my books I'd say they were kind of like a cross between Bill Bryson and Paul Theroux. But whereas Bill and Paul can flash their platinum Amexes, I have to be a bit more careful with my pennies. But to be honest I've found that's the best way to meet the locals.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy my books. As Oprah would say "they'll make you laugh, they'll make you cry, they'll change your life."

Well, at least I wish she'd say that.

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Peter Moore's book is a charmer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dick Paetzke on August 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Peter Moore's book is a charmer. If you love Italy, the real Italy, and Vespas, the real Italian scooter, you'll love this book. Peter Moore, whom I wish I knew, has written a wonderful love story about a country that captivated him, seen the way most people will never see it. Maybe the spirit of the American Old West still lives in Australia. It's pretty much died out here. We Yanks seem pretty limited to the four or five places we've heard of -- Venice, Cinque Terre, Florence, and a couple more we remember from skimpy Geography classes. Moore, an Aussie, sets out to explore Italy, mostly from Tuscany to Rome on a scooter whose vintage matches his own. He does touch on those places overrun with tourists, but the heart of his tale is what happens in little trattorias, greasy workshops, and tiny places you've never heard of. The story is more Don Quixote than Under The Tuscan Sun and Moore is more Dave Barry than Frances Mays. He's joined on his trip by his girlfriend (and wife to be)as he tunes up his 40 year old scoot and his relationship with Sally as they alternately zip and sputter from one little town to another. I have to confess being totally predisposd to this book, being the owner of two Vespas and a home in Italy where my wife and I spend as many weeks as we can during the year. Moore knows Italians as we do, people filled with enthusiasm and eccentricities that make Anglo Saxons crazy, the creators of food, music, and a passion for living to die for. He finds it all on his rusty steed and I enjoyed every km of the way. My wife is reading the book right now and raves about it. The book was a gift from an Englishman from whom I bought my latest Vespa. I'm buying more copies and giving them to friends I love. Do yourself a favor and buy this lovely book. Then get a Vespa and a whole bunch of new friends that go with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. SMITH on January 24, 2006
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I have loved (and ridden) Vespas for over 21 years (longer than I have had a driver's license, and I have loved reading Peter Moore's books for almost 7 years. I never thought I would see the two come together in such a well-written, entertaining way. Peter describes Italy in a way that only a dry, somewhat "off" Aussie could, yet still allows romance to shine through his observations. Likewise, the Vespa serves as a perfect metaphor for the country, yet at the same time is more than just an incidental presence in the story; indeed, the Vespa is observed and remarked upon very frequently, and always tastefully. The only other medium in which the Vespa was so well portrayed was in the film "Night on Earth" (and, again, the same could perhaps be said of the Rome portrayed in the same film, like no other). This is a book great for any occasion and I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in travel, humour, art, style, taste, and Vespas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M.C. on June 18, 2006
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I'll buy any travelogue if it's written about Italy. This one did not disappoint. The author buys a Vespa off Ebay and travels through Italy, describing each city or town and its people and food. Never does the author come across as being "uppity" to Italians, but always as a down-to-earth man. Written with humor, it's never over-the-top. It's one of the most enjoyable travelogues I've read. I highly recommend!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JerseyGirl on August 28, 2006
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I've enjoyed Peter Moore's books for five years now--long before I first tracked him down to pick his brain about travel and publishing--and I bought this one a year ago off amazon.co.uk. I'm pleased to see that Peter's books are finally being published in the US and hope that this is the first of many. "Vroom With A View" is an entertaining account of riding an ancient Vespa around Italy--what a great idea! When I finished it, I wanted to go buy my own scooter, off of eBay, of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Miller on June 18, 2011
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I loved hopping on this vintage Vespa with Peter Moore and touring the back roads of Italy. His adventures were a delight to read. He has the ability to make you feel that you're right there with him; I could almost feel the wind in my hair. If I weren't 75 years old and broke, I'd be shopping for a vintage Vespa on eBay Italy right now instead of writing this review. My only disagreement with Peter is his assessment of the town of Cortona. Sorry, Peter, but it's NOT a dismal mill town, but one of the original Etruscan hilltop villages that maintains its charm to this day. Maybe it's because I wasn't on a Vespa but on foot, my explorations of this ancient space were very rewarding. But jump back on the Vespa and explore the rest of Italy with Peter, you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JaneR on September 6, 2012
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What a great book to 'discover'! This writer from Australia composed an engaging and fun story, taking me into his adventure starting with his long-held wish to ride a Vespa through Tuscany, Italy. Sure, you may have read many books about this region (I have), but not like this!
Prior to reading this book, I had a dream of riding a road bike through the region, but now I'm rethinking it. Taking my time ("Piano! Piano!") is my plan to really see, smell and feel all that this region of my ancestor's origin.
Things don't go as planned, like life, no? But you'll be smiling and laughing as you 'experience' the joy of the people and places found in this unique region.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KC on January 4, 2007
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As an owner of a Vespa with little free time or enough daring to travel solo through Italy myself, I found this book to be a wonderful way to fulfill a fantasy. Moore's writing is accessible to all readers regardless of their Vespa status. It works as well as a travelogue for anyone considering an off-the-beaten-path tour of Italy as it does for those of us with a special love for the joy of riding a Vespa.

I also recommend his short piece on riding in Vietnam which can be purchased through Amazon too.

Here's hoping that Moore will find himself on a Vespa with pen and paper in some exotic (or not so exotic) place soon!
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