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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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"'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.
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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.
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'Vroom with a View' is a unique, sometimes whimsical, journey from Milan to Rome that's full of colorful, mostly friendly and helpful Italians and plenty of overnight stays at obscure places that have remarkable views of Tuscany and the Italian countryside.
A 1961 Vespa with plenty of chrome and saddle seats steals the hearts of the author, Peter Moore, and many locals, some old enough to remember being courted upon a Vespa in their younger days. The scooter stirs up some fond memories and lights everyone up. It's a feat of Italian engineering and seems to be the 'star' of this travelogue. Without the Vespa, the author lovingly calls 'Sophia', he would just be another tourist with a camera following tour guides.
Moore educates us about the history of the Vespa and how it became so popular after the Second World War and tells us more about the places he visits and what makes them unique. We learn about the best time to drink cappuccino and how to overcome fears riding through the traffic chaos, especially in Milan and Rome.
In many ways, it's like we were riding along on the back of the Vespa, getting swatted by the bugs, slowly rolling along the Tuscan hills and like the author, kind of dreading that Sophia would suddenly sputter to a stop in the middle of nowhere. It's all part of the adventure and what makes 'Vroom with a View' a joy to read.
The book is really fun to read and I had a hard time putting it down to go to bed. Vespa fans will get a snippet of history here and there, but the main story of the book is the role Vespas seem to have played in just about everyone's life. His description of Italy, taken at slow speed makes it seem really interesting, but don't think of this as guide book. It's more about the feel of the places and people he meets.
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.
Recommend this book to scooter lovers.
Peter captures the people and culture of this amazing country like no one else.
If you love Italy and adventure you owe it to yourself to buy and read this wonderful book!
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Well it's 2015, no Honda but a Vespa, maybe it's time.