- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Centro Books; Softcover Ed edition (February 21, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933572019
- ISBN-13: 978-1933572017
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,056,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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.
Peter made me want to make plans to ride a Vespa around Italy this spring. Perhaps I will. This was not one of those, "I laughed, I cried" books. It was I an, "I inhaled the fresh Italian countryside, learned a bit about the towns, and giggled along the way book. Beside enticing me to travel around Italy on a Vespa, it made me want to read some more from Peter. Was it Paul Theroux? No. But, if I wanted Theroux, I would have read Theroux. Thanks for the fun ride, Peter!
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Well it's 2015, no Honda but a Vespa, maybe it's time.