About Our Tours

Chianti on a Vespa scooter tour; two Italian classics which symbolize la dolce vita.

Now, Italy by Vespa is bringing them together in a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience in Italy that promises to capture the heart, soul and essence of Italy: a week in central Tuscany at the best hotel in the area. The tour is filled with adventure and scenic day trips throughout the Chianti countryside aboard your very own Vespa! Experience the finest wineries, cooking schools, scenic views that will stay with you forever.

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What's Included
Just Imagine
Driver's License Tips
Why Choose Us
Tour Dates & Prices
5 -7 Day Trip Intinerary
Accommodations
Meet Your Vespa
Packing List
What's Included
  • Complimentary ground transportation from the Santa Maria Novella Train Station located in Florence city center to your hotel in Chianti and return-trip ground transportation from your hotel in Chianti to Florence Santa Maria Novella Train Station on our published times.  Times outside of this can be accommodated on a user pay basis
  • 7 nights accommodations at one of our 4 star hotels in Radda in Chianti 
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches.
  • 1 welcome reception followed by dinner upon arrival.
  • 4 hosted dinners, (2 deluxe dining and 2 dinners at local restaurants), including selected wine.
  • All event fees, wine tastings, museum entrance fees, and sightseeing activities and admissions, unless indicated as optional (trips may include many optional activities on a user-pay basis).
  • Italian luxury cooking class.
  • 7 days Vespa usage, fuel, and limited Italian property damage insurance (additional scooter protection insurance is available at a small premium; driver responsible for all damage to the scooter).
  • Trip cancellation including medical evacuation insurance is available at a small charge.
  • Local host, Vespa escorts, support van and driver.
  • Pilot van each day, great to carry your purchases or if we have inclement weather or if you choose not to ride your Vespa for part or all of the tour
  • Local native PhD tour guide fluent in English.
  • 5 Day Tours do not include Cooking day or Castle/Ceramic day. (Depends on season.)
  • 5 Day Tours do not include Siena day or Cross-Country day. (Depends on season.)
  • 5 Day Tours do not include Outbound Transfer.
Just Imagine

Did you know? *Vespa in Italian means "wasp", which refers to the shape of the scooter.

Imagine cruising along winding country roads on your Vespa scooter; picture-postcard vistas greeting you around every curve of the Chianti hills. Enjoy endless rows of vineyards bearing some of the world's finest grapes. Picture stately lines of towering cypress trees and silvery-green olive groves rimming an ancient abbey. View fields ablaze with crimson poppies in the springtime and golden sunflowers in autumn.

The sensory overload continues in every quaint Italian village along the way, where you'll sip espresso at an outdoor café, sample sweet Vin Santo at a tiny enoteca, or savor a long, leisurely meal bursting with the fresh produce, homemade pasta and grilled meats that make rural Italian cuisine so magnifico. At every stop, you'll be surrounded by the warmth and hospitality of the Italian people.

Unlike on any other tour, you'll do it all in the quintessential Italian fashion: riding a red Vespa scooter, with the sun on your face and the open road before you, just waiting to be explored. The freedom, camaraderie and sheer, laugh-out-loud fun of discovering Chianti by scooter will be an adventure you'll remember the rest of your life.

As one of just (14) tour members (maximum of 14), you'll be part of an intimate group sharing seven days of unique experiences, which only Italy by Vespa can offer. If you cannot ride a bicycle we do not advise you to try and ride a scooter for the first time on this trip.

*Please note we are not a scooter training school and request you come prepared to ride your scooter or be prepared to ride in the van we provide every day.*

Driver's License Tips

Get an International Driver’s License. An international driver’s license is very easy to get. Simply download the appropriate form (see links below) and send in your form and fees, or call your local driver's license issuing bureau and ask them what is required. You will need to provide a copy of your driver's license and 1-2 passport size photos of yourself. Please note that an International License is only valid for one year.

An International license is not required, but is nice to have!

All EU citizens can legally drive in Europe without an International Driver's license.

* U.S. citizens, you can do most of the procedure online, by following this link to the AAA site:
http://www.aaa.com/vacation/idpapplc.html?association=AAA&clb_id=212&secure=N

* Canadian citizens, you can apply through the CAA website:
http://www.caa.ca/travel/travel-permits-e.cfm

* Australians, through this link, you can find the name and address of the Automobile Club you should contact in order to have your International Driver’s License issued:
http://www.aaa.asn.au/touring/idp.htm

* New Zealand residents, here is a list of Driver's License agents. Or just call your local AA office and they can issue the license immediately:
http://www.landtransport.govt.nz/licensing/getting-licence/where.html

* Please note that the International Drivers license is NOT a driver’s license in its own right, and you must also carry your driver’s license with you at all times while driving in Italy and France.

Why Choose Us

What makes our tours better is that we deliver Premium Luxury Tours. Some of our competitors offer similar tours at cheaper rates, but that is because you are getting less. If you are traveling to Italy, wouldn’t you rather stay in a spacious 4-star accommodation as opposed to a residenza in a nowhere village? Wouldn't you love your travel guide to have a PhD in Italian history? How would you enjoy spending a day learning about and preparing fine Italian meals instead of just ordering them from a menu? And a pilot van for safety inclement weather or our purchases along the way. Italy By Vespa strives to ensure all your needs are met! Our competitors do not offer any of the amenities we do to ensure your experience is entirely taken care of. For example, we service and fuel your Vespa for you during your tour! For safety purposes we have a comfortable van following the tour in case of an accident, driving conditions suddenly change, or someone is unable to continue riding. We prepare and arrange several dinners for your group, as well as help you plan your own private dinners by offering suggestions and regional expertise.

Luxury Tours Also Include:

  • Inbound and outbound complementary transfers from Florence (5 night outbound excluded)
  • 1 Scooter per rider
  • Liability insurance
  • Breakfast daily
  • Helmet
  • Accommodations to 4-star locations!
  • Daily admission fees to 5-star destinations!
  • Native Italian PhD as your full-time tour guide!
  • Welcome reception!
  • Gasoline and Oil!
  • Concierge services, pre and post!
  • Luxury cooking school!
  • Lunches, 4 days with premium Chianti riserva wines!
  • Dinners, 4 evenings with premium Chianti riserva wines!
  • 9-Passenger van, great for purchases along the way, evening dinner transfers, and safety in case of moderate or heavy rain days!
  • Complimentary bottled water during tour days!
  • Welcome bottle of wine from the Chianti region!
  • Audio/Visual presentation of the entire week!
  • Photo jump drive of the entire week!
  • Receive an Italian phrase book before you get there!
  • Private Contrada Museums Siena, not open or accessible to the public!
Tour Dates & Prices

2016  TOUR DATES (5) DAYS AND NIGHTS (7) DAYS AND NIGHTS COMMENTS SPECIALS
April  9th - May 7th €2,180.00*! €2,800.00*!
May 7th - June 11th €2,700.00*! €3,540.00*! Peak Season
June 11th - Aug 27th €2,180.00*! €2,800.00*!
Aug 27th - Sep 24th €2,700.00*! €3,540.00*! Peak Season
Sep 24th - Oct 22th €2,180.00*! €2,800.00*!
*Prices are priced in Euros and per person based on double occupancy plus 23% IVA for reimbursing Italy by Vespa for IVA tax and fees connected with your tours. For other than bank wires conversion rate will be interbank plus 5%. Bank Wires will save you 5% and will be at your interbank rate. *Dates are subject to change. *Average group size: Minimum of 2, maximum of 14 Pre or post season is available and carries a supplement.

5 Day Tour Deletes
5 Day Tour Deletes Not Included in 5 Day Tours. Cooking day or Castle/Ceramic day. Depends on season. 5 Day Tour Deletes Not Included in 5 Day Tours. Siena day or Cross-Country day. Depends on season. 5 Day Tour Deletes Not Included in 5 Day Tours. Outbound transfer.

UPGRADES (5) DAYS AND NIGHTS (7) DAYS AND NIGHTS DETAILS SPECIALS
SINGLE SUPPLMENT €210* €295*     HOTEL UPGRADE €435* €590* Deluxe room per couple.   Deluxe Suite €890* €1,140* Deluxe suite per couple.   PRIVATE VILLA €890* €1,140* Click here for more details   PRIVATE TOUR See Details See Details Begins at €800.00 per weeks to your group total   "Prices are priced in Euros and per person based on double occupancy. *Current prices are 2015 and subject to change any time book now to save!"

5 -7 Day Trip Intinerary

Download Our Itinerary PDF

Arriving in Europe:
We suggest you arrive 1-3 days early to eliminate the effects of jet lag. Please ask about our pre and post trip tours in Florence, Lake Como, Milan and the Amalfi Coast areas.

Pre and Post Tour Options:
Based on how you choose to experience Italy before or after your tour, we can arrange your additional travel and accommodation plans so you have more time to enjoy yourself.

Begin Planning "Your" Italian Getaway:
Download our booking forms to begin planning you Italian getaway! Or click the link below to proceed with secure online booking.

 7 Day Basic

The following is a sample itinerary and subject to change

Day 1 Saturday:
Meet guests in Florence and transport to Radda in Chianti where we base our tours.  Hosted arrival dinner.

Day 2 Sunday:
We will ride about 45 minutes to the town of Greve.   We stop in the Piazza of Greve, where there has been an open market in this “square” since the 1500’s.  Next we will go to Panzano, located halfway between Florence and Siena.  It is a small, attractive hill town.  We will have lunch here at La Cantinetta a Panzano before an afternoon of wine tasting at Castello di Albola and a visit to their historic cellars.  Then a return ride to Radda and dinner on your own this evening.

Day 3 Monday:
Today is history day with a 45 minute scoot to Siena where we’ll meet Dr. Federica Olla, or one of her degreed associates.  They are art historians and heraldry experts.  After a private tour of the Duomo, you will lunch at a local café on your own or with new friends and enjoy an afternoon of exploration, shopping or people watching in the city’s famous piazza.  Later will we attend a group dinner at Pastaececi a Castellina.

Day 4 Tuesday:
Off to the historic Castello di Verrazzano, where you will have a gourmet lunch and wine tasting as well as a tour of the grounds and cellars.  Here you will taste a range of delicious Chianti along with other reds during the course of your lunch.  This is the family home of the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the bay of New York.  Then we head back to Radda.  Along the way we could perhaps stop at the famous ceramic shop of Guiseppe Rampini, or perhaps an afternoon ride to Volpaia, declared “the world’s most beautiful spot” by the Wall Street Journal.

Day 5 Wednesday:
Today we will scoot to Monteriggioni, Castellina, and Castello di Brolio for another wine tasting and tour.  Montereggioni appears much as it did in medieval times with an almost intact outer wall and 14 towers.  Castellina is another hill town, and a visit to the Via Della Volte, an ancient tunnel used by guards is a “must do”.  Today use its windows to see the vineyards and countryside.  Visit the shops to visit Andrea Rotini, world class photographer and his award winning photos that capture the essence of Tuscany.   Castello di Brolio sits atop a hill and on a clear day you can see Siena from here.  It is just outside Gaiole in Chianti.  If the drivers are good, this would be a good day to go to Volterra.  Volterra is another walled, hilltop town which boasts a Roman theater and Etruscan sites.  This evening there is a hosted dinner at Le Panzanelle a Lucarelli and farewell to the 5 day tour participants.

Day 6 Thursday:
This is Culinary Day.  After breakfast, we’ll take a short 35 minute scoot to one of Tuscany’s most renowned chefs for a half day cooking class at our luxury cooking school.  You’ll discover the secrets of the “Slow Food” movement and Italian cuisine as you create a variety of dishes, and then savor the fruits of your labor for lunch with your fellow chefs!   Dinner on your own.

Day 7 Friday:
On the last day of Vespa riding, we will go to San Gimignano, which is known for its many towers and considered by many to be the most beautiful Tuscan medieval village.  Lunch on your own as you tour the town at your leisure.  Farewell dinner this evening is at Malborghetto, giving everyone a chance to reminisce about the week’s adventures and celebrate the many surprises we all experienced.

Day 8 Saturday:
Complimentary transfer to Florence for the rest of your stay in Italy, or to make connections.

 

5-Day Basic

The following is a sample itinerary and subject to change

Day 1 Saturday:
Meet guests in Florence and transport to Radda in Chianti where we base our tours.  Hosted arrival dinner.

Day 2 Sunday:
We will ride about 45 minutes to the town of Greve.   We stop in the Piazza of Greve, where there has been an open market in this “square” since the 1500’s.  Next we will go to Panzano, located halfway between Florence and Siena.  It is a small, attractive hill town.  We will have lunch here at La Cantinetta a Panzano before an afternoon of wine tasting at Castello di Albola and a visit to their historic cellars.  Then a return ride to Radda and dinner on your own this evening.

Day 3 Monday:
Today is history day with a 45 minute scoot to Siena where we’ll meet Dr. Federica Olla, or one of her degreed associates.  They are art historians and heraldry experts.  After a private tour of the Duomo, you will lunch at a local café on your own or with new friends and enjoy an afternoon of exploration, shopping or people watching in the city’s famous piazza.  Later will we attend a group dinner at Pastaececi a Castellina.

Day 4 Tuesday:
Off to the historic Castello di Verrazzano, where you will have a gourmet lunch and wine tasting as well as a tour of the grounds and cellars.  Here you will taste a range of delicious Chianti along with other reds during the course of your lunch.  This is the family home of the explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, who discovered the bay of New York.  Then we head back to Radda.  Along the way we could perhaps stop at the famous ceramic shop of Guiseppe Rampini, or perhaps an afternoon ride to Volpaia, declared “the world’s most beautiful spot” by the Wall Street Journal.

Day 5 Wednesday:
Today we will scoot to Monteriggioni, Castellina, and Castello di Brolio for another wine tasting and tour.  Montereggioni appears much as it did in medieval times with an almost intact outer wall and 14 towers.  Castellina is another hill town, and a visit to the Via Della Volte, an ancient tunnel used by guards is a “must do”.  Today use its windows to see the vineyards and countryside.  Visit the shops to visit Andrea Rotini, world class photographer and his award winning photos that capture the essence of Tuscany.   Castello di Brolio sits atop a hill and on a clear day you can see Siena from here.  It is just outside Gaiole in Chianti.  If the drivers are good, this would be a good day to go to Volterra.  Volterra is another walled, hilltop town which boasts a Roman theater and Etruscan sites.  This evening there is a hosted dinner at Le Panzanelle a Lucarelli and farewell to the 5 day tour participants.

 

*5 NIGHT/DAY TOURS: Today is your last day of riding and you depart Thursday a.m. at your leisure.

 

Accommodations

 The Hotel Vignale

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Halfway between Florence and Siena, The Relais Fattoria Vignale is located in the heart of the Chianti Classico wine region just outside the medieval town center of Radda, one of the most picturesque villages of the area.

The hotel was the manor house of a large wine estate and has been carefully restored, preserving the ancient architectural features.

At the guests' disposal are 25 rooms in the main building, 10 rooms in the annex across the street overlooking the valley, and 5 suites with terrace, cozy and elegant lounges with fireplace, garden, heated outdoor swimming pool, private parking, and wine shop. The Taverna and Vignale restaurants are located nearby.

The hotel's specific geographical location offers the possibility to visit the main places of cultural interest, the small medieval towns and castles of the Chianti area and the Chianti Classico wineries or just to relax, enjoying the beautiful countryside laced with vineyards and dotted with olive trees.

The golf course "Ugolino" (18 holes) is located south of Florence at a distance of 40 km.

The guestrooms, furnished with antiques, are equipped with air conditioning, mini-bar, TV set, telephone, and hairdryer. Rates vary according to their size and location. The suites have a Jacuzzi and a terrace with panoramic views.

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Hotel Niccolo, Alternate Vespa Tour Hotel

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In a scenic Palace located in Radda in Chianti, an enchanting medieval village embraced by ancient walls, in the heart of gorgeous Siena countryside amidst gentle hills, woods, grapes and olive trees, there you find Hotel Palazzo San Niccolò, a four star hotel, just 30 minutes from Siena.

Precious materials, authentic frescoes merged in a magic atmosphere to offer you an unforgettable experience, full of comfort and top quality services. Hotel San Niccolò is the right place to be ravished by Tuscany charm.

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Meet Your Vespa

125cc Red Vespa Scooter

This is our standard Vespa scooter that is included with our packages and services.

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200GT or 250GTsi Vespa Scooter

Upgrade to this higher performance model for only €170.00 per week, per scooter!

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* Please note: We have limited inventory of the 250 GT or 250GTsi Vespa scooters so please ask about them when booking.

* Requires a motorcycle endorsement on drivers license to upgrade.

 

Zip Vespa Scooter (Smaller)

Italy by Vespa is pleased to provide a small scooter for a more petite person or an individual with shorter inseams of 28 inches or less. This scooter is called a Zip and weighs a total of 45 pounds less than the Vespa LX scooter; the seat height is 3" lower.

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This vehicle is perfect for a person of a smaller frame and many people enjoy riding this smaller scooter. This scooter comes with a smaller engine of 50CC or 100CC and is booked on a first come first serve basis, must be reserved in advance.

* Please note: We have limited inventory of the Zip scooters so please ask for the Zip when booking. It is important to note, we advertise that we provide 125CC Vespa LX/ET series scooters for each person and it is not practical to carry a regular Vespa and a smaller zip for each of our 14 guest to choose from.

 

Packing List

Packing List

  • Closed toe shoes, NO HEELS, while riding.
  • Eye protection for day and night, required by Italian law.
  • Passports and Visas if applicable.
  • Travel documents (Air, Train, etc.).
  • Euros for tipping and pocket change.
  • Credit and/or Debit card for ATM use.
  • *Extra bag for all your treasure finding.
  • *International Driver’s License.
  • **Gloves (weather and water resistant would be best).
  • **Neck warmer (weather and water resistant would be best).

(*Great idea but not required. **Highly recommended based on the seasonal weather changes and wind chill factor.)