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Vroom with a View: In Search of Italy's Dolce Vita on a '61 Vespa [Paperback]

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Item description for Vroom with a View: In Search of Italy's Dolce Vita on a '61 Vespa by Peter Moore...

It was love at first sight--the Vespa had everything he wanted--a few dents and scratches, saddle seats and temperamental electrics. When Moore sat on it for the first time, he felt like a sharp-suited, Ray Ban wearing young Marcello Mastroianni. Riding the back roads, visiting small towns, sleeping in haylofts, Moore shows us an Italy rarely seen--from picnicking in the Italian Alps to rattling through cobbled hilltop towns to gate-crashing France Mayes's villa. When Moore's girlfriend, Sally, joins him for two weeks on the road, his fantasy is complete, summer in Italy on a Vespa with too much chrome and a pretty girl riding on the back. But it is Sophia's delicate constitution we owe the greatest gratitude. Her need for constant pampering and frequent stops hypnotizes all those who gaze upon her. The locals, unaccustomed to foreign visitors, graciously invite Sopia (and Moore) into their homes, inns and restaurants to share their memories of their first Vespa; their first serious romance. Sophia forced Moore to slow down, gave him time to enjoy the simple beauty of Italy and its people--and let him experience Italy's dolce vita.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 25, 2006
Publisher   Centro Books
ISBN  1933572019  
ISBN13  9781933572017  

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Peter Moore currently resides in St. Paul, in the state of Minnesota. Peter Moore was born in 1956.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Vroom with a View: In Search of Italy's Dolce Vita on a '61 Vespa?

Great Book!  Jan 28, 2008
I loved it! I don't have more to say than the others here except, what the hell is with that ONE STAR from someone who had only positive things to say about it?
A great book for Vespa lovers and travellers to Italy!  Jan 4, 2007
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 this site 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!
The 'Sweet Life' doesn't get much sweeter...  Dec 30, 2006
Never have I been more entertained by, or more envious of, of an author's escapades than in Peter Moore's 'Vroom with a View.' If you already love Vespas, it's a must-read... if, on the other hand, you'd never given the lovable scooters more than a second thought, be prepared to spend countless hours scouring the internet for your own personal Sophia.
Romance between a Guy on a Vespa and Italy  Nov 5, 2006
Absolutely charming. Mr. Moore has technical tribulations with the ancient Vespa he purchases, but that only adds to the story of how he falls in love with Northern Italy. Go to his website disclosed at the back of the book for the extra photos he took. If I ever get to Chianti, I will buy a modern Vespa and travel the same route.
A fun book to read  Nov 4, 2006
After doing my own smaller version of touring through Italy, its fun to read about another person's adventures. I'm reading it and knowing exactly what he is talking about. Its a really fun read.

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