Corradino D’Ascanio, the man who first penned the classic lines that would define “scooter” for the foreseeable future, is being honored with a special exhibit at the Museo Piaggio. The home museum for Vespa’s parent company, Piaggio, is celebrating the man and the vehicle he designed. We all know the story. War-torn Europe needed a way to get around. Post war industry needed something peaceful to produce. From this fertile soil grew the seeds of the scooter as we know it and its place in the transportation landscape as easy, accessible, fun transportation.
In addition to the many Vespa examples in the Museo Piaggio, there will be a special event.
“Corradino D’Ascanio: Man, Genius, Magician, Legend” – an event organized with the patronage of the Abruzzo Archives Superintendency, the Regional Authority of Tuscany, the Provincial Authority of Pisa, the Municipality of Pontedera, the Provincial Authority of Pescara and the Municipality of Popoli – takes visitors through four sections (the Man, the Genius, the Magician, the Legend) illustrating the unique genius of one of the great names of Italian industrial history.
If you want to see this special exhibition, you’d better hurry. The exhibit runs through the end of January. Who doesn’t need a good excuse to go to Italy?