A princess subjected to suffocating protocol, Audrey Hepburn had not a minute of free time during her Roman Holiday. Guided by the charm of a young journalist, she finally took advantage of a moment to escape, criss-crossing the town on a little Vespa, before her condition caught up to her… Born after the tragic 40s, the Vespa incarnates the renewal of Italy, home of the arts and fine engineering. When you think of sun-soaked Italy, this image may come to mind: in unspeakable tumult, an elegant Italian slips in between cars, horn jammed and helmet casually hanging off the shoulder. The Vespa has become a myth, a phenomenon, and a way of life that’s intimately tied to the urban world.
The “Wasp” marks a true turning point in the history of two-wheelers through its comfort, its modern design, and especially its retro glamorous aspect. It’s a true fashion icon doubled up as a tool of mobility where the 60s in London, the air of Saint Germain, the heat of Ibiza, and a nonchalant Dolce Vita all come together. Timeless, it’s been adopted by generation after generation as a symbol of liberty and emancipation.
An emblem of a happier era, this unique moped incarnates the symbol of friendship and liberty. Valerio Boni, sports journalist specialized in motorcycles and two-wheelers, and Azura Della Penna, Italian fashion and society journalist, have joined forces to release a new book that renders homage to this iconic object.