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The Vespa

Get up to speed on the early days of this feisty Italian icon

TODAY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO IMAGINE Italian cities without their legions of scooters propped up against ochrepainted walls, or bumping across cobbled piazzas with young couples on the seat. But, though the world’s irst motorised two-wheeler had been built back in 1884, by the 1940s the motorbike market had hardly spread beyond riders who didn’t mind wearing heavy-duty leathers.

PHOTOGRAPHS: VINCENT VAN GOGH (1853-1890), SELF-PORTRAIT, 1887 OIL PAINT ON CANVAS 470 X 350 MM PARIS, MUSÉE D’ORSAY © RMN, GIOVANNI GUARINO PHOTO/ALAMY
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In the April issue… join us to celebrate ten years of Lonely Planet magazine, this month specially guest-edited by Bear Grylls and featuring some of his extraordinary travels; find inspiration to push boundaries of your own with our collection of 100 adventures – big or small – to last a lifetime; go on a Great Escape to Uganda in search of gorillas, chimpanzees and shoebills; see how Madrid is reinventing itself in its parks, galleries, restaurants and bars; and much more