The Piaggio Museum was inaugurated in March 2000 and occupies the 3,000 square meters of the company’s former tool-shop in one of the oldest and most characteristic bodies of the industrial complex in Pontedera, where Piaggio started its production in the early nineteen twenties. The Museum was created to preserve and highlight the value of a historic legacy. The objective is to tell the history of Piaggio and through it the development of Italian industry, economy and society by exhibiting some of the company’s best known, most representative products and through the documents and images of its extensive Archive.
Fundamental examples of the company’s production prior to the launch of the Vespa in 1946, welcome the visitor at the entrance of the Piaggio Museum: a MC2 54 train engine, a P148 airplane, a two-seater acrobatic training plane produced in 1951. Inside the museum, two stellar plane engines, built in the Pontedera and Pisa plants in the Thirties, dominate the central hall.
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Saturday: 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. | 2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Sunday: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. Every Sunday in the period from 8th December to 18th April.
2017 – New year’s day (1st January from 11.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m); Epiphany (6th January); Easter Monday (17th April); Liberation Day (25th April); Labor Day (1st May); Republic Day (2nd June); Assumption Day(15th August); Saint Faustino Day (the second Thursday of October); Immaculate Conception (8th December); Christmas Eve (24th December); New Year’s Eve (31st December from 10.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m);
OPENING HOURS Bookshop
Tuesday – Friday: 10.00 a.m – 1.30 p.m | 2.30 p.m- 5.30 p.m
Saturday: 10.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m | 2.00 p.m – 5.30 p.m
Sunday (the second and the fourth Sunday of the month) : 10.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m | 2.00 p.m – 5.30 p.m
1947This first fabulous race Vespa was conceived for participation in various circuit races. With it, Piaggio dealers could enter their participation in speed contests. The Vespa in fact took...
1909This was the first motorcycle built in 1909by Giuseppe Gilera; it marked the birth of the Gilera legend. The first single-cylinder machines built by Giuseppe Gilera borrowed their general...
1931Corradino d’Ascanio’s collaboration with Piaggio began in 1931, on the development of a new mechanical component that would revolutionise aviation history. On the variable-pitch propeller, the pitch of the...
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