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A unique and fun way to explore Tuscany is to rent a Vespa and winding roads while enjoying the sunshine and Italian atmosphere. However, to make the most of this experience in complete safety, it is essential to respect the highway code in force in Italy. In this article, we review the main rules and recommendations for safe Vespa driving in Tuscany.

General rules for Vespa traffic on Italian roads

First of all, it's important to know a few general traffic rules that apply throughout Italy, including Tuscany:

  • Driving on the right As in most European countries, traffic flows on the right in Italy;
  • Maximum authorized speed Scooters and mopeds are limited to 45 km/h in built-up areas and 70 km/h outside built-up areas;
  • Helmets must be worn All drivers and passengers must wear an approved helmet;
  • Pedestrian priority Drivers must give way to pedestrians crossing the road on crosswalks;
  • Mandatory lighting Headlights and taillights are mandatory when visibility is low, at dusk or in wet weather.
  • the compliance with blood alcohol limits : it is common to visit some of the wineries à fin for a tasting session... that doesn't have to end in a binge!
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Tuscany's drink-driving laws

In Italy, the drink-driving law applies to all drivers, including those who drive a Vespa or any other type of scooter.

The maximum permitted blood alcohol level in Italy is 0.5 grams per liter of blood, equivalent to around 0.25 milligrams per liter of exhaled air. However, for drivers under the age of 21 and those who have had their driving license for less than three years, the limit is even lower, at 0.0 grams per liter of blood.

If you are found to be over the legal limit, the penalties vary according to the alcohol content: a fine, suspension or withdrawal of your driving license, confiscation of your vehicle and even imprisonment in the most serious cases.

Vespa rental: what you need to know before setting off

To rent a Vespa in Tuscany, you must present a valid driver's license. In certain situations, an international permit may be required. It's always best to check with the rental agency for specific requirements.

Vespa bikes are available with different types of engine, from two-stroke to four-stroke and electric. Here are some of the most common engines available on Vespa bikes:

  • Two-stroke engines: Vespa models with two-stroke engines generally have a displacement of 50 cm3 or 125 cm3. To drive a 50 cm3 Vespa in Italy, you must be at least 14 years old and hold an AM driving license (formerly known as a moped driving license). To drive a 125 cm3 Vespa, you must be at least 16 years old and hold an A1 driving license.
  • Four-stroke engines: Vespa models with four-stroke engines generally have a displacement of between 125 cm3 and 300 cm3. To drive a 125 cm3 Vespa, you must be at least 16 years old and hold an A1 driving license. To drive a Vespa over 125 cm3, you must be at least 18 years old and hold an A2 driving license (for motorcycles up to 35 kW) or an A driving license (for motorcycles up to unlimited power).
  • Electric motors: Electric Vespas are becoming increasingly popular in Italy. To drive an electric Vespa, you must be at least 14 years old and hold an AM driving license. However, some more powerful electric Vespas may require an A1 or A2 driving license.

Also, as different Vespas can have different configurations, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the controls and features of the model you'll be riding before you set off. When you rent a Vespa, make sure it's equipped with an approved helmet, reflective vest and anti-theft device.

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Pre-departure check

To avoid any problems during your Vespa excursion, remember to carry out a few checks:

  • Oil and fuel level Check that these levels are correct and top up if necessary;
  • Tire pressure Make sure they're properly inflated;
  • Brakes Brake test: test the brakes before starting off to make sure they're working properly and trouble-free.

Tips for a safe and enjoyable Vespa ride

To ensure a safe and unforgettable experience of Tuscany, it is essential to follow a few rules and recommendations:

  • Adapt your speed If you're a novice or inexperienced scooter rider, don't hesitate to ride at a slower speed to make sure you can react if necessary;
  • Take care on bends and descents Braking: apply the brakes gradually to avoid wheel lock-up, and take care when cornering;
  • If there are two of you on the VespaDon't underestimate the weight of the rear person. It's a good idea to ask them not to amplify movements when cornering. It should be a "fixed object" on the Vespa.
  • Maintain a safe distance The new "S": with other vehicles, especially when overtaking;
  • Signal your intentions Use turn signals to indicate any change of direction, and make sure you don't straddle two lanes;
  • Keep an eye on your surroundings country roads can sometimes pass through wilderness areas where you may encounter animals (such as wild boar) or unforeseen obstacles.
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All in all, discovering Tuscany on a Vespa is a unique experience that requires mastery of the highway code and a few special precautions. A little forethought and care are all it takes to guarantee unforgettable memories!

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