sâmbătă, 30 octombrie 2010

Pizza - Pasta - VESPA

The first thing it comes to my mind when I think of Italy is: pizza, pasta, Vespa. In this exact order. 

There's no need to tell you much about pizza and pasta because I'm sure you eat Italian cuisine as often and as much as I do, so  for this last post about Italy I left all my attention focus on the Vespa. 

The Vespa: an Italian symbol of a fresh start at the end of World War II; a picture of optimism and of growing wealth; an emblem of the family; and the witness of many love stories.

Exactly 67 years after its arrival on the scene, the Vespa is still a cult object worldwide for young and old, a vehicle capable of changing its look while keeping its own familiar design. A mere scooter, it has remained in vogue for no less than six decades. Its story runs parallel with the history of Italy and Europe from the end of the war until present day.

Vespa witnessed so many adventures and love affairs both in movies and in real life. Maybe the most emblematic scene is the one in Roman Holidays (US - 1953), by William Wyller

There's also La Dolce Vita (1960 - Italy), by Federico Fellini, with Marcello Mastroianni, Austin Powers, An American in Paris (1951 - USA). The Gene Kelly classic, Rebel Without a Cause (1955 - USA) by Nicolas Ray, Alfie (2004 - USA), The Italian Job (UK – 1969), The Talented Mr. Ripley (USA – 1999), by Anthony Minghella - tons of vintage scooters in it.
  credit: imdb, whoridesavespa, leblogdebetty, wikipedia


I wish you the loveliest weekend!

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