Yes, helmets are included in the rental price.
For motorcycles, only open-face helmets are included in the price. If you would like a rent full-face helmet, the cost is €5/day.
All our scooters and motorcycles can carry a pillion rider.
In Florence, we will give you a map of the center, and another little map with the gas stations nearby. We can also provide you with a self-guided tour map of Chianti for an extra €8.
In Radda, we don't have a similar service, but we are located one block away from the local Tourist Office.
You CAN rent a scooter from us without an international drivers' license as long as the Italian Police can read and understand your license (for example we won't accept licenses written in Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Cyrillic etc etc), BUT... theoretically you should not drive without one if your license is from outside the EU. The police is very lenient about it, but the ticket is potentially very expensive (€350), so it's a risk that you decide if you would like to take or not as we are not responsible for the tickets.
You need an international drivers' license to rent all vehicles that require a motorcycle license
You don’t need to book in advance, but in high season we recommend you do as we are often sold out.
Yes we do.
Since 2017, we also offer Vespa Rally Tours, lots of fun and a great experience for expert Vespa riders: see for example this article (from an externale website), or this video. You can find them here
Yes, we take a €800 deposit for scooters (€1000 for two scooters, and another €500 for any additional scooters), that is released at the end of the rental period, except for rental fees that are paid at the end of it.
Deposit for the Vespa GTS 300 is €1500
Let's use as an example that we have put a deposit of €1000 on your card, and you have to pay €120 at the end of the rental.
When we run the €120 payment, our credit card company sends the request to your bank. Then our credit card company releases the remaining hold, not as a refund but rather as availability on your card. As the deposit is not a charge, you will not see any refund of €880 on your card, you will just get €880 available for you to spend on your card again. This can happen up to four days after the final charges are made (we have no control over it, nor does our credit card company).
In order to book your vehicle (motorcycle, scooter, vespa..), you have two possibilities:
Please note that you can book our tours ONLY by sending your pdf booking form, so, you will have to send us an email first.
We don't accept reservations on the phone.
Radda in Chianti sits at the top of a hills, so there are no trains, therefore you can get there either by bus or with your private vehicle.
If you decide to come by car, there are plenty of (free) parking spaces around the village, so you can leave your car there as long as you wish.
There are not so many buses that come to Radda, but it is a good option if you are staying either in Siena or in Florence.
From Siena, you can take bus 125A, that costs €3,00: see the schedule here
From Florence, you can take bus 365A, that costs €4,00: see the schedule here
You can pay by sending us your credit card information with your booking form (or online form) and we will put all charges on this card (sorry, we don't take American Express!).
We accept cash at pick up or drop off of your vehicle.
PLEASE NOTE we don't accept ANY other method of payment.
All of our Vespas/scooters and motos are fully third-party insured, but please note that Italian insurance does not cover any damage you make to the vehicle, and therefore we offer an additional insurance to reduce your deductible from the full value of the vehicle (about €2,500) to €800 (€1500 for the bigger Vespa GTS 300).
This option is not available to groups, and it is not automatically included with the contract and we reserve the right to refuse this service to anyone even if it has already been booked (in this case, it will not be charged).
The additional VIP insurance costs an additional €15/day per Vespa/scooter and does not cover any extra expense such as towing, administrative fees, any kind of traffic violation.
Each scooter or motorcycle has a different price, so please refer to our main website to find the right vehicle, location and price for you
Previous experience driving a scooter or motorbike is advantageous and highly advised.
If you have not ridden one, then you should do so before you come to Italy because we are not a driving school and we don’t provide any lesson on riding, but only instructions on how to operate the Vespa.
Even if riding a scooter is a fun activity, it entails some risks; the helmet we give you are not a guarantee that you will not hurt or kill yourself (or someone else) if you are not competent to ride a scooter on open roads, with climbs, descents, twisting roads, turns, and of course traffic... a Vespa is not a toy, not a bicycle, not a moped. It is a small motorcycle that weighs approximately 250 pounds, can move at 50 mph, and has small wheels. In spite of its “cool” appearance, a Vespa is not an easy vehicle to ride for a beginner.
On top of that, a Vespa is a VERY expensive vehicle to repair: see here
No refund is due in case you show up and you realize on the spot you are not able to drive a Vespa: it will be considered a no show and charged accordingly (see our cancellation policy below)
In high season (April 30th to October 1st), we are open 7 days a week, 9:30 AM til 6 PM in Radda and 9:00 til 6pm in Florence for phone and email correspondence.
We are often out of the office to deliver scooters, or on tour, so it is a good idea to drop us a line or call in advance rather than showing up.
You are responsible for all traffic violations.
At the moment of check out, you can sign to allow us to process your credit card in order to pay your ticket (this service costs €30, and it is charged only if you get a ticket), otherwise you will have to pay it yourself.
For the scooters, the minimum age is 20 years old.
To rent a scooter up to 125 cc, you need a car license
To rent any scooter or motorcycle above 125 cc, you need a motorcycle license (and your international driver's license if your license is from outside the EU).
To rent a scooter up to 125 cc, you need to bring:
To rent any scooter or motorcycle above 125 cc, you need to bring
In case of an accident caused by another vehicle, or if the scooter breaks down, we will come pick you up, and you will not incur into any extra expense.
In case you don't want to ride anymore (and you are far from our office) or in case of an accident caused by you, the cost is €50, plus €3/kilometer for every kilometer between the renting location and the place where the motor scooter is returned or abandoned, plus any additional recovery expenses NTSR incurs.