The Piaggio Ape
You’ve probably heard of a Vespa (Wasp) scooter but, unless you’ve already been to Italy, possibly never encountered the Ape (Bee) three wheeled vehicle. The Ape (pronounced Ah-pay) has a maximum speed of around 30km/h and it won’t be long until you are stuck behind one when driving on the narrow country roads of Tuscany And Umbria.
A Useful Workhorse
The Ape is used by schoolchildren too young to take their driving test, local councils and local farmers. Despite its slow speed, the Ape can take a heavy load and is a useful workhorse, the only surprise is that they haven’t caught on in the rest of Europe.