First of all, let's say something about our hero: his name is Simone Sciutteri and he is 32 years old. He comes from the small town of Celle Ligure in Italy but really his home is the whole world. He is many things: a lifeguard, a blogger, a poet, but what keeps all his passions together is his desire for adventure and discovery. He is a traveller and a Vespa lover at heart.
And he has done something amazing. Mind-blowing.
In 2014, the 4th of November, in full winter, Simone has started the engine of his classic 1985 Vespa 50cc, hit the road and never looked back for 4 months.
At the cruising speed of 45 kmh, with no GPS, along frozen roads, over mountains and across a number of European nations, Simone has packed exactly 15.586 kms.
His journey has touched Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, England, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lituania, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Kosovo, Croatia, Slovenia... and Italy once again. If your draw it on a map, it really embraces Europe.
Of course, Simone's incredible achievement is the result of passion but also of experience: in fact, each and every year this natural born traveller leaves his hometown for a new globe-trotting experience. Trans-Siberian Railway? Check. South America? Check. South East Asia? Check. What about an incredible expedition from the italian city of Varese to Camerun in the heart of Africa on a small car? You bet.
But EUROVESPA is not over yet: Simone is crowdfunding a documentary about his journey! He has travelled 15.586 kms so the idea is to raise € 15.586 to realize the film. The official community of Vespa needs to be part of this amazing project, so let's help Simone in any way we can. Have a look at the video of the project.
To discover more about Simone’s adventure you can visit the Facebook fanpage and the Flickr album.
By the way, Simone's adventure is also the New Guinness World Record for "The longest journey on a 50cc". Simone discovered it only at the end of his journey. But we are sure that he would be perfectly happy to see his new record broken by another Vespa lover.