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Vroom with A View: In Search of Italy's Dolce Vita on a '61 Vespa [Paperback]

Peter Moore
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1 May 2004
He was an Australian author approaching 40. She was a fading Italian beauty from the sixties. They spent one unforgettable summer together, a magical road trip from Milan to Rome. Only one thing stood in the way of perfect love. Sophia was a motor scooter. After a late night Tai Bo fitness commercial warns him that his life will be over after 40, Peter Moore decides to pursue a boyhood dream sparked by watching old black and white movies of Sophia Loren - to tour Italy on a Vespa, in pursuit of la dolce vita. From picnicking in the Italian alps to exploring tumbledown seaside villages, gate-crashing Frances Mayes's villa and re-enacting Roman Holiday, this is as much a romance as a travel adventure. Not only does Peter sweep the woman of his dreams off her feet, he falls in love with a side of Italy others rarely see, along with Sophia of course...

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; New edition edition (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593052781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593052785
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,156,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Its punning title sets the tone for this off-beat travel book...touched by romance and haunted by the glamour of Sophia Loren, it's a larky, laddish tale of roadside picnics, bad behaviour and attempting to re-enact 'Roman Holiday''" (YOU magazine)

"'Moore has the parched dry wit, the solid brass cojones of a true traveller and rare eye for the madness of the wider world'" (JOHN BIRMINGHAM)

"'Moore is the genuine article, a traveller's traveller...inspirational stuff'" (FHM magazine)

"'Haunted by the glamour of Sophia Loren, it's a larky, laddish tale'" (MAIL ON SUNDAY)


'Peter Moore...the Jim Carrey of travel writing, has tapped out another racy travelogue'

" (SUNDAY HERALD) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Peter Moore turns 40 and goes in search of Italy's celebrated dolce vita in the company of a 1960s Vespa. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Quality Moore 7 Jun 2004
By Warwick
Peter Moore has always captured the feeling of being a long way from home with nowhere to be and no deadlines. In short, he captures that moment, a week after you start traveling when all your cares disolve and you can wander where ever coincidence takes you.
Vroom with a View in no different.
Taking a suitably sleepy route through Tuscany, Moore sees the countryside at a pace that suits his narrative. His observations are all the more sharp on a vespa that barely and rarely moves.
For those who need a trip away from their desk at lunch time, this book will put you in the Italian countryside, the smell of the wheat, the sight of sunflowers and the conversation of strangers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light and breezy, rarely backfires 1 Feb 2004
Combine the humour of Bill Bryson (with whom Moore shares the same editor) and the sprightliness of Tim Moore and you'd come up with Peter Moore. Although not facing the same challenges as in 'The Wrong Way Home' or 'Swahili for the Broken Hearted', this is an affectionate account of a tour around Italy on a forty year old Vespa. It's a fun read with a good tale of highs and lows, complete with a happy ending.
Perhaps better to read after his earlier books, it's good to see Moore is still up to scratch as the self styled 'voice of independent travel'. Make sure to visit his website to see the photos that prove it's a true story! (This is a review of the Australian edition.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY WAY TO SEE ITALY 2 July 2004
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you feel your life is getting a bit stale... 28 July 2004
I just finished reading Vroom With A View and I can highly recommend it!. Reading his books you feel you are traveling with Peter, racing your Vespa with him and sharing a well earned drink and a chat at the end of the day. His observations are not only funny but also honest, respectful of people & their culture, and moving at times. If you feel your life is getting a bit stale, read a couple of his books and see how you can change that, go to the very limit of your possibilities, learn new stuff and do wildly different things when you feel like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vroom, vroom - Rome Holiday revisited 5 July 2004
Ok, I admit that I'm writing this because I went to Peter Moore's website and he's soliciting reviews. BUT I went to the website 'cause I loved the book. I've got a house in Italy and he perfectly recreated the magic and romance of living and traveling there. Now all I need to do is get myself a Vespa! This book is a quick read and lots of fun - then plan your vacation to Italy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vroom with a View 3 July 2004
By Alan UK
Another great read from Peter, as usual he seems to find the real characters in every country he visits and paints a great picture for us to imagine.This time the Vespa took pride of place along with Sally of course,Peters style of writing is easy and makes great holiday reading, I picked up The Wrong Way Home at the airport and have followed him ever since.
P S the slide shows worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On two wheels 13 Feb 2009
Wonderful story of a man's sentimental journey through Italy on a Vespa called Sophia. This book should appeal to all lovers of two wheeled transport, sentimentalists and Vespa lovers alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dolce Vespa 11 Aug 2008
Funny how this book makes you ponder the worth of buying an old Vespa, even though you know you won't It also makes you think seriously about buying a heap of Kinder Surprises. Dozens? Hundreds? Well enough to ensure you get one with a green Vespa in it.
The Italian turista lot should market this book, a great magnet to draw more tourists to the Italian countryside, although I suspect that job has been done already by Maye and co. This though, would make a better film than Maye's 'Under the Tuscan Sun'. It combines romance, roads, red wine and quirky characters. Reading it, on the other side of the world in July, is a good way to shake off the cold and drab winter. Dunno if I'll ever do the Vespa ride - I like modern engines that don't break down - but nice to dream about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it.
If you have an interest in old scooters/motorcycles and/or travelling then give it a read. I liked the writing style. Couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Dan
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual
A travel book with a difference. Perhaps too much 'Vespa' information for me and that left me puzzled. What is all the fuss about?
Published 21 months ago by Celia A. Keech
5.0 out of 5 stars Got a scooter, Then read this book.
Just a quickie, if you have a scooter, and ever thought about shooting over to italy, or anywhere for that matter, You must get this book, and the follow up book, Vroom by the... Read more
Published on 21 April 2012 by FUNKY MARTYN
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable read
This is a great read. Evocative and atmospheric. Moore really lets you taste and experience Italy! Wonderful characters, wonderful places, great fun shared.
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by azone
5.0 out of 5 stars vroom with a view.
THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK !!! How good is it ? Well i'm a biker and after reading this book i almost went out and bought a Vespa !! Read more
Published on 30 July 2011 by AndyT.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read even if you've never heard of a Vespa
I am an avid scooter tourist, and all I can say is that this book describes what touring on a classic scotoer is all about. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2011 by Tiago Pereira
4.0 out of 5 stars The initiation of a Vespal Virgin
Whilst not excatly formulaic this book is pretty much as you would expect from Peter Moore. It is the micro scale, flip side of tourism which appeals and endears the author to many... Read more
Published on 9 July 2009 by Eric Stephen
4.0 out of 5 stars The Joys of 2 stroke motoring (in sunnier climes!)
A lovely book with interesting facts about the history of the Vespa and its social impact on Italy's society. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2008 by A. Midgley
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the crazy frog!!!!
This is the third of Peter's book that I have read now and found it the same as the other two, I was not able to put it down. Read more
Published on 29 July 2005 by "phogan110"
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Peter's Best
A great book, but not quite up to the standards set by "No S*itting In the Toilet" and "The Full Montezuma". Read more
Published on 18 July 2005 by SK
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