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A Classic Italian Design – Part 2 Posted by on Jan 17, 2019

In Part 1, I wrote about the circumstances that gave rise to the world famous Vespa motor scooter. Today we’re going to look at her big sister, l’Ape. We saw the Ape in action in our recent blog, Italy’s Smallest Library, and I’m sure that if you’ve visited Il Bel Paese (Italia!) you’ll be familiar…

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A Classic Italian Design – Part 1 Posted by on Jan 15, 2019

Did you know that in 1948 an Italian wasp gave birth to a bee? At that time, Italy was still struggling to recover from the devastation caused by World War 2. Amongst the many problems that had to be dealt with was a sever shortage of mezzi di trasporto (means of transport), with many people…

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Innovazioni Italiane – Part 2 Posted by on Dec 16, 2011

In part 1 of this blog we began to look at some of the Italian innovations of the last 150 years since Italy’s unification. Let’s discover a bit more about Italian inventiveness: 1. L’Aliscafo (The Hydrofoil) Enrico Forlanini, already well known for his aircraft, helicopters, and airships, tested the first prototype of his aliscafo in…

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