In the revered 100-year-old Moto Guzi looks healthier than ever. For proof, look no further than restoring the legendary Moto Guzzi Museum. The renovated buildings located on the site of the old factory house have a complete collection Moto Guzzi models, all perfectly restored in testimony to Guzi’s achievements on the road and on the track.
Not only buildings have been overhauled. The collection itself has been replenished with models that did not exist before. The exposition, organized both thematically and chronologically, occupies two floors. The exposure area is much larger than before, which makes the entire display easier to view and presents a much more pleasant overall impression.
On the top floor of the show opens the 1919 GP (in this case Guzzi-Parodi), the first ever built Moto Guzzi, which evolved into Normale in 1921, the first Moto Guzzi to begin mass production. You’ll also see the perfectly restored Norge from the late 1920s, the Sport 15 from the 1930s, the Falcone 500, the tiny Guzzino (one of the mopeds that put the Italians on the road again after World War II) and the Galletto, a very special Guzzi scooter. From there the collection continues to the V7 in all its variations.
A special section is devoted to military models, of which, in particular, Falcone served in both the Italian army and the police.
Finally, on the top floor a special section is dedicated to Guzi’s contribution to the race. The most valuable piece is obviously 500cc V8 GPbut every bike on display deserves a very close look, from the 120-degree V-twin to the incredible 350 single, a motorcycle that has consistently won World Championships and TT races in the Isle of Man against multi-cylinder competitors. Moto Guzzi has also singled out an area in honor of its great champions, starting with the legendary Omobono Tenni.
To go through different sections is to go through a special part of the history of the motorcycle. In the future, the current buildings will be combined with a new, state-of-the-art design, all aimed at transforming the Moto Guzzi plant into a destination and a permanent meeting place where Guzzisti from around the world can gather and communicate.
Admission is free for the public. The museum is open from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, and from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday. Plan to stay for a while!