Moto Guzzi Museum in Mandello del Lario: visit and opening hoursJuly 5, 2013
The Moto Guzzi Museum, located in Mandello del Lario (LC) near Como Lake, is historical, technical and cultural heritage of the area. It is situated in the heart of the historic factory where all the motorbikes that bear its mark have always been made since 1921.
The Moto Guzzi Museum brings together a rich collection of over 150 pieces between its exhibition series motorcycles, sport bikes, prototypes and experimental engines, which alternate in a temporal path to witness the glorious history of a timeless myth know in Italy and all over the world. The path runs through the most original, glorious and popular creations that have made the history of the Mandello Brand on the market and in international speed competitions.
But while the Moto Guzzi brand is renowned throughout the world, not everyone knows the story that lies behind its birth. Carlo Guzzi was a young engineer resident in Mandello del Lario. Motorcycle enthusiast, Carlo had detailed knowledge of motorcycling technology and he had developed a project for the construction of an absolutely original model. At the outbreak of World War I, Carlo Guzzi was enrolled among the airmen of the Italian army. There he met two officers pilots, Giorgio Parodi, son of a Genoese ship owner, and Giovanni Ravelli, talent pilot of motorcycle racing before the war. Among the three comrades there soon arose a great friendship, in the name of a shared passion for motorcycles and flight. They decided that, at the end of the war, they would have formed a company and founded an industry based on the ideas of Guzzi, the capital of Parodi and the strong propaganda of a pilot as Ravelli. So it was, but unfortunately Giovanni Ravelli could not be part of the project: a few days after the end of the conflict in fact he died in a flying accident. In his honor, the eagle came right to be part of the logo of Moto Guzzi.
In the Moto Guzzi Museum in Mandello del Lario are exposed unique pieces such as the first motorcycle built by Carlo Guzzi in 1919, the only one signed GP (Guzzi-Parodi), along with copies of the most celebrated bikes in the world such as the extraordinary Eight Cylinder 500 1957.
In addition to the standard bike, the exhibition dedicated to the racing bike unravels between the various prototypes that have written the pages of sports myth of Mandello del Lario. The museum exhibition section "The Sound of Passion", where the most interesting films in the history of Moto Guzzi are screened, completes the visit.
Moto Guzzi Motorcycle Museum
Via Parodi 57
Mandello del Lario (LC)
Tel. 034 1709111
Monday to Friday, 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday by appointment only
Free admission and guided tour