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Mandello Moto Guzzi Museum to Reopen

A VT 500 hangs out in a well-lit re-creation of a vintage workspace.

A VT 500 hangs out in a well-lit re-creation of a vintage workspace. (Moto Guzzi/)

Time for Guzzi lovers to begin planning their pilgrimage.

The renovation of the Moto Guzzi Museum in Mandello del Lario, Italy, is officially complete and the museum reopened mere days ago on April 29. As you might imagine, it is a one-of-a-kind celebration of the history of the iconic Moto Guzzi streetbike brand.

Part of a plan to eventually redesign the entire Mandello industrial plant, the museum offers enthusiasts a reimagined visitor experience, with motorcycle collections divided into three areas: production models, racing models, and military models, arranged in chronological order.

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Not familiar with the museum? It features virtually every Moto Guzzi model ever assembled, including the G.P., a one-of-a-kind model that predates the foundation of Moto Guzzi. Other legendary Guzzi models earn their rest in the museum, like the GT “Norge” from the late ‘20s, the futuristic Sport 15 from the ‘30s, and the Guzzino and Falcone.

Current models, like the V85 TT also hold court, along with modern classics like the V50, the supersporty Daytona 1000, the Griso and the unconventional MGX-21. It all adds up to a bucket-list trip for those of means, should they find themselves in northern Italy.

Improbably, the Moto Guzzi Museum is free of charge, just look for the famous red gate on Via Parodi 63 in Mandello del Lario from Monday to Saturday. Mondays to Thursdays the museum is open from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and visits must be booked in advance. Fridays and Saturdays opening time is extended to eight hours, access is freely granted from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with guided tours available if booked in advance.

Moto Guzzi history, circa 1970s to 1980s, represented in the recently reopened museum.

Moto Guzzi history, circa 1970s to 1980s, represented in the recently reopened museum. (Moto Guzzi/)

Post-millennium Guzzi models hold court.

Post-millennium Guzzi models hold court. (Moto Guzzi/)

Artist’s rendering of the eventual redesigned Mandello industrial facility and visitor center.

Artist’s rendering of the eventual redesigned Mandello industrial facility and visitor center. (Moto Guzzi/)

Another look at the yet-to-be-redesigned Moto Guzzi museum and factory space.

Another look at the yet-to-be-redesigned Moto Guzzi museum and factory space. (Moto Guzzi/)

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