Founded by Giuseppe Gilera the company produced its first motorcycle, the VT 317, in 1909. Racing success came quickly, firstly with single cylinder machines and later with the four-cylinder design that dominated 500cc Grand Prix racing in the early 1950’s. Having won multiple world championships Gilera, along with most of the other Italian manufacturers, withdrew from racing in 1957.
Today the name is owned by Piaggio and used on a range of scooters.



The museum is at viale Rinaldo Piaggio 7, Pontedera. It can be found on the main rail and road route from Pisa to Florence.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m (but check before you go)
Museum website

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