Let’s start once again
The Moto Guzzi Museum reopened its doors after the works that involved both the premises and the motorcycles. Thus, the extraordinary collection exhibited in the historical part of the Mandello del Lario company returns to be accessible to the public, with a new arrangement that makes the experience of the visit more immediate. In the renovated premises, the motorcycles have been divided into three thematic areas: one concerns the production models, the second the racing models and the third the military models, all organized in strictly chronological order. In total about 160 motorcycles which in recent months have been the subject of a meticulous conservative restoration carried out by the company staff.
There is also a new area on the ground floor where it is possible to admire the motorcycles produced since 2000 until today, but the historical visit begins on the first floor, in the first area. Among so many glorious “pieces” the 1919 GP prototype dominates, born when Moto Guzzi did not yet exist, from which the first mass-produced motorcycle by the company, the “Normale”, would later be born in 1921.
The second area is also located on the first floor, that of racing motorcycles, which brought 14 world titles to Mandello; among them the legendary eight-cylinder that has not won titles but has built a legend, and with this latest renovation a space has been added dedicated to Omobono Tenni, the one who triumphed at the Tourist Trophy in 1937 “curving with mad abandon and making one doubt that he could finish the race intact ”, as the English wrote.
In the third section there are military motorcycles and here too there are some myths: remember the “Mechanical Mule”, the three-wheel drive vehicle designed for the Alpine troops, which could climb vertically on a wall and was fitted with the very first Guzzi engine to V? Or the 1940 Trialce sidecar?
But there is so much more to see, from the GT “Norge” of the late 1920s to the Sport 15 of the 1930s, the Guzzino, the Galletto 192, the V7 Sport that made the boys of the 1970s dream; or more recently, the V50, the Daytona 1000 super sports car, the Griso and the innovative MGX-21.
It is really worth taking a trip to the shores of Lake Como: the visit is free. The museum is inside the old part of the factory, accessed from the famous red gate in via Parodi 63 in Mandello del Lario. It is open from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm from Monday to Thursday, upon reservation. On Friday and Saturday admission is free from 10 to 18 and by booking you can also have a guided tour.