Seen all over Italy, the Vespa is a quick and easy way to get from place to place. In English, vespa means wasp, which might explain why this noisy gadabout is so named. When I was in a meeting in Florence back in 1984, an young English woman arrived late and explained her tardiness thusly: "My VESpa ran out of PETrol by the DUOmo aGAIN." Well, maybe you had to hear her to appreciate her excuse. When I told this story to my Swiss friend Andreas, he listened, paused, then evaluated: "So she's blaming the scooter." So Swiss.