Living space is tight in Italian cities, which are often geographically constrained with ancient fortress towns the architectural footprint for building and construction. Italian clothes are closely cut, Italian cars are small and compact. Even delivery of goods and services relies on a mini-mode of transportation, the 2 stroke engine powered Ape.
The legendary “Ape,” (pronounced ‘Ah-pay’) which literally translates into the “Bee,” is basically a Vespa scooter with a large square trunk and a cabin. First manufactured in 1948 by Piaggio, the three-wheeled mini truck was favored by workers and small contractors who needed a cheap and efficient vehicle capable of carrying heavy loads and parking in small spaces. I’ve seen the Ape in vineyards and orchards, driving the narrow streets of every Italian city but never like this.
German industrial designer Cornelius Comanns has converted a Piaggio APE 50 delivery vehicle into the Bufalino, a small camper equipped to meet the basic needs of one person.
A minimalistic approach to RV traveling with a small Italian footprint.