America by vespa.
From Chicago to Los Angeles
on Route 66


Serafino Giorgio


Ugo Mursia Editore

I didn't know anything about America other than what my dreams had been telling me:
I wanted to travel the Mother Road.
Lots of people told me not to go: Route 66 doesn't exist anymore, they kept saying, America doesn't even exist anymore. But whenever I thought about it I felt something in my stomach that was almost pain!
I set out on an unsuitable vehicle, maybe in order to force myself to go slow. And in that big country, my dream exploded. I felt everything I'd always dreamed of beating inside my soul, changing my life forever. Along the road people hugged us, blessed us, gave us hospitality and lived our dream as if it were their own. Those hugs were so powerful that they allowed us to throw ourselves headlong into thunderstorms while lightning struck the ground only feet away from us... I leaped into that road and found a beautiful America; on the burning hot asphalt I brushed by poisonous snakes and spiders while listening to the song of the coyotes, and together with them I gazed at the moon from that place/non-place known by the bad name of Death Valley; I touched heaven while standing in hell, motionless at the bottom of the valley while the sky from Chicago to Los Angeles ran above me.
I skidded between dream and reality until I no longer distinguished between them. I almost needed help because my emotions were too strong. I traveled under a huge electric guitar suspended in the sky playing rock music.
I wrote this book for the angels I met, and to tell those who think America is nothing but war and business: Hey man, you're wrong! The Americans of the street still exist. The eyes of a homeless person, of a waitress, of a motel owner, can still see beyond, and if you look at them closely, you can see what I saw, you can see them looking beyond.
The little Vespa was my soul which humbly and slowly brought me across a country's people in a place where dreams still grow, a place where you can regrow your wings if you want and the strong wind carries you up high to where, if you're quick enough, you can give God himself a high five!


Now Or Nevermore

The Shell Collector (Tuna Records)

The soundtrack to the videoclip is The Shell Collector's new single "Now Or Nevermore".
The track, inspired by the book,is born from the voice and music of Enrico Tiberi and from the words of Giorgio and will be distributed on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and all digital platforms.

Giorgio Serafino

From Civitanova Marche lives in a countryhouse in Montecosaro (Macerata). With his wife Giuliana Foresi he has traveled Europe, Canada (where he obtained citizenship) Brasil, Morocco, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, South Africa, Namibya, Botswana, Argentina, Chile, India, Italy, France, Spain and Portugal.
In 2010 he rode along the Route66 from Chicago to Los Angeles on an old Vespa 50 Special of '78 that he personally restored.
With Mursia he published "America in Vespa" in 2011 and "Paradiso di Polvere" in 2013. He writes for the Italian magazine "In Moto" (conti editore).
At present he is finishing his third book about his trip to India, and has a blog called "Terraeasfalto", where it is possible to follow his travels and pubblications.