Anyone who has a Moto Guzzi or, like me, is interested in them will know that March of this year marked the centenary of Moto Guzzi’s foundation. Appropriate celebrations were held in Mandello del Lario, where Guzzis have always been made, and the obligatory book was published.

Lots of photos, lots of snippets of information about the factory and especially the people.

What you might not know is that concise versions of the book ‘GUZZI the idea that changed Mandello’ were also published in English, French, Spanish, Italian and German. The English version is an eighty-page black and white (with some colour) book with lots of photos – some of them very familiar indeed, others possibly never seen before. The book was translated into English by my friends Alis Agostini and Peter Bradley, and covers the marque’s history from the inside, so to speak. For many years Alis owned and ran the famous Moto Guzzi dealership Agostini Mandello, founded by her father Duilio. He was the ‘other Agostini’ and a successful racer in his own right.

There is even a guide to the Mandello cemetery if you’re into checking gravestones.

The book is an absolute must-have for all Guzzisti. It makes great reading and is just the thing for settling bar arguments.

Go to for a lot more fascinating material including some videos, and to order your own copy of ‘GUZZI the idea that changed Mandello’. And when you order, ask them about the badge, fridge magnet and cloth patch too.

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