But... there are three considerations at play that tip the balance in Pontedera's favour, if only for a tourist with a peculiar bent. Like me.
The sprawling plant sits on Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, so-named for the founder of Piaggio & Co. SpA, an aircraft manufacturer that re-invented itself in post-war Italy by giving the world the iconic Vespa. My Vespa came from that plant.
That's consideration number one.
Consideration number two, is that Piaggio offers a museum largely, though not entirely, devoted to Vespas. That museum is a major draw for Vespa owners all over the world.
The third consideration is that there is at least one outfit in Pontedera where you can rent a Vespa for the day.
Picture exploring the museum, maybe picking up some Vespa swag in the museum shop, then setting off on a modern Vespa to explore the environs, going roughly north and west, following the banks of the river Arno, to Pisa and its eponymous tower.
Mark Twain did a grand tour of Europe, the Middle East and Egypt in the late nineteenth century that he documented in Innocents Abroad, which incidentally is free and can be downloaded to an e-reader. If you haven't read it, I encourage you to. You won't regret it for a moment. It's delightful fun from cover to cover. In a long rant complaining about the never-ending attribution of all Italian art forms to Michelangelo, he took a pot shot at the tower.
"In Pisa he designed every thing but the old shot-tower, and they would have attributed that to him if it had not been so awfully out of the perpendicular".From Pisa, you can continue northwest for another 30-40 kms until you hit the Italian riviera. One could toodle along there, heading up the coast, grab some lunch at an outdoor venue with a view of the Mediterranean, and then loop back to the east and towards the south, through the olive groves and hills of Tuscany, before dropping off the bike in Pontedera.
There is much to ponder, plot and plan before this little escapade transits from fantasy to reality. But... it could happen.