One of the most memorable experiences I have had in Rome is holding on for dear life zipping through the ancient cobblestone streets on the back of a Vespa!
I’ve seen the major sites of Rome, guided by torn pages of Rick Steves, wandered the city at night with local friends, taken a private tour of the Vatican Museum & even a behind the scenes tour of the Colosseum but the truth is, nothing is as fun as a Vespa tour! I want to do a tour like this in every city we visit now (and lucky for me the company is expanding), not only because it’s such an easy way to navigate through the city but with the wind in your face, but it was the quintessential Roman Holiday moment, I’ve dreamed of since watching the Classic black and white film as a teenager …bucket list, checked!
The Scooteroma Tours are a blast – we were a group of 6 friends/writers/bloggers, half the group rode in the antique Piaggio Ape (tuk tuk) and the others via Vespa – then we’d swap at different stops. I kept thinking that with a family or group of friends this is perfect no matter what age everyone could be involved!
I am not going to lie – I was super nervous to switch from the comfy ape complete with our dapper chauffeur, Valerio and Classical music to the unprotected Vespa, I like my life and not interested in crazy thrill seeking activities just to say I did it. I felt I was rightly nervous for two reasons: 1 – Italians are crazy drivers 2- I was filming and not sure how I was going to pull it off holding on tightly to both my handsome driver and my Nikon. But the lively owner Annie reassured me that her husband Giovanni would be my driver and with a little parking-lot practice with the camera I had nothing to worry about.
So…when in Rome, right?!
Explore the city on two wheels, just like the locals…with a local! Plus you can squeeze thru alley ways and go places other motor vehicles can’t! In a few hours, during dusk we visited a dozen sites with spectacular views & plenty of photo opps from the flying past traffic around the Colosseum to the Baths of Carcalla, Porta di San Sebastiano, along the Appian Way, Aventine Hill and the Orange Gardens with a few food pit-stops along the way!
Not only was the tour a blast but so were the owners/guides Annie & Giovanni – they have such a fun magnetic passion for this city that no matter if it’s your first or fifth trip to Rome it will make for a memorable afternoon…what else can I say, I loved every minute of it!!
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