I have made it nearly 6 years in Rome without ever having been on a scooter.
But the dolce vita allure of skimming through Rome’s traffic on a cherry red Vespa?
I’m human. I couldn’t resist forever.
When Giovanni pulled up on a gleaming new motorino, I was ready.
After a few minutes, I found myself relaxing back into the seat. Riding behind an experienced driver, there was little for me to do except enjoy the sun and the scenery.
Scooteroma Vespa Tours are customizable and private, meaning we were free to pick our own route and linger at certain spots that struck our fancy.
We cruised past the Colosseum and wound our way to Santa Maria Maggiore. In the shade of the basilica, I learned about the history of Esquilino neighborhood.
The beauty of two wheels is that you are not confined to the city center.
We continued past the colonnaded streets around Piazza Vittorio and zipped outside of the Aurelian wall.
Giovanni explained why Rome is truly the Eternal City – even the roads used 2,000 years ago are still operating today. Romans of 2016 follow the same pathways, right through ancient aqueducts.
Another perfect example? The terme di caracalla – an ancient bathhouse that is now the summer stage for live opera performances.
Nothing in Rome goes unused.
Even the stadiums where chariots once raced to entertain the citizens of Rome.
You can still freely access Circo Massimo to this day. Though, now you are more likely to find joggers and picnic parties.
After chatting about history and scootering by Piramide, we toured Aventino – a perfect place for a coffee break and one of my favorite cafes.
While a Vespa gives you the ability to cover a great range in terms of area, you still feel connected to Rome. This is no air-conditioned tour bus, keeping you comfortably separated from the chaos of Rome.
To see Rome by Vespa is to really see the city.
You see Rome in all its hand-gesturing, yelling, shining, crumbling, new, ancient glory.
The breathtaking views? Well, that is just a bonus.
By the end of the 4-hour tour, I was feeling pret-ty confident about my riding ability. (Riding takes approximately zero skills. Your only job? Don’t rock back and forth). When Giovanni dropped me off, we were discussing what kind of scooter I should buy.
A Vespa tour makes even more sense if you are on a tight schedule. Starting from the center (from your hotel or meeting at Via Veneto), Scooteroma will make sure you see neighborhoods and monuments that would take days to cover by public transport. At the end, you will have a map of the city, marked with all your stops, plus other points of interest.
Annie and Giovanni, the owners, are incredibly down-to-earth and knowledgable. The dolce vita factor of the Vespa ride is just one part of the tour- along the way you will learn about the history of Rome, as well as all the current foodie and shopping hotspots to ensure you make the most of your trip to Rome.
Many thanks to Scooteroma for having me as a guest, and for photos 1 & 7. The tour was a truly unique and lovely experience!