There are many ways to explore a city. Use public transport, hop-on-hop-off tourist buses, walk on the streets on your own, or take guided tours. But if you’re short on time and the city you’re travelling to is as massive and overwhelming as Rome can be, then what can be your best shot?
In one word: Segway!
Recently while I was in Rome, and was bitten by the idea of exploring the city, from inside out, on a fast track, while keeping it fun and relaxing, I thought — why not Segway it. And it turned out that exploring Rome by Segway, was perhaps the best decision.
For €120, you get a 7-hour tour of Rome’s greatest sights including the Colosseum, Imperial Forum Road, Piazza Venezia and Trevi Fountain, among others.
To make it even better a delicious local lunch of Roman specialities was included in the tour. Though of course, Roman specialities can never be good in a restaurant, And my 15-day experience of living with a Roman family in the heart of Lazio, validated that statement for me well enough.
Before The Tour
Our Segway tour started at 9:30 in the morning, with 7 tour participants and a guide. With a quick self-introduction, we started off with a 30-minute training session, because of course, there is a certain degree of apprehension required among first-time users of Segway. But it turned out that learning to ride a Segway was perhaps the easiest thing I’ve ever done in life.
The instructions were moreover unimaginably simple: Lean slightly forward to advance. Lean on your heels to reverse. Pull back slightly to slow down. Rest the Segway against a stable structure to get on and off the platform. Within moments all the seven participants were chasing and racing with each other, looping figure eights, feeling like pros.
We were licensed to rule the roads in Rome as Segway riders! We were ready to go!
[PS: If you’re in Rome and are not licensed to drive anything that has a motor attached to it, perhaps Segway is your way to make it to the Roman roads]
Rome On Segway
The 7-hour tour was divided into two equal halves, a 3-hour Segway ride in the morning and a 3-hour Segway ride after the noon. And in between, when the sun was intense: a relaxing lunch.
The first destination during the first half of the tour took us between the Palatine and Aventine hills, and to the historic site of the Circus Maximus. Once a track for chariot races and gladiator fights, Circus Maximus is now a massive public park. We paraded down its long stretch, on our Segways, almost getting back in time, feeling what it could be to race a chariot at ancient Rome’s — and perhaps the world’s — largest sports stadium.
The Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the elegant Spanish Steps, the magnificent Imperial Forum Road, and the ever impressive Colosseum, among others, were the other highlights of the day, to learn a bit about the Roman history and explore the city, on a fast track. We even explored a few open markets and an impressive public par in the city of Rome.
I think what makes Rome a beautiful place to visit is the fact how it looks different every time you see it. It has a different feeling, a very different charm during the day, and a total opposite of it, and perhaps far more appealing, during the evening.
As we resumed the tour after lunch and visited a few attractions again that we did in the morning, including The Imperial Forum Road and the Colosseum, I was literally left amazed realizing how different they looked now than they did in the morning. The entire town had a different energy into it.
Why Explore Rome On Segway?
My decision to go for a Segway tour in Rome was purely based on curiosity. I wanted to try this experience. Also, I was struggling with a bit of lack of time. Though I stayed near Rome for almost two weeks, I still wanted to familiarize myself with the city in just one day, and then explore it later as I fancied. So if you too are restricted with time, a guided Segway tour can be the answer. Get an overview of the city on a fast track and then explore the rest, independently, as it suits you. Moreover, a comfy ride on a Segway can save you from the brutal summer heat in Rome.
A Bit About The Factual mumbo–jumbo
- Minimum age to ride a Segway is 16 years
- You must not weigh under 100 pounds (45 kilos) or over 250 pounds (113 kilos)
- Though I opted for a Full Day Segway Tour that cost around 120 EUR, after discount, which included around 6 hours of Segway tour and 1 hour of lunch (an all-inclusive package) if you’re looking for something less than that (in terms of experiences and cost) I’d advise a 3 hour tour that takes you to most of the prominent sites in the city.
- In order to take part in a Segway tour, you must have good mobility, in the sense of being able to get on and off by segway alone.
- I booked the tour with Rome by Segway, that offers a number of Rome Segway Tours across the city, and I totally recommend them.
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Have you ever tried a Segway tour? Where? How was the experience?