There are many ways to explore a city. You can ride the buses, walk the streets, or take numerous tours. But if you’re short in time and the city you’re traveling 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, in only 7 hours, 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 better a delicious local lunch of Roman specialties was included! Though ofcourse, Roman specialties can never be good in a restaurant, And my 15 day experience of living with a Roman family in the heart of Lazio, validates that statement well; but for a restaurant it was surely the best you can have]
Before The Tour…
The tour started at 9:30 in the morning, with 7 tour participants and the guide. With a quick self-introduction, we started off with the 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 most easiest thing I’ve ever done in my life.
The instructions were moreover unimaginably simple: Lean slightly forward to advance. Lean into 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 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 Roman roads]
Rome On Segway
The 7 hour tour was divided into two equal halves, a 3 hour segway run in the morning and a 3 hour segway run after the noon. And in between, when the sun was intense: a relaxing lunch.
The first destination during the first half of our 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 vast 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 even 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. Even a few open romantic market-sites and public parks, were in the list.
I think what makes Rome a beautiful place to be is the fact how it looks different every time you see it. It has a different feeling, a different charm in the day, and a total opposite of it, and perhaps far more appealing, in the evening.
As we expanded our exploration of the city, in the afternoon, venturing into the heart of the Rome’s historic center, and explored a few postcard-perfect sights like Imperial forum road and the colloseum, once again (we covered them during the first half morning tour as well) I was literally amazed by realizing how the two looked looked entirely different now, as they did in the morning.
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 wished. So if you are restricted with time, a guided segway tour can be a solution. 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 Segway can save you from the brutal summer days 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 costed around 120 EUR, after discount, which included around 6 hours of segway tour and 1 hour of lunch (as all inclusive package), if you’re looking for something less than that (in terms of experiences and costs), 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?