All posts tagged: Rome

Exploring Rome On Segway

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 …

How To Skip The Crowds Of Vatican City

Everyday, around thousands of people visit Vatican City. And in Vatican, the holy Sistine Chapel. They hope of experiencing a sublime or spiritual moment, but only end-up having a baffling experience. I mean how can you, in God’s name, feel anything peaceful in a place where all you get to see is a crowd of people pouring in, and guards constantly shouting “no talking, no pictures”! The solution? Take an exclusive tour carried out before the opening hours (for general public) of Vatican. Private tours to Vatican City were usually reserved for celebrities, royals and politicians. But almost a decade ago, Vatican City opened its gates for general public, and for those who want to pay a little extra and escape the crowds. And this time, as I travelled through Rome, I ended-up being one among them. I booked my early morning Skip The Crowds tour (for a little extra cost compared to what an ordinary walking tour costs) with a tour company called Through Eternity Tours, who claim to have guides hand picked, with backgrounds in …

Gardens Of Villa d’Este, in Tivoli

The hilltop town of Tivoli, back in time, may just be a summer retreat for ancient Romans, but today, it is home for two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Villa Adriana, the sprawling estate of Emperor Hadrian; and the 16th-century Villa d’Este, a Renaissance villa famous for its landscaped gardens and lavish fountains. During my two week workawaying in Italy, near Rome, I happened to explore the old city of Tivoli, and in Tivoli, perhaps the most surreal gardens I’ve seen in my life. Villa d’Este, as I had imagined (after watching its glimpse in the Hollywood movie Lizzie McGuire) to be grand, majestic and awe-inspiring. But it turned out to be something more than that, something far magical and unrealistic. The detailed Villa d’Este dates from the mid 16th century when Cardinal Ippolito d’Este decided to make changes to the convent he was given, upon his appointment as the governor of Tivoli, Italy. A member of an influential family and a lover of the finest things in life, d’Este commissioned his architect to build a new, grand residence filled with everything that money could buy and from what …