Sharing a wonderful April afternoon that I spent in Rome with Bici & Baci Tours (it means bicycles and kisses) Bici & Baci is one of the oldest vespa rental companies in Rome that offer bike rentals, Fiat 500 tours and Ape rentals to see the best of the eternal city. Bici & Baci was a recommendation to me from Italy Translated and it made my short trip in the city worthwhile. Thanks Diana!
Bici & Baci has different tours spread throughout the day and mine started at 2 p.m. with local guide and motorist-Alexander Palmacci. Along me was an American couple on their bright shiny vespa and together we zoomed to the Colosseum.
We got snippets of history from Alexander, who seemed to be very passionate about his city. In those few hours, I learnt a lot and even appreciated his driving in that crazy Roman traffic!
From Colosseum we made our way to the Baths of Caracalla which were founded around 212 A.D. The baths are now used in the summer by the Rome Opera company for summer events and festivals. I can’t imagine a better way to use and preserve the ancient ruins.
From the baths, our vespas motored to swanky Roman villas to go to the Aventine Hill from where the views of Rome are simply exceptional!
Our next stop was the Circus Maximus-the largest stadium from ancient Rome that is used for many things such as a concert for Rolling Stones. A little later we had coffee at a local Bar in Testaccio and also saw an intriguing Pyramid jotting out of nowhere.
The Pyamid of Cestius is one of the most best preserved monuments of Rome and makes the city even more extraordinary than it already is.
We then went to the centre of Rome to see familiar sights of Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and Fontana di Trevi. Afterwards we moved to the other side of Rome i.e. crossing the Ponte Sant’Angelo and reached Trastevere.
Winding towards the crazy Roman streets, we crossed Fontana dell’Acqua Paola which I had seen in movies. Our last stop was the Gianicolo Hill. I may have missed many more spots in between the tour was phenomenal! This is Rome that no tourist would see all in a day! And it isn’t hurried, there is time for pictures and a chat too.
Since people usually make a 2-3 day trip of Rome, places like the Gianicolo Hill and Testaccio are definitely missed. But if you have a local with a vespa, what better can that be??
I was pleased when Alexander told me I knew a lot much about Italy. It was such a beautiful moment to be there again remembering my earlier travels and this time with my red vespa gleaming in the sunshine and the wind blowing on my face. I surely felt happier than ever.
Disclaimer: Bici & Baci were kind enough to host me for the vespa ride. However, all the opinions here are purely my own.