Sharing a wonderful April afternoon that I spent in Rome with Bici & Baci Tours. Literally meaning bicycles and kisses, Bici & Baci is one of the oldest vespa rental companies in Rome. It offers bike rentals, Fiat 500 rentals and even Ape rentals to see the best of the eternal city. This particular company was a recommendation to me from Italy Translated and it made my short trip in the city so worthwhile. Thanks Diana!
There are different tours spread throughout the day but I took the afternoon tour as I had a dinner planned with friends. My tour started around 2 in the afternoon with Alexander Palmacci- tour guide and motorist. There was a couple who joined in and we zoomed on our vespas to the Colosseum. Alexander, who was very passionate about his culture and city, took pride in explaining about the history. In those few hours with me, we learnt a lot and appreciated his driving in that crazy Roman traffic!
From Colosseum we crossed the Baths of Caracalla which were founded around 212 A.D. The baths are now used in the summer by the Rome Opera company. I can’t imagine a better way to use them.
From the baths, our vespas motored to swanky Roman villas and apartments after which we reached the Aventine Hill from where the views of Rome are 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 😉 Later a caffe at a local Bar in Testaccio. We parked our vespas near the Protestant cemetery later to see a Pyramid jotting out of nowhere. The Pyamid of Cestius is one of the most best preserved buildings of Rome as you can see in the picture below. It is extraordinary what all Rome is made up of and this is one of the prime examples.
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 reaching Trastevere. Winding towards the crazy Roman streets, we crossed Fontana dell’Acqua Paola which I had seen in movies and later to our last stop at the Gianicolo Hill. All this wasn’t as hurried as it sounds because we stopped, chatted and took pictures. I may have missed so many more spots in between but you get the gist.
The best part of Bici & Baci tours is that you wouldn’t see all of these sights if you came to Rome as a first time visitor. Since people usually make a 2-3 day trip of the city, places like the Gianicolo Hill and Testaccio are definitely missed. These are not very popular areas and require more time. But if you have a local along and that too with a vespa, what better can it be??
I was pleased when Alexander, a local, told me he was happy that I knew so 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.
Bici & Baci was kind enough to host me for the vespa ride. However, all the opinions here are purely my own.