WATCH: The best way to see Rome? Definitely on a Vespa

2018-10-24 18:00
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If you want to see all the sights of Rome, you'll need plenty of time. This city has more than 2700 years of history and that's evident wherever you look.  

One of the best ways to explore the city is to hop on to a Vespa scooter with one of the city's many guided tours such as Romamirabilia. These typical Italian scooters are ideal for weaving through the busy traffic in Rome. 

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The tours pass all the main sights like the Colosseum, which dates back to around 80 AD. Tour drivers, such as Valerio Vernesi, say that some of the best things about driving a Vespa around Rome like the sound of the engine and the ability it affords the drivers and travellers to realise how many beautiful places there are. 

Whether driving past the Castel Sant'Angelo, St Peters Basilica through all the little streets and past all the fountains - Rome is fantastic and being on a Vespa is a great way to experience much of it.  

The Roman Forum, it was the centre-piece of ancient Rome and today a key area for excavation. The Forum gives an idea of what life was like in the days of Julius Caesar and Emperor Augustus.


Valerio Vernesi says that "Rome would like to be both an ancient and a modern city but whenever we start digging, we find a Roman capital or a villa so we just have to accept all of Rome being a museum so we can only adapt to modern times in a limited way."

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One of the advantages of driving through Rome on a Vespa is that its easy to escape the traffic jams. People from Cape Town surely understand why this is so desirable. 

From an elevated point such as the Gianicolo or the Aventine Hill, many of the parks that are frequented by Romans on Sundays are visible. The low-lying dome visible from Gianicolo is the dome of the Pantheon which is about 2000 years old and beyond that is the almost visible Spanish Steps. This is a great place to locate yourself in the city and plan our your next moves. 

Before you head off, remember that it may be a good idea to hit the tourist sights in highest demand early in the morning or late evening. After just one day of riding around Rome on a Vespa, you may find that it is clear that more time is needed to explore Italy's capital city. 

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