What a great idea, but in reality its actually not that easy. Full of beauty and history, Romes center is busy and congested but unlike most capital cities the streets are nothing more than cobbled narrow alleys. Obviously there are modern roads which have been purposefully built to ease the build up of traffic and street side parking but there isn’t much space for walking, let alone cycling!
Often you will see pedestrians weaving between parked cars as the sidewalks are non-existent in some parts of the Italian capitals center. Other parts of Rome do offer however a great place to go for a bike ride such as along the river front. There has been a lot of progress made since the end of Covid-19 lockdown in 2020 to provide safe cycling routes with the creation of ovr 200kms of cycle lane cross crossing the capital. The historic center of Rome however is still not reachable by these bike lanes, however this isn’t to say that you cant. Besides with so much to see outside of Rome, cycling in the center is perhaps not necessary. Not to mention the fact that its so compact the best way to get to see the main sites such as the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps is by foot.
The introduction of Ebikes over the last few years has helped to boost cycling in Rome known for its 7 hills and enjoy a bike tour to panoramic view points. In particular, the Aventine Hill with the Garden of the Oranges is a great site to visit at sunset with a view over the river and the Keyhole nearby. An exciting itinerary to tour Rome by bicycle taking in the sites around the river front, jewish ghetto and Capitoline Hill.