This tour is specifically suited to those who like to cycle and still want to get to see Rome. We will climb up 3 of Romes historic 7 hills to the viewpoints on the Aventine, Capitoline and Quirinale Hill, plus climb its “8th” hill which is not actually part of ancient Rome but offers an unrivaled view over the whole city.
In addition to famous piazzas and monuments that we get to see as we cycle through the city we also include the Gianicolo Hill with its amazing views (mentioned above) and a trip through the Borghese Gardens.
You will be treated to an all inclusive lunch at a selected trattoria famous for its local recipes. The tour also includes a coffee stop just before midday near the pantheon.
Although we provide optimized road bikes with flat bars and oversize tires for this tour, you can choose an electric bicycle as well.
For this tour we will provide either specialized road/touring bikes or electric bikes (available at a premium) fitted with small carrier bags perfect for the ride.
We cycle up to the viewpoint in the Garden of the Oranges, passing the Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill to get an idea of romans origins on the Palatine Hill. Following the roman empires expansion through the valley below and along the river banks takes us takes us past the Island.
Up until recently, the Tiber river was the main trade route for Rome with barges being hauled up stream by oxen bringing goods. Today the river is largely unused and local Romans might only cross over the island if they need to visit the historic hospital in the middle. Visit IsolaTiberina for more info.
Cycling up to the viewpoint on the Capitoline Hill, one of romes original 7 hills, is well worth the effort. Especially since you are awarded with one of the best views of the Roman Forum below.
The Roman Jews have their roots in rome since the roman occupation of the ancient roman province of Judea around the time of Jesus. Today they are the oldest surviving community in Italy having survived the Nazis as well as oppression from the church.
Situated around the riverbanks is where we find the remnants of Rome, where a community continued to live albeit in much fewer numbers. Cycling through this charming neighborhood brings out a side of Rome not seen elsewhere.
Although its not one of the original 7 hills of Rome, the Gianicolo is very much part of its history and offers an unrivaled view over the whole city.
Cycling downhill from the viewpoint on the Gianicolo hill brings us at St. Peters Piazza, directly infront of the basilica and Vatican City Walls.
Its also here outside the vatican city that we stop for a coffee or snack at a little cafe right alongside the passage way that was used by the popes to escape.
Arriving at this piazza from the Vatican is perhaps the best way to get to see it, as you cycle in from above and get the full effect of the architect who designed it: Giuseppe Valadier. We continue to cycle through the gate Porta Flaminia which takes out of Romes ancient walls and up towards the Borghese Gardens.
Romes public park, this green space in the city once belonged to a powerful family who reigned through the Pope Pope V. Cycling through the tree lined avenues and passing numerous sculptures and fountains conjures up an image of this families social status.
Sit down at a carefully selected restuarant away from the crowds and heat of the day for a lunch made of local dishes such as carbonara or amatriciana. For those who are allergic, substiutes are available. The lunch doesn’t include drinks or any dessert.
Depending on how long it has taken us to get this far and how much energy we have left, we could consider taking the route back through the city to the Colosseum cycling over the Quirinal hill to see the ex-palaces of the king and now president of Italy.
Recently opened to the public this pretty oasis of green near to Romes busiest intersection makes it a place to escape the hustle and bustle for minute, before the final stretch back to the Colosseum.
Price : 120 euros/ Person
Start time: 9.30am
Duration: 6 hours (2 hours included for lunch/coffee breaks etc)
Schedule: Daily except Wed
Not included: Visits inside monuments eg. Pantheon