Connecting Rome with Puglia, the Appian Way is a 2,300 year old "highway" that once covered an expanse of 350 miles. It's not necessary to travel its impressive length to appreciate the Via Appia. A few hours on a Segway is all it takes! Part of the Appian Way is still a working road today, but each Sunday traffic is reduced to make way for walkers, bikers and Segway riders.
Your Appia experience begins at our meeting point near the Colosseum. You'll meet your small group of no more than 8 people and your charismatic Tour Leader. What follows is a short safety training. You'll learn how to operate a Segway - and we bet you'll be blown away by just how easy it is.
Then, we'll flee the urban center of Rome just like Saint Peter did over 2000 years ago. Nero, Rome's infamous emporer from whom Peter was running away, isn't around anymore - but the chaos of Rome is certainly worth escaping from! We'll trade in Rome's traffic for the Appian Way's lush green fields, ancient trees, buried catacombs and Ancient Roman ruins.
Take on the Appia's cobblestones with your Segway as we pass under the road's grandoise entryway to Rome: 'Porta San Sebatiano' (the Door of St. Sebastian). This history here is palpable - and not limited to the distance past. As recently as the second World War Allied and German troops tread these same cobblestones as they fought for Rome.
Your Rome Segway tour includes a stop at "Dominue quo vadis" church - built in honor of a vision St. Peter had while travelling the Appian Way. We'll glide past fields of Ancient Roman catacombs before reaching Capo di Bove - a thermal complex from the 2nd century.
At each stop - you'll have the opportunity to listen to a short presentation on an iPod describing the fascinating history behind each of the sites.
Before heading back, you'll stop for a hearty lunch at our favorite cafè, right on the Appian Way. Lunch is included in the price of your Segway tour. You can choose between main courses such as Lasagna, Cannelloni, Pasta Salad, a sandwich of your choice or a hearty salad. A drink of your choice, a dessert and an espresso coffee will complete your meal.
Refreshed from lunch, you'll make your way back to our Colosseum office along with the tour leader to conclude your Rome Segway tour.
We're convinced! There is simply no way as fun and unique as a Segway to enjoy the Via Appia. Your Segway tour starts and finished as our office where a bathroom, Wifi, water and lockers are available for your use.
10:30 am – Welcome and Segway riding training session
11:00 am – Departure from Via Celimentana 30/32
Tour as described including lunch stop on the Appian Way.
3:00 pm – Return to Via Celimontana 30/32.
Rome by Segway / EcoArt Office
Via Celimontana 30/32
Our office is a few blocks walk from the Colosseum on Via Celimontana 30/32.
From the exit of the Coliseum (Colosseo) Subway (Metro B line ) go left on Via dei Fori Imperiali. Reach the traffic light and make a right turn, crossing the street, then turn to your left and cross the street again. The street you see on your right side (Restaurants) is Via San Giovanni in Laterano. Take it, walk straight ahead and turn right at the second street onto Via Celimontana. Two blocks up the hill on the left hand side you will find us at n.30/32
Rome by Segway / EcoArt Office
Via Celimontana 30/32
- Minimum age to ride a Segway is 16 years
- Customers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
- Riders must have the ability to make motions such as climbing and descending stairs without assistance
- Segways are not suitable for guests who weigh under 100 pounds (45 kilos) or over 250 pounds (113 kilos)
- It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
- Please do not carry large bags whilst on the Segway
- Not recommended for pregnant women
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
What to Bring
- Your best smile!
- A good appetite.
- Comfortable shoes.
- To enter Rome's churches, shoulders and knees must be covered.
Tour goes forward, rain or shine (don't worry, if they are needed - we'll bring the poncho's!). If you would like to cancel your tour or modify the date, we require notification at least 72 hours before your departure time. Refunds will not be provided for changes or cancellations made after this time.
What is a Segway and how does it work?
A Segway is a very impressive machine which allows you to cover a lot of ground without the need of exhausting walks for hours! Riding a Segway feels like nothing you have ever experienced before and you will quickly realize that riding one is incredibly easy and fun because it feels like an extension of your own body, you slightly lean towards the direction you want to move and the Segway does all the rest! A Segway tour is the best you can do if you have a limited time and/or want to see as many things as possible. Why? Because you are not inside a vehicle with glass windows in front of you, it feels like jogging around the city without sweating or exhausting yourself! Try it and you will confirm!
We have been offering Segway Tours in Rome since spring 2008 and are therefore the most experienced company of all! All our tour leaders speak excellent English German and Spanish. Upon request we can also offer tours in French, Russian and Hebrew. Our goal is to make our guests have a fun time discovering our beautiful city. We love chatting with our guests and want to offer the perfect mix between sightseeing and enjoying a great time together. Our guests are treated like friends and not like customers.
Can everyone drive a Segway?
To join our Segway tours you will have to meet the following requirements: Riders must be over 100 pounds and less than 250 pounds (46-113 Kilos).Riders must be able to easily and quickly step on and off the Segway without assistance, which requires physical abilities similar to climbing and descending stairs without any assistance or use of a handrail.You must be physically self-sufficient. The Segway is not appropriate for those weighing under 100 pounds (45 kg) or over 250 pounds (113kg). It can be ridden by people from ages 16 to approx. 70. For participants from 16 to 17 years of age we require a waiver to be signed by a legal guardian. You can not take your child on your own Segway! Pregnant women should not do a Segway tour because of obvious safety reasons.
I have never driven a Segway before! Do you offer a driving training?
Do not worry about the fact that you have never driven a Segway before! Around 95% of our guests have never ever driven one! Before every tour we do a very extensive training nearby the office where each single person is assisted and helped until everyone feels 100% comfortable. You will see that is incredibly easy and intuitive to drive a Segway, just give it around 20 to 30 minutes of time and you will be gliding with us with a big smile in your face! (Our easiest tour is the Antique Rome Segway Tour by the way. It avoids narrow alleys and crowded spots)
How fast is a Segway?
Our Segways are speed limited to 8 miles per hour. This can be compared to a fast walk or slow jogging. In some cases we can change the maximum speed to 12 miles per hour, but only if you feel comfortable.
What happens if it rains?
In case of heavy rain before the tour start we will always try to postpone your tour to another day or time. If it starts to rain during the tour you will be provided with free ponchos by us (which you can keep after the tour). The Segway is safe to use even in rain. In the worst case where it rains too strong and you are unable to postpone your tour we will issue a voucher for a free Segway Tour valid for a whole year.
Do you offer private tours?
Yes we do! You may enjoy one of our classic tours or even request a specially tailored one where you decide what you would like to see! Just contact us and we will be glad to help. A private tour costs 150€ per person for a group of 2 partecipants. From 4 or more participants the price is 100€ per person. Departure time can be decided by you.
Where is your office?
We are just a 5 minute walk from the Coliseum subway stop.