If you ever fantasized about what a classic alleyway or piazza in Rome should look like, you have already pictured a street in Trastevere. This magical, medieval labyrinth of winding streets with its colorful palazzi and lively squares has maintained its small-neighborhood charm for centuries. Today, Trastevere is the go-to spot for locals for a pleasant evening out among friends at the many wonderful bars, café’s and restaurants lining the picturesque streets. Join us and experience Rome from a local’s point of view on our Trastevere Segway Tour including a typical Roman lunch.
Your tour departs from our office, conveniently located a short walk from the Colosseum. You’ll enjoy a brief and easy training as you discover just how easy it is to learn to ride a Segway! After the 30-minute training session we’ll head towards Circus Maximus. In Ancient Romantimes, this was the site of chariot races. Of course, our idea of a ‘chariot’ takes on a decidedly modern twist as we glide past on our Segways.
Soon we’ll find ourselves in the heart of Trastevere. Aboard our Segways, we’ll explore the area’s characteristic alleyways and pass through the famous squares or piazzas Trilussa, Santa Maria in Trastevere and even Piazza San Cosimato, home of Trastevere’s local open-air market. The area is a pedestrian paradise and most of the areas we’ll visit have been closed off to traffic, making our Segway ride particularly pleasant. We’ll see locals going about their daily lives, crowds of friends meeting up in the piazzas, laundry strung up on lines hanging over alleys, and neighbors calling to each other from their windows. This is the quintessential Rome you dreamed of.
After we’ve had time to soak up the festive atmosphere of Trastevere, we’ll head up to the top of her hill: the Gianicolo (Janiculum). This is the second tallest of Rome’s many hills; from here, the panorama over the city below is simply stunning. With ample time to enjoy the view, we’ll visit Fountain dell’acqua Paola, an impressive monumental Baroque fountain dating back to 1612. Our itinerary has also been perfectly timed to catch a Janiculum ritual that dates back to 1847: daily at noon, a cannon shot is fired in the direction of the Tiber river to signal the exact time. In the past, the cannon shot signaled the belltowers of Rome’s churches to start ringing.
On our way back to our office, we’ll catch a glimpse of Tiberina Island (a tiny island located in the middle of the Tiber River) and the Colosseum before heading to lunch. We have handpicked a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy a typical Roman meal.
At each stop you’ll enjoy a presentation on a personal iPod, which you’ll be provided with at the beginning of the tour. You’ll discover fascinating facts and curiosities about each of the spots you’ll visit in a modern and entertaining audio-visual presentation – created uniquely for this tour!
If you want to visit Rome’s most quintessential quartiere – we’re sure you’ll love our eco-friendly Trastevere Segway Tour! You’ll cover more ground and see more without the effort it would take the cover the same route on foot. All tours depart from and end at our office near the Colosseum where a bathroom, free Wifi, water and caffé are available to all of our guests.
9:30 PM – Welcome and Segway riding training session
10:00 PM – Departure from Via Celimentana 30/32
Tour as described.
1:00 PM – Return to Via Celimontana 30/32.
1:15 PM - Free lunch to enjoy at your leisure.
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!
- Comfortable shoes
- To enter Rome's churches, shoulders and knees must be covered.
Daily except Sunday
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.