Vespa Ride Around Rome
Activity: Rome Vespa Ride. Metro Stop: Ottaviano. Cost: Varies. Hours: 9:45-6:45
This is a great activity IF you have older kids. Make sure everyone wears a helmet and don’t trust any reckless teens to drive. We had a ton of fun, but we own a scooter so we had a lot of practice. If you’re nervous, stick to side streets and try to stay out of the Circle of Death.
Rent Vespa at Rent Scooter Borgo (Via delle Grazie 2) and go for a exploratory Vespa ride around Rome. Use downloaded Google Maps for directions, but also just see where the roads take you.
Note the overlarge white building with the horse and chariot statues. This is the Victor Emmanuel Monument. It is completely over-the-top. The mustache on the king is 5 feet long to give you an idea of scale. The largest statue is over 43 feet long! This monument was part of a push to unify Italy and create a national identity. I like to look at it and imagine what the Roman Forum (you'll see it tomorrow!) used to look like filled with fantastic buildings like this one. In front of The Victor Emmanuel Monument is Piazza Venezia, affectionately referred to in our family as the Circle of Death. The first time we rented a scooter, we ended up in this roundabout.
Watch the traffic for a bit. There are no lines, no right-of-ways, and no rules. It is every man for himself out there. One of the things to embrace about Rome is that it is a little bit chaotic, but beautiful in its chaos. Keep that in mind and please stay safe on your scooter!