Tour Spotlight: Rome Historic Center Segway Tour

Posted by Monica on February 10, 2012

 

Rome’s Baroque period was born at the height of Catholicism in the 17th Century. The style is still seen today in domed churches, sculpture fountains and grand piazzas. Visit the monuments that best represent the period and approach them by the Rome Historic Center Segway Tour.

Come together at Piazza Farnese. The square’s dominating Palazzo Farnese is a perfect backdrop for the Segway training. Travelers are given a 30-minute orientation before starting the tour.

Campo de’ Fiori can be found next to the square. It’s not exactly a ‘field of flowers’ as it means in Italian but an open-air fruit and vegetable market which used to be a meadow back in the Middle Ages.

Proceed to Piazza Navona considered as the lounge or the living room of Baroque Rome. Masterpieces like the Church of Sant’Agnese and the Fountain of the Four Rivers are erected here.

Move along the Italian Senate building and discover the Pantheon, a result of ancient Roman architecture and modern alterations. Speaking of incorporating ancient and modern styles, the Borsa bank in Piazza di Pietra does this to a tee by absorbing the column facade of Tempio di Adriano or Hadrian’s Temple built in 145 AD. Travelers will visit the Piazza before getting to Trevi Fountain, if pedestrian traffic allows it.

World famous Trevi Fountain is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome with almost 20 meters in width and 26 meters in height. At the center, Neptune steers a chariot drawn by sea horses, conveying power and movement. The fountain is the end point of the Acqua Vergine aqueduct, built in 19 BC.

Head next to Montecitorio, a building that was rebuilt several times due to its changing functions. It is currently the seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and contains paintings by De Chirico, Boldini and Campigli. An illustration of the Marriage at Cana is also housed here.

Afterwards, travel through Via dei Coronari, a street of Roman Antiques, to reach the mysterious Castel Sant’Angelo, a cylindrical building commissioned by Hadrian as a mausoleum. Before its present state as a museum, it was a fortress and a prison. The Ponte Sant’Angelo connects the building to the city center, lined by Baroque angel statues sculpted by Bernini.

Go to Via Giulia and cross Ponte Sisto to enter Trastevere. Find Santa Maria, which historians believe is the first church to openly celebrate mass. The tour would come in full circle after.

It was a really nice experience. We have seen many things in a fun way in just 2 hours and half. The Segway is very handy to use and simple for adults and children such as for my daughter and I. The only observation I can make is that we could have had a more detailed explanation of the monuments in Rome, but over all I would suggest it to everyone!! – Francesca S of Italy (Translated from Italian)

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