Rome by Segway Tour Review

by Zhiqiang & Tingyi on September 25, 2010 · 8 Comments

Rome is a very large city and its key attractions are all quite far apart – about 10 minutes by foot even with the Metro which has only a few stops. To see all these key attractions within half a day and in a fun relaxing manner (no tour groups with guides herding you around like cattles into souvenir shops), your best bet had to be via a Segway tour. For €75, you will get a 3-hour tour of Rome’s greatest sights e.g. the Colesseum, Roman Forum on the Imperial Rome Segway tour.

Rome By Segway Tour Italy

The tour starts at 5pm and if you have sufficient numbers, you can even get a private tour for your own group. The tour group is kept at a maximum of 8 participants so you can be assured of constant attention from the guide. Participants are advised to arrive about 30 minutes before for the training session. Understandably so, there is a certain degree of apprehension among first-time users of Segway – how can a 2-wheel device support and move me along this 3-hour tour?; will i fall?

The Segway has an in-built gyroscope – the type of device used to support a helicopter to hover in mid-air; simply put without the scientific/engineering jargon, how it works is it will counter-balance your movement on top of the Segway. Of course, it only works to a certain extent so there are still certain rules to follow when using the Segway. It is a very heavy equipment and it is very sturdy and can handle most terrains e.g. slopes, sandy, grassy. Pay attention to the guide’s instructions during training and you should be able to pick up the skills to ride a Segway within 10 minutes after a few trial rides. It’s even easier than riding a bike.

From the RomebySegway’s office at Via Ostilia, you will be doing most of your trial runs at a nearby park. Once the group is comfortable with handling the Segway, off we go for our tour!

Rome By Segway Tour Italy Training Park

Once you arrived at a particular destination, the guide will provide a quick brief of what this place is about and then refer you to the ipod touch which contains a video and audio guide of the history of the area. There are visual reconstructions of what this place looked like a few thousands year ago. Some parts of the historical narration could be a bit dry but you can always fast forward. Or you can choose to walk around the area without the ipod. The guide will give you a few minutes to linger around and when the group is ready to go, he will lead the way to the next place. Very free and easy with no rushing and stress.

Rome By Segway Tour Italy Audio Guide

There are a number of road crossings with and without traffic lights – for those crossings w/o traffic lights, the guide will make sure the road is clear before letting you go through, ensuring safety at all times but you still have to be alert especially for cars turning the corner and worst still, if you panic and Segway refuses to budge because you are not riding it right. There are also a number of steep downhill slopes along the way – the trick is to control your speed and maintain your posture (don’t lean too much forward or you will speed up downhill).

Rome By Segway Tour Italy Colesseum

Follow the guide’s instructions at all times, grasp the basics of how to control your Segway and you will be on your way to a very fun and educational tour with Rome by Segway. There are lots of photo opportunities along the way too and stop your guide anytime you see something interesting e.g. we stopped our guide for a group photo in front of a huge ruins (see picture above in the middle) – that’s actually the Trajan market – it used to be the shopping mall of the Romans a few thousands years ago.

For a bird’s eye view of the route we took around Rome with the RomebySegway tour, check out:

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1 caroline September 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

i tink ur family realli njoyed urselves during e trip! tot Segway quite ex rite? so interesting!

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2 Tingyi September 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Yesh!! We did enjoy alot! My sis fell down a couple of times and got herself lots of bruises! :P

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3 Apartments September 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Hey, it is indeed becoming very frequent to have guests requiring information about segway.
Thanks

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4 Rome October 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Rome is a city so rich in history that you almost have to divide your sightseeing into at least two sections: ruins of ancient Rome and everything else.

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5 Brankica December 24, 2010 at 8:17 am

I have been in Rome many times, but never tried Segway. I saw many tourists riding around but I guess I have never though of trying it.
I think it would be great to make a big tour with them and then do it once again, slowly on foot :)

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6 abfari January 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for the review,We did enjoy alot!

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7 dubarter January 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm

great review i enjoy,I saw many tourists riding around but I guess I have never though of trying it.

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8 Rich Davies October 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I’ve never thought you could tour a city using a Segway, it looks amazing and a good alternative to those crowded guided tours! I’m hoping soon to tour Europe by rail, and will definitely make a stop off at Rome.

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