"Enjoy Rome" are an Englidh speaking company that provide useful help and tips for visitors to Rome.
They also organise an exceedingly good bicycle tour of the city. You experience the city in the fresh air, covering larger distances than you could do on foot. And you meet a large group of like-minded travellers too.
The tour lasts three hours! It takes you through the parks of the Villa Borgese, Piazza del Popolo, stops at the Mouth of Truth, heads out for the Colloseum, then back past the ruins of the Forum.
Bike and bike helmets included in the price. I paid in lira but now Italy use the euro, the price is €20.
Not only does this novel little gadget get you there - you meet so many curious people along the way. These three young people were having a ton of fun with everyone on Via del Corso as they weaved in and out of crowds and cars. No problem negotiating the traffic and people - only thing that slowed them down was being stopped along the way by all the friendly on-lookers (including me). This is called the Segway and you can rent one in Piazza del Popolo close to Bar Rosati - with an organized tour or on your own. If you took this for the day I'm not sure how you would lock it up if you wanted to go inside somewhere?? I'll update here when I find out...........
Price 1/2 hour 8 € - 1 hour 15 € - Day 60 €
Oops - OK, guys - we're talking about bicycle models here!
Villa Borghese is huge and you can give those weary feet a break - or at least a peddle instead of a pounding - on one of the bikes available for rent in the park.
I've seen people buzzing all around Villa Borghese in various bikes available from 2 different bike rental locations. The preferred shop is the one on Viale di Villa Medici - just for the neat looking office they have there. People have a great time on these vehicles and, of course, you can (and really should) spend an entire afternoon in the park to enjoy the stunning array of art, nature and archetecture. These people also have the best little maps of the entire park.
Two bike rental locations - Viale di Villa Medici or Viale Goethe
Viale di V Medici has the neatest little office building.
In the nice season you may want to try to rent a bycicle. You can find one in Piazza di Spagna station or in the beautiful park of Villa Borghese. Of course, it won't be so cheap, but it's more reliable than local transports, and will be so pleasant to go around downtown and see so many things you wouldn't notice in a cab or a bus. Plus Rome's subway has only 3 lines that cover the whole city, you would have to walk a lot anyways!
Most of the local Romans use the bike. I see them going through the bumpy cobblestones around the walk way to the Colosseum and the Forum.
If you're walking in Villa Borghese and feel like cycling, then you can rent a bicycle or this kind of "pedalo" and spend a nice afternoon in the villa.