There are some very frequently asked questions that interest those who have never been to Rome or who have never participated in a guided tour by bicycle or on foot. On this page you will find frequently asked questions, our answers and the most appropriate advice for your needs. For any other questions or clarifications please contact us personally!
Public transport in Rome is managed by atac, you can move on the surface by bus or tram and with the metro (lines A and B in part line C), The metro has stops in the most crucial and important areas of the city, from which it is possible to reach any monument on foot, or even stop just a few steps from some important places. The prices are very low (1.50 euro) compared to the prices of the rest of Italy and Europe with timetables ranging from 5:30 am to at 11:30 pm.
Public transport is a contradictory service between Romans and tourists, we explain in a few lines the differences and why. For the Romans it can often be difficult and inefficient because of the traffic and because of the countless presences of tourists, but the discomfort is based more on a working and time perspective. In reality, tourists find Roman transport more than efficient, especially for the metro. We also remember that Rome not only has monuments visible on the surface, but it is also full of archeological remains in the subsoil, so for reasons of archaeological and monumental conservation it is very difficult to build other extra metros. But the two lines available are absolutely adequate to reach every interesting and fundamental corner of the Eternal City.
A single atac ticket costs € 1.50 and is valid on the entire atac network for 100 minutes (note: each ticket is valid for one metro ride only, but can later be used on buses or trams).
For those who intend to stay in Rome for several days and know they often have to use public transport, there are also daily, 4-day, weekly or monthly tickets.
Tickets can be purchased either at the underground stations or in many tobacco shops (Tabbacchi) or newsstands. Some of the terminus are also equipped with ticket machines.
For each of our tours we have chosen a meeting point that can be easily reached (usually near a metro station) and that is suitable for the tour itinerary. You can find detailed information on the tour page of your choice or contact us for further information.
To find the best tour for yourself, you need to consider three points: First of all, your personal interest – we offer a variety of tours with different themes. Then you have to consider the duration of the tour and the difficulty is very important. In the end of the description of each of our tours we give information about the length of the route and above all on the climbs and descents to be done. For bike tours it is also important to consider personal experience with the bike. While most of our tours take place mainly in the small streets of the historic center, some others involve going on some busier streets. For these tours we give a recommended minimum age for participants.
We generally try not to cancel already scheduled tours. However, there are some situations where tours cannot run regularly. For some bike tours this occurs in severe weather conditions. We do not cancel tours due to a little rain, but with strong storms expected some tours can no longer be carried out in complete safety. In this case we will contact you and try either to move the tours, or find an alternative solution that you may like. Otherwise you will be refunded for the missed tour. This does not apply to walking tours, in which case the tour can also be done in severe thunderstorms, without endangering personal safety that could occur on a bicycle. In case of impossibility of a bike tour, you can choose beyond postponing it, to transform it into a walking tour.
In other cases it may be necessary to slightly vary the tour itinerary (for example due to demonstrations, road works, etc.)
There is no real preparation in this regard, a piece of advice we can give you is that once you have chosen the tour that suits you, it would be useful to read the description provided by us well and why not, maybe do a small extra personal research, in order to have a little knowledge at the time of departure to better savor what our guides will tell you, and on each tour, trust us, there will be breathtaking stories!
Comfortable clothing is recommended when cycling. Rome enjoys the mildest weather in Italy, so every season is subject to very few weather improvisations, but it is always advisable to check the weather forecast to be able to prepare as best as possible (for example hat for the strong summer sun, rain jacket, gloves and scarf for cold and windy winter days.)
Important: During some of our tours it is possible to enter some churches (for example the Pantheon). It is important to remember that most churches require visitors to wear suitable clothing – shoulders and knees must be covered. However, for hot summer days you just need to bring a scarf with you to cover up.
Our walking tours last 3-4 hours and are not extremely strenuous. However, comfortable clothing is indicated. For those who have never been to Rome it is important to know that most of the alleys are not paved but covered with cobblestones, so high or stiletto heels can be very tiring and uncomfortable.
Important: During some of our tours it is possible to enter some churches (for example Pantheon). It is good to remember that most churches require visitors to wear suitable clothing – shoulders and knees must be covered. However, for hot summer days you just need to bring a scarf to cover yourself.