After a six week holiday in Italy, my last night in Rome before returning to Australia had to be something special so I booked the Rome Vespa Tour: City Highlights by Night...I was not disappointed. It was a perfect balmy summer night when my guide Valerio promptly arrived at my hotel at 8pm aboard his stereotypically stylish authentic Vespa. Off we went to see this amazing city by night. The beauty of being on the Vespa is you are still able to talk to each other so I got a wonderful 'mobile' history lesson as we scooted around the streets of Rome. Valerio is a very knowledgable guide and took great pride in showing me his city. At all times my personal safety was paramount and it was a fantastic history lesson from a totally different perspective. Rome is beautiful by day but stunning by night. The tour included parts of the city that I hadn't had a chance to see including the Key of Malta, the first road to Rome as well as the standard favorites including the Spanish Steps, Vatican, Palatino, Colosseum. And no day in Italy is complete without a gelato so it was a fitting end to the trip to enjoy a delicious handmade gelato. The three hours went way too quickly but I can't recommend this trip highly enough. It was the perfect way to see one of the world's most beautiful cities, away from the double decker buses, queues, heat of the day and there's something particularly special being shown a city by someone who lives there. This was the ideal way to finish my first time to Italy and I am very grateful to Valerio for being such a fantastic guide.
One of the highlights of my six week holiday to Italy was this tour with a fantastic group of people. At all times safety was paramount and the guides were diligent in ensuring all riders were confident and capable before heading off (mind you a Vespa is very easy to ride but it's all about being safe on the road). Ours was a small group of 7 bikes and after having checked our abilities, the group headed off. I was pleasantly surprised at how long we were actually on the bikes before we stopped for some authentic bread, cheese, ham at a local deli. Back on the bikes for another good length of time before reaching our destination, a beautiful winery for lunch. There we also got a fantastic and informative tour of the winery and learnt how wine is made and stored before it was back on the bikes again. Our guides were fantastic, always ensuring everyone stayed together and that everyone was feeling confident and safe. A few fantastic photo stops along the way provided the perfect memories from the day. I can highly recommend this as a fun day out in the Chianti countryside. Really well organised day that was great fun for everyone.
Highlight of this trip was Burano, a very pretty little town with it's multi colored houses. Murano was nothing more than a visit to one glass blowing place where obviously commissions are made back to the tour company and I have no idea whey we stopped at Torcello as there is virtually nothing of any interest on the island. Wasn't much more than a nice trip on a boat along the canal. You'd be better off getting a taxi over to Burano and Murano and visiting it at your leisure as there was always the element of having to be 'back' by a certain time. Worth it if you don't want to have to be independent.