Your Segway adventure starts by meeting your tour leader in central Rome, where you’ll receive an iPod with audio-visual summaries that provide information about the sights you’ll see along the Appian Way (Via Appia Antica). After an orientation and practice session to get familiar with your electric 2-wheeled Segway, take off through Rome’s historical center.
Following your tour leader, pass by the Colosseum and glide up Caelian Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome, to see the Baths of Caracalla (Terme di Caracalla), which date back to 212 AD. Arriving at the Appian Way, pause to check out Porta San Sebastiano, a gate that marks the start of the ancient road. While you cruise along the cobblestones, try to imagine the 2,000 years of history that surround this fascinating place.
As you listen to your historical audio commentary, learn about Spartacus, who was crucified here with his army, and about the old Roman catacombs. Stop for a photo op at the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, supposedly located on the site where St Peter had a vision of Jesus Christ, and continue along the road to Capo di Bove, an archaeological site from the 2nd century.
From here, head back toward central Rome, stopping at a local restaurant for a 2-course lunch of Italian dishes such as lasagna or cannelloni (see the Itinerary for a sample menu). A glass of wine, beer, water or soft drink is included. Your tour then ends upon your return to the starting point.
Note: This tour operates on Sundays, as that’s the only day the Appian Way is closed to traffic. The order of sights suggested in the description may be subject to change on the day of your tour.