Essentially, a lot of
people would like to go around riding a scooter in Italy, but most
people don't do it because they don't feel comfortable doing it in
the city. Scooter rentals are in the city, and even if one wants to
rent one to ride in the country, still part of the trip would have
to be in the city. Then, supposing they rent a scooter and ride out
in the country, there are pretty good possibilities that they miss
the best places because they're not familiar with the place.
My idea is to bring the people to the country,
give them a scooter to ride and lead them around to the most
interesting places. I do guided tours in the countryside, providing
scooters, guidance, and any kind of assistance needed, including the
possibility of doing the same tours by car in case of rain and hotel
I've always wanted to
show people the area where I live and I've always liked to ride a
motorcycle or scooter.
I started to take people around this area when I first moved
here from Rome, about 17 years ago. The first people I showed around
here, were my Roman friends when they eventually came to visit
me. They enjoyed it so much that it made think that, if though
they were indigenous and they had a pretty good idea of what they
were going to see they had a great time, then maybe a tourist from
abroad would have enjoyed it even more for everything would be more unusual
and surprising to him.
The first opportunity came, several years ago, when a couple from
USA hired me for
a week. I took them to all the famous places and finally they had
one day left that was open, no plans.
I proposed to them to tour in my area, off the beaten path:
Fiuggi, Trisulti, Alatri and Fumone. I was hesitant to
to make this proposition and I must have not sounded too convincing,
though, There's a big
difference between taking paying customers on a tour and showing
friends your place! In fact they declined the offer and said they would
have just strolled in the streets of Rome taking it easy. I was
surprised when they later changed their mind and called me in the
evening saying they decided to go on this tour.
Well, to make a long story short, at the end of the day they told
me it was the best tour of their whole vacation!
I was so happy and felt so confident, that since then I
started to advertise this tour on my website. It has been selling
well ever since and, in spite of the fact that most tourists don't
stay in Rome long enough to have time to go on a country tour, I still get to do it
quite often and always with very satisfied clients.
I only did this as a driving tour so far, Trisulti is a little too far for a scooter day trip
from Rome. Especially because you have to ride through the city of
Rome part of the trip and when you have people who are not well
experienced riding it in traffic, that can be really unpleasant for
them. Therefore every time I was asked to do this tour from Rome by
always suggested instead to go tour the Roman Castles and/or Tivoli
which are much closer to Rome. But it's pity, because this tour is
much more enjoyable by scooter. Even going on shorter trips though,
the problem has always been the city part, getting out and then
getting back in. That's why I thought that if I wanted to people on
scooter trips, the city part needed to be eliminated, the trip had
to start and end in the country. Consequently what I had to do was
buy the scooters and I keep them at my place. Scooters are so
popular here. You see them all over in Italy, they're the most common
means of transportation, everybody has one.
In the cities you see
girls wearing stilettos and business men in suits and ties riding
them, so the tourists end up being attracted and want to try riding
Driving in the city with my clients, noticing the scooters whizzing
by, I've often heard them say: "I'd like to try one!". But when I asked if
they were serious the answer was always "Not in the city!".
It has also happened that my clients stayed in Segni. The first
time it was a family that booked an apartment in Rome but the agency
messed up with their reservation and they couldn't find another
accommodation in Rome. In July the city is packed! I got them rooms at "La Pace", they stayed in
Segni for a week and loved it. Another time it was a group of two
couples who were going to stay in Rome for three nights but they
only had rooms for the first two. So they stayed in at "La Pace"
their third night and it worked out well because the final day I had
to transfer them to Florence and it was a lot easier going from
Segni than from Rome because we didn't have to drive through Rome's
early morning traffic which can be really horrible. And of course
"La Pace" cost them a lot less than the hotel in Rome did: 65 Euros
instead of 240!
after all these experiences, I decided to buy three scooters to keep
at my place and use them to take people on scooter tours starting from Segni.
This doesn't mean that if one wants to go on a scooter tour with me
he has to stay in Segni, not at all! You can stay in Rome if you
want and transfer to Segni for the day. I can send one of my
collaborators to pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to my
place and from there we would start the tour and than we would
transfer you back to Rome at the end of the day. Wanting to save
money, you can reach Segni by train, you would have to take a train
from Rome's main train station, Termini, to Colleferro or Anagni.
Both of these places are only a few minutes drive from where I live
and the train ride is only about 50 minutes.
best would be to spend at least one night here.
most of my clients stay in Rome three or four nights and the first
two days they spend touring around the city of Rome (usually with my
help) then the third day I take them to an excursion in the country.
Finally they move to Florence or the Amalfi Coast. I
thought that the third night could be spent in Segni, adding maybe a
fourth or fifth night (the cost for two nights at "La Pace" would
still be about half the price of one night in a similar hotel in
Rome) and do the tours in the countryside from Segni instead of
starting from Rome. This way one would also get an idea of what the
country of Italy is like and not only the big cities or the most
famous tourist attractions!
You might wonder why I live in Segni. Well, this
is where my mother's family came from and when, back in 1990, my
landlord wanted back the apartment I was renting because she needed
it for her son, I decided to move to the country and chose Segni
because I was very familiar with the place since, when I was a kid,
often I spent my summers over at my grandparents'. The picture on
the left shows their place, top floor right on the town's main
street! Why I decided to move to the country? Because my wife had
just told me, the same days I learned I lost my apartment, that she
was pregnant and I thought the kid would have lived better in a
small town than in Rome.
Just in case you shouldn't find
the accommodations in
comfortable enough for you, or if they shouldn't have availability
there, Fiuggi offers lots of good hotels and
the most famous of these is the
della Fonte, an incredibly luxurious
5-star hotel with all the possible comforts, including a golf