Viva la Summer: Rome

July 15, 2009 by

Europe, Press & Publicity, Segway Tours

Editor’s Note:This is the second installment of Viator’s Viva la Summer, a special series encouraging everybody to hit the road this summer and unleash their inner traveler. Each week we’re selecting a “Traveler of the Week” from a featured destination, which earns you bragging rights and a $50 Viator Gift Certificate. Happy summer travels! Last week’s destination? Las Vegas. Next week’s destination? London!

Haven’t heard of Viva la Summer? Here’s the deal – as part of Viator’s celebration of summer 2009, we’re pointing a spotlight at top summer destinations around the world. This week’s featured destination is Rome, Italy (see below for some of our favorite things to do in Rome).

The first order of business: we’re pleased to honor our Viva la Summer traveler of the week. This week it’s Mike and Natalie from the USA. They just submitted this photo taken on a Rome Segway tour outside the Roman Forum. We love the photo, we love the idea of roaming the streets of Rome on a Segway (terrible traffic in Rome? not on a Segway!!) and, yes, we do love their smiling faces. For being selected as Viator’s Viva la Summer traveler of the week, we’re sending Mike and Natalie a $50 Viator Gift Certificate.

Mike & Natalie on a Rome Segway tour

Mike & Natalie on a Rome Segway tour

Viva la Summer, Viva Rome!

Rome is a year-round favorite among travelers, and Viator has more than 75 tours and things to do in Rome to help you make the most of a trip to Italy’s political and cultural capital. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Vatican Tours – The Holy See, central authority of the Roman Catholic Church, and The Vatican City (home to the Pope since 1929) create the foundation of this cultural and religious mecca. With its popularity, an opportunity to gain entry before the public during the Vatican Museums Walking Tour including Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St Peter’s (8:10am departure only) is access nearly impossible to come by. Comments submitted by 1,300+ travelers illustrate why this experience sits at the top of Viator’s top-rated experiences list in Rome!
  • A selection of additional special Vatican Skip-the-Line experiences include the Private Tour: Vatican Museums Walking Tour; St. Peter’s Basilica and Thrones of the Pope Tour; and Vatican Museums Tickets (for those who like to explore on their own). For those lucky enough to plan their vacation around one of the Vatican private viewings – this isn’t a skip-the-line experience but rather a special invitation to visit the Vatican behind-the-scenes, after hours.
  • It is easy to explore much Italy has to offer just beyond Rome’s borders on a day trip from Rome. Destinations and combinations easily explored from Rome include Florence; Capri; Naples and Pompeii; Pompeii and the Amalfi Coast; and Assisi and Orvieto. For longer excursions, Rome is a perfect point of departure for multi-day adventures including the 5-day Best of Italy Trip: Assisi, Siena, Florence, Padua, and Venice; the 3-Day Italy Trip: Naples, Pompeii, Sorrento and Capri; and the 5-Day Italy Trip: Florence, Pisa and Venice.

-Viator Travel Team

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4 Responses to “Viva la Summer: Rome”

  1. Marion Says:

    Another great day trip from Rome is Sperlonga, a seaside resort half-way between Naples and Rome. Sperlonga has a great beach and is a beautiful, picturesque village with white houses and narrow streets.