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It"s Better to Walk Than Drive in Rome

If you're trying to decide on whether to book a bus or walking tour around Rome, this can be a difficult decision (especially when traveling with the elderly or children).
Many tourists begin to plan by searching for driving tours of Rome.
While you may have the idea of sitting comfortably in a bus and taking in the sites as you drive by, Rome is definitely not a city where this is possible without having to stop and explore on foot.
If your goal is to see Rome in depth, you must be ready to walk.
Rome's narrow streets and cobblestone roads reflect the city's time line which is over 2000 years old.
Most alleys and roads are just too tight for a car to even get through, so just imagine a large tour bus! Regardless of the above, there still are companies that offer bus tours of Rome.
However, the usual bus tour will work as follows: An early pick up at the hotel is scheduled.
The bus will then head towards the historic center while a guide explains a few historical facts in two or even three different languages (if you're lucky, at least one of them will be spoken well).
The driver will then try to pull over as close as possible to each of the monuments.
Once pulled over, it is usually required to get off and walk towards the sites in order to access them.
The great advantage behind walking tours is that tourists are guaranteed to learn something about each of the sites visited and are not left with the feeling that they just experienced "drive-by Rome".
Guides also tend to be more enthusiastic, not to mention that the tour will be in only one language.
The groups are much smaller as a rule, creating a much more intimate atmosphere than that aboard a packed 50 passenger bus.
When coming from abroad to visit a city like Rome, why not make it a point to actually walk in the footsteps, literally along the ancient stones where the likes of Julius Cesar marched around Rome planning a massive expansion throughout the east and west.
A bus tour will just not offer the setting and level of understanding that a walking tour of Rome will.
Naturally, it is hard for individuals with certain disabilities or physical limitations to take part in walking tours of Rome.
Handicap access ways are very few and limited.
Some of the archeological sites have uneven surfaces and are on rough grounds.
For such individuals, it is highly advised to contact a local transport company equipped with wheelchair access as these drivers may have specific permits to access certain areas that are closed off to local traffic.


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