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Unconventional Rome and giants murals by bicycle



From the centre to suburbs on the off-beaten path we will visit places connected by giant murals. Not only a murals’ tour: social aspects, history, architecture, anecdotes and a bit of culinary make the experience much more appealing and complete to understand many aspects of the Italian culture.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Italian
Tour by Nicola

Hello I'm Nicola and I was BORN and raised in Trastevere IN THE VERY CENTRE OF ROME. Since I was a child I loved to show my places to friends and visitors and make them feel completely at ease walking in the narrow streets of my city. Today many things are changed…I remember during the 80s when the area was full of handmade workshops, the kids like me were still playing soccer in the streets and you could feel a strong identity of the neighborhood. Nowadays many restaurants and clubs have been opened and the noise of the trolleys on the "sanpietrini" (the typical kind of pavement in the centre of Rome) can be heard everywhere! Anyway A REAL ROME STILL EXISTS and it is exactly this one I WANT TO SHOW you.

I attended the classical high school, I graduated in "Geography" and then a specialization in "Land Management and Valorization of the Territory" at Sapienza university of Rome. The PASSION OF SHOWING MY CITY and its surroundings became a real work almost more than ten years ago when I started to work with the Richmond University in Rome carrying out outdoor activities for the students. At the moment I collaborate also with other American universities based in Rome organizing all the "not touristic" tours. In the last four years I started to carry out private tours for travelers who want to visit the "OTHER SIDE" of Rome creating PERSONALISED ITINERARIES.

I'm a curious and positive person and my background of studies allows me to show you the city from a geographical point of view focusing on a mix of historical information, anecdotes and curiosities involving as much as possible the participants. SOCIAL ASPECTS, HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE, ANECDOTES about Rome and a bit of culinary make my experiences much more appealing and complete to understand different ASPECTS OF THE ITALIAN CULTURE. I'm also a tireless traveler and I am convinced that having spent so much time in contact with other cultures allows me to enter easily in tune with people. During my tours I like to make you FEEL "ITALIAN" and to stop by my favourite places to have COFFEE, a SUPPLI' (ball of rice with mozzarella inside typical of Rome), a slice of PIZZA or a GELATO.

Most of my itineraries are by bicycle or electric bicycle since I've always loved to ride my bike. In recent years I started promoting cycling in Rome with the association Rebike Altermobility, for which I'm the president, most of all through elementary school educational projects.

What is important for me is YOUR complete SATISFACTION and I will do my best to match your needs. If there is something specific you want to visit, to eat or know I will be glad to make it possible, just let me know. Write me also to have any suggestion or advice about Rome and its surroundings, it will be a pleasure to help you.

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  • Testaccio, from a working class area to an hotspot of Roman nightlife
  • Trastevere and its narrow streets
  • Tor Marancia Big City Life project
  • Garbatella neighborhood garden city
  • Ostiense old industrial area
  • Piramide Caestia, guess what was it?
  • The Aurelian walls of Rome
  • The secret spot, probably the most beautiful thing you are going to see ;)

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I like to start the itinerary from a central place of the city: Trastevere neighborhood which is actually the place where I was born. From the narrow streets of this neighborhood, which once were full of artisan shops, we will move to Testaccio area. I will be glad to offer you a coffee in one of my favourite places.

Here a list of what we are going to visit…if you would like to see something specific I will be glad to personalize the itinerary for you.

Testaccio district: from a working class neighborhood to one of the hotspot of roman nightlife

Monte dei Cocci: the first artificial hill in the history

Ex-slaughterhouse: something to visit with me….I have a special access in a fantastic place!

Piramide Cestia: yes in Rome there are pyramids and this is the best preserved

Ostienze district: the old industrial area of the city and today a requalified area with all its murals

Garbatella neighborhood: never heard about? It is structured as a garden city and it will get you pleasantly surprised

Tor Marancia: a real example of a redesigned periphery complex

Aurelian Walls: the walls that surround the city center

We will finish the itinerary riding on the banks of the river

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What’s included & not included

  • Coffee or cappuccino
  • Bicycle

Meeting point

Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere in front of the Blu Ice ice-cream shop (Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere)

Reviews from travellers (1)


Fantastic experience - Highly recommended
I've visited Rome a few times so I was seeking a more local experience so chose this tour. Other friends were arriving into Rome so in the end we were 6 (mid age) women. Nicola our guide could not have been more accommodating, apart from the murals we also wanted to stop and sample some food/wine along our route so he happily incorporated this too into our ride. What we all really loved was exploring another side of Rome away from the tourists and the classic must sees, on this tour we visited exciting and quaint neighbourhoods and saw how the local folk really live and some really fantastic murals! Nicola was informative and we learnt some great information too. Nicola is really easy- going and wants you to have a great experience and each of us, regardless of our cycling skills (from near none to a tri-athlete) had a fantastic time. Do yourself a favor and book this tour, you won't regret it.
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