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Scooters in Rome?

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1. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Anyone have any information for scooter rentals? I'm looking to rent a scooter there instead of a rental car. Anyone have any suggestions for it? I heard it's ideal.

2. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

Why don't go walking? Rome isn't that big and you'll be quite happy using the underground to get you from one place to another.

3. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

I don't drive scooters, so that I've never tried personally no one of the following list.

I find on the web:

http://www.ecomoverent.com/
http://www.scooterhire.it/cat.asp?Cat=2
http://www.romeguide.it/FILES/MOTORENT_NUOVO.HTM
http://www.dueruoterent.com/scooter-rental-italy.htm

I suggest you to visit the city at least for 1 day walking, just to have an idea of distances, public transports and TRAFFIC, before renting a scooter.

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

I'd second the walking around first part. Europeans are crazy with their scooters. My friend tells me that on her last trip to Italy, she looked in her rearview mirror to see a guy on a scooter making the sign of the cross before darting out into oncoming traffic. He couldn't see a thing, but went anyway.

All to say - get your bearings first, and a feel for the city - and then see if you want to rent a scooter. Remember that you'll miss a lot of the sights if you're concentrated on the road.

5. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 10y

Quoting tway

All to say - get your bearings first, and a feel for the city - and then see if you want to rent a scooter. Remember that you'll miss a lot of the sights if you're concentrated on the road.

I couldn't agree more! I would like to add that Italians are notorious for their assertive driving and flexibility when it comes to the interpretation of traffic rules. You need to be assertive too in order to be able to "survive" Italian traffic.

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y

You'll need to have nerves of steal driving a scooter in amongst the crazy drivers that is Rome. The scooter drivers tend to enjoy trying to use pedestrians as speedhumps, so you better try and perfect your driving technique so that you don't stand out as being someone with a working brain on your shoulders. I think that 90% of Italian scooter drivers have no right to be driving. The craziness tha most of them cause (along with a lot of the car drivers) is rediculous. Ignoring the red light that in any country I've been to means STOP not GO like Italian's think and the pedestrian crossings meaning giveway to pedestrians instead of go out of your way to run down any pedestrian crossing. Unless you have experience in driving in utter craziness and leathal drivers who don't know what the STOP signal looks like avoid renting a scooter. I walked about a lot, and if you are fit you can do it walking and enjoy it far more than you would driving a scooter in busy Rome traffic or the narrow streets.

7. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 10y

Thank you very much for your recommendations.

I am just entertaining the idea considering that I don't know the relative distances between places.

A couple of our friends who were there in the past year recommended it to us due to some woes about travelling by mass transportation. It works...however, they at times would have wanted to do a bit more excursion on their own at they own pace rather than taking the mass transportation route back and to anywhere.

Regardless, I will most like likely go about it for one day walking and then see if it is needed.

Thanks!

8. Posted by amanecer (Respected Member 203 posts) 10y

Quoting Reinier NL

I couldn't agree more! I would like to add that Italians are notorious for their assertive driving and flexibility when it comes to the interpretation of traffic rules. You need to be assertive too in order to be able to "survive" Italian traffic.

:):):):):):):):)
I totally agree