Paolo's Private Driving Tours

Family business since 1949.

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Rome by golf cart

The best tour of Rome for grannies and kids! The most innovative and ecological way to tour Rome!

Your tour will start from your hotel, if it's in the center of Rome or within the golf cart's range, or from Villa Borghese.

We'll tour around the city in a lovely, fully open, electric golf cart. We'll silently slip through the back streets of old Rome that even the locals have forgotten about because,  since they can't drive their cars there, they don't go!

We'll be able to stop almost anywhere we like, take all the pictures we want and you'll not even have to step out of the cart to do it! We'll tour all the major highlights skipping the main streets with all the traffic and get from one of the major sites to the next via the quaint, narrow, streets. We'll enjoy looking into the shops as we go and hearing the comments of the astounded people as we go by...

We'll smell the fresh fruit as we drive by neighborhood markets, hear the calling of the vendors, stop for some cappuccino or a gelato and, if you hire me for the full day, I'll also take you for an authentic lunch in some old fashioned trattoria or, if you like, we might even have a picnic on the Old Appian Way. Concluding, the tour of Rome by golf cart, is the best tour of Rome you can get. Not only you see things other tourists do not see, but you'll have more fun touring this way and wouldn't have to walk much so, if you are not so young anymore, you'll be pleased by that. Your kids are traveling with you? If you tour them around by car or walked them around Rome, they'd probably get bored pretty soon, but not when they tour by golf cart! They never want to stop!

I don't have preset itineraries to follow, your tour will be designed just for your, according to your taste and preferences.

Obviously, if you are coming to Rome for the first time, we'll have to stick to the must-see places, but if you already know Rome, or if you can spend some extra time with me, i can take you to some great out of the way places I'm sure you'll enjoy at least as much as seeing the sites everyone sees and knows about. I can take you also on a "theme tour", fond of the Baroque or the Renaissance? We'll go see some great statues, paintings and architecture created by the greatest masters of those periods which the ordinary tourist never finds.

Did you enjoy the movie "Angels and Demons"? we'll retrace Robert Langdon's steps and see all the places you saw in the movie!

A lot of people think that if they want to see works of art, when they come to Rome, they have to go inside museums. Well, that's not really true, Rome is an incredible open air museum and, just walking its streets, or entering some little church, you see some incredible things, but you have to know where to look, and I'm here to point things out to you!

 

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Rome' major highlights in four hours.

This is the tour first timers shouldn't miss. In four hours they'll see the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps.

This tour covers all the major highlights of Rome except for the Vatican, of course. 

Obviously you cannot spend a whole lot of time in each one of these places and you'll not have the time to go inside the Colosseum, but you'll see them all and, at the end of the tour, you'll have familiarized with Rome's layout and history. Those who want to visit the inside of the Colosseum or the Vatican can be dropped off there at the end of the tour.

As said before we'll mostly be driving through the streets of the old city instead of driving the main streets with all the traffic which will give us the opportunity to show you some interesting out-of-the-way curiosities and you'll see what the other tourists miss! The drive though the streets of old Rome itself will confirm to you that you made the right choice when you decided to tour Rome with us by golf cart!

We want our tours to be exclusive and that's why we are not listing all the out-of-the-way places we'll show you, so please excuse us, but they'll have to be pleasant surprises!

You can combine two half-day tours and have a full-day tour. = St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are not part of this tour, but we can drop you of there at the end of our half day tour and, if you like, we will get you a guide to show through the place.

   
View of Rome
 

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Baroque Rome Bernini's Angel

Rome is undoubtedly a Baroque city. The Baroque style rules in Rome like the Renaissance style rules in Florence. The competition between Bernini and Borromini brought them to create incredible masterpieces in the architecture as well as in the sculpture fields and all the other artists who operated in Rome in that period did their best to prove that they were not of any less, consequently Rome is full of incredible masterpieces, the least important of which would be the main attraction of any other town while many of them go unnoticed in Rome! You feel a great emotion when you walk into the old university of Rome and discover the students' chapel, St. Yves', dominating the renaissance styled courtyard with its baroque ellipses and spirals that hypnotize the visitor. What to say then about the ceiling of the church frescoed by Andrea Pozzo? Some incredible masterpieces are like hidden though really obvious only it happens that if one is not told to look in a particular direction or to enter a certain church he just walks by and miss really spectacular sites.

Naturally during this tour we will not ignore whatever is not designed or sculpted in Baroque style, we will point out and comment all the sites we pass by and in other cases visit them. For example when we take you to the church of St. Maria della Pace we will not refuse to enter it because only the facade is Baroque styled and the interior isn't, and neither we will deny access to the adjacent cloister by Bramante just because it's Renaissance styled!

   
Piazza Navona
   

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Ancient Rome View of the Palatine Hill

"Ancient Rome" is pretty generic, the whole city is ancient, but normally it's the area of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Colosseum, that people refer to as "Ancient Rome" and sure enough they're not going to let drive our cute little golf cart in there. The visit of the above mentioned area is done on foot, possibly with a guide, so what's this tour? Well, we take you all around the area that used to be the center of Rome at the time of the Empire and show such places from outside and plus we take you to see the other ruins in the area and we'll drive also on the Old Appian Way.

We drive to the geographical center of Rome, Piazza Venezia, with the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (better known as the "Wedding Cake") and then climb the Capitoline Hill to get a bird-eye view of the Roman Forum and the Capitoline square designed by Michelangelo. We will then continue driving towards the Colosseum and the arch of Constantine and stop for a look around before we proceed to the Aventine Hill from there we'll be able to see the view of the Circus Maximus and the ruins of the Imperial Palaces on top of the Palatine Hill. The tour will also include the Theatre of Marcellus, the temples of Hercules and Portumnus, the "Mouth of Truth", the Arch of Janus, the Tiber Island and the ruins of Largo Argentina, the Portico of Octavia... and whatever else we can fit in depending on how quickly we can move around or how much time you want to spend at each place.

For those who would be interested in seeing a great Panorama of Rome, we would like to present the possibility to ride an elevator to the top of the Monument to Victor Emmanuel II and get the most spectacular 360 view of the Eternal City.

   
 
View of the Roman Forum
 

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Angels & Demons Church of Santa Maria del Popolo

The places mentioned in the book are: the Pantheon, Piazza del Popolo and Santa Maria del Popolo; Santa Maria della Vittoria, St. Peter's Square, Tiber River near Tiber Island (which is really called the island of St. Bartholomew, but no one seems remember that), Piazza Navona, the "Passetto" and Castel Sant'Angelo. I don't think we're leaving something out, or are we? Oh yes! The Tomb of Peter, the Sistine Chapel and the Pope's Private Residence. Well, Benny doesn't allow us to bring visitors to his residence any more, it must be because he found some chewed gum stuck on his chair... Then the Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel - St. Peter's but these need to be done as a separate tour, it takes four hours to see these places.

Here's how the tour goes: we start from Piazza del Popolo and Santa Maria del Popolo church which is where the Chigi Chapel, the one with the "pyramids", is located.

Then we drive to Castel Sant'Angelo, but we'll not enter it otherwise we'd have to make this a full day tour, and we'll also see the "Passetto", the suspended walkway that connects the castle with the Papal Residence. Then we drive to St. Peter's Square to see the "west- ponente" marble mark on the ground. We'll then follow the Tiber River to Tiber Island, we'll stop to take a look and eventually walk on it. Crossing the river again we arrive to Piazza Navona and next to the Pantheon.

Finally we'll visit Santa Maria della Vittoria and see the "Ecstasy of St. Therese". 
The sites will not necessarily come in this order, we'll start or end from the one that will be the closest to your hotel. For example, should you be staying at the Hotel De Russie, which is right across from Santa Maria del Popolo it would make more sense

to start the tour from there, or end it there, after all we're out for a tour of Rome, and not re-enacting the movie.Anyway, as we drive from one of these places to the next we'll be passing a lot of other interesting places which will be pointed out to you and, time permitting, we'll stop to take a closer look and a picture.

Finally, everybody loves Italian ice cream and we promise to find the time for you to have a fantastic one!

 
 
Rome, Castle Sant'Angelo
 

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The Jewish Ghetto of Rome An old house in the Jewish Ghetto of Rome

We drive through the streets of old Rome and finally arrive at the Jewish Ghetto.

Venturing through the streets of Rome's Jewish Ghetto is really a pleasant experience, also for those who are not Jewish. The real Ghetto though, was demolished 1888 because considered insalubrious and "against the humanity", meaning that the place was too bad for humans to live there and the original medieval buildings were replaced by new ones in the early 1900's, but the old streets by which we reach the Ghetto still give you a pretty good idea of what the Ghetto of Rome was like. We drive through the quaint narrow streets the Jews walked on their way home tired after a day's work, when were confined in the Ghetto.

Rome, but not really Rome. The Jews have been a constant presence in Rome since the 2nd century B.C. and never really blended in with the rest of the population. The carried on their traditions and it shows, the first thing one notices are the Kosher shops and restaurants.

Not many Jews live in the Ghetto today. but they still go there to go to the Temple, to shop for Kosher food, to meet with their friends and the kids go there everyday to school!

The Ghetto is a lively, pleasant place where to spend sometime and maybe enjoy the food.

The Roman cuisine is world famous and the Jews have their own version of it. Here is where you can taste the famous "Carciofi alla Giudia" artichokes fried "the Jewish way" which are part of the Roman cuisine.

We will also wonder onto the Tiber Island and cross the river to drive though the Trastevere area where the Jews lived at the time of the Roman Empire and eventually climb the Aventine Hill where the Jewish Cemetery of Rome used to be and we now have the Rose Garden of Rome. From the Aventine Hill you also get a beautiful view of the Palatine Hill and the Circus Maximus and, once there, why not take a look at the famous key hole?

The Synagogue cannot be visited independently from the guided tours scheduled by the institution itself. The golf cart tour can be arranged to permit the visit of the Synagogue and we will plan it so to get there in time for the scheduled tours, but we will need to be advised before we start the golf cart tour.

The Synagogue cannot be visited during the Sabbath and other religious holydays.

 

 
View of Rome's Synagogue. The squared dome in the center.
   

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Rome by night

Rome is spectacular at night, sites like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter's Basilica are even more incredible at night than during the day. Just imagine climbing the Capitol hill and seeing Michelangelo's designed square in a sort of mystical atmosphere and the panorama of the Roman Forum.

If you are lucky enough to stay in a hotel right in the city center, then you may enjoy strolling the squares and streets and enjoy the unique, ephemeral atmosphere Rome slips into at dusk, but if you want more than that, if you want to extend your range and see the sites than aren't within a walking distance from your hotel, then you need to experience the tour of Rome by night in the golf buggy. Especially if you're not staying in a downtown hotel !

You'll be met at your hotel or at the restaurant where you'll decide to have dinner at and you'll be driven around the city for three hours to see all the incredible attractions of Rome all lit up.

You'll be driving the narrow streets and evocative squares and enjoy the fresh air and the shows of the street artists.

The sites that look best at night are: St. Peter's, Piazza Navona, Colosseum, Pantheon, Piazza Venezia, Pincio, Janicolum, Capitol Hill, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps. But it will be the atmosphere that you'll love.

   
   

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