Renting a bike in Rome

Getting around Rome by bicycle

First things first: Car traffic in Rome is crazy, so riding a bike in Rome should be attempted only if you’re used to biking in city traffic.

That, or stick to renting a bike in the Villa Borghese park, or one to explore the Via Appia Antica on a Sunday (when that road is closed to motor vehicles).

OK, on to the details. You can either join a bike tour, or rent your own bicycle in Rome.

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Renting a bike in Rome

Always on a Sunday
On Sundays, though, when traffic is relatively light, renting a bike or a Vespa can actually be pleasant. In particular, I enjoy biking the Appian Way on Sundays, when its closed to traffic (though you'll want a mountain bike for this, given the massive ancient flagstones).

Frustratingly, Rome's municipal bike sharing program (, launched in 2009, was poorly run and went bust.

Rome's mayor is promising to relaunch a similar program for 2016 (a Julibee Year in Rome); let's hope so. You can keep up with the latest news at the blog dedicated to the program's ups and downs run by a local Rome cycling group:

At least there are still private bike rental outfits, including:

  • – Among the cheapest (though full-day only, and you have to book ahead online); near the Colosseum.
  • (tel. +39-06-482-8443) – Three central locations: Via Viminale 5, Via Cavour 302, and Via del Bottino 8
  • (tel. +39-06-4543-3789) –  Two central locations: Vicolo San Nicola De Cesarini 4 (near Largo Argentina) and Vicolo della Renella 95a (Trastevere); also rents scooters and Fiat 500s.
  • (tel. +39-06-8892-2365) – At Via di San Paolo alla Regola 33 (near Campo de' Fiori)
  • (tel. +39-06-488-2893) – A few blocks beyond the Colosseum at Via Labicana, 49; Higher end bikes with higher-end prices.

The cost for renting a bicycle in Rome are pretty standard across most companies: about €4–€5 per hour or €10–€15 per day.

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How long does Rome take?

Planning your day: Rome wasn't built in a day, and you'd be hard-pressed to see it in that brief a time as well. Still, you can cram a lot into just a day or three.

To help you get the most out of your limited time in the Eternal City, here are some perfect itineraries, whether you have one, two, three, or four days to spend in Rome. » Rome itineraries

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