The most beautiful, famous and exciting views of the Ancient City
Would you like to experience the charm of Rome, the Eternal City, but traffic, bus and crowd discourage you? Would you like to know the history and secrets of Rome, but thinking of long walks in the sun and not being able to have enough time to visit everything scares you? We at Leading Roma have created a simple, pleasant, yet interesting bike tour named red tour, full of trivia and history.
Our bike tours will guide you through the historic sites of the Ancient City, showing you the most beautiful, famous and exciting views.
Rome, the eternal city, metropolis with timeless charm, a mix of history and wonderful modernity.
Very often simple words are not enough to describe the greatness of this beautiful city in a comprehensive way.
We at LeadingRoma strongly believe that Rome is the ideal city to bike around to enjoy its historical and landscaped beauties, using a transport that combines practical with respect for the surrounding environment that is by no means a particular to be overlooked.
We will start our bike ride from Piazza Farnese, which is named after a well-known character, Cardinal Alessandro Farnese, who demolished in 1514 all the houses in favor of the construction of a magnificent palace.
Then we will go to Via Giulia, designed by Pope Julius II, crossing the heart of the city.
Next we will cross Ponte Sisto, built between 1473 and 1479 to allow the crossing of the Tiber River to Pope Sisto IV. The bridge perfectly connects the two banks of the river, between Via dei Pettinari and Piazza Trilussa, the fourth stop of our tour.
Located in the heart of Trastevere, Piazza Trilussa, in addition to its historical value, is a gathering point for young Romans. Dedicated to the Italian poet and writer of the 20th century, on one side of the square there is a bust with some of his famous verses.
We will then visit the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, the most important religious site in the area. Dating back to the 4th century, it is characterized by a magnificent façade, dominated by a mosaic, in perfect state of preservation. Inside there are also relics, including those of San Giulio, San Callisto I and Pope Innocent II.
Then we will go straight to Via Garibaldi, called the Hero of the Two Worlds in 1871, and we will arrive at San Pietro in Montorio. The legend tells that the apostle Peter was crucified on the site of the church of St. Peter in Montorio. Until 1797, this place of worship hosted one of Raffaello’s most beautiful works of art, the “Transfiguration”, which was later brought to Paris by Napoleon, from which it returned in 1816. Today it is kept in the Vatican Museums.
Just at the end of Via Garibaldi we will meet the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola, the most commonly called “Fontanone del Gianicolo”. This is the terminal exhibition of the aqueduct of acqua Paola, restored between 1608 and 1610 by Pope Paolo V.
We will go up to the hill of the Gianicolo, a Roman hill, which is not part of the 7 historic hills. It reaches a height of 88 meters and offers one of the most exciting views of the city.
Right in the center of the main square there is a statue in honor of Giuseppe Garibaldi and, along the promenade of the Gianicolo, we will also meet the statue dedicated to his wife, Anita Garibaldi.
Continuing, we will find a wonderful Lighthouse, the Gianicolo Lighthouse.
Built by the architect Manfredo Manfredi, the Lighthouse has a very important historical value as it is located where defense battles for the Roman Republic took place in 1849.
After our walk on the Gianicolo, we will go to Ponte Principe Amedeo, a bridge called the viceroy of Ethiopia Amedeo of Savoy, and we will arrive at Piazza dell’Oro. The name derives from the homonymous Dell’Oro family and the square seems to arise right at the ancient Sanctuary of Dite and Proserpina.
We will return to Via Giulia and finish our tour at Campo de Fiori, one of the most unique and typical areas of Rome.
According to the legend, Campo dei Fiori owes its name to Flora, lover of the great Roman warrior Pompeo.
Nowaday, Campo dei Fiori has two different moments throughout the day. During the morning there is a lush open market where you can hear the bloodshed of Roman merchants selling fruit, vegetables and typical products. At night, instead, Campo de Fiori becomes a meeting point for hundreds of young people looking for entertainment, thanks to the presence of numerous and welcoming venues.
Not just worldliness though. Campo de Fiori is also history and art, with its many palaces that adorn the great surface, and the statue dedicated to Giordano Bruno, burned on the rocks on February 17, 1600, right in the center of the square.
Experience all the wonders of Rome by bike with our bike tours, make a unique experience, biking through wonderful places full of history, forgetting stress, traffic, and busy public transport!