Rome: Cycling - Mountain Biking
The Eternal City
“Doing as Romans Do, on Two Wheels” - If you love bicycling, Rome hides a surprise for you: beyond traffic and a lot of confusion you can find designated cycling tracks in the heart of the town. Despite bad maintenance of the routes, this outing is worth doing. The best time to cycle in Rome is from May through September, when the historic centre is closed to autos and motorini every second Sunday of the month. If some years ago it was difficult to imagine Rome as a city suitable for bicycles, today it rather seems that bikes are growing as a valid alternative to cars. Be sure to buy a Rome cycling map to avoid getting lost in the bustling centre and always wear a helmet.
Bike rental shops are reasonably priced and can outfit you and the whole family, even supplying bike seats for tots. Hourly rates range from €3 to 4 depending on the type of bike (road or mountain). All day rentals range from €8 to 13. For those bringing their own bikes, repair shops are much more available than they were only ten years ago.
Mountain Biking in Rome
There are also no shortage of opportunities for getting out of the city and cycling around Rome. Mountain biking is popular around the Colli Albani, the hills that surround Rome and provide a gateway to the famous Roman castles. Perhaps the best route passes along the ancient Roman road L’Appia Antica From the Colli Albani, the more adventurous mountain biker can continue towards the famous Castelli Romani, such as Albano, Frascati and Velletri.