Golf cart tour of Rome, frequently asked questions and answers.

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Do we get any narration or commentary as we tour around?

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The view of Rome from the Pincio Terrace 

                                 

   
Why is touring Rome by golf cart better than driving in a regular car or walking around?
Where does the golf cart tour take us?
When we go on a golf cart tour, do we just drive or do we stop to visit the sites?
Are the golf carts street legal?
We are coming to Rome's port by cruise ship, can we still go on a golf cart tour?
How many passengers can you take in a golf cart?

Do we get any narration or commentary as we tour around?

Do we just drive or do we stop to visit places?

Driving in a motorcade, are we going to be able to hear instructions and commentary ?
Where does the golf cart tour tour start from? The view from the monument to Victor Emmanuel II
Where does the golf cart tour of Rome end?

Isn't it really hot driving around in a golf cart in the Summer?

Golf buggies are not air conditioned, are they ?

How long does the golf cart tour take?

What kind of weather should we expect?

What are the prices for the golf cart tours?
How does one get to Rome from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome by train?
How do you pronounce Civitavecchia?

The view from the monument to Victor Emmanuel II  

 

The view of Rome from the Janicolum Hill

 

Why is touring Rome by golf cart better than driving in a regular car or walking around?

Beats walking and that's for sure! And it's better than a bus tour or a car tour because the golf cart not only takes you to the main attractions, but also shows you parts of Rome that are way off the beaten path for most tourists and that really make you familiar with Rome, its history and the "Roman way of living life".

Touring around Rome in a regular car you can't avoid driving on the main streets with all their traffic, noise and you keep driving back and forth on the same streets. The wide and long, streets that cut through the old city of Rome were built in the 1900's with the intent of keeping traffic off the narrow old streets, but that's what Rome is all about: the narrow streets are Rome. Driving around by car, minivan or bus you end up missing the best of Rome and just see the main attractions where all the other tourists go. We try not to drive on the main streets to avoid traffic, noise, fumes... and other tourists :) !!

   

Where does the golf cart tour take us?

There is no preset tour, the tours listed on the tours page are meant just give an idea of what can be covered in a given amount of time, like what you can see in 4 hours, in a day, on a night tour or if you've already seen all the major highlights. You can design your own tour if you like, with our help if needed. If you don't have an idea of what you want to go see we'll help. You just tell us what your interest is and we'll help you design your tour accordingly. We can take you to see the major highlights as well as the off the beaten track places which not many tourists see. We try to avoid driving on the main streets and consequently, even when your tour is centered on the fundamental sites, you end up seeing a lot of places off the beaten track because that's where we drive!

The chapel of St. Ives by Borromini

When we go on a golf cart tour, do we just drive or do we stop to visit the sites?

The golf cart tour is not just a driving tour!

We will stop at the sites and let you get out of the cart to stroll through the squares, tour the inside of the monuments and churches or to toss your coin at the Trevi Fountain.
During the tour we'll also take you to a great place for "gelato" and for lunch, if you choose to go on a full-day tour.

Are the golf carts street legal?

Yes, the golf carts are street legal. They're equipped with lights, license plates, horns, seat belts and everything else the European laws require for a vehicle to drive on the streets.

We are coming to Rome's port by cruise ship, can we still go on a golf cart tour?

Yes, the golf carts can't drive all the way to the port of Civitavecchia, but you can take the train into Rome or we can arrange your round trip transfer by private car and, once you get to the city we'll come to meet you in our golf cart and we'll take you on the best tour of Rome!

  St. Yves' Chapel 

How many passengers can you take in a golf cart?

The classic golf cart accommodates three passengers plus driver, then we have a "stretched limo" golf cart for seven passengers plus driver. Soon there will be another one for five passengers plus driver.

Therefore for larger groups more than one golf cart will be needed. The additional cars can be driven by a member of the group or we will provide an additional driver. The cost of the additional golf cart for a half-day tour is 60 Euros, for the 6-hour tour is 80 Euros and for the full-day tour it's 110 Euros . The cost of the additional driver for a half-day tour is 60 Euros, for the 6-hour tour is 80 Euros and for the full-day tour it's 110 Euros . .

We'll give all the necessary assistance to those who will decide to drive themselves the additional carts instead of hiring a second driver. The driver of the leading cart who will always make sure they don't get left behind.

 

 

The Ursetta family touring Rome
  The Ursettas

Do we get any narration or commentary as we tour around?

Do we just drive or do we stop to visit places?

You sure do! We make frequent stops and we tell you about the places we drive by or stop and visit plus, we can stop for you to have a fabulous ice cream, lunch or coffee. We'll take you to the best authentic places, not where the tourists go !

 

Driving in a motorcade, are we going to be able to hear instructions and commentary ?

If the size of your group is such that more than one cart is required, all the drivers and the passengers will be given with headsets by which they will be constantly in  touch with the driver of the leading cart who'll be speaking to them via microphone. This has an additional cost: 2 Euros per person for the half day tour and 3 Euros per person for the full day.

   

Where does the golf cart tour tour start from?

We will start from your hotel, if it is located within the center of the city, generally that means not outside of the Old Roman Walls, or at the train station if you're coming to Rome by train from the port of Civitavecchia or anywhere else. For cruisers it would be preferable to start the tour from the "Stazione San Pietro", St. Peter's station, near the Vatican. Please remember that you'll be touring Rome by golf cart with very limited space for gear.

The average driving range for a golf cart is 80 kilometers (50 miles) per day which is more than a full day tour of Rome requires, but does not allow us to drive to your hotel if this is not in proximity of the old city. If your hotel is located outside of the Old Roman Walls maybe they'll have a shuttle service you can use to reach the city center and we'll come to meet you where the shuttle drop you off. If this isn't your case,  we will discuss where the most convenient meeting place for you would be.

The "stretched" golf cart parked in front of the hotel Raphael
  The "limo" in front of the hotel Raphael 

Where does the golf cart tour of Rome end?

At the end of the  golf cart tour you can be dropped off anywhere in the city or at the Vatican. For example, if you want just a half day tour in the morning and you want to spend the afternoon on your own at the Vatican or walking around the ruins at the Colosseum and Roman Forum, we'll drop you off at any of these two places at the end of your tour.

 

The dome of St. Andrew's church and the restaurant "Er Pallaro"
 

Isn't it really hot driving around in a golf cart in the Summer?

Golf buggies are not air conditioned, right?

Rome is hot in the Summer, no doubt about that, but it's hot even if you tour around in a nice air-conditioned Mercedes. We know very well since we've been doing it for decades!

Touring around Rome in a car and making frequent stops to visit places, most of the times you leave the car parked in the sun. If there's a little space for you, you better take it, even if it's in the sun and so, when you get back to the car, it's as hot as an oven! You open the windows as you start driving and,  when the car starts it starts to cool off, you close the windows to let the air-conditioner do its job but, by the time you start feeling the cool air coming, you've arrived at your next stop and you start all over again!

There's always a nice breeze in Rome and the golf carts are completely open so you start feeling a cool breeze as you start driving. The golf cart's roof keeps its seats and their occupants in the shade and the cart is so little that we manage to find a little shady spot where to park it almost anywhere. Finally, please consider the quaint narrow streets we drive are always shady and cool.

  The dome of St. Andrew's church and the restaurant "Er Pallaro"

How long does the golf cart tour take?

As we said before, there are no preset itineraries, consequently there are no preset times for starting or ending the tours. The tour is you private tour and, at the end of it, we want you say it was: My Best Tour !!!

There's a lot to see in Rome and so the shortest tour is four hours, but the best is the full-day tour. If we can go the whole day we can show you all the best of Rome and take you to some great authentic restaurant for lunch!

You can also hire us for multiple days, we can promise we'll always have new places to show you!

Please don't forget we can take you on wonderful excursions outside the city in our nice Mercedes minivans!

 

A modern painter at the Janicolum Hill
  A modern painter at the Janicolum Hill 

What are the prices for the golf cart tours?

Here following are the prices for the golf cart tours. We believe that they are not any steeper than most of the other tours, but we believe they're better we're also sure that at the end you'll say this was: My Best Tour !!!

Prices, total per group, for the golf cart tour of Rome.

Prices are not per person and they do not include entrance fees, meals or drinks.

Group's size

4-hour tour 6-hour tour 7-hour tour 2-hour tour by night
1 to 3 people 270 Euros 390 Euros 450 Euros 180 Euros
4 people 340 Euros 450 Euros 520 Euros 230 Euros
5 to 7 people 390 Euros 450 Euros 590 Euros 260 Euros
Headsets and microphone 30 Euros 40 Euros 40 Euros 30 Euros
         

Parties with more than 4 participants will be accommodated either in the stretched "limo" golf cart or in two carts, depending on availability.

We cannot say until the very last minute if we'll use the stretched or two carts, but we'll keep the price.

For larger parties we will supply headsets for the passengers and a microphone for the driver-guide in the leading cart, so nobody misses the commentary.

Headsets for the clients and microphone for the guide could be needed only  for groups with more than 7 people.

The seaport of Civitavecchia

 

The train station is quite far from the piers where the cruise ships dock but there is a free shuttle service, provided by the Port Authority, that takes you from your ship right to the port's gate. From where the shuttle drops you off to the train station is a 10-minute walk.

The shuttle bus picks you up from the pier where your ship docks and drops you off by the fortress designed by Michelangelo located within the boundaries of the port, next to a "tourist information" kiosk, just a few steps away from the port's gate .

You don't need to go anywhere to catch the shuttle bus, you just need to wait by your ship's gangplank and it'll come by and stop to pick up the passengers.

The shuttle bus constantly runs between the cruise ships and and Michelangelo's fortress.

Should it not be there when you disembark your ship, you'll just need to wait a few minutes.

When you get off the shuttle walk towards the information kiosk and,  once you reach it, walk to your right to face the port's exit.

Walk across the gate to exit the port and you'll se a "Mc Donald's" restaurant on your left. At this point you should be facing the seaside boulevard.

Walk on the seaside boulevard keeping the beach to your right.

It doesn't really matter which side of the boulevard you walk on but maybe walking on the left hand side would be better, since the train station is on the left hand side of the boulevard.

Walking on the left hand side of the boulevard you'll pass by a church, shops, restaurants and hotels, till you'll arrive to a point, just near the "Hotel De la Ville", where the street sort of splits in two to continue in the same direction but on two different levels. Continuing to walk on the upper level of the street you'll arrive directly to the train station and it'll appear to you as shown in the picture on the right.

Walking on the right hand side of the boulevard you'll pass some shops, a merry-go-round and some sort of a tourist market which really isn't always there.

If you walk on the right side of the boulevard or on the lower level of the street, you'll see a sign pointing to the train station. The sign, black letters in white field, says "stazione ff. ss." (in Italian this means State Railroads Station) and it's placed right at the bottom of the short stairway which you'll have to climb to get to the train station.

Please note that if you'll have walked this far on the right hand side of the boulevard, the sign will be on the other side of the street and you'll  have to walk across the street to climb steps and get to the train station.

Once at the train station you can buy your B.I.R.G. ticket (acronym for  Biglietto Integrato Regionale Giornaliero = Daily Integrated Regional Ticket), such ticket, presently (2011) sold for 9 Euros, not only is valid for the round trip from Civitavecchia, but also to ride the buses and the subway in Rome for the day. Its validity is 24 hours.

Do not forget to validate your ticket at the stamping machine in the lounge before you board the train.

You can buy your ticket from the vending machines if you are familiar with such devices or from the ticket office simply asking for "B.I.R.G. Roma".

You can also check the train schedule and buy your ticket on line clicking on this link: www.trenitalia.com.

You can get off the train at St. Peter's station which is near the Vatican if that where you want to start your tour from or at the main train station called "Termini"  if you want to start touring the city from its center. St. Peter's station is very small and it's a lot easier to meet there rather than the huge and dispersive Termini.

The trains from Civitavecchia stop also at other stations in the city, but San Pietro or Termini are the preferable ones for sightseers.

See maps below:

City map of Civitavecchia

Map of the Vatican and the neighborhood of the Stazione San Pietro

 
The shuttle bus for cruisers in Civitavecchia
The shuttle bus  picks you up from  your ship's gangplank and takes you to Michelangelo's Fortress right by the port's gate.
he shuttle bus drops you off by Michelangelo's fortress,

The shuttle bus drops you off by Michelangelo's fortress, in

the grounds of  the port of Civitavecchia, near to the gate out.

The McDonald's restaurant in Civitavecchia

This side of Mc Donald's faces the seaside boulevard. Walk straight along the seafront until you get to the station.

The train station in Civitavecchia.

The train station in Civitavecchia.
This sign points to the train station. This sign points to the train station.

This machine stamps your ticket and validates it for 24 hours.

This machine stamps your ticket and validates it for 24 hours. Not validating it is the same as not having it.

This is the sign you will see arriving at San Pietro station in Rome,

at a walking distance from the Vatican .

      San Pietro station in Rome,

This is the sign you will see arriving at Rome's main railway station, Termini, right in the center of the city  .

      Rome's main railway station
 
 

Civitavecchia is pronounced chee vee ta vek ya or if your are familiar with phonetic symbols, Chēvē-t-vĕky and if you want to hear it, click here: Civitavecchia

 

 

City map of Civitavecchia   ( clicking on the image will take you to Google Maps )

Map of Civitavecchia

Map of the Vatican and the neighborhood of the Stazione San Pietro   ( clicking on the image will take you to Google Maps )

Map of the Vatican and surroundings
 

What kind of weather should we expect?

Hereunder is a chart with the average weather in Rome.

 

Climate data for Rome-Ciampino airport, near city centre (19611990)

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Year

 

Average high C (F)

11.8
(53.2)

13.0
(55.4)

15.2
(59.4)

18.1
(64.6)

22.9
(73.2)

27.0
(80.6)

30.4
(86.7)

30.3
(86.5)

26.8
(80.2)

21.8
(71.2)

16.3
(61.3)

12.6
(54.7)

20.5

 

Daily mean C (F)

7.3
(45.1)

8.3
(46.9)

10.1
(50.2)

12.8
(55.0)

17.0
(62.6)

20.9
(69.6)

23.9
(75.0)

23.9
(75.0)

20.8
(69.4)

16.3
(61.3)

11.6
(52.9)

8.3
(46.9)

15.3

 

Average low C (F)

2.7
(36.9)

3.5
(38.3)

5.0
(41.0)

7.5
(45.5)

11.1
(52.0)

14.7
(58.5)

17.4
(63.3)

17.5
(63.5)

14.8
(58.6)

10.8
(51.4)

6.8
(44.2)

3.9
(39.0)

10.0

 

Precipitation mm (inches)

102.6
(4.039)

98.5
(3.878)

67.5
(2.657)

65.4
(2.575)

48.2
(1.898)

34.4
(1.354)

22.9
(0.902)

32.8
(1.291)

68.1
(2.681)

93.7
(3.689)

129.6
(5.102)

111.0
(4.37)

874.7
(34.437)

 

Avg. precipitation days

9.0

8.8

8.7

8.7

5.8

4.4

2.2

3.2

5.6

7.6

10.9

9.6

84.5

 

Sunshine hours

120.9

132.8

167.4

201.0

263.5

285.0

331.7

297.6

237.0

195.3

129.0

111.6

2,472.8

 

Source: Servizio Meteorologico dell'Aeronautica Militare

 
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