Rent a Buzz NEWPeter Hall2024-02-21T10:02:27+01:00
Sightsee Rome with Buzz, the cutest electric buggy!
You don’t have to worry about what you should see or how to get there, it has ALL been done for you, just sit back and enjoy the easy sightseeing! Choose one of three pre-set tours and you are off… if not… go exactly where you please!
It is the first church to be dedicated to Our Lady and it is one of the oldest in Rome.
Its foundation is attributed to Pope Callistus I (217-22) over the spot where in 38 BC a miracle was purported to have happened when oil erupted and gushed all the way to the Tiber. This was later interpreted as the announcement of the birth of Jesus.
“Tiber Island” develops over an area of 270 x 70 meters and was apparently formed, so legend has it, as a result of hay stacks from Campo Marzio being thrown into the shallow waters.
It was chosen as the site for the foreign cult of Aesculapius (the god of Medicine symbolised by a serpent) introduced to Rome from Greece following the pestilence of 292 BC.
It was thus entirely consecrated to that god to the point of also being dubbed Aesculapius’ Island, because of this, it soon acquired a hospital function still true today with the presence of the Fatebenefratelli Hospital.
You are now standing in Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, Knights of Malta square.
The doorway is that of the Villa of The Prioriety of Malta and therefore aside from the rather magical perspective you will be treated to, you’ll experience standing on the grounds of one State while you look over
The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is the true symbol of Rome itself and according to the famous prophecy by the venerable Bede, of its “eternity”. It was built by the Flavian Emperors; its original name is, in fact, the Flavian Amphitheatre whereas the name Colosseum originates in the XIth century inspired by its vicinity to the Colossus of Nero a 33 meter high bronze statue of Emperor Nero.
The original construction dates back to between 27 and 25 BC when Agrippa, son-in-law to Ottavian Augustus, had it built as an offering to the gods for his victory over the Persians.
After burning down in 80 AD it was rebuilt by Emperor Adrian in 125 AD. The round temple topped by a dome very much represents ancient Rome’s answer to high tech. architecture. Superimposing a sphere over a cylindrical base with a structure entirely made of concrete was certainly no mean feat.
Piazza Navona is one of the most beautiful piazzas of Baroque Rome but its history dates back a great deal further. In fact, in Roman times, it used to be the ancient Domitian Stadium built in the first Century AD with a capacity for some 30,000 people lining its full length of 275 meters separated by the width of 106m.
As you sit at one of the bars try to imagine athletics ‘track’ events going on around you because that’s what went on here in Roman times…Depending on how vivid is your imagination things could get a little dusty!!
Trevi Fountain is the epitome of the “Dolce Vita”, in other words the ever swinging, cinema driven, super film star frequented snazzy Rome of the 50’s and 60’s …here’s your chance to throw three coins in the fountain, not forgetting to make a wish to return to Rome, just as the song goes and as Audrey Hepburn did in that epic film with Gregory Peck “Roman Holidays”.
Piazza di Spagna is one of the most famous places on earth and certainly one of the more important in the city despite the many changes over the centuries. The area covers the ancient “Platea Trinitas” (Trinity’s open area), where both the French and Spanish Embassies once took residence.
Perhaps contributing to the name of the Piazza, such illustrious ‘tenants’ influenced the area’s re-styling which gave place to the construction of a number of today’s ”attractions” majestically carried out by some of the greatest artists of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.
The best place to admire the beautiful Piazza del Popolo is to stand with your back to the main gate you can see at the north end, with the obelisk and the two churches in front of you.
The Square was designed at the beginning of 1800th century between 1811 and 1822 in fact, by the French Architect Giuseppe Valadier. The obelisk in front of you, all 34 metres of it including the base, is a tribute to Emperor Augustus victory of Egypt and that’s where it comes from …
You have the chance of visiting the most important church in the world of the whole of Christianity. It all started at the beginning of the 15th century when Julius II decides to knock down the ancient Basilica dating back to the Constantine Era.
It was completed a mere 100 years later, give or take a decade, to include the magnificent dome by Michelangelo and the baroque facade by Carlo Moderno. It was finally consecrated in 1626 and although the Basilica appeared imposing enough, none other than Gian Lorenzo Bernini was called upon to add to perfection.
He must have enjoyed the Vatican’s cuisine a great deal because his work lasted for a brisk thirty years’! True, he did take his time over detail, but after all, the end result was that he managed to capture the exceptional symbolic importance the icon of the Catholic Church simply had to convey, turning it into the formidable spectacle it is today.
Good to Know!
The great thing about driving Buzz is that parking is not only free but also really easy.
You’ve got the best of both worlds … Buzz is considered half scooter and half car… so you get 2 parking options:
Go Where Scooters Park:This parking area has white rectangles (sometimes) and you are free to take up 2 spaces if necessary … Here’s a ‘’secret’’ : if you are not obstructing anything, such as a doorway, a pavement, an intersection, a pedestrian crossing or the entrance to a shop, it is virtually impossible to get a ticket… But please don’t quote us on that FACT: WE HAVE RECEIVED 6 PARKING TICKETS IN 10 YEARS
Go Where Cars Park:You will see continuous blue lines off the pavement /sidewalk where “normal” cars park… they pay you don’t because you’re electric!!!