Many Rome tours are walking tours that can last as long as three hours. If you’re a senior citizen, you may be uncomfortable staying on your feet for that length of time. This article will help you identify from senior-friendly guided tours of Rome and the surrounding areas.
Private Guided Tours of Rome
A private tour, if you can afford it, is probably the most comfortable way to see the city. Because you will be transported in a private vehicle, there will be plenty of room to stow a wheelchair, walker, cane, or any other assistive device. Traveling in the comfort of a luxury car also spares you the hassle of trying to figure out the metro or bus system. Better still, you can customize your itinerary to include the sights that you want to see, and you can choose the length of the tour. A knowledgeable, English-speaking employee will act as both your chauffeur and your tour guide, regaling you with stories of the places you visit.
The Coliseum is one of the few ancient ruins in Rome that is wheelchair friendly. You can arrange for a guided tour that will cover both the history and the architecture of this amazing structure. Wait times to get into the Coliseum can be as long as an hour, so you might want to book your tickets in advance.
Monumental Rome Bus Tours
These Rome tours, offered by Vastour (+39 06 4814309) depart every day at around 8:30 AM. Central hotel pickup is available. The tours last for three hours and give you the opportunity to view famous landmarks such as the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and St. Peter’s Basilica. There are opportunities to get off the bus and explore during these tours, but it’s not mandatory; you can stay on the bus if walking is difficult for you.
Naples-Pompeii Bus Tour
This tour, also offered by Vastour, offers a great opportunity to get out of the city for a day and enjoy other parts of Italy. Tours leave at 7:15 AM daily, with central hotel pickup available. You’ll travel the countryside in Naples, Italy, stopping to tour an ancient factory. You’ll be served lunch, whis is included in the price of the ticket, at a restaurant near Pompeii. The afternoon features a walking tour of Pompeii, the city buried in volcanic ash when Mt. Vesuvius exploded. If you need assistance walking, contact Vastours in advance of the trip to discuss your options.
Rome is an engaging city filled with modern technology and ancient history. There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy it at any age.