As soon I arrived it was clear that Rome offers so much more than I imagined, and our best times were stumbled upon by chance.

For anyone thinking of taking a trip to Italy’s capital (and you should) here’s a list of the 5 Things To Do In Rome that you won’t find in the history books:

1. Take a scooter tour of Rome

It really is as fun as it looks. I was blankly refused a Vespa rental by the first hire shop we found (apparently my total previous scooter experience of “zero” didn’t cut the pesto). It turned out to be the best thing that happened to us on the trip!

Instead, my relieved brother and I ended up on the backs of Vespas belonging to two kind – and hunky – gents from Cooltra Scooter Rentals, who took our booking at a moment’s notice and whizzed us around the city, stopping at the best look out points and zipping between cars and down back alleys so we were able to see as many attractions in two hours as we would otherwise have squeezed into two days.

It is THE best way to see the city.

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Watch the video below: Anna takes a Vespa ride through Rome