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Rome tour in a classic FIAT 500

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It was the fourth time I did a getaway to Rome and I was sure that I wanted to do something different. That's why, when I discovered that you could visit Rome in a classic Fiat 500 I didn't think twice: it had to be done!

On Saturday morning we walked down the Imperial Forum, passing through the Colosseum, towards the garage of Rome 500 Experience. Upon arrival, we were waiting for three classic FIAT 500, restored to perfection and that seemed new despite their more than forty years. There was one red, another navy blue and cream and, finally, a bubblegum pink that looked like it had my name written on it.

Start the route!

Alvise explained to us how we had to drive the car, because the interior was totally different from the cars he had driven so far. First you had to put the key in the contact, which was in the middle of the dashboard, and turn it. However, unlike modern cars, the classic Fiat 500 does not turn on just with that, but then you have to operate a lever next to the handbrake.

At the wheel of the Fiat 500

When the car's engine roared, I squeezed the clutch fully, put in first and little by little I released it and pressed the throttle until we started. Alvise was driving the red FIAT, in front of the caravan. Vero was driving the two-color one and I got the pink car in line. The show began!

First stop: the mouth of truth

We pass in front of the Roman amphitheater par excellence and we go to the first stop of the route: La Bocca della Verita. This stone face located in the church of Santa María has been there since 1632. Actually, it is from the Roman era and its usefulness is somewhat uncertain. They say it was the cover of a sewer, part of a impluvium Or maybe a source. According to legend, if you reached in and told a lie, they cut it off. Although that is not proven, Gregory Peck made this joke on Audrey Hepburn during the filming of Holidays in Rome. While we waited for our turn to take the picture of rigor, Alvise showed us that scene from the movie on her iPad.

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Afterwards, we returned to the Fiats and passed by the remains of the Max Circus, the old stadium where the chariot races were held. Today you have to see it with a lot of imagination, because there is only the silhouette on the ground.

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