One of my Christmas gifts was a "coffee table" picture book about Italy (the giver knew we were cruising on the Freedom this May). I spent a little bit of time browsing through it this morning, and noticed a couple of photos of horse-drawn carriages -- these particular photos were taken near Piazza di Spagna.
Has anyone taken one of these carriage rides? What sort of cost would someone be looking at -- and how long are the rides (or how far do they go)?
It seems like it would be a charming and romantic way to see some of Rome, but I did a google search and the first site that came up was all about scams pulled on tourists in Rome and how some guy had gotten charged 250 Euro for a 50 minute ride (the scam apparently being he didn't get a set price before the ride). 250 Euro!!??!! That's $325!!! Spending that much would definitely take all the charm and romance out of my system immediately!
Spent a whole day in ROMA, all over the place, and NEVER saw a single carriage. This was in the 1st week of June to boot.
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Hi Terri, we've often seen them around the Coliseum but never actually tried them. They have always looked to be quite busy, so the cost can't be too bad (or the World's gone mad) but definitely know the price up front. Look out also, for additional charges that they may try on, such as photo service or drinks.
If you are staying in Rome, pre or post cruise, then your hotel should be able to offer yuo smoe good deals. Alternatively, you could drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org who boast on the their website (http://www.enjoyrome.com) that they are "the main resource for your Rome travel guide"
have a great time,
Alan & Katrina
Last Cruise: Queen Victoria November 2014
Next: P&O Britannia March 2015
Then: Minerva April 2015
and : Royal Princess August 2015