La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

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by Annie Ojile

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Just some good-looking Italian men gearing up for a tour. All photos by Nicolee Drake.

A few months ago in Italy, Fathom founder Pavia Rosati sat on the back of a Vespa for a very Dolce Vita tour of Rome with Scooteroma founder Annie Ojile. The Scooter Maven’s love of Rome is contagious, and a fast friendship was born, and we wanted to know more. About how she fell in love with Italy, how she made a career on two wheels, and became the ultimate concierge on two wheels.

ROME – I’m am Italian-American Minnesotan who studied in Milan and fell madly in love with Italy — the language, the culture, and the people. (I did not, like so many other women who come to Italy, initially fall in love with a man, or else my love affair with Italy wouldn’t have lasted very long.) I moved back to the United States and kept my dream of moving to Italy tucked away, promising myself «One day I’m going to do it.»

And one day, I did. And two years after moving to Rome, I drove my first motorino during Friday rush hour. I thought that if I could survive that I could have a future on two wheels, and it was only a matter of time before I was leading Vespa tours of Rome and my travel company Scooteroma was born and I christened myself «the Scooter Maven.» But even the Maven is humbled every time she rides around the Colosseum.

One hot summer day years later, walking into a hotel to pick up clients for a Vespa tour, I met Giovanni Nerone. He had spent his entire career in the tourism and hospitality industry, as head concierge at Rome’s five-star Exedra Hotel and Hotel de Russie. He saw the stars-and-stripes helmet that is always tucked under my arm when I go on foot and asked me where I was from. I proudly told him I was from Minessota and he asked me, «Can you tell me how Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura was elected governor?» I thought this guy must be smart. (He is: The smartest person I know, he reads three newspapers a day in three different languages.)

Our first date was a Bruce Springsteen concert in Rome. At midnight, I turned 34 and in early 2011, we got married and merged our expertise, Giovanni becoming the Mr. G to my Maven. We are so proud of what we have created, giving our clients an American sensibility with Italian flair. Clearly I’m biased but I think there is no better way to experience the beautiful, exciting, and outrageous daily happenings in Rome than on two wheels.

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La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

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La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

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La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Giovanni, a.k.a. Mr. G., husband to Annie, a.k.a. the Scooter Maven.  

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

The Queen of all roads, the Appian Way, is one of the oldest roads in the world.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

There’s always time for a pit stop for a caffé, croissant, or gelato.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Mr. G and the Scooter Maven with clients on the Appian Way.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

The proper way to drink from a nasone.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Roman guys just look so cool. Especially with their vintage wheels.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

You’d smile too if you had Annie’s job.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

A gorgeous sunset view from Gianicolo Hill.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Cruising along a beautiful, tree-lined street to Gianicolo Hill. 

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

The Scooter Maven is from Minnesota, and she wears her stars and stripes helmet with pride.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

An action shot on a group ride.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Scootering up to St. Peter’s Basilica.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Scooteroma street shot! Driver Valerio and the Scooter Maven lead the way.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

The countryside in the center of the city: You can even spot some sheep grazing in the fields. Yes, this is Rome, too. 

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Scooteroma takes you to the places you’d never find on your own.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

An open road and a pack of Vespas. Would you believe this was shot around the corner from the Vatican?

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Look around: Beauty abounds in the Eternal City.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

The impressive Fontana dell’Acqua Paola was built using recycled marble from the Roman Forum.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

The Pantheon is the best preserved monument of Ancient Rome. This happens to be Annie’s favorite place in the world.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

At Scooteroma, it’s all in the details.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Learn all about the domes of Rome and the history of Caput Mundi.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Approaching the Colosseum on a tour with Scooteroma.

La Dolce Everything: Rome on Two Wheels

Mr. G giving commentary while his partner in crime Annie is cracking up in the background. What a team.






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