A night with Rome River Tracks!

A few weeks ago i recieved a lovely message on my blog Facebook page from a fan who invited me to take part in an evening on the tevere river here in Rome with River Tracks.

His name is Domenico also an Expat here in Rome and last year he and his girlfriend Simona started an event here in Rome called Rome Tram Tracks! And just recently this summer they started River Tracks.

“These are evening excursions around the city with an aperi/cena, unlimited wine and a live concert (rock / pop, not too heavy / not too soft , Italian / American ” He told me.

I have to admit i was quite excited and intrigued at the prospect to experience a night on the river with them and see for myself what the evening would hold.

So yesterday evening me and my friend Angela headed to the meeting point for the boat along the banks of the river near isola tiberina.

The banks of the river were full of people enjoying the summer markets which stretch along for what seems like miles. You can buy many things here including food, clothes, bags, jewellery, etc and is something fun to do i the summer months.

It wasn’t to difficult to find the hostess who handed us our tickets before we waited with other excited passengers for the boat to arrive. There were a mix of Italians and expats and even a couple with a 6 month old baby which made me think that perhaps my Peanut would have enjoyed the adventure to.


The boat was a little late in arriving but it gave people who were late time to arrive and get their tickets.

You knew the moment the boat was coming as you could hear the music playing and see the people waving and smiling as the boat began to dock.

We were greeted very warmly before being ushered into the boat where tables were laden with cold food for us to eat. I loved the touch of the record name place setting telling us where to sit, something we were told we were allowed to keep. It really did feel like a party atmosphere from the moment you stepped onto the boat and you couldn’t help but smile and get in the spirit.


The food was pretty nice, starting with a cold pasta with pesto and a selection of cheese, a type of quiche, little rolls, prosciutto and a few other things. It didn’t make you feel to full but was enough to keep you satisfied for the evening ahead.




This is when the wine began to be poured into glasses and you had a choice of red, white and also water.

I noticed right away that your glass was topped up quite quickly as the music began and they began to sing a mix of English and Italian songs.

I have to say when a song popped up that you knew and this was pretty much all the time you couldn’t help but sing along to.

And you were encouraged to sing along as you ate your meal as the hostesses continued to refill glasses and dance their way along the boat.




I have never been on the river tevere before so it was very exciting also to watch outside the window as we began our journey.

I also liked the fact they told us they couldn’t be to loud until we passed the hospital on the isola tiberina which didnt take more than 5 minutes.

Once the food was eaten we were invited to go above onto the upper deck if we wanted to where the guitar player was standing and enjoy the view.

I did have to say ‘wow’ once i made my way up there with the river stretching out before me as another song began with the party, happy atmosphere overflowing. There were some incredible views from the boat and of course i had my camera with me for just such an occasion.









The singer followed us up onto the deck singing the whole time as people began to dance, chat, drink and take in the amazing views. It did get quite busy up there but there were plenty of benches to sit down on and the slight way of the boat you didn’t really notice.

We past the markets on the river banks leaving them far behind, with people occasionally waving to us from bridges and the bank. Soon we were passing San Pietro, until we could see Castel Sant’ Angelo on our left.

Here the boat docked as the singer and dancers made their way onto the bank to have a boogie and invite us to join them and join in!


Quite a few people got off to dance while me and my friend had a dance on the deck of the boat as onlookers from the road and banks watched. The music and the boat was attracting a lot of attention from passing people and others on the bank.

But you felt so swept away with the music and atmosphere you didn’t care who was looking as you boogied away.

Then it was back on the boat to dance and sing some more as the boat began to move again and the wine glasses were refilled!






The fun was never ending as more songs were sang and everyone joined in as they took photos and selfies as the sun began to go down.

It was even more magical as the lights everywhere started to come on and brighten the gathering darkness as we headed back up the river the way we had come.








We could see the lights of the market and knew our time on this wonderful evening had almost finished so it was time for a few photos of the lights and a quick selfie.



I headed back down stairs to the band to take some quick photos while everyone was standing above and in the process got another lovely photo of the singer! My friend Angela danced all the way down the boat as she was stil enjoying the evening so much.




Then it was time to disembark and lots of warm farewells from everyone as we left it felt like you were leaving an evening with friends. I loved the little badge we were given as well as a souvenir of the evening.

I really enjoyed the evening and it was a pleasure to have such an amazing adventure that we were still buzzing from the night on the way home. Huge smiles on our faces and a real feeling of fun and enjoyment from both me and my friend.

I even stopped to take another quick photo of the night market as we crossed the bridge.



If you want a really fun and unique evening out in Rome this is the one for you!

I can be quite a shy person but this River Tracks evening had me singing and dancing and really enjoying the whole evening. Everyone was friendly and it did really feel like an evening with good friends and a magical way to see and experience the river Tevere here in Rome.

I would recommend this excursion to anyone who wants something a bit different and who wants alot of fun, wine and song!

If your interested in an evening out with them you can book on the Tramtracks website: http://www.rometramtracks.com

Im quite tempted now to persuade Alex that we need a night out experiencing their other evening out called Tramtracks and see if he will book some tickets!

(Tram Tracks is on a historic Roman Tram and drives past many of the city’s most beautiful sites – San Giovanni, Terme di Caracalla and a 15 minute stop for dancing and selfies in front of the Colosseo).




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