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Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

1. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

The open-top, double-decker bus provides fantastic views and a great atmosphere to enjoy Rome's charm. From the iconic Colosseum and the famous Spanish Steps to the stunning Vatican, the city's history and majestic architecture will take your breath away. A fully narrated audio tour allows you to discover over 10 locations throughout the city with daily departures from the starting point at Termini Railway Station. You have the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route. You may also experience the “eternal city” on foot with fantastic digital, self-guided walking tours. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Colosseum Roman Forum Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza di Spagna Vatican St. Peter's Square Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore Circus Maximus Piazza Venezia Altare della Patria Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Organize your sightseeing tour and admire all of Rome's major attractions, including the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Spanish Steps. Enjoy stunning views on board of a comfortable double-decker bus and learn about the city's history as you listen to detailed audio commentaries. Also known as The Eternal City, Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Make the most of your vacation by exploring the city's historic monuments and exciting atmosphere with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Admire the architectural sumptuousness of Rome from the deck of the bus, or hop-off at any of the world-famous attractions, such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the Vatican. Pick from 13 languages and learn about Rome's timeless beauty through the complimentary set of headphones. The pink buses are on the move all day long and will take you to the city’s most important monuments and cultural venues while you are comfortably seated. Hop-on and off at your convenience and reward yourself with marvelous views of Rome you will never forget from one of the single or double-decker buses. A Panoramic ticket includes: Stazione Termini Santa Maria Maggiore Colosseum Archaeological Area Circo Massimo - The Mouth of Truth Piazza Venezia - Shopping Area Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & Castel Sant'Angelo Spanish Steps Piazza Barberini and Trevi Fountain

Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

3. Panoramic Bus Tour of Rome from Civitavecchia Port

Head to Rome on a full-day guided sightseeing bus tour of the Eternal City from the port of Civitavecchia. Discover the city's hottest locations like St. Peter's Basilica, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. Be welcomed by your tour leader at the Civitavecchia port and board a spacious coach. Relax on the drive to your first stop in Rome that is just a stone’s throw away from the Palazzaccio (Palace of Justice) in Piazza dei Tribunali. Take time to admire the most powerful and imposing castle ever built in Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo. Nearby, marvel at magnificent St. Peter's Basilica from the top of Via della Conciliazione.  Feast your eyes on the semi-circular colonnades that frame St. Peter's Square, designed and built by Bernini in the 17th century. Choose to pay for an optional tour of the inside of St. Peter's Basilica and go beyond its Baroque and Renaissance façade.  Meet your tour leader at a designated point for the second part of the tour. Board the bus for a panoramic ride. Cross the Tiber near the Tiberine Island, see the Pyramid of Cestius, and view the Baths of Caracalla, the second largest Roman baths. End your scenic bus ride with a stop in Via Petroselli, near the Theatre of Marcellus. Reach the Capitoline Hill to see the Cordonata that leads to Piazza del Campidoglio. Arrive at the Althar of the Fatherland and view dei Fori Imperiali roade to the Colosseum.   Observe Traian’s Forum and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain. Take a break for a quick lunch or to grab a gelato. Enter the incredibly well-preserved Pantheon temple built to see its massive dome and the tombs of Victor Emanuell II and Raphael. End your tour in Piazza Navona where you can see the 4 Rivers Fountain by Bernini, before ending your visit to Rome and heading back to the port in Civitavecchia.

Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

4. Rome: Papal Audience with Host and Pickup

See Pope Francis on St. Peter's Square and attend his weekly public prayer service. Join the thousands of pilgrims who make their way to the Vatican City to receive an Apostolic Blessing every Wednesday. Benefit from the services of a host who will escort you from your hotel to St. Peter's Square in the Vatican City. Take a seat outside St. Peter's Basilica to enjoy a truly spiritual experience in an amazing atmosphere. Listen enraptured as Pope Francis offers readings in several languages, and then join him in prayer before he imparts his Apostolic Blessing upon the adoring crowd.

Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

5. Pope Francis Audience and Rome Coach Tour with Local Guide

To enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience of an audience with the Pope at the Vatican you need to have an appointment, and priority viewing tickets are limited. On your way to the Papal audience, you will travel by air-conditioned coach through some of Rome's major sightseeing spots, including the Piazza della Repubblica, the historic Aurelian Walls, the well-known Villa Borghese Gardens, and the northern gate of Rome, which leads into majestic Piazza del Popolo. Here you will have a chance to see the Egyptian Obelisk, dating back to the time of Ramses II. Before arriving at St. Peter's Square, and preparing for your audience with the Pope, you will glimpse the impressive Castel Sant'Angelo and the tomb of Emperor Hadrian. The Papal audience will be held in either St Peter's Square, St Peter's Basilica, or the Audience Hall, depending on seasonal conditions and the number of visitors taking part in the audience. Before the beginning of the audience, you will be given further information on when and where to meet.

Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

6. Full Day Tour Papal Audience and Vatican Museums With Lunch

During the morning, you will be taken to St. Peter's Square to take a seat and enjoy a special religious moment. Pope Francesco will offer readings in several languages and pray with the faithfuls. At the end of the audience, you will enjoy a quick lunch and then continue your experience with a visit to the famous Vatican Museums with its classical sculpture galleries, tapestries and most significant paintings, collected in one of the most important museum in the world. Visit the famous Sistine Chapel and, through an exclusive access pass, enjoy the majesty of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the whole Catholic Christian world, built on the tomb of the first pope in history next to the famous St. Peter's Square. The tour will conclude here.

3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

7. 3-Hour Vatican Museums, Raphael Rooms & Sistine Chapel

Tour one of the holiest sites in Christendom on a guided walking tour of the Vatican Museums including a comprehensive visit to the Sistine Chapel and the masterpieces of St. Peter’s Basilica. With exclusive skip-the-line access, saving you long waits in the lines that usually form outside one of the world’s most popular attractions. Considered one of the most important places in the history of human civilization, start your tour at the museum to see the important collections of art that various popes have acquired throughout the centuries. Look out for renowned sculptures and masterpieces of Renaissance art. Feel the weight of history and get a sense of the sacred as you spy paintings by Raphael, Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Michelangelo, including his masterwork in the Sistine Chapel. Admire Bernini’s colonnade in St. Peter’s Square and go inside the Basilica. Built over the centuries by famous architects including Michelangelo, its iconic dome is one of the glittering symbols of Rome. There are morning and afternoon tours. Morning tours (3,5 hours) include the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Galleria degli Arazzi (Raphael Cartoons), the Galleria delle Carte geografiche, the Sala Sobieski, the Sala dell'Immacolata Concezione, the Raphael Rooms, the Borgia Apartments leading to the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square. On Wendesdays the Basilica is not visited inside due to the Papal Audience, therefore after the Sistine Chapel you will access the Vatican Apostolic Library instead (St. Peter's will be explained from the outside before ending the tour). Afternoon tours (3 hours) include the Galleria dei Candelabri, the Galleria degli Arazzi (Raphael Cartoons), the Galleria delle Carte geografiche, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square.

Vatican: Papal Audience and Gardens of Vatican City Bus Tour

8. Vatican: Papal Audience and Gardens of Vatican City Bus Tour

See the Pope on a special early-access visit to the Papal Audience ceremony. Explore the spectacular Gardens of Vatican City and learn about Papal history on a bus tour. Depending on the option chosen, take a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica and marvel at its Renaissance architecture. Meet your greeter to collect your ticket just in front of St. Peter's Square. Pass security and join the weekly gathering. Then, watch the Pope make his way to the stage. Hear his greeting, prayers, and sermon. Pray together with the Pope before he imparts his blessing upon the crowd. After the Papal Audience, embark on a tour into the green heart of the world's smallest state on an open bus. Listen to the audio guide to learn about the gardens' 13th-century origins and how different pontiffs have influenced their design. Discover centuries of Papal history. Marvel at how nature, art, and the Christian faith blend together. Spot artworks and venerated images of the Blessed Virgin Mary enshrined at the Vatican Gardens. Depending on the option chosen, you can add to your experience with a guided tour of St. Peter's Basilica before your bus tour. Marvel at the most important church in the Catholic faith. Admire its stunning Renaissance architecture and famous artworks, including Michelangelo's Pietà.

Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill

9. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + Colosseum, Forum & Palatine Hill

Experience the best of Rome with a 24-hour open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus taking you through the Eternal City and its major highlights. Hop off and explore at your own pace, plus receive admission to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour While aboard the bus, listen to engaging audio commentary in 9 languages to learn about Rome’s long and rich history. When hopping off, continue the adventure by taking advantage of the complimentary digital, self-guided walking tours. Explore the Vatican first, passing Castel Sant’Angelo en route to St. Peter’s Square to take in awe-inspiring views of St. Peter’s Basilica. Discover Barberini Square and the iconic Spanish Steps before taking a stroll nearby to soak in the stunning beauty of Trevi Fountain.  Big Bus Rome Red Route: • Termini Station• Santa Maria Maggiore• Colosseum• Circo Massimo• Piazza Venezia• Vatican / Castel Sant’Angelo• Spanish Steps• Piazza Barberini  Colosseum Enjoy the included access to the Colosseum, an amphitheater built during the Roman Empire that entertained Romans for over 500 years. Explore the site and use the audio guide to hear tales of exotic animal exhibitions, prisoner executions, ancient battle recreations, and most famously, the fierce gladiator fights. Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Visit the Roman Forum, the birthplace of Ancient Rome, and explore what was once the heart of the Empire. Learn how the Forum was the central point of Ancient Rome’s politics, religion, and culture. See where Romans voted in their elections, watched trials, and gathered to hear speeches. Explore Palatine Hill, which was once the high-society neighborhood of Ancient Rome’s grand elite. Explore the ruins that Roman emperors and aristocrats once called home.

From Civitavecchia: Vatican, St Peters & Sistine Chapel Tour

10. From Civitavecchia: Vatican, St Peters & Sistine Chapel Tour

Start the tour at Civitavecchia Harbor where you will be picked up. Embark on a small group tour in and arrive at the Vatican Museums and meet your tour guide. Take advantage of your exclusive skip-the-line access tickets, entering the museums through a panoramic terrace where you can admire the stunning view of Saint Peter's dome overlooking the Vatican gardens.  Begin your tour of the collections which include a seemingly infinite number of masterpieces by Bernini, Raphael, Botticelli, Perugino, and other treasures - all incredibly united under one roof. Learn about how the numerous popes that have lived in the Vatican continuously enriched it with different artworks.  Admire the most beautiful Roman ancient statues and gaze in awe at the length of the enormous Tapestry Hall, before continuing on through the Hall of the Painted Maps. Finally, witness the unmissable ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the sublime 'Last Judgment' by Michelangelo.

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The touring buses could be followed live in the app. Headphones are provided free of charge when you first board the bus so that you can listen to the audio guide throughout the journey. Boarding and disembarking at all stops over several days is easy and uncomplicated. The route approaches all points of interest in such a way that you can walk to your destination in just a few minutes. When driving through, the entire tour takes about 2 hours in Roman traffic, which was great in the convertible compartment of the bus. You also get a QR code for a free app that offers an audio guide at the sights and can be listened to on the spot via cell phone. Recommended! :)

I've never been on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour before, but as there was a heat wave in Rome when we were there, it was too hot to trot around the city.

The Colosseum stop is a bit off the beaten path so not easy to find, but the rest of the tour was smooth and informative

Nove and kind and friendly staff Excelent view with audio guide. You see all atractions exept around VATICAN

excellent means of transport to visit the main wonders of Rome.I recommend it.