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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: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

2. Rome: Vatican Tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and Museums

Visit Vatican City - the smallest state in the world, on a tour in Rome. Explore the Vatican and discover its museums, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel all in one with a local guide, without having to wait in line. Skip the lines at the Vatican Museums, where your guide will lead you through the main galleries and point out its unmissable highlights. Meet your guide and set off to admire the magnificent St. Peter's Square outdoor and its impressive colonnade by Bernini. Marvel at the centuries-old frescoes preserved in the Sistine Chapel and learn all about Michelangelo and the making of his masterpiece: The Last Judgement.

In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

3. In-depth Guided Tour of St. Peter's Basilica & Square

Start your tour in St. Peter's Square and be fascinated by its architectural secrets. Discover the optical illusions as were thought by its designer, Bernini. Enter the Basilica and be amazed by its magnificence. Marvel at the mosaics all around you and see why it took 150 years to rebuild. Walk past renowned masterpieces of Renaissance and Neoclassical art with your expert guide. Stand in front of the harmonious 98.5-foot high canopy, and appreciate the expressive power and delicate beauty of Michelangelo's "Pietà". Conclude your tour by descending to the underground grottoes to see St. Peter's tomb. Touch the ancient walls of the original 4th-century Basilica while you admire the work of the beautiful frescoes within.

Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

4. Rome: Skip-The-Line Vatican Museums Sistine Chapel St.Peter

Navigate through a vast complex of rooms, artwork, and history with a licensed guide on this walking tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and St. Peter's Square. Start your walking tour in front of the Vatican museums. Admire collections like the Maps Room and the Tapestries Hall. Appreciate masterpieces like Raphael’s 'Transfiguration' and 'The School of Athens.' Listen as your guide tells you tales of Vatican intrigue as you pass through spaces like the Courtyard of Pigna, the Octagonal Courtyard, the Pio Clementino Museum, the Gallery of Animals, and the Gallery of Muses. Spend time contemplating the statues in the Candelabra Gallery or the masterpieces in the Raphael Rooms. Make your way to the frescos that decorate the Sistine Chapel ceiling and take a stop at The Last Judgment by Michelangelo. Hear about the history of this chapel before heading to St Peter's Basilica. Marvel at this renowned work of Renaissance architecture by masters like Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Finish your tour with a stroll inside St. Peter's Basilica.

Rome: Vatican by Night

5. Rome: Vatican by Night

The Vatican is especially beautiful at night, as you will see throughout this tour. You will discover why thousands of people wait in the queues every day to admire this magnificent structure from the inside and much more whilst exploring. Following that, you'll continue in the direction of the Vatican Museums. Once there, your focus will be on the small and mostly unknown subtleties which will help you to really understand the big picture. You'll learn about Michelangelo and his contribution to the Sistine Chapel, taking a closer look at this unique chapel and marveling at its architecture and art.

From Naples: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour in Rome

6. From Naples: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour in Rome

The day begins with pickup from Naples and heads out of the city towards Rome where your sightseeing adventure awaits. Upon arrival in Rome, meet your friendly guide for the day at the world-famous Colosseum, one of the most iconic symbols of the city. Spend some time exploring the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Visit the Trevi Fountain next, a jewel of water and stone nestled in the historical center of the city where thousands of tourists flock every year to make a wish. Continue the tour to the Piazza di Spagna and stroll along the Spanish Steps which link to the Piazza Trinita dei Monti. Later, stop by the Pantheon, Rome’s most ancient building and one of the most spectacular sights of the city. Learn about the fascinating history of the Pantheon and Ancient Rome itself before heading off to Piazza Navona and then onto St Peter’s Square. In the square, marvel at the impressive Basilica which is home to an array of artistic masterpieces. Finally, enjoy 30-minutes of free time to shop for souvenirs, then sit back and relax on the return journey to Naples.

Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter's 4-Hour Tour

7. Rome: Vatican, Sistine Chapel, & St. Peter's 4-Hour Tour

Tour the jewels of Vatican City with your passionate local guide, Silvia, who will point out details in Michaelangelo’s frescoes that most tourists miss. Born and bred in Rome, Silvia will share the history of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica, as well as Rome’s lesser-known stories. Start in St. Peter's square and get to know the traditions of the Catholic Church. Marvel at Michelangelo's Pieta and Bernini's Canopy on the main altar. Continue to the Vatican Museums, where Silvia will help navigate the crowded entrance and point out all the iconic pieces in the collection. Get the full experience of Michelangelo's frescoes as Silvia shares her insider knowledge. See the galleries of candelabras, tapestries, and maps. Visit the Raphael Rooms and compare the work of two contemporary geniuses, Michelangelo and Raphael.  Be amazed by the Sistine Chapel before ending the tour and get personalized tips on how to continue your day. Gain a deeper understanding of the city from someone who grew up in Rome.

Rome: St. Peters' Basilica and the German Cemetery

8. Rome: St. Peters' Basilica and the German Cemetery

Visit a lesser-known spot in Rome: the German cemetery at the Vatican. Enter the Vatican through a back door and encounter a small oasis of calm. Learn more about the oldest German national foundation in Rome. Afterward, see priceless works of art and hear interesting stories as you visit St. Peter's Basilica. Admire the grandiose dome at one of the world's largest churches. See the bronze baldachin under the dome, which is as big as a ten-story house.

Rome: Historic Center and Vatican Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

9. Rome: Historic Center and Vatican Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

If you are planning to visit Rome but only have one day you need to make sure you make the most of every single second. Our Rome in One Day Small Group Tour is perfect for just that. From the huge Colosseum to the beautiful Vatican City. With Real Rome Tours, you can see all of Rome in just one day! Hit the ground running in your Rome in a Day Small Group Tour and skip the mind-numbing queues for the Roman Colosseum, the ancient world’s greatest sports arena! Your guide will enthrall you with tales of gladiators and martyrs that made the Colosseum famous while exploring the remnants of their history together. Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how the heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire functioned and thrived. Forget battling through the crowds inside the Forum, your guide will lead you directly to a stunning lookout point. From there, you can take in the entire Forum complex, including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. During your Rome in a day small group tour your guide will make it easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago with stories of war, politics, economics and religion that shaped the ancient city. Your Rome in one day small group tour, through the Historic Centre, continues with a stop at the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome. The next stop in your full day tour of Rome is the Spanish Steps for a spot of people watching and plenty of photo opportunities. From here your guide will take you on the metro to the Vatican, where you will have a break for lunch before entering the Vatican City. After lunch, your guide will take you straight into the Vatican Museums, where you’ll skip the long lines of people and head straight in. With your Vatican expert to guide you, you’ll delve into one of the world’s greatest art collections. This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections here, giving you a broad understanding and appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll explore the sculpture galleries and the world-famous Laocoön Group before heading to the Sistine Chapel. The Rome in One Day Small Group Tour ends with an introduction to the history of the Sistine Chapel, with your tour guide leaving you to contemplate Michelangelo’s frescoes. From here, you can choose between extending your stay in the Chapel and the Vatican Museums, or exit to St Peter’s Square and view St Peter’s Basilica in all its glory! What a day! So anyone who tells you that you can’t see all of Rome in one day hasn’t experienced the professional and friendly service of Rome Group Tours. With us, not only can you see the Colosseum and Vatican in one day, but you can also get a glimpse into the history and how they lived 2000 years ago. Don’t waste your precious holiday getting lost or waiting in line – book your place today!

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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.