With this saver combo, explore ‘the Eternal City’ at your leisure. With 48 hours use of the hop-on, hop-off bus you can visit the major historical as you wish. But that’s not all! This fantastic combo also includes a ticket to the Vatican Museums that can be used for entry anytime between 9:00am to 3:00pm. This package saves you at least 12% over the cost of buying the tickets separately and gives you flexibility as to when you can use the tickets.
The Hop-On, Hop-Off facility allows you to plan your sightseeing as per your convenience. You may hop on and hop off at any of the designated stops for sightseeing, shopping and dining then hop back on again when you wish. While on board you will learn about Rome’s history with the help of audio commentary available in 8 languages.
At the Vatican museum you can gaze at Michelangelo’s pristine artworks adorning the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and admire the splendid architecture and interiors of the museum, a visit to the Vatican is an unforgettable encounter with history and art.
Our Super Saver: Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off & Vatican Museums Ticket lets you explore ‘The Eternal City’ at your own pace in a comfortable open-top bus, and provides an exclusive ticket to the Vatican that can be used anytime between 9:00am to 3:00pm.
Your ticket allows you unlimited use, meaning you can hop-on and hop-off as many times as you like at any of the designated stops!
You can enjoy free WIFI on board the City Sightseeing Italy buses, encouraging passengers to blog, tweet and upload photos along the way.
The hop-on-hop-off tour has two terminals. Terminal A: Termini Marsala and Terminal B: Largo Di Villa Peretti both are close to Termini - Rome's main station.
The stops included in the tour are:
Stop 2 - Santa Maria Maggiore: Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, this basilica is often used by the Pope. The church contains many ancient mosaics and some beautiful frescoes. The medieval bell tower is the highest in Rome, at 75 meters.
Stop 3 – Colosseo: An architectural and engineering wonder of the ancient world, the Colosseum bears witness to both the glory and brutality of the Roman Empire. (This stop is closed on Sundays and public holidays.)
Stop 4 - Circo Massimo: With a seating capacity of 250,000 people, Circo Massimo was once the largest stadium of ancient Rome, used for gladiator fights, processions or chariot races. This stop is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Stop 5 - Piazza Venezia: Situated in the heart of Rome, this square is walking distance from some of the most famous monuments such as the Forum Romanum, the Pantheon and Campidoglio.
Stop 6 – Vaticano: Your stop for Vatican City and the wealth of fabulous artworks in the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Also the stop for St Peter's Square and Basilica.
Stop 7 - Fontana di Trevi: Beautiful Baroque Trevi – one of the world’s most famous fountains - depicts the sea god, Oceanus, riding a shell-shaped chariot drawn by two horses.
Stop 7b - Piazza Di Spagna: Only on Sundays and Bank Holidays : This stop is at the bottom of the Spanish Steps close to the Column of the Immaculate Conception.
Stop 8 - Piazza Barberini: A large piazza named after the nearby Palazzo Barberini. The Palazzo has a famous helicoidal staircase, magnificent frescoes and one of the most important art collections in Italy. This stop also gives easy access to the pedestrian walkway to the Spanish Steps.
You can leave the tour at whichever stop you wish.
Your skip-the-line Vatican Museum ticket is valid for entry any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm. You can redeem your voucher on board the bus. If you wish to visit the Vatican Museum first please redeem your voucher at the City Sightseeing Italy Vatican Visitor Centre located at Largo del Colonnato, 5 (near St Peters square).
You will be overwhelmed as you enter the museum and visit the majestic Sistine Chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope. Every corner of the chapel is decorated; with mosaics on the floor and intricate frescoes on the wall painted by the early Renaissance artists. Feast your eyes by looking at the luminous paintings on the ceiling and behind the altar painted by Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of all time. It is a moving experience to see the enormity of the Michelangelo's Creation frescoes on the barrel-vaulted ceiling with the figures exuding strength and elegance. Contrary to the optimism and elegance of the ceiling, Michelangelo’s Last Judgement, which he painted on the back wall a decade later, is darker and pessimistic.
You are free to take in the beauty of the chapel as well as the other artworks on your own.
By validating my Vatican Musuem ticket at the office near the Vatican, we could skip the queue to the Museum and Sistine Chapel - which was an unbelievable experience...S Woodburn
Daily except Sunday
Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket is valid for 48 hours. Free to spend as long as you wish at the Vatican.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour:
First departure: 9:00am
June to Sep: 7:00pm
Oct to May: 5:00pm
Frequency: every 15 to 20 minutes
Full Loop: 1 hour 40 minutes
Your Vatican Museum ticket is valid for entry any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm.
You are free to spend as long as you wish at the Vatican Museum.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: You may board the bus at any of the designated stops and You can redeem your voucher on board the bus or at any city sightseeing visitor centers.
Vatican Museum: If you wish to visit the Vatican Museum first please redeem your voucher at the City Sightseeing Italy Vatican visitor centre located at Largo del Colonnato, 5 (near St Peters square).
You may get off at any of the designated stops as per your convenience
This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended. Knees and shoulders must be covered to visit the Vatican.
Your booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On-Hop-Off ticket at any one of stops. Simply choose the stop which you wish to start from and present your voucher to the driver who will exchange it for a ticket that will be valid for 48 hours from that time.
This ticket is valid for the Red, City Sightseeing Italy Buses.
The Vatican Museums are closed on Sundays.
A special dress code is required to enter the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. This dress code is strictly enforced and you will be refused entry if you fail to comply with dress code requirements.
The itinerary for the tour may change on Sundays and Public Holidays (especially Easter). These changes are beyond our control and imposed without notice by the local Rome Municipality Authority. Stops affected frequently include Colosseo, Circo Massimo and Trevi. All attractions continue to open, however traffic will be restricted. It is very easy to walk to any attractions from alternative routes. All changes will be identified on the day of travel. Please check with the host/hostess onboard for more details.
Rome Municipality Authority can impose new regulations and restricted access for all hop-on hop-off tours in the city of Rome at any times. These changes can have an effect on the number of stops and frequency of buses. These changes are beyond our control and imposed without notice by the local Rome Municipality Authority. The exact itinerary will be advised on the day of travel by the staff on board.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.
Large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the Colosseum.
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