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3-in-1 Saver Ticket: Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off, Vatican Museums & Colosseum

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Key Highlights

  • Explore Rome your way with this fun, flexible tour
  • Enjoy 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour that covers city's major attractions
  • Skip-the-line entrance tickets to Colosseum, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Roman Forum
  • Plus, as an exclusive benefit, the ticket can be used at any time (no need to make a reservation!)
  • Onboard audio commentary in 8 languages is included
  • Free WiFi on all the buses
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: Daily
    Note: Colosseum is closed on first Sunday of every month.
    Vatican Museums - Daily except Sunday (closed on 15th August)

    Duration

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket is valid for 48 hours. Spend as long as you wish at Colosseum and Vatican

    Start time

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour:
    First departure: 9:00am
    Last Departure:
    June to Sep: 7:00pm
    Oct to May: 5:00pm
    Frequency: every 15 to 20 minutes
    Full Loop: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Colosseum:
    Your Colosseum Tour ticket is valid for entry any time between 9:00am and 5:00pm.
    Vatican Museum:
    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 Colosseum and the Vatican Museum.

    Meeting Point

    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.
    Colosseum: If you wish to visit the Colosseum first please redeem your voucher at the City Sightseeing Italy Colosseum visitor centre located at Via IV Novembre, 147 (near the Colosseum).
    Vatican Museum: If you wish to visit the Vatican Museum first please redeem your voucher at the City Sightseeing Italy Vatican visitor centre.

    Click here for the list of City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Centres

    Ending Point

    You may get off at any of the designated stops as per your convenience

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    This fantastic 3-in-1 saver combo covers all your Rome sightseeing for one great low price! 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 mighty Colosseum and the Vatican Museums that can be used for entry anytime between 9:00am to 3:00pm.

    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.

    This saver combo also includes access to the symbol of Rome, the mighty Colosseum, as well as the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. A visit to these incredible monuments, which testify to not only the ingenuity but the brutality of the Roman Empire, is quite simply a must in Rome!

    Your Vatican museum and Colosseum tickets can be used either on the date chosen at the time of booking or the following day. When you exchange your voucher please inform the guide/hostess what day you would like to visit the Colosseum and Vatican museum

    Download the tour route map

    Due to the Jubilee celebrations, Via della Conciliazione will be closed. The Vatican City (stop 6), will be moved to Lungotevere Tor di Nona, at the corner of Via del Mastro (in front of Saint Angelo Bridge).

    Click here to download the amended route map

    Itinerary

    Our 3-in-1 Saver Ticket: Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off, Vatican Museums & Colosseum tour lets you explore ‘The Eternal City’ at your own pace in a comfortable open-top bus, and provides tickets to the Vatican and Colosseum that can be used anytime between 9:00am to 3:00pm. You can jump on and off at will to go shopping or sightseeing or stay on board and listen to an informative audio commentary (provided in eight languages). A tour escort is on board to answer any queries you may have.

    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 Colosseum and Vatican 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 sites first please redeem your vouchers at the respective City Sightseeing Italy Colosseum Visitor Centre.

    Inarguably the most majestic structure of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum (originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre) is inhabited by myriad tales of bravery, public life and royalty in ancient Rome. Despite the pillage of natural disasters, fires, pollution and wars, it is a living proof of the stunning architecture and strong masonry of ancient world, and has served as a model for stadiums around the world.

    In the Colosseum, you can go up Michelangelo’s staircase to reach the Campidoglio – the beautiful piazza outside the Capitoline Museums. Michelangelo came up with the design for the piazza when Pope Paul III Farnese asked him to design a new square in honour of Emperor Charles V, who was visiting Rome in 1536. The curved surface of the piazza resembles the face of an egg. Or, you can visit the arena floor where you will be amazed to see the magnitude of the Flavian Amphitheatre.

    You will be overwhelmed as you enter the Vatican 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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 48 hours hop-on, hop-off sightseeing ticket
    • Pre-recorded audio commentary in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese & Japanese)
    • Special Skip the Line Access to the Colosseum and the Vatican Museum
    • Free WIFI on board

    Exclusions

    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    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.

    Due to large number of visitors in the Colosseum and Roman Forum, we cannot guarantee ‘skip-the-line’ access until the end of August 2016.

    This ticket is valid for the Red, City Sightseeing Italy Buses.

    Your Colosseum ticket is valid for entry any time between 9 am -3pm. However, at busy times the staff may ask you to come back at a specific time slot.

    Due to the nature of the ancient streets of Rome it is not always possible for the stops to at the attractions, however they are planned to be as close as possible.

    Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Ticket is valid for entry only from Monday to Saturday. The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel are closed on Sundays and all Religious Holidays. List of Holidays is as follows:

    January 1, 6
    February 11, 22
    March 19, 28
    April 5, 6
    June 29 (SS. Peter and Paul)
    August 15
    November 1
    December 8,25, 26

    If you book on these days, only Hop-On Hop-Off ticket will be valid for use. No refund will be provided for the Museum and Sistine Chapel and ticket.

    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.

    Due to the popularity of the Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour it may not be possible to board the first bus that comes to the stop. To help you plan your day be aware that buses tend to be at their busiest between 9am and 11.30am.

    Rome is a functioning capital city and therefore political events, demonstrations and celebrations can disrupt the route at any time, especially during summer and at weekends.

    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.

    Colosseum is closed on first Sunday of every month.

    Your Vatican museum and Colosseum tickets can be used either on the date chosen at the time of booking or the following day. When you exchange your voucher please inform the guide/hostess what day you would like to visit the Colosseum and Vatican museum

    You can download FREE APP of our local partner called SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCE; it is available in 5 different languages and helps you to check your position on the city Sightseeing Map, so that you can easily see how to get to the nearest stop. You can even see the bus position in real time of all our buses and check the waiting time for the next bus at each stop. You can download the app on Google play or App store.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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