Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour and the Colosseum: Daily (Colosseum is free on first Sunday of every month)
Vatican Museums: Daily except Sunday
Hop-On, Hop-Off: 48 hours
Colosseum and Vatican: As long as you wish
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: Buses depart between 9am and 7pm, every 15 to 20 minutes. (Timings may vary due to seasonality. Please refer to the tour route map for complete schedule details)
Colosseum: It opens at 8:30am. The closing time varies from season to season.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: You may board the bus at any of the designated stops and 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.
Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: You may get off at any of the designated stops.
Colosseum and Vatican Museum: Same as the start point
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. 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.
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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.
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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.
Note: 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.
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Voucher information: If you are travelling with a smartphone or a tablet you can present the voucher on your device for this activity. Just hop on the bus at any of the stops and simply scan the QR code on your phone.
Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.
If you book your hop-on, hop-off tour on days when the Colosseum or the Vatican Museum is closed, you can choose an alternative date to visit these attractions.
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. We suggest you to check the official website for the operational hours of all the attractions before your visit as it keeps changing according to the season or as per attraction authorities.
Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour
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.
Due to the nature of the ancient streets of Rome it is not always possible for the stops to drop you at the attraction, however they are planned to be as close as possible.
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 Colosseum, Circus Maximus 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.
Our local partner offers a FREE app, Sightseeing Experience, that you can download from Google Play or App Store during your hop-on, hop-off tour. Keep the app handy as it will help you reach the nearest stop and provide you with real-time updates about buses and schedule.
The Colosseum is FREE on first Sunday of every month.
Your Colosseum ticket is valid for entry any time after 2pm.
The Colosseum is open between 9am and 2pm (final entry at 12:30pm) on the last Sunday of every month unless it coincides with any religious holiday.
We suggest to redeem your tickets at the Visitor Centre or on bus till 1:00pm so as to visit Colosseum between 2 pm to 3:30pm during winters.
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.
Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Ticket is valid for entry only from Monday to Saturday.
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.
On 24 Dec 18 and 31 Dec 18, Vatican Museum Opening hours will be 9 am -1 pm (last entry).
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.
The access to the bus is permitted for little and medium domestic animals under the discretion of the driver. Using muzzle and leash is mandatory and the holder must assure that the pet carrier is not in a poor state or that it does not contain food. The owner or the holder of the animal is liable for any damage caused by the animal.
For safety reasons it is strictly forbidden to bring luggage, awkward bags, big backpacks or bulky baggage on board the City Sightseeing buses.
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.
They advertise no lines and that is not an exaggeration. The hop off hop on bus was a good overview of Rome. We have done that in other cities, but I think I have heard better...Claudette Jaramillo, United States, 05/Jun/2018
The busses were nice and the stops were good. Would have liked to have a little more instruction on how to get to the main sites at each stop. The map was good but somewhat hard...Michaela Robbins, United States, 07/Feb/2018
Easy to use, Skip the line tickets ensured quick entry into Vatican and Colosseum, will use again....Michael wilson, United Kingdom, 07/Feb/2018
Booked on line just showed the pass and we were away
The skip the line tickets for the Colosseum and Vatican were great deals if you value your time. The hop on hop off for the 48 hours was a bonus
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