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City Sightseeing Rome: Hop-on Hop-off- 24Hrs or 48Hrs with Vatican Ticket or Guided Tour

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Key Highlights
  • Explore Rome your way with this fun, flexible hop-on, hop-off tour
  • Travel to Rome’s major attractions including the Colosseum, Circo Massimo, Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and many more!
  • Informative audio commentary in 8 languages means you won't miss a thing
  • Explore the Vatican Museums and admire one of the greatest art collections in the world
  • You may explore on your own with a Vatican Museum ticket or enjoy the services of a guide
  • Explore the magnificent Sistine Chapel and study the intricate frescoes, mosaics and paintings Visit the Gallery
  • Visit the Gallery of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries and Raphael’s Rooms in the Vatican Museums
  • The tickets can be used any time at your convenience - no need to make a reservation!
  • Smartphone Vouchers Accepted – No need to print!
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: Daily
    Vatican Museum: Daily except Sunday

    Download the tour route map


    Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket is valid for 24 hours, 48 hours(as per option chosen). Free to spend as long

    Start time

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour:
    June - September: Buses departs between 9:00am to 7:00pm, every 15 to 20 minutes
    October - May: Buses departs between 9:00am to 5:00pm, every 15 to 20 minutes
    Full Loop: 1 hour 40 minutes
    Vatican Museum: Daily except Sunday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

    Vatican Guided Tour: 

    Departure for English tour: 9:30am to 1:30pm; every hour
    Departure for Spanish, Italian, French, German & Russian: 10:30am
    Before start the Guided tour you have to go to the “Vatican City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Center” to indicate the language and departure time of the guided tour.

    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 the bus or at the city sightseeing visitor center; where you can ask for more information on the service, bus location and get a tour map.
    Vatican Museum: If you wish to visit the Vatican Museum first please redeem your voucher at Visitor Center.
    Vatican Guided Tour: Before start the Guided tour you have to go to the “Vatican City Sightseeing Rome Visitor Center” to indicate the language and departure time of the guided tour.

    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

    With this saver combo, explore ‘the Eternal City’ at your leisure. Choose between 24 hours or 48 hours Ticket and use the hop-on, hop-off bus to visit the major historical landmarks as you wish. But that’s not all! This fantastic combo also includes a ticket or a guided tour to the Vatican Museums. 

    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 more than 5 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.

    Your Vatican museum 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 Vatican. 

    Click here to download the Route Map


    Our super saver ticket lets you explore Rome at your own pace in a comfortable open-top bus, and provides an exclusive ticket or guided tour (as per option chosen) to the Vatican that can be used anytime between 9:00am to 3:00pm.

    Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket:

    Your Rome hop-on, hop-off 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 three terminals - Terminal A: Termini Marsala, Terminal B: Largo Di Villa Peretti both are close to Termini - Rome's main station and Terminal C: Piazza dei Cinquecento.

    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    *The stop has been indefinitely replaced by Stop 7B.

    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. 

    You can leave the tour at whichever stop you wish.

    Skip-the-Line: Vatican Museum Ticket or Guided Tour

    Combine your Rome hop-on, hop-off day with a Vatican Museum ticket or a guided tour, including visit to the Sistine Chapel.

    Your skip-the-line Vatican Museum ticket is valid for entry any time between 9:00am and 3:00pm. After your visit to the Vatican Museum, you may exit the venue and then visit the Sistine Chapel. 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).

    If you choose the Vatican Museum guided tour, You save a lot of time(around 45min) as you skip the long queues to the Sistine Chapel and your guide takes you directly to the chapel from the Vatican Museums. Your guide will also share interesting anecdotes and the history of the artworks that you will see during the tour. We highly recommend this option as this ensures your hassle free and personalized experience also is exclusive to our customers only

    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.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • 24 hours/48 hours hop-on, hop-off sightseeing ticket
    • Pre-recorded audio commentary in more than 5 languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese & Portuguese)
    • Skip the Line Ticket for the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel
    • Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Guided Tour (optional)
    • Visit with professional guide (with Vatican guided tour only)
    • Free WIFI on board
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    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 Vatican Museum is closed, you can choose an alternative date of visit. When you exchange your voucher, please inform the guide/hostess what day you would like to visit the attraction. However during busy times, you might be asked to come back at a specific time slot.

    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 that you 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. 

    Vatican Museums

    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.

    Download the Vatican Museum guided tour timetable

    On the days of Christmas and New Year, buses will be running as usual. Attractions may be closed or timings might differ (Vatican, Colosseum, Sistine Chapel).

    We recommend to please check the official attraction website or contact our local operator.

    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.

    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.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Great tour no hastle!

      We enjoyed our tour....

      Carla Ocay, Norway, 26/Jan/2018
    • Very Good experience!

      very good tour, well organized and friendly staff....

      Carlos Arrata, Ecuador, 15/Jan/2018
    • Excellent Value 48 hour Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus and Vatican Museums Guided Tour

      We originally booked the Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus and the Vatican Museums Skip-the-line ticket. It was raining, so we paid the difference to upgrade for the Vatican Museums...

      Vinay Rangnekar, United States, 08/Jan/2018
    • Not easy to get to the tour guide shop and meeting point.
      That said Francesco our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic and I would definitely recommend you do the trip round the Vatican using the guided tour option. If the guide was as good as Francesco you will see why. He deserved his drink at the end.

      Stephen Mann, United Kingdom, 15/Feb/2019
    • Excellent Gude for Vatican

      Aleksandar Jovkovic, Serbia, 05/Jan/2019
    • Excellent value for money.

      Wilfried Brynkus, Canada, 05/Nov/2018

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