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Super Saver: Rome Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus, Vatican Museums Ticket or Guided Tour -Skip-the-line

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Key Highlights
  • Why Hop-On Hop-Off tours will save you time exploring a city
  • Skip the long queues with our Skip the Line Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel ticket
  • Included hop-on, hop-off ticket covers all the major attractions of the city
  • Plus, as an exclusive benefit, the ticket can be used at any time (no need to make a reservation!)
  • Save up to 12% with this special combo package
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

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


    Hop-On, Hop-Off Ticket is valid for 48 hours. Free to spend as long as you wish at the Vatican.

    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

    Click here to download list of museum openings and closures

    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. With 48 hours use of the hop-on, hop-off bus you can 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. 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.

    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

    Download the tour 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. 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.

    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
    • 48 hours hop-on, hop-off sightseeing ticket
    • Pre-recorded audio commentary in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Chinese & Japanese)
    • 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: 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 booking voucher can be exchanged for your Hop-On-Hop-Off ticket at any one of the 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.

    Due to the nature of the ancient streets of Rome it is not always possible for the stops to be very close to 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 9:00am and 11:30am. Rome is a capital city, therefore political events, demonstrations and celebrations can disrupt the route at any time, especially during summer and at weekends.

    Every last Sunday of the month (provided this does not coincide with Easter, Sts. Peter and Paul, Christmas Day, and Feast of St. Stephen) remains open from 9:00am to 2:00pm ( final entry 12:30pm ).

    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 on board for more details.

    Your voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date chosen at the time of booking.

    Large handbags, haversacks etc. are not permitted inside the museum. Locker services are available inside the Vatican museum.

    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

    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.

    We would suggest you to check the operational Hours for all the attractions included with Bus ticket according to the official website of the attraction as they keep changing according to the season or as per Attraction Authorities.

    From 11 September 2017 Roman Forum/Palatine Hill will be closed until further notice.

    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.

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