Rome Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: Itinerary for Open Top Sightseeing Tour of Rome
Date: 2014-08-15 19:22:17
Author: Samuel Heenan
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour of Rome
The Rome Hop On Hop off open top bus tour is a great way to see the city as you will get to pass by the major sites and monuments in the comfort of this double decker bus. Included in the hop on hop off bus tour of Rome you will have a map of the route and monuments and also the audio guide in the following languages: ENGLISH, ITALIAN, SPANISH, RUSSIAN, JAPANESE. Once you have your pre-booked Hop On Hop Off ticket you can start at any of the stops listed.
Here you can book your Hop On Hop off Ticket
Below you can see a Map and details of each stop on the tour when you can jump off for a look around and then hop back on to continue your tour along with the timetable for each stop.
** In caso di strada chiusa andare alle fermata N.6 / In case the street is closed go to stop number 6
*During Winter Season departures every 30 minutes bus underlined in red.
ESTIMED TIME MAY BE SUBJECTED TO UNPREDICTABLE DELAYS DUE TO TRAFFIC.
Here are the points of interest which you will visit during the Hop On Hop Off bus tour of Rome:
1st Stop - Termini Station
From the first stop on the tour you are at the central station which is not exactly a tourist attraction however there are plenty of things close by you can visit. Just a 5 minute walk and you can be at Piazza della Repubblica at the top of the Viminal Hill overlooking Via Nazionale and the wonderful fountain of the Naiads in the centre. To the back of the Piazza you can also find the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs) dedicated to Christian Martyrs. To the Back of the Basilica there is the Baths of Diocletian which were the biggest of the public baths of ancient Rome.
2nd Stop - Santa Maria Maggiore
On to stop two and you will pass or can jump off at the Basilica of Saint Maria Maggiore which is the largest church in Rome dedicated to Mary. The word Maggiore refers to this in that it is the biggest of the 80 chruches devoted to Mary. The Basilca was founded in the 4th century and is one of the five great ancient basilicas of Rome. Its 18th-century exterior conceals one of the best-preserved Byzantine interiors in the city.
3rd Stop - The Roman Colosseum
At the 3rd stop you will see probably the most famous monument in Italy - The Roman Colosseum is a symbol of Italy and Rome and is one of the most imposing and magnificent structures still standing today. This amazing structure remains standing almost 2,000 years after it was originally constructed. At this stop you can jump off and take a look inside the Colosseum, the ticket costs 12 euros and is valid for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and also the Palatine.
4th Stop - Mouth of Truth & Circus Maximus
A circular marble sculpture of a large face with an open mouth, which was in all likelihood used as a drain cover, owes its allure to the superstition according to which the “Bocca della Verità” bites off the hand of anyone not telling the truth. Today it is to be found in the portico of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin and is one of Rome’s major attractions, each year drawing thousands of visitors.
Another point of interest at stop 4 is the Circus Maximus which was a chariot racetrack in Rome first constructed in the 6th century BCE. The Circus was also used for other public events such as the Roman Games and gladiator fights and was last used for chariot races in the 6th century CE. It was partially excavated in the 20th century CE and then remodelled but it continues today as one of the modern city’s most important public spaces, hosting huge crowds at music concerts and rallies.
5th Stop - Piazza Venezia & Capitoline Hill
Situated in the heart of Rome, Piazza Venezia is one of the most famous tourist sites and attractions in the city. You can reach it walking along the lively Via del Corso. It's close to other landmarks such as Campidoglio, Pantheon and Forum Romanum. The square was named after the Cardinal Venezia, who ordered the construction of Palazzo Venezia in the 15th Century, later to became the seat of the Republic of Venice. It was made famous for Mussolini's public speeches held there.
The Capitoline Hill overlooks the Forum Romanum and was the site of the Temple of Jupiter, completed by Rome’s last King and dedicated in 509 BC. The name comes from a human skull (Caput) which was found when digging the Temple foundations. The English word Capitol derives from the Capitoline Hill. Piazza del Campidoglio dominates the hill today. Designed in 1536 by the Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarotti, although it took nearly 100 years to complete construction (and 400 years before the pavement was completed by Mussolini). The smallest of Rome’s hills (but the highest and most sacred), the Capitoline Hill has been the religious and political center of Rome since its founding.
6th Stop - Piazza Navona - Pantheon - Castel Sant'Angelo
At the 6th Stop there are quite a few things to visit starting with Piazza Navona where you can find three magnificient fountains. The one in the centre is the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini. The church of S. Agnese in Agone is built on the spot where, according to tradition, the virgin Agnese, denuded before her martyrdom, was mantled in her hair which had grown miraculously to cover her. It is a magnificent Baroque building designed by G. Rainaldi and Borromini. Beneath it are some remains of the original church and of the Circus of Domitian.
Secondly close by is the Pantheon which is the best preserved building from ancient Rome and was completed in c. 125 CE in the reign of Hadrian. Its magnificent dome is a lasting testimony to the genius of Roman architects and as the building stands virtually intact it offers a unique opportunity for the modern visitor to step back 2,000 years and experience the glory that was Rome.
Finally at this stop you can make a visit to Castel Sant'Angelo a fortress built as a mausoleum for the Emperor Hadrian (AD130-139), but it has also been a prison and a papal residence. It was used by former Popes who absconded there for protection in times of danger. There has been a covered passageway which still connects Castel Sant'Angelo to the Vatican. The National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo inside retraces its history. The castle has various exhibits ranging from Renaissance paintings and pottery to antique military weapons. A huge spiral ramp ascends upwards the Castel Sant Angelo for about 400 feet.
7th Stop - St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museums
At stop 7 you can visit the Vatican City with St. Peter's Basilica. St. Peter's was until recently the largest church ever built and it remains one of the holiest sites in Christendom. St. Peter's Basilica stands on the traditional site where Peter - the apostle who is considered the first pope - was crucified and buried. St. Peter's tomb is said to be under the main altar and many other popes are buried in the basilica as well. Originally founded by Constantine in 324, St. Peter's Basilica was rebuilt in the 16th century by Renaissance masters including Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini.
Also here you can visit the Vatican Museums, which boasts one of the world's greatest art collections. They're a gigantic repository of treasures from antiquity and the Renaissance, all housed in a labyrinthine series of lavishly adorned palaces, apartments, and galleries leading you to the real gem: the Sistine Chapel. The Vatican Museums occupy a part of the papal palaces built from the 1200s onward. From the former papal private apartments the museums were created over a period of time to display the vast treasure-trove of art acquired by the Vatican.
8th Stop - Trevi Fountain - Piazza di Spagna - Piazza del Popolo
Rome's most famous fountain and also the set for the famous Fellini movie "La Dolce Vita." The flamboyant baroque ensemble was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and depicts Neptune's chariot being led by Tritons with sea horses – one wild, one docile – representing the moods of the sea. The water comes from the aqua virgo, a 1st century BC underground aqueduct, and the name Trevi refers to the tre vie (three roads) that converge at the fountain. It's traditional to throw a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.
You can visit the perfect spot for a bit of people watching - the Spanish Steps lead from the Piazza di Spagna up to the Trinita Church. The staircase was constructed between 1723 and 1725 in Baroque style. At the foot of the steps burbles the beloved Barcaccia ("Ugly Boat") fountain sculpted by Bernini. You will get a great view from the top of the steps and the position is right in the city centre facing the famous shopping street of Via dei Condotti.
A short walk from the Spanish steps and you can be at Piazza del Popolo, the city's Northern entrance which formed a vestibule into the city through the gate in the Aurelian Walls. Piazza del Popolo itself was known as Piazza del Trullo in the Middle Ages, after the conical fountain which once stood in the centre of the square, reminiscent of a characteristic South Italian dwelling. Its present name may be due to the popular tree, known in Latin as "populus" which also meant people, an apt association, as various public events such as fairs, games and dramatic executions were held there.
9th Stop - Piazza Barberini
Piazza Barberini is a pedestrianized square, named for the adjacent Barberini Palace. Though the traffic around this piazza can get a little chaotic, the beautiful fountains located at the square are worth a visit. The centerpiece of Piazza Barberini is the Fontana del Tritone (Fountain of the Triton), built in 1643, and one of the many masterpieces of the sculptor Bernini, who was a favorite of the Pope and encouraged by the Barberini family.
I hope this information will help you while in Rome should you wish to take a Hop On Hop Off bus Tour of Rome. For for information and bookings you can visit here: Hop On Hop Off Ticket with prices from €14 per child and €22 per adult.
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