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Rome Open Top Bus Tours and Tickets 2015 | Hop On Hop Off City Tour

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Date: 2014-11-01 18:04:36


Author: Samuel Heenan

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On your visit to Rome in 2015 you may be thinking of the best way to visit the Eternal City, how to get around and how big the city is. Well, in respect to some other big European cities, such as London and Paris, Rome is quite small with many of the monuments visitable in 2-3 days. However, Rome is built on seven hills, so to get around on foot you will have to be prepared for lots of ups and downs along the way.

St. Peter's Basilica

A great option to see Rome is by the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus, which is an open top bus that takes you around all the major monuments in the city. It is especially worthwhile in Rome as the city has only two metro lines, partly due to the fact that the city has so much history underneath they cannot tunnel the lines without running upon an ancient sacred site, which would need to be excavated.

The Greenline double decker bus offers excellent and confortable seats and air-conditioned space down below if it's too hot on the top deck.

Greenline Tour Bus

So the open top bus in Rome could be a great choice for your sightseeing adventures in the city. The Itinerary for the bus tour is as follows:

1 From TERMINAL STATION   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (P.zza dei Cinquecento - Via M. D'Azeglio corner Via Cavour)
  9:00 AM   18:30 (17:00)    
2 SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Piazza Esqilino, 12)   9:05 AM   18:35 (17:05*)    
3 COLOSSEO   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Via di San Gregorio - close to the entry of Palatine)    09:15 am   18:45 (17:15*)    
4 BOCCA DELLA VERITA/CIRCO MASSIMO   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Via del Circo Massimo - Belvedere Romolo e Remo)   9:20 AM   18:50 (17:20*)    
5 PIAZZA VENEZIA-CAMPIDOGLIO   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Via del Teatro Marcello in front of civic n. 32-34   9:25 AM   18:55 (17:25*)    
6 PIAZZA NAVONA - PANTHEON - CASTEL SANT ANGELO   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Lungotevere Tor di Nona, 7)   9:35 AM   19:05 (17:35*)    
7 ** SAN PIETRO - MUSEI VATICANI   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Via Della Conciliazione, 2 - in front of Auditorium della conciliazione)   09:40 AM (09:55AM*)   19:25 (17:55*)    
8 FONTANA DI TREVI - P.ZZA DI SPAGNA - P.ZZA D. POPOLO   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Via del Tritone, 177)   10:00 AM (10:15AM*)   19:45 (18:15*)    
9 PIAZZA BARBERINI   First Bus   Last Bus   Every 15 Mins
  (Via Barberini, 14)   10:10 AM (10.25AM*)   19:55 (18:25*)    

**In case the street is closed go to stop number six.

With each last bus the tour ends at Terminal Piazza Dei Cinquecento (Angolo / Corner Via Massimo D'Azeglio, Via Cavour) every day, year long, except on the day of the Marathon of Rome (usually the third Sunday in March).

*During Winter Season departures every 30 minutes bus underlined in red.

Summer season Every 15 minutes from Terminal Piazza dei Cinquecento starting from 09:00 am every 15 minutes from stop number 7 San Pietro starting from 09:40am.

The bus is convenient as it passes practically every 15 minutes and goes around all of the major city sites and the beauty of the Hop On Hop Off is that you just jump off to have a look around at each site and then jump back on whenever you like. You have the option to sit on the top part of the bus in the sun (if it's out, which it usually is in Rome) or you can sit downstairs in the covered part of the bus.

The bus ride will include a map of the city and also offers an audioguide in the following languages; English, Italian, German, French, Spanish and Russian. The route changes a little on Sundays due to certain road closures but it's still possible to access all the points of interest.

Taking the tourist bus of the city can save you quite a lot of time getting around to visit Rome and is especially helpful for those of you with little time but still wishing to make some daytrips from the city of Rome to places like; Naples, Pompeii, Capri and Florence, all possible options for a day out of Rome.

The Hop On Hop Off bus has three options; the 24, 48 or 72 hour ticket costing €22, €31 and €40 respectively for adults and €14, €18 and €28 respectively for juniors between the ages of 6-12 years old. Children under 5 years old go for free.

Below you can see a map of the route:

Greenline Tour Bus Route

Once you have made your booking you can wait for the bus at any of the bus stops listed on the itinerary or from the starting point of the tour which is in front of Termini station (P.zza dei Cinquecento - Via M. D'Azeglio corner Via Cavour).

For more information and to make a booking for a bus tour of Rome see: ROME OPEN TOP BUS TOUR

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