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City Sightseeing Rome: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus + Vatican Museum

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Key Highlights

  • Dig into a combo bringing in one of the most iconic attractions with a sightseeing trail
  • Cover the best attractions in the city including the Colosseum, the Pantheon and many more!
  • Sink into the experience with riveting audio commentary and free WiFi on the buses
  • Experience the breathtaking Vatican Museum the way you want, with either a ticket or a guided tour
  • Feast your eyes the magnificent Sistine Chapel and its intricate frescoes, mosaics and paintings
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted
  • Overview

    Explore Rome at your own pace in a comfortable open-top bus, and combine a skip-the-line ticket or guided tour (as per option chosen) to the Vatican that can be used anytime between 9am to 3pm. A hassle-free travel experience and a visit to one of the most iconic attractions in the world - this is an experience you don’t wanna miss!

    ROME HOP-ON, HOP-OFF TOUR - 24 or 48 HOURS

    Your City Sightseeing Rome hop-on, hop-off ticket allows you unlimited hop-on and hop-off at the designated stops! Enjoy FREE WIFI on board the double-decker buses and an informative audio commentary, provided in multiple languages.

    The tour includes 8 stops covering all the major Rome attractions. You can hop on the bus at any of the stops and simply scan the QR code on your phone to jump start your hop-on, hop-off tour. Explore sights, go shopping or grab a bite to eat. Assistance onboard is offered for any queries you may have.

    MAJOR ATTRACTIONS COVERED

    • Colosseum
    • Piazza Venezia 
    • Vatican
    • Trevi Fountain 
    • Piazza Barberini 
    • Santa Maria Maggiore 
    • Circus Maximus 

    Download the route map and Download the timetable

    VATICAN MUSEUM

    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.

    Your skip-the-line Vatican Museum ticket is valid for entry anytime between 9am and 3pm. If you choose the Vatican Museum guided tour, you can save a lot of time (around 45 mins) as you skip the long queues to the Sistine Chapel and your guide takes you directly to the chapel from the Vatican Museums. 

    Note: 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.

    About the Supplier: In operation since 2003, City Sightseeing is one of the premier hop-on, hop-off operators in Italy - known for their easily-recognisable open-top red buses.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus: Daily

    Vatican Museum: Daily except Sunday

    Duration

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus: 24 or 48 hours (take your pick)

    Vatican Museums Tour: 2.5 hours

    Vatican Museums Ticket: 1 calendar day

    Start time

    Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus: Buses depart from 9am to 7pm, every 10-15 minutes. 

    Vatican Museum: Open between 9am to 3pm.

    Times are subject to change, please refer to the official website prior to your visit.

    Vatican Guided Tour:
    English: 11am // 12:30pm // 2pm
    Spanish, Italian, French: 11am (on Wed: French and Spanish will start at 10:30am)

    Meeting Point

    • Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour: You can hop on to the bus from any of the stops
    • Vatican Museum Ticket / Tour: Redeem your voucher at the City Sightseeing Visitor Centre located at Via IV Novembre, 147 (near the Colosseum). For the guided tour, you need to choose the language and departure time at the time of redemption. You must arrive 45 minutes prior the departure time for briefing.

    Ending Point

    You can hop off at any of the stops

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 24 or 48 hours - City Sightseeing Hop-Off, Hop-Off Bus
    • Skip-the-line entry tickets to Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (if option chosen)
    • Guided tour of Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel & St Peter's Basilica (if option chosen)
    • Audio commentary in 8 languages on the bus (Italian, English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Portuguese)
    • Free WiFi onboard

    Exclusions

    • Entrance to attractions, unless specified
  • Please note

    Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

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

    In case your chosen attraction be closed on the day of visit, you can choose an alternative date at the visitor centre and continue with your bus tour.

    Disruptions: Rome is a busy city due to its popularity, especially during weekends, events & holidays. Traffic congestion and road closures may cause delays, reduced frequency and changes to the route. However, our activity partner endeavours to provide a smooth and frequent service.

    Vatican Museum is closed every Sunday and special events; check the official website prior visit.

    Dress Code: Please dress according to the requirements for the Vatican and the Colosseum. Everyone (all genders) must have their knees and shoulders covered - shorts and sleeveless tops are strictly prohibited.

    Large bags, backpacks and suitcases are not allowed in the Vatican, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Additionally, there is no cloakroom so we recommend you pack as lightly as possible.

    The tour requires a moderate level of fitness (there’s a whole lot of exploration to do!)

    Additional info

    Tour Restrictions: The tour has limited access for travellers with mobility issues, as well as restrictions on luggage and pets on board. Click here for Mobility Details and Baggage & Pets Details.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Great tour no hastle!

      We enjoyed our tour....

      Carla Ocay, Norway
    • Very Good experience!

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

      Carlos Arrata, Ecuador
    • 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
    • The bus was covered, which was great because it was VERY hot in Rome and the sun was scorching. The city was packed and very busy, but all of our bus drivers did a great job of navigating the streets. At a few stops there were two buses in a row, which was awesome given how busy it was. We also loved being able to skip the line for the Vatican and get right inside!

      Chad Bunce, United States, 04/Aug/2019
    • 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