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Rome: Daily Hop-on/Hop-off Ticket

1. Rome: Daily Hop-on/Hop-off Ticket

Discover Rome’s art, architecture, and history. With this hop-on/hop-off Rome package, you can explore the city in a manner that best suits your desires, giving you control of your holiday. You will wear headphones that will guide you in your selected language, allowing you to go out and enjoy the charms and atmosphere of the "Eternal City" at your leisure. The itinerary for your open-bus tour is as follows: • Terminal (Piazza dei Cinquecento corner Via Cavour)• Santa Maria Maggiore (Piazza dell'Esquilino, 12)• Colosseum (Via di San Gregorio- close to the entrance of Palatine)• Circus Maximus (Via del Circo Massimo- Belvedere Romolo e Remo)• Piazza Venezia (Via del Teatro Marcello in front of civic numbers 32 -34)• Vatican City (Lungotevere Tor di Nona 7)• Villa Borghese (Via Ludovisi, 48)• Barberini Square (Via Barberini, 14)

Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

2. Rome: Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Bus Tour

Organize your sightseeing tour and admire all of Rome's major attractions, including the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the Spanish Steps. Enjoy stunning views on board of a comfortable double-decker bus and learn about the city's history as you listen to detailed audio commentaries. Also known as The Eternal City, Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Make the most of your vacation by exploring the city's historic monuments and exciting atmosphere with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Admire the architectural sumptuousness of Rome from the deck of the bus, or hop-off at any of the world-famous attractions, such as the Colosseum, Spanish Steps and the Vatican. Pick from 13 languages and learn about Rome's timeless beauty through the complimentary set of headphones. The pink buses are on the move all day long and will take you to the city’s most important monuments and cultural venues while you are comfortably seated. Hop-on and off at your convenience and reward yourself with marvelous views of Rome you will never forget from one of the single or double-decker buses. A Panoramic ticket includes: Stazione Termini Santa Maria Maggiore Colosseum Archaeological Area Circo Massimo - The Mouth of Truth Piazza Venezia - Shopping Area Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & Castel Sant'Angelo Spanish Steps Piazza Barberini and Trevi Fountain

Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

3. Rome: Vatican Gardens Minibus Tour w/ Vatican Museums Entry

Experience both the Gardens of Vatican City and the Vatican Museums on this combo trip with included entry tickets. Learn about the gardens on a minibus tour with an audio guide in all languages, then visit the museums to explore on your own. Start your day with a tour of the Vatican Gardens aboard a minibus. Plug in your audio guide to learn more about the area while you sit back and enjoy the amazing views. Drive through the Italian-, English-, and French-style gardens to admire each of their distinctive features. Marvel at the Italian-style garden's formal, geometric, and Renaissance features. As you move on to the French garden, see its great expression of classical Baroque art, enriched by statues and water features. Continue to the English garden with more memorable geometric features as well as natural and artificial elements such as caves, streams, trees, shrubs, pagodas, pergolas, temples, and ruins. After the visit to the gardens, you'll get access to the Vatican Museums. End your day by exploring one of the most visited museums in the world.

Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

4. Rome: 9 Hour VIP Private Shore Excursion Cruise Pier Pickup

Your trip begins with collection from the cruise terminal in the morning, to arrive at the Colosseum by 11:00 AM, where you will be whisked to the front of the queue. Immediately begin exploring this majestic ruin, the largest amphitheater built during the Roman Empire, designed to entertain the masses with brutal, violent spectacles. Its capacity is estimated to have been 70,000 people, who were all admitted free of charge to watch vicious gladiator fights and hunting simulations involving exotic animals. Included in your skip-the-line tickets is the entrance to the Palatine Hill and Imperial Forums. Explore both above ground and below, marveling at the unbelievable engineering techniques of the Romans and the intricate theatrical system of hoists, ramps, and trapdoors that made the arena function (included in the underground option). For an extra fee you can purchase a guided tour option, an audio or video tour, or complete underground tour. All are available in many different languages. After about three hours, head over to St. Peter’s Square, where you can marvel at the Sistine Chapel, take in the ornate Basilica, and gasp at the massive outdoor plaza. The tour has 18 other possible stops, according to your preference, to be explored at your own pace. Wherever you decide to roam in Rome, the minivan will pick you up at 16:00, and you can take a nap while being safely returned to your ship.

Rome: Historic Center and Vatican Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

5. Rome: Historic Center and Vatican Skip-the-Line Guided Tour

If you are planning to visit Rome but only have one day you need to make sure you make the most of every single second. Our Rome in One Day Small Group Tour is perfect for just that. From the huge Colosseum to the beautiful Vatican City. With Real Rome Tours, you can see all of Rome in just one day! Hit the ground running and skip the mind-numbing queues for the Roman Colosseum, the ancient world’s greatest sports arena! Your guide will enthrall you with tales of gladiators and martyrs that made the Colosseum famous while exploring the remnants of their history together. Next you’ll head over to the Roman Forum to learn how the heart of Rome’s all-encompassing empire functioned and thrived. Forget battling through the crowds inside the Forum, your guide will lead you directly to a stunning lookout point. From there, you can take in the entire Forum complex, including the Senate House and the Temple of the Vestal Virgins. Your guide will make it easy to imagine how the Forum must have appeared 2,000 years ago, with stories of war, politics, economics and religion that shaped the ancient city. Your Rome in one day small group tour, through the Historic Centre, continues with a stop at the stunning Trevi Fountain, which is the largest baroque fountain in Rome. Legend has it that if you toss a coin over your left shoulder into the Fountain you’ll return to Rome. The next stop in your full day tour of Rome is the Spanish Steps for a spot of people watching and plenty of photo opportunities. From here your guide will take you on the metro to the Vatican, where you will have a break for lunch before entering the Vatican City. After lunch, your guide will take you straight into the Vatican Museums, where you’ll skip the long lines of people and head straight in. With your Vatican expert to guide you, you’ll delve into one of the world’s greatest art collections. This specially-curated Vatican tour highlights the best works in the vast collections here, giving you a better appreciation of what you’re seeing. You’ll explore the best of the galleries before heading to the Sistine Chapel. No Rome in One Day tour would be complete without visiting the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and the largest church in the world - St Peter's Basilica.  Michelangelo’s great dome is something that you have to see in real life. Pictures cannot do it justice or portray the sheer magnitude of it. Your local, expert tour guide will explain to you the fascinating history of its conception, location on the Vatican Hill, design, architecture and symbolism.  So anyone who tells you that you can’t see all of Rome in one day hasn’t experienced the professional and friendly service of Rome Group Tours. With us, not only can you see the Colosseum and Vatican in one day, but you can also get a glimpse into the history and how they lived 2000 years ago. Don’t waste your precious holiday getting lost or waiting in line – book your place today!

Rome: Full-Day Vatican City, Colosseum, and Roman Forum Tour

6. Rome: Full-Day Vatican City, Colosseum, and Roman Forum Tour

Head off on a Roman adventure filled with history and beautiful locations. Meet up with your guide to check out the iconic Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry. Marvel at the rooms of the Sistine Chapel, break for lunch, and then visit the Colosseum. End with a stop at the Trevi Fountain. Meet your guide just steps away from the Vatican and enjoy priority entrance as you skip the lines and head straight inside the Vatican Museums. See the major works of art ranging from Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures to Renaissance masterpieces. Much of the tour will be dedicated to the rooms of Raphael and the extraordinary ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. After a break for lunch, regroup at the Colosseum and enjoy fast track entry into the vast arena, the Icon of Rome built in 72 A.D. Once inside, your guide will paint a picture of the Gladiator games that took place in the Roman Empire’s most impressive arena. With the Colosseum behind you, travel even further back in time as you enter the Roman Forum. Learn of the legendary founding of Rome on the Palatine Hill and how a she-wolf rescued and nursed the young twins Romulus and Remus. Change gears and fast forward many centuries as you arrive at the Trevi Fountain, without which no visit to Rome is complete.

Exclusive Best of Rome in Two Days VIP Private Tour

7. Exclusive Best of Rome in Two Days VIP Private Tour

Make the most of your time with skip-the-line access to Rome's Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Catacombs on this two-day tour. Explore the city's center and see sights like the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon. Day 1:  Be picked up at your hotel in Rome and enjoy a driving tour in an air-conditioned vehicle to places like the Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Santa Maria Della Pace. Appreciate the Baroque masterpiece, the Trevi Fountain. Watch the silent flow of the Tiber River, and admire the beautiful Pantheon. Continue to Emperor Hadrian’s Mausoleum and legendary Ponte Sant'Angelo to take in the Castello Sant'Angelo. Break for an hour where you can purchase a nice lunch.  Begin your skip-the-line private tour of the Vatican Museum. Here you will see the art collected by Popes throughout the centuries. Walk through the Gallery of Maps, the Tapestry Gallery, and the Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Day 2:  Embark on a 45-minute tour of the mysterious catacombs, situated along the old Appian Way. Explore part of the 93 miles (150km) of underground galleries that were used as cemeteries by early Christians. Do some sightseeing by bus on the way to the Colosseum.  Pause for a 1.5-hour break where you can find a stop to buy a meal. Start your private skip-the-line tour of the symbol the famed Colosseum. Discover construction techniques that were invented by the Romans. Hear about skilled gladiators and exotic animal fights. Head to Palatine Hill, the residence of the Roman Emperors and the location of the Roman Forum which was the center of political, religious, and commercial life at that time.  Take a walk to uncover sights like the old Senate House, the Temple of Vesta, and the Triumphal Arches of Constantine, Titus, and Septimius Severus. Return to your accommodation at the end of your tour.

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Night Group Tour

8. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Night Group Tour

Explore the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, without the usual hoards of tourists during a 2-hour night-time tour. This tour is only offered seasonally on Friday and Saturday evenings. With fewer visitors to contend with, you're able to better appreciate the iconic art and architecture. Headsets are provided, so you can hear your guide clearly while enjoying a 360 view of your surroundings. Please note that during the evening tour you will not be able to visit St. Peters Basilica. Have a unique experience in one of the most famous buildings in the world, on this night tour. 

Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Guided Tour

9. Rome: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Private Guided Tour

Visit one of the most important museums in the world with a professional guide and benefit from the skip-the-line entrance. Explore the stunning masterpieces collected by the popes and learn about the great personalities and the stories behind them. Lose yourself in the Pinecone Courtyard, the Hall of Maps, the Gallery of Tapestries, and the Gallery of Candelabra and be impressed by the "Raffaello's Rooms". End your tour in the incredible Sistine Chapel and marvel at the beauty of Michelangelo's frescoes: The Last Judgement and The Creation of Adam among others. From there you can access St. Peter's Basilica directly skipping the long security-check lines outside.

Rome: Colosseum and Vatican City Full-Day Guided Tour

10. Rome: Colosseum and Vatican City Full-Day Guided Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Rome in the morning, and then journey by minivan with an English-speaking driver/guide to the main monuments of the Eternal City. Skip the long lines to the Colosseum and get more time to follow in the footsteps of Roman emperors and fearless gladiators. Continue to the Roman Forum to explore the heart of public life in Ancient Rome. Get amazing views from Capitoline Hill and see Trajan's Column on Piazza Venezia. Discover the temple to all gods at the Pantheon, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and see the house where Keats lived at the Spanish Steps. Admire Bernini's fountain in Piazza Navona before getting some time for lunch. Spend the afternoon in the vast galleries of the Vatican Museum and enter Michelangelo's miraculous Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica, where highlights of the cathedral include Bernini's beautiful baldacchino, Michelangelo's Pietà and the tombs of 91 popes.

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4.2 / 5

based on 29 reviews

A excellent way to see the highlights of Rome with the flexibility of staying as long or as little as you want at each site.

So easy to book on line and with a limited time in Rome it will as worth every penny!

your travel excurions were great we had a good time at everyone of them

That was really great !! Well organized and reliable..!! Gladly again!

Great way to around. Get and off at points of interest.