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Visit the Vatican City – What to see

Unless you are in the capital for a single day, you can not miss in your itinerary to visit Rome a stop in the Vatican City.

We suggest that you arrive early in the morning (get off at Ottaviano-San Pietro metro stop) when the flow of visitors is still limited. You will still have the whole day ahead of you to visit all of the attractions of St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Grottos, the wonderful Vatican Museums (you should buy tickets online to skip the queue).
Note: If you want to enjoy all the treasures of the Vatican and visit Rome while saving time and keeping an eye on the wallet, you can take advantage of the Omnia Vatican & Rome card which gives you also unrestricted access to public transport and allows you to enjoy several discounts.

Buy the Omnia Vatican & Rome card here

Below we provide you with some information about the Vatican City so that you will not be unprepared:

Where it is

The Vatican City stretches on the right bank of the Tiber, in an area where there was no urban development. The Ager Vaticanus began to be taken into consideration only at the end of the Republican age (1st century AD) when villas and gardens were built there. Later Augusto (63bc – 14ad) completed a naval battleground (naumachia), while Nero (37 ad – 68ad) made a circus. In the circus and in the gardens of Nero, many Christians were martyred, including St. Peter (67 AD).

In memory of the Apostle the construction of the two grandiose basilicas was started: the first wanted by Emperor Constantine in 324, the second wanted by Pope Julius II in the Renaissance and built on the same place as the previous one.

Near the basilica, over the centuries, the Vatican City has been developed, where the head of the Catholic Church lives and that is a jealous guardian of invaluable art treasures.

When it was born

The state of the Vatican was born on February 11, 1929, when representatives of the Holy See and those of the Italian State signed in the Lateran Palace, a Treaty establishing the State of the Vatican City, as an independent state with precise topographical boundaries. The treaty entered into force on 7 June of the same year.

Characteristics

Vatican City extends over an area of 0.440 sq km with a population of about 836 inhabitants. It prints its own currency, but because of the customs and monetary union with Italy it has adopted the Euro. On the eight types of coins, the epiphany of the reigning pope is printed in the national face. It prints also its own postage stamps valid for worldwide shipments, but only when delivered by the Vatican Post.

The state prints its own newspaper, the Roman Observer, and has its own Vatican Radio station, inaugurated by Guglielmo Marconi in 1931.

The official language is Italian, while Latin is the official language of the Holy See.

Inside the Vatican City and in the extraterritorial buildings the service of police patrol and of police are performed by the police officers and by the Swiss Guard.

The Pope

He is head of state and at the same time bishop of Rome. He enjoys full and supreme court jurisdiction over the whole Church. He is assisted in the government of the Church by a Sacred College of Cardinals and by the Roman Curia.

You can attend Papa Francesco’s hearings every Wednesday at St. Peter’s Square (find out how to do it here!)

The Pontifical Swiss Guards

It is an armed body serving the papacy since January 22, 1506, when a group of 150 mercenaries swept into the Papal State to serve Pope Julius II.

To become a Swiss guard one has to meet certain requirements:

he must be of male, be of Catholic faith, have a Swiss citizenship and an age between 18 and 30 years. In addition, one must have served in the Swiss Army and remain celibate (marriage is only granted to those who reach the rank of senior and upper grades).

PASS FOR THE VATICAN AND ROME – MUSEUMS, ATTRACTIONS, FREE TRANSPORT

If you are going to visit Rome in 3 days, but you do not want to turn your holiday into a marathon, a good solution is to use the Omnia Vatican & Rome, a cultural tourist card that will allow you to discover the treasures of Vatican City and the major attractions of Rome and to avoid the queues, by taking advantage of discounts and unlimited public transport.
With this combined pass, valid for 3 days (72 hours), you can in fact:

 

  • Skip the queue and get free access to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum
  • Skip the queue of the Sistine Chapel
  • Take advantage of the special discounts OMNIA Vatican Pass and Roma Pass
  • Discover the eternal city with hop-on hop-on bus tours, by stopping where and when you want
  • Use public transport in unlimited ways
  • Access with discounted prices the best museums in Rome
  • Never lose your orientation thanks to the free pocket guide of Rome and the Vatican

    Notes: The entrance to the Colosseum is free every first Sunday of the month, so in these days it will not be possible to take advantage of the priority entrance.
    The Roma Pass is not available for groups. Groups of more than 9 people may not be eligible for attractions.

MEETING POINT WHERE TO EXCHANGE THE VOUCHER

Office of the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, Piazza Pio XII 9 – 00193, Rome.
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am – 4.00pm, closed on August 15th November 1st, December 8th, December 25th and December 26th.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

From 108 euros

DETAILS

The Omnia Vatican Card includes

Fast-track entry to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
Entrance to the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano and the cloister with a multimedia audioguide
Fast line entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica
Interactive tour of the San Pietro prison with a multimedia audioguide

The Roma card includes also free entry to 2 of the following attractions

Galleria Borhese
Capitolini Museums
Castel Sant’Angelo
Colosseum
The Palatino e the Roman Forum

The Pass also includes discounts for numerous museums and attractions

Museums

National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo
National Roman Museum – Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
National Roman Museum – Palazzo Altemps
National Roman Museum – Crypta Balbi
National Roman Museum – Baths of Diocletian
National Gallery of Palazzo Barberini
Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia
Capitoline Museums
Centrale Montemartini
National Museum of Oriental Art
MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art Rome
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
Planetarium and astronomical museum

Attractions

Appia Antica
Trajan’s Market
Palazzo Valentini
Ara Pacis

Tour Roma Cristiana (Christian Rome) by bus with a panoramic plan. The stops include

Basilica of Saint Peter
Piazza Navona
Pantheon
Santa Maria in Aracoeli
Central stations – Termini
Santa Maria Maggiore
San Giovanni – Scala Santa
Colosseum – Roman Forum
Circus Maximus
Tiber Island
Palazzo Farnese

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VATICAN MUSEUMS – CURIOSITIES ABOUT THE CAPPELLA SISTINA

For those visiting Rome, a stop at the Vatican Museums is a must (click here for tickets of Vatican Museums to skip the queue). They are in fact one of the largest art collections in the world and visiting them is truly an exciting experience.
The rooms of Raphael, the Pio-Clementine Museum, the Art Gallery, the Gallery of Geographical Maps are all attractions not to be missed, but what alone is worth a visit is the amazing Sistine Chapel, work of Michelangelo and undisputed masterpiece of Italian art.

And just to prepare you to know this incredible treasure, we provide below a short list of some curiosities about the Sistine Chapel that you might like to know

Curiosities about the Sistine Chapel

  • The name of the Sistine Chapel derives from Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned the work
  • The marvelous paintings of the Sistine Chapel extend for 1,110 square meters, roughly a sixth the size of a football field.
  • It is not true that Michelangelo has painted his frescos working on his back. He worked on a platform he had invented, which extended over half of the chapel area and allowed him to stand up. The platform was moved halfway through the project. Michelangelo never had the chance to look at his work in progress from below, but he painted from a distance of a few centimeters.
  • In most of the male nudes that decorate the ceiling of Michelangelo, there are many acorns, a recurring motif among the artist’s frescoes to pay homage to the name Rovere (Rovere is synonymous with oak) to which the family of Julius II belonged.
  • The first Conclave that was held in the Sistine Chapel of the Apostolic Palace was that of 1492.  From 1870 onwards the Chapel became the seat of all the conclaves.
  • The doors of the Sistine Chapel were blocked. The word conclave (the meeting of the College of Cardinals for an election of the Pope) comes from the Latin cum clave, that is (closed) with the key.
  • The first mass in the Sistine Chapel was the one celebrated by Pope Sixtus IV on the 15 August 1483.
  • The Sistine Chapel is visited by more than 6 million people a year.
  • The Sistine Chapel today as in the past is also used as a private chapel of the Pope.
  • The Sistine Chapel is dedicated to Maria Assunta (taken to the sky).

The Vatican – Curiosities That You Might not Know

Established after the Lateran Pacts of 1929, the Vatican is the modern version of the State of the Church that ruled most of the central regions up to the Unity of Italy in 1861. The Vatican City is an independent state where the pope is the highest authority. They have a postal service, a newspaper, a radio station and an army, the Swiss guards.

Buy the Omnia Vatican & Rome card here

Below you will find some curiosities about the Vatican that you may want to know

Citozenship

You can not be a Vatican citizens by birth: the Vatican citizenship is aquired by those who, even lay people, reside there for reasons of office or employment. The spouse, children, and brothers of a Vatican citizen retain their citizenship provided they are cohabiting

Swiss Guards

Even though Switzerland today has the reputation of being a pacifist nation, in 1500 it had an unstoppable military force. With their great ability to handle the halberd, a combination of a spear and an axe, the army ground troops were able to demolish enemy legions on horseback. After witnessing their power in battle, Pope Julius II (the commissioner of the Sistine Chapel) wanted some soldiers as personal guards. Since then, the Swiss guards swore allegiance to the pope.
Even though we are used to seeing Swiss guards in Renaissance dresses, in fact the real Pope’s guards are wearing much more modern civilian clothes and arms than halberds!

The Official Language

The official language of the state is Italian. Latin is the language of the Holy See: not by chance the Vatican City law is exclusively written in Latin

The Death Penalty

The death penalty remained in force until 1969 as the punishment for the attempted or done murder of a pope. In that year Pope Paul VI made it de facto but not de jure invalid, which meant that was officially abolished, but was not completely removed from the Fundamental Law (equivalent to our Constitution). It was definitively abolished with the revision of the latter only in 2001 according to the will of John Paul II.

Criminality

According to a study conducted by the German magazine Der Spiegel in 2007, the Vatican is the country with the highest crime rate in the world per inhabitant. There have been 486 criminal cases and 341 civil cases on which the Vatican Ministry of Justice has investigated. The most common crime? Theft.

But How much Money Own the Vatican?

It is not easy to answer because the accounts of the Vatican’s economic activities have not been published for 125 years.
Only in 2012, following the policy of transparency and rigor put into effect by Pope Francis, the IOR (Institute for Religious Works) had to publish the 2012 budget, showing a profit of 86.6 million euros. If you want to know the current budget, see the 2015 report published on the official portal.

The Sanpietrini

In the past, in the days when the Church celebrated its most solemn feasts, the dome of the St. Peter’s Basilica was illuminated with a flame of fire: the pans on which the fire burned were lit by so-called sanpietrini, who climbed along the dome’s curves. The remarkable ability of these intrepid climbers was an object of admiration for foreigners, who considered the enterprise possible only by those who had been practicing it since the youth.

The sanpietrini word is used also for the blocks of leucitite (an eruptive rock), also called flint or paving stone, used to make the typical Roman pavement.

The Colosseum – How Is It Made?

The symbol of the capital city par excellence and an architectural masterpiece of ancient Rome, the Colosseum is the most visited attraction of the city, with almost five million visitors a year.

You can not, therefore, exclude it from your itinerary when you visit Rome, whether you come to the capital for a couple of days, or have a chance to stay longer.

The Colosseum, we guarantee, will knock your socks off, both for its spectacular size (it is the largest Roman amphitheater in the world) and for the emotional impact that it will have on you (you cannot remain impassive in front of the the fact that the building represents a proof of the great cruelty and ferocity of ancient times).

Since there are endless queues to visit this attraction, we suggest that you get the ticket on line, you will save time that could be spent by visiting the other wonders of the capital.

Buy here the priority entrance ticket to the Colosseum

But how was the Colosseum made?
We provide below some news about the structure of what has become the model for all subsequent sports stadiums.

The external walls

In the past they were entirely covered with travertine. They are divided into three levels of arches framed by pilasters (pillars embedded in the wall) with tuscan capitals (lower level), ionic capitals (middle level) and corinthians capitals (highest level). The arches of the middle and upper levels were embellished with statues, while the tallest part featuring windows and corinthian pilasters was characterized by the supports for the 240 pillars that supported the “velarium”, a huge retractable fabric tent covering the arena.
On the ground floor there are 80 archway entrances (vomitoria), that allowed the spectators to enter and sit in a few minutes.

The Arena

Originally it had a wooden floor covered with sand in order to avoid that the gladiators could slip and in order to absorb the spilled blood.

The arena could also be flooded during naval battles (naumachie). Thanks to some trapdoors it was possible to enter the underground spaces and underground passages that constituted the hypogeum.
THE HOTELS IN THUS AREA

Posti a sedere (seats)

The “cavea”, the area reserved to spectators, was divided into three parts: the senators sat in the lower rows, rich people in the middle and the plebeians in the upper ones. The women, except the vestals, were relegated to the top sectors.

As nowadays, the spectators had a numbered ticket pointing to a seat in a precise area.
In front of the seating rows there was a large terrace (the podium), which was reserved to the emperor, the senators and other personalities of respect.

The hypogeum

The underground areas were situated under the whole structure and were used to store scenographies. It was the place where the naval battlegrounds scenographies were built, to be eventually lifted with a complex pulleys system. The gladiators reached the hypogeum directly from the adjoining school, whereas the fierce animals were brought from Mount Celio, where there was a “zoo” where the beasts were locked in cages built within the masonry. From there the animals were brought to the Colosseum by using a goods lift.
If you want to know more about Rome’s most visited attraction, visit the page on the ten curiosities on the Colosseum that you may not know

The Colosseum – 10 Curiosities All To Discover

“As long as there is Colosseum, there will also be Rome; When the Colosseum falls, Rome will also fall; When Rome falls, the world will fall as well”

(Prophecy of the Venerable Beda, eigth century).

A symbol of the greatness and power of Rome, the Flavian Amphitheater, is the most famous and impressive monument of ancient Rome and an attraction that still attracts, after two thousand years, about 5 million visitors a year.

So, whether you plan a short visit, or decide to visit Rome in 3 days or more, a stop at the Colosseum is a must.
Buy the Colosseum priority ticket here!
To let you have some knowledge when visiting this wonder, we reveal some curiosities that you may not have known before. Here they are:

When it was built

The amphitheater was built by the Emperor Vespasian on the grounds of the vast complex of the Domus Aurea of Nero. The work started in 72 a.d. and ended in 80 a.d. under the Emperor Tito. The inauguration ceremony lasted 100 days, during which 5,000 animals were killed.

The size

The shape of the Colosseum is not round but oval. It is an enormous ellipse with a 527 meter perimeter. Originally it was 52 meters tall but today its height is about 48 meters. These dimensions make it the largest amphitheater in the world. At the top there were 240 uprights supporting the “velario”, a huge fabric tapestry that covered the arena. The viewers came from 80 arched entrances (vomitoria) and could fill the Colosseum in minutes

The capacity

The Flavian amphitheater could accommodate 50,000 spectators

The origin of the name

The Colosseum was originally called the Flavian Amphitheater, in honor of the illustrious Flavi family to which belonged the emperors Vespasian, Tito and Domiziano, who started and completed the construction work.The name Colosseum dates back to the Middle Ages and refers not to its size, but to the size of the Colossus of Nero, a giant statue that was at its side.

Another hypothesis is that the name derives from its position, because it is located on a hill where once there was a temple of Isis (from which “Collis Isei”).

Usages

In addition to the fights of gladiators, the Colosseum was also used as a pool for naumachie, that is, representations of naval battles. A civil and environmental engineering professor of the University of Edinburgh, Martin Crapper, suggested that water ran through a series of internal wells and pipes under the stands and calculated that the time needed to fill the entire arena would have been of about 7 hours.

The shows

At the Colosseum the shows lasted for an entire day. The spectators were forced to bring from home soft cushions to be able to sit on the hard stone seats.

Seats

All the people could take part in the games that took place in the Colosseum. Class distinctions were made only for the assignement of seats. The cavea was in fact divided into three parts: the senators sat in the lower rows, the less wealthy in the middle rows and the plebeians in the higher rows. The women (except the vestals) were relegated to the top. For the most well-off classes the seats were in marble, while for the other people the seats were in wood. Like today, everyone had a numbered ticket and each spectator had a place assigned to a specific seat.

The podium, a large terrace in front of the rows of seats, was reserved for the emperor and senators and other personalities of concern.

As a garden

After its decline after the end of the empire, the Colosseum was covered with plants, some were exotic, and grew up with the help of the microclimate of the amphitheater. There would be about 350 species of plants that for centuries have been studied by botany experts.

The Colosseum as a quarry

During the Renaissance it was used as a travertine and marble quarry for the construction of many buildings including Palazzo Venezia and Palazzo Barberini. People stopped taking materials from the Flavian Amphitheater only in the 18th century after a renewed love for the ancient Roman vestiges. It has been calculated that only one third of the original construction has been left.

Among the seven new wonders of the world

Since 2007, the Colosseum has been included among the seven new wonders of the world along with the Great Wall of China, the ancient city of Petra in Jordan, the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio in Brazil, the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, the Chichen Itza pyramids in Mexico and the Taj Mahal in India.
If you are interested to know more about the main symbol of Rome, see the page How is the Colosseum done?

What to see in Rome. The Ten Attractions Not To Be Missed

What to see in Rome? The only answer to this question would be “Everything!”, because the eternal city offers a multitude of jaw-dropping places, monuments, and attractions. Like cherries, a place in Rome is linked to another, so much that it would take months to visit them all.

To raise you from the embarrassment of a choice in case you only have time to visit Rome in 3 days, we offer you a list of what to see: we have selected 10 attractions that are truly unmissable. Some of them are included in the Roma Pass circuit, a tourist-cultural card that allows you to enjoy the museums of Rome and the beauties of the capital with discounts and services.
So here are our tips on what to see in Rome

Colosseum and Imperial Forums (Colosseo and Fori Imperiali)

What to see in Rome: the Colosseum is more than anything else the symbol of Rome and of Italy itself. Started by Vespasian in 72 AD, was inaugurated by his son Tito in the year 80 a.d.. It could accommodate more than 50,000 spectators who came here to witness the fights of gladiators or animals. It is the largest of the Roman monuments that have remained so far and an indispensable stop for those visiting the capital.The visit of the Colosseum can be completed with a visit to the Imperial Forums that you can admire from the Alessandrina street that runs along it. You can get an idea of how life could have been in ancient Rome.

The forums were in fact the main squares of the city, where the public buildings were built, where there was the market and people were busy in business.

You can visit also the Roman Forum and the Palatine Open Air Museum (Museo Palatino): if you have entered the Colosseum your ticket includes also a visit to the latter described two places.
Information: The Colosseum is open every day 9-17 except December 25 and January 1. Until 15 February 8.30 – 16.30; from 16 February to 15 March 8.30 – 17.00; from 16 to the last Saturday of March 8.30 – 17.30; from the last Sunday of March to 31 August 8.30 – 19.15; from 1 to 30 September 08.30 – 19.00; from the 1st to the last Saturday of October 8.30am to 6.30pm. Last entry one hour before closing. Full ticket price € 12, reduced ticket price € 7.50, free under 18 years. Included in the Roma Pass.

Pantheon

The interior of the Pantheon in Rome. It is a temple dedicated to all gods, and is the best preserved building in ancient Rome, that was transformed into a Christian church in 608. The Pantheon was built by Agrippa in 27 a.c., as evidenced by the inscription on the fronton. Both its height and the inside diameter measure 43.3 meters. The extraordinary dome, which represents the largest stone vault ever built, is considered the most important work of classical architecture.

Trevi Fountain (Fontana Di Trevi)

One of the things to see in Rome is certainly the Trevi Fountain. Along with the Colosseum is one of the symbols of Rome in the world. This beautiful baroque fountain, designed by Nicola Savi in 1732, occupies almost all the small square where it is located. It represents the Neptune’s chariot towed by tritons with marine horses (a wild one and a docile one) symbolizing the different aspects of the sea. It is one of the most photographed monuments in Rome.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona, absolutely to see in Rome. It is one of the most beautiful and largest squares of the Capital, a popular meeting place for both visitors and Romans. It is built on the ruins of a stadium dating back to the 86 a.d.. and is surrounded by Baroque palaces. At the center of the square there is the magnificent Fountain of the Four Rivers, Bernini’s masterpiece, representing the Nile, the Ganges, the Danube and the Rio de la Plata.

Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna is among the things to visit in Rome.

This baroque square dating back to 1725, with its famous Staicase of Trinity of Mountains (recently restored), has always attracted tourists and travelers and is still a popular meeting place today. The boat-shaped fountain (Barcaccia) in the square is the work of Pietro Bernini, father of the famous Gian Lorenzo, and represents a sinking boat. It is one of the main places for the night life in the historic center of Rome.

Piazza Venezia

Among the attractions to visit in Rome you cannot miss Piazza Venezia.

Connected to the Colosseum via the monumental Via dei Fori Imperiali is perhaps the most important crossroad of the city. On its sides there are Palazzo Venezia, the first great Renaissance building in Rome and the Vittoriano monument, which was built in 1885 to celebrate the unity of Italy. Opened in 1911, it was then dedicated to the unknown soldier.
Information: The lifts to climb to the top of the Vittoriano are open from Monday to Thursday from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and from Friday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm.

Basilica of Saint Peter

The unmissable Basilica of St. Peter in Rome is located where in the year 324 the Emperor Constantine erected a sanctuary in honor of Peter the Apostle, who had been crucified and buried there.Today’s appearance is due to the Bramante project, dating back to 1506. Artists such as Raffaello, Antonio da San Gallo and Michelangelo participated in its construction. The interiors, as well as the colonnade were designed by Bernini. The basilica is the largest church in the world. The entry is free.
Information: 1 October – 31 March every day from 7.00 to 18.30 / 1 April to 30 September every day from 7 to 19.00. Free admission.

Vatican Museums

The Laocoonte is preserved in the Vatican Museums.

Among the most beautiful museum complexes in the world, they host an incredible collection of works of art collected by various popes over the centuries. To visit them, you can make different itineraries, which all finish in the Sistine Chapel. The buildings hosting the Vatican Museums stretch over an area of 5.5 hectares. Definitely to be seen are the Pinacoteca, the Pio-Clementine Museum, the Geographic Gallery, the Raffello Rooms and the Sistine Chapel.
Information: Monday to Saturday 9.00-18.00 (last entry at 4 p.m. and exit from the halls half an hour before the closing). Full ticket price € 16, reduced ticket price € 8. website: mv.vatican.va/2_IT/pages/MV_Home.html

Capitoline Museums

The equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius is preserved in the Capitoline Museums.

The are the world’s oldest public sculpture gallery. Created by Pope Sixtus IV in 1471, they were enriched by later popes as new statues were brought to light. The museums occupy the New Palace and the Conservatory Palace, both located on the Piazza del Campidoglio.
Information: Open daily 9.30-19.30, 24 and 31 December 9.30-14. The ticket office closes an hour before. Closed on January 1, May 1, December 31. Full ticket price € 14, reduced ticket price € 12. Included in the Roma Pass.

Borghese Museum and Gallery

Boy with fruit basket by Caravaggio at the Borghese Museum and Gallery

They are located in the park of Villa Borghese, the green lung of Rome, and have one of the most prestigious collections of art objects in Rome. In one place you will find concentrated works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raffaello, and the famous Canova statue depicting Paolina Borghese as the winner Venus.

Information: closed on Monday, Tuesday to Sunday from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm Closed on January 1, December 25. The entrance is allowed until half an hour before the closing time.

Full ticket price € 11,00 (9,00 + 2,00 for mandatory booking), reduced ticket price € 6,50 (4,50 + 2,00 for mandatory booking). The cost of the entrance ticket to the museum could be increased after the amount paid at the time of booking for the opening of a temporary exhibition. Included in the Roma Pass.
Of course, the list of what to see in Rome could be much larger, but after seeing just the 10 attractions above, you will be able to return home from your trip definitely pleased!

TOURIST BUSES IN ROME

A tour on the tourist buses in Rome can be an optimal idea if you plan to visit Rome in 3 days and you want to see all the attractions that the eternal city has to offer. You can enjoy the main places that made it immortal while being comfortably seated listening to the explanations of the audio guide: the churches, monuments, palaces, squares and streets of Rome will no longer be a secret to you. With the formula “Hop on – Hop off”, which characterizes the tourist buses in Rome, you will be able to get on and off the sightseeing buses whenever you want, so you can visit the attractions, take a break to eat something or shop for souvenirs .

The offer of tourist buses in Rome is vast. So you will have no problem choosing the company that suits you according to your needs.
Here are our tips:

BIG BUS TOURS

Big Bus Tours offers scenic tours on open buses with audio guides. The “hop on – hop off bus” service allows you to get on and off the bus as often as you want within the hours of validity of the ticket. So you can visit all the attractions of Rome according to your interest and the time you have available. The buses are equipped with air conditioning. Electronic tickets will be sent directly to your Smartphone.

More information and tickets for the tour with Big Bus Tours

CITY SIGHTSEEING ROMA

City Sightseeing Rome offers scenic buses for a tour of the capital with audio guide and hop on hop off service that will allow you to get on and off at any of the 8 stops on the itinerary when you want and for the time that you want. The buses are equipped with free WIFI and the ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours.

More information and tickets for the tour with City Sightseeing Roma

PANORAMIC HOP ON HOP OFF BUS: TOUR WITH CITY SIGHTSEEING OF ROME

Discovering the wonders of the eternal city aboard a panoramic hop-on hop-off bus is ideal if you have little time available or are traveling around the capital with children. On board of the bus of the City Sightseeing Rome company, you can admire all the main attractions of Rome: the Colosseum, Piazza di Spagna, Vatican City and all the other treasures of Rome will have no more secrets for you!

The ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours.

With a hop on hop off bus of the City Sightseeing Roma you will be able to:

  • Spend all the time you want in the various stops along the way
  • Get on and off at any of the 8 stops or sit back and enjoy the whole bus ride
  • Listen to the interesting tourist information of the on-board audio guide
  • Share your fantastic experience with friends and family with free WiFi on the bus
  • Check the location of City Sightseeing by downloading the “Sightseeing Experience” app

Note: the ticket does not include the entrance fees to the different attractions

HOW LONG DOES THE TOUR TAKE?

The whole tour takes 1 hour and 40 minutes and, thanks to the hop on hop off service, you can get off at any of the stops available along the way

DAILY DEPARTURES

Departures are from 09:00 am to 7:00 pm from any stop on the tour. Buses leave every 10 minutes from April to October and every 15-20 minutes from November to March

MEETING PLACE

Any stop on Line A (the stop 6 of the Vatican is in Via Borgo Sant’Angelo, 200 meters before the stop indicated on the tour map)

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

From 25 euros per person

 

LINE A STOPS

  • Stop 1: Terminal A. Termini Marsala/Terminal B. Largo di Villa Peretti/ Terminal C Piazza dei Cinquecento, all’angolo con Via Cavour
  • Stop 2: Santa Maria Maggiore
  • Stop 3: Colosseum
  • Stop 4: Circo Massimo
  • Stop 5: Piazza Venezia
  • Stop 6: Vatican
  • Stop 7: Fontana Di Trevi
  • Stop 8: Piazza Barberini

VISIT ROME IN 2 DAYS WHEN IT RAINS

If you only have 2 days to visit Rome, but the weather conditions are anything but favourable, do not despair: fortunately, the eternal city offers a great number of things to do and see even indoors.
You will undoubtedly find a way to save your holiday and return home satisfied with the visit.

Below you will find our tips about what to do if you are in Rome for two days with the rain:

VISIT A MUSEUM

Visit Rome in 2 days with the rain: the Vatican Museums

One of the things that you can do in Rome when it rains is undoubtedly to visit a museum and you are spoiled for choice. Here are the most important ones:

Vatican Museums
Visit Rome in 2 days with the rain: the Vatican Museums

With 7 km of exhibition space and more masterpieces than those of many small countries, the museums can boast one of the largest collections of art in the world 

Capitolini Museums
They are the oldest public museums in the world. The focal point is a collection of ancient statues, but you will also find many masterpieces of great Italian and Flemish painters.

Doria Panphilj Palace and Gallery
It contains one of the richest private art collections in Rome. The gallery consists of ten rooms, arranged chronologically and filled with floor-to-ceiling paintings. Do not miss the Salome with the head of the Baptist Titian and Rest on the flight to Egypt of Caravaggio and also the portrait of Innocent X by Velasquez.

ENTER THE PANTHEON

The beautiful Pantheon's dome in Rome

A nice thing to do when it rains in Rome is to go and see for yourself if it is true that the rain does not enter.
(This actually happens because the opening of the Pantheon creates a “chimney effect” that is an upward air flow that leads to the shattering of water droplets.Thus, even when there is heavy rain, you have the feeling that inside there is little rain. The fact that there are both central and lateral drainage holes on the floor to prevent puddles from forming on the floor reinforces this feeling).

A TOUR ON TOURIST BUSES

A tour of Rome on hop on hop off buses Rome when it rains: the beauty of a tour on the tourist buses.
A tour on the tourist buses can be a good idea if you are visiting Rome in 2 days in the rain. You will have the chance to see all the main attractions of the city comfortably seated and dry!

DRINK A COFFEE AT SANT’EUSTACHIO

Enjoying a good coffee at the Bar Sant'Eustachio in Rome

Watching Rome in the rain while enjoying a good coffee at the Bar Sant’Eustachio, which is said by many to be the best coffee in Rome, will certainly be a good feeling. You can go there after visiting the Pantheon, if you like.

VISIT THE CATACOMBS OF SAN CALLISTO

A visit to the Catacombs can solve the problem of what to do in Rome when it rains. The catacombs of San Callisto are the largest and most visited ones. Dug at the end of the second century on private land, they became the official cemetery of the newly established Roman Church. Here people found the tombs of about 500,000 people and the tombs of 7 popes martyred in the third century, as well as frescoes and inscriptions in Greek and Latin.