15. November 2016

City tours in Rome: Hop on Hop off bus tour, Segway, Vespa and Fiat 500!

Tips and information to city tours in Rome: Rome offers a variety of city tours to discover the most popular monuments and to soak in the Italian atmosphere. For instance, you can take a tour with Hop on Hop off or opt for a typical Italian way of exploration with a Vespa or a Fiat 500. Segway city tours are also offered in Rome.

City Tours in Rome: Everything you need to know!

Hop on Hop off city tour busses in Rome

The concept of a Hop on Hop off city tour is very easy in case you haven’t tried it yet. Basically, it’s a city tour on a bus, often a double-decker. The buses stop at multiple stations which are mostly located near famous sights.

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During a ride with a Hop on Hop off bus, you can get on and off as many times as you like. This allows you, for example, to stop at a certain attractions and continue your ride later to visit another one. But you can also just relax and sit in the bus without getting off at every station.

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There are three main companies that offer Hop on Hop off city tours in Rome: Big Bus, Open Tour and Roma Christiana. You will find more information about each service provider below.

Hop on Hop off Bus tours in Rome

1. Hop on Hop off city tour with Big Bus in Rome

Big Bus is an internationally active company and offers bus tours worldwide with no exception for Rome. The red double-deckers by Big Bus have an open roof so that passenger can enjoy the view on a sunny day. In case of rain or too much sunlight, you will find protected seats on the lower level of the bus. The tour is commented via headphones in 9 different languages including English.

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Big Bus follows a big route through the Italian capital which is slightly modified on weekends or holidays due to road closures. The entire Hop on Hop off tour is about 1 hour and 40 minutes long. The buses stop at 8 different stations at an interval of 10 to 20 minutes throughout the day. Most of them are accessible for wheelchairs.

Prices for a Hop on Hop off tour with Bug Bus

If you book in advance on the internet, you will most likely get a discount of 15 percent. There are no discounts on tickets sold in the bus. Big Bus offers 3 different tickets for its Hop on Hop off service in Rome: They are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The normal price for these tickets is 30 euro (24 hours), 35 euro (48 hours) and 40 euro (72 hours).

Itinerary with Big Bus in Rome

You can check out the bus route by Big Bus in Rome on this map here.

2. Hop on Hop off city tour with Open Tour in Rome

Open Tour is another international service provider for Hop on Hop off tours in Rome. Their buses are easy to recognize through the green yellowish color. They come as double-deckers and offer a panoramic view thanks to the open upper level. Comments to the passing sights are available over headphones in 9 different languages including English. Every bus by Open Tour provides space for a wheelchair. There are two different routes in Rome, the red and the blue route. The red route navigates near the Trevi Fountain while the blue route makes a stop at the Villa Borghese. However, half of the two routes intersect. Overall, the buses by Open Tour cover 10 stations at an interval of 20 to 30 minutes in Rome.

Prices for a Hop on Hop off tour with Open Tour in Rome

Open Tour offers 10 percent discount on the regular price if you buy your ticket on the internet. If you put your order at least 45 days before using the ticket, you can even get 25 percent. There are three different tickets for the Hop on Hop off tours with Open Tour in Rome: They are valid for 24, 48 or 72 hours. The regular price is 20 euro (24 hours), 25 euro (48 hours) and 30 euro (72 hours).

Itinerary with Open Tour buses in Rome

You can check out the bus route by Open Tour in Rome on this map here.

3. City tour with Roma Christiana in Rome

Roma Christiana is a Hop on Hop off tour in Rome which is organized by a company of the Vatican. As a result, the bus tour has a focus on churches and religious sites in Rome. Nevertheless, you can use the service by Roma Christiana to visit the famous Roman sights. The double-deckers stop at the Colosseum and the Vatican among other tourist spots. They pass every 15 to 20 minutes at one of these stations. Moreover, the tours are commented over headphones in 8 different languages including English.

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Similar to the service providers above, Roma Christiana offers tickets for 24, 48 and 72 hours. In addition, you can buy a ticket that is valid only on the day you start using it (whereas a 24 hour ticket is valid for full 24 hours).

Prices for the Hop on Hop off tour with Roma Christiana in Rome

The price for a Hop on Hop off ticket is 23 euro (24 hours), 27 euro (48 hours) and 32 euro (72 hours). The day-ticket costs 20 euro.

Itinerary with Roma Christiana in Rome

The bus route of Roma Christiana can be found on the website of the company.

City tour in Rome in a Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 embodies the typical car for Italians, similar to the Beetle for Germans. Thus, you can find city tours in Rome with a Fiat 500 from the 60s or the 70s. It’s possible to rent a Fiat with a personal driver who can give you insight to the history of Rome. Or, if you are looking for an adventure, you can also choose to drive and explore the city on your own. In that case, you will need of course a valid driver’s license for the tiny Fiat.

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You can rent a Fiat 500 for a city tour in Rome for a few hours or for day trips to Tivoli or the Alban Hills.

Prices for a city tour in Rome with Fiat 500

The small Fiat 500 with chauffeur provides space for a maximum of three other persons. The price of a 3-hour tour with chauffeur is 370 euro for 2 persons.

City tour with a Vespa in Rome

Another typical Italian way to explore Rome is the Vespa. You can rent the scooter without a guide, but there are also guided Vespa tours through the Italian capital.

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On a 3 to 4-hour tour on a Vespa, you can discover numerous monuments and small streets and alleys. Vespa tours are also offered at night when Rome is illuminated by its many lights and fountain. The price for a tour is 180 euro per person.

City tours with Segway

visit-rome-with-a-segwayNowadays you can also explore Rome on a Segway and there are tours which last several hours. The advantage is that Segways are considered a walking aid. As such, they are allowed into the history city center.

Before the Segway tour begins, there will be a short introduction to control your Segway, even though it’s quite intuitive. Everyone can learn to ride on a Segway. However, children under 16 are not allowed to participate in a Segway tour. The price for a 3-hour tour is around 60 euro.

City tour in Rome on a bike

If you like to discover Rome on a bike, you can easily do so in a guided bike tour. Even though there is no public bike rental in Rome, there is a great choice of guided bike tours. The duration is different from tour to tour and varies from 3 hours to half a day or a full day. In the summer, I would recommend a short bike tour in the morning. The price for a 4-hour tour is about 40 euro per person. 

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