Rome: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Guided Catacombs Tour

3.8 / 5

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Rome: Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus & Guided Catacombs Tour

From US$ 48.63 per person

Create your own off-the-beaten-path tour of Rome with 24-hour access to the purple line hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus. Take a guided tour through the hidden passages of Rome's Catacombs then enjoy a 1-hour bike rental in Caffarella Park.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Vouchers must be exchanged for tickets.
Duration 1 day
Starting time 9:00 AM
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  • Take a guided tour of the hidden passages of the Catacombs
  • Travel through the city with a 24-hour hop-on-hop-off bus ticket
  • Enjoy on-board recorded commentary in 9 languages and free WiFi on-board
  • Discover the most historic road of the Roman Empire at the ancient Appian Way
  • Explore Caffarella Park with a 1-hour bike rental included in the ticket
Full description
Climb aboard a hop-on-hop-off bus and begin the purple line circuit through Rome. Benefit from 10 stops in key locations, and listen to an informative commentary, available in 9 different languages as you venture beyond the historic city walls to Ancient Appia. Get magnificent views of the historic road from an open-top bus, and jump off to discover some of the best-preserved archaeological areas of the "Eternal City." This 24-hour ticket includes a guided tour to the ancient Catacombs of San Sebastiano. Once you arrive at Catacombs, choose from tours departing in English, French, German, Spanish, or Italian. Stand in the underground chambers where early Christians congregated. Hear about the burial practices of early Christians, and see religious symbols carved into the walls. In addition to this, 1-hour bike rental is included in the ticket price giving you the opportunity to explore Caffarella Park. See the Baths of Caracalla, Cecilia Metella Mausoleum, Massenzio complex, and the Aurelian Walls.
  • Round-trip transportation from Rome
  • Entrance tickets
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

You can start your tour at any of the bus stops along the route: Termini Railway Station; Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore; the Colosseum; Porta San Sebastiano; the Catacombs and Church of San Sebastiano; Caffarella Park; Domine Quo Vadis; the Baths of Caracalla; the Circus Maximus; and Piazza Venezia. The online voucher must be exchanged at the beginning of the tour in order to receive the Catacombs tour ticket. The last entrance is 1 hour before the closing.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts
  • Flash photography

Know before you go

  • It is not permitted to visit churches in shorts, miniskirts, or with uncovered shoulders, so please dress appropriately
  •  The hop-on hop-off buses on the Purple line run between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM
  • The tour may be altered without notice due to unforeseeable weather and traffic conditions
  • Photography is not permitted in the catacombs
  •  Your online voucher must be exchanged with a member of staff from the tour operator
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    3.4 / 5
  • Organization
    3.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.2 / 5
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We are happy to see top sights in 1 day ...

It took a little organizational talent on our part and also a good sense of direction that we were always in the right place at the right time ... The bus schedule to the catacombs should be more visible and it should also be announced that another bus would be taken must, who does not drive so often ... Allow a little bit of time for cycling, because this way of getting to know ancient Rome is awesome, but it takes time ... With our thoughts a successful day!

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July 29, 2019

The employees for the Hop On Hop Off company were very helpful. It was a good way to see many areas and sites in the city. The buses had several problems. On one bus the audio to the headsets stopped working. Another bus was broken down and could not continue so our wait time to continue our tour was longer than normal. It was raining but some buses had only partial cover on the upper deck seats. Ponchos were provided which was helpful. The Catacombs guide was very knowledgeable but the tour was mostly empty tombs and rooms to view from a distance. The advertisement for the tour showed stacks of human sculls but on the tour there was none to be seen. So the photo is just a gimmick to sell tickets and not a reality on the tour. It was not as interesting as we thought it would be.

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December 15, 2019

Bus only ran hourly at an odd time that was not posted clearly. We were supposed to be able to hop on any bus but only the purple line for the catacomb tour. The employees sent us away twice and did not help. Finally we found an employee that understood and let us on a bus and arranged for us to get tickets to the catacomb but since our tickets were over at the end of the day we were going to have to go to the main office. We did not get to go to the catacombs

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October 23, 2019

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