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Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Open Bus Ticket

1. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Panoramic Open Bus Ticket

Discover Rome at your own pace on an open-top hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. See the imperial monuments of Ancient Rome as well as the Baroque and Renaissance buildings of the historic center as you learn about the city's glorious past and present. Experience Rome like never before on our Hop-on Hop-off bus routes. Choose where to start your tour and admire all the best landmarks and top sights of the Eternal City on our Green Route, explore the Italian tastes on our Orange Route, and enjoy off-the-beaten-path sites of Rome on our Blue Route. Onboard the audio guide will provide you with a city commentary as you tour. You can jump on and off as many times as you like during the Daily, 24-hour, 48-hour or 72-hour period from when you first validate your ticket. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes: Terminal 1 (Piazza dei Cinquecento corner Via Cavour)4 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) Pyramid/Testaccio Quarter (Pyramid of Cestius- Non Catholic Cemetery, St. Paul City gate and St. Paul out of Wall) Eataly (Eataly market, Garbatella Quarter, Street Art) Borghese Gallery (Via Pinciana ) Bioparco/Zoo (Via Mercadante 34,36) Villa Giulia ( Piazza Thorvaldsen -National Etruscan Museums,National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) Auditorium Parco della Musica (Via de Coubartin) Maxxi Museums (via Guido Reni 4/a)

Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card with Transport

2. Roma Pass: 48 or 72-Hour City Card with Transport

The Roma Pass network includes over 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites, including the Colosseum, Roman and Imperial Forums, Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis, Trajan's Market, the National Roman Museums, the Caracalla Baths, Borghese Gallery, Circo Massimo, Archaeological Park of Appia Antica, and Castel Sant'Angelo. With the city card, skip-the-line admission will be free at your first museum or site. In addition, you’ll enjoy discounted admission to all other museums and archaeological sites visited thereafter. You’ll also receive discounts with other participating service and activity providers. Explore the city as you travel for free on Rome’s public transportation network. Here is a list of museums, archaeological sites, and experiences included: • Accademia Nazionale di San Luca• Circo Massimo• Circo Massimo Experience• Forum Pass Super (Roman Forum, the Imperial Fora and the Palatine)• Galleria Borghese• Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale• Galleria Nazionale Duarte Antica in Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Corsini • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea• Galleria Spada• Journeys through ancient Rome• Mausoleo di Augusto• MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo• Mercati di Traiano - Museo dei Fori Imperiali• Musei Capitolini• Musei Capitolini - Centrale Montemartini• Musei di Villa Torlonia• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casina delle Civette• Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casino Nobile• Musei di Villa Torlonia – Serra Moresca• Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese• Museo Civico di Zoologia• Museo dell’Ara Pacis• Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina• Museo delle Mura• Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi• Museo di Roma• Museo di Roma in Trastevere• Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco• Museo Napoleonico• Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali (reduced ticket only)• Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo• Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia (service with Roma Pass temporarily suspended)• Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia• Museo Nazionale Romano• Museo Nazionale Romano - Crypta Balbi• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Altemps• Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo• Museo Nazionale Romano - Terme di Diocleziano• Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese• Museum of Civilisations• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico "Luigi Pigorini"• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari• Museum of Civilisations - Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale• Palazzo Valentini - Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino • Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Colosseo (Anfiteatro Flavio)• Parco archeologico del Colosseo, Foro Romano & Palatino - Palatino e Foro Romano• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Antiquarium Di Lucrezia Romana• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Complesso di Capo di Bove• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e Castrum Caetani• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Parco Delle Tombe Della Via Latina• Parco Archeologico dell'Appia Antica - Villa dei Quintili e Santa Maria Nova• Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica• Terme di Caracalla• Villa di Massenzio & Mausoleo di Romolo

Rome: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour w/ Audio Guide

3. Rome: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour w/ Audio Guide

Get ready to experience Rome like never before! Hop on board the open-top, double-decker bus and get ready to be amazed by the stunning architecture and fascinating history of the city. Marvel at the iconic Colosseum, take in the breathtaking views from the famous Spanish Steps, and be awe-inspired by the majestic Vatican. With daily departures from Termini Railway Station and the option to join the tour from any of the stops on the route, this is the perfect way to explore over 10 locations throughout the city. If you're feeling adventurous, why not explore the "eternal city" on foot with our fantastic digital self-guided walking tours? Discover hidden gems and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of this incredible city. Some of the locations you can see on the tour route include: Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore Colosseum Roman Forum Circus Maximus San Giovanni Piazza Venezia Piazza Navona Pantheon Castel Sant'Angelo Vatican St. Peter's Basilica Trevi Fountain Spanish Steps Piazza Barberini Termini Railway Station

Rome: Vatican Pass, Top Attractions and Free Transport

4. Rome: Vatican Pass, Top Attractions and Free Transport

Make your stay in Rome an unforgettable and easy experience with the 3-day OMNIA Vatican Card and Roma Pass combo. These 2 passes cover everything you'll want to do in Rome - historic attractions, top museums, a sightseeing bus tour - and public transportation to help you get around the Eternal City. Let's break it down: OMNIA Vatican Card allows entry to all the top sights in the Vatican City plus a 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour. Roma Pass grants you free entry to 2 out of 5 top attractions plus discounts at a further 30 top sights and a travel card. The OMNIA Card includes: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (R) • Entrance to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with multimedia audio-guide • Entrance to St. Peter’s Basilica including multilingual audio-guide (R) • Carcer Tullianum / Mamertine Prison (St Peter's Prison) (R) • Vox City Audio-Guide* • Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour - access Open Bus Vatican and Rome, Big Bus, and City Sightseeing services The Roma Pass includes free admission to 2 of the following attractions (adult tickets only): • Capitoline Museums • Castel Sant'Angelo (R) • The Colosseum, Roman Forum & Palatine Hill (R) • Borghese Gallery (R) It also includes price reductions to many museums and attractions, including the following: Museums: • 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 in Palazzo Barberini • Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia • Centrale Montemartini • National Museum of Oriental Art • MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma • MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts • Planetarium and astronomical museum Attractions: • Circo Maximo Experience • Trajan's Market • Palazzo Valentini – Archaeological Area of the Domus Romane • Ara Pacis and more! (R) Reservation required. *Download the Vatican & Rome App (available on Play Store or Apple Store) so you can enjoy the Vox City audio guide.

Rome: Discover Roman Street Food with a Local Guide

5. Rome: Discover Roman Street Food with a Local Guide

Tuck into Rome's iconic street food on a guided walking tour of the Jewish Quarter or Trastevere. Learn about local food with five tastings and try delicacies, such as pizza, supplì, and seasonal dishes. Choose between a tour of Trastevere or a tour of the Jewish Quarter, two of Rome's most picturesque districts with group and private tour options available. With your guide, learn about Rome’s history through its most beloved street food. If you've chosen the Trastevere tour, meet your guide on Tiber Island and soak up its unique atmosphere before entering Trastevere. Step into vibrant squares, such as Piazza Santa Maria, and indulge in popular street food, from cheesy supplì to deliciously sweet Sicilian cannoli. If you've chosen the tour of the Jewish Quarter, head to the lively Campo De' Fiori square where one of the oldest open-air markets takes place every morning. Then, follow your guide to Rome's Jewish Quarter and see highlights, including the Portico of Octavia and the Turtle Fountain. Throughout both tours, enjoy five tastings with a sample of wine and beer. Both tours finish on a sweet note with the perfect Italian gelato.

Rome On Your Own: Bus Transfer from Civitavecchia

6. Rome On Your Own: Bus Transfer from Civitavecchia

See the sights of Rome at your own pace with a round-trip transfer from the cruise terminal at Civitavecchia, and get 8 hours to explore the "Eternal City" according to your own interests. Upon arrival in the city center you are free to visit the sites that interest you the most. Go to the Basilica of St. Peter's in the Vatican City and marvel at works of art by Michelangelo and others. Visit the Mausoleum of Hadrian at the Castel Sant' Angelo or discover the temple to all gods at the immaculately-preserved Pantheon. Follow in the footsteps of famous poets at the Spanish Steps, and marvel at the architecture of Piazza Navona, built over the Stadium of Domitian. Discover the highlights of Ancient Rome, such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain and much more. Alternatively, spend the day shopping or enjoying lunch in sought-after neighborhoods such as Trastevere. Travel by modern, air-conditioned coach and benefit from the services of an assistant who will be happy to give you tips on how to reach places as fast as possible. Upon arrival in Rome, get dropped off on Via Lungotevere Marzio "Zanardelli", on the opposite side of the bridge from where the Justice Palace, Palazzaccio, stands.

Rome: Guided Food Tour in Trastevere

7. Rome: Guided Food Tour in Trastevere

Italy has some of the best food in the world. It’s a known fact. Another fact? Trastevere’s one of the best places in Rome to discover, taste and enjoy it all. This foodie’s dream of an experience is a walking tour of all the best spots in the neighbourhood. Follow your local expert foodie on a gastronomical adventure, and prepare to discover the true tastes of the ‘Eternal City’. Indulge in a truly Roman experience and sink into a selection of Italy’s most iconic dishes, from expertly cured meats and aged cheeses to the best carbonara in town. We’ve got some specifically Roman delicacies to try too - as well as some of the best gelato you’ve ever tasted. Of course, no food tour is without a good drink and you will also taste some exquisite wines from the Lazio region. By the end of this tour, you’ll have loosened a notch or two in your belt - that can’t be helped. But you’ll have also sampled some of the best Italian food you’ve ever tasted, learnt about it from the locals who’ve spent their lives perfecting it, and realised, without a doubt, why we say 'cibo italiano' is the best in the world! Unfortunately the restaurants we visit currently can’t accommodate any severe food allergies, gluten intolerance or a vegan diet. We are working hard to create a more inclusive route as soon as possible. *If you want a gluten free tour please book this experience privately and we can create an alternative route*

Rome: Imperial City Tour by Golf Cart with Optional Transfer

8. Rome: Imperial City Tour by Golf Cart with Optional Transfer

Visit the most important sites in Rome on a 3-hour private golf cart tour with a guide. Ride to all the main historical monuments, including the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, and the Pantheon. See the Aventino and Villa Borghese Pincio Balcony, and enjoy the elegance of Corso and Condotti streets and the Spanish Steps. Admire the beauty of the Baroque era at Bernini's fountains and sculptures, such as the Trevi Fountain and Navona Square. Stop for a cup of coffee or a cappuccino at one of the oldest cafés in Rome, the Villa Borghese Gardens. You can choose the option for a hotel pickup and make your holiday in the eternal city a memorable one with this unique tour in the comfort of a golf cart.

Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

9. Rome: 24-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off River Cruise

Experience the sights of Rome from the River Tiber with a ticket to the hop-on and hop off boat cruise for 24 hours. Relax on the open upper decks or comfortable lower lounges, while the on board commentary provides a history of the city and bridges as they glide by. Stretching from the bridge of Nenni to Tiberina Island, the total distance of the cruise is approximately 6 kilometers (3.6 miles). Your ticket is valid for any departure from 4 stops:  1. Isola Tiberina: Lungotevere Degli Anguillara side 2. Angelo Bridge: Lungotevere Tor Di Nona side 3. Justice Palace: Lungotevere Marzio 4. Popolo Square: Lungotevere In Augusta The tour takes you to beautiful sites such as Piazza del Popolo, Castel S. Angelo, the Vatican City, and more. Jump off at the pier on Isola Tiberina to walk across to Piazza Venezia, Piazza Di Spagna, and the Bocca della Verità. From the pier at Castel S. Angelo, you are just steps from St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums in the Vatican City. Commentary is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German or Chinese.

Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Tour Ticket

10. Rome: Hop-On Hop-Off Open-Top Bus Tour Ticket

Visit iconic and historic landmarks of Rome with a  hop-on hop-off bus tour. See the iconic places like Republic Square, Santa Maria Degli Angeli Cathedral, Viminale Palace, and more.  You can get off at any of the stops along the route and explore your favorite spots at your own pace. Ride through the famous attractions including the Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Eliseo Theatre, Trajan’s column, Imperial Forums, Colosseum, Constantine’s Arch, and many more.  You will learn about each attraction and its history through the audioguide. Travel around and through the city center of this historic city on an open-top double-decker bus. 

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Frequently asked questions about Trastevere

Insider Tips: Explore Trastevere like a Local

Romeing is a magazine for tourists and ex-pats visiting or living in Rome and Florence. It features articles written by locals filled with insights and tips for your vacation or if you’re considering relocating to Italy. Check out the Romeing website to discover the best things to do in Trastevere.

What should you see in Trastevere as a first-time visitor?

Wander around the colorful, art-filled streets and get lost along alleyways and beneath dangling laundry that is characteristic of Trastevere. For first-time visitors, don’t miss Piazza Santa Maria and its basilica, one of Rome’s oldest churches that dates back to the 4th century. Travel through Piazza Trilussa to get a taste of everyday Roman living. It leads to Ponte Sisto, one of the city’s most popular pedestrian bridges with live performers and sweeping views of the Vatican.

What are some hidden gems to see in Trastevere?

The quarter has gone from hidden gem to one of the most popular places in the city in recent years, but luckily some spots are still well-kept secrets. The Botanical Gardens are a must-see, located behind the Corsini Palace since 1883, filled with plant collections, greenhouses, and archeological ruins. For art lovers, venture through Villa Farnesina, a breathtaking Renaissance villa that most travelers don’t know about. Just across the tram tracks, Basilica Santa Cecilia is a 5th-century church characterized by its grand landscaped entryway and robust fountain that is equally as historic and beautiful as Basilica di Santa Maria.

What is Trastevere known for?

Trastevere is Rome’s 13th rione, or neighborhood, with its name originally derived from the Latin “Trans Tiberim,” which translates to "across the Tiber," Rome’s main river. Today, the area is characterized by its mosaic churches, bustling piazzas, and lively nightlife. Its cobblestone streets are lined with popular trattorias, casual dive bars, curated shopping boutiques, and art galleries, giving it a vibe as old-school Roman as it is boho and trendy.

What is the average cost of staying in the neighborhood?

As one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Eternal City, Trastevere isn't cheap. The area has become the place to be during a "Roman Holiday", as well as the place to sleep and stay, given its central location, walkability, and charm. While hotels in the neighborhood are generally among the highest in the city, there are some mid-priced options too. Always book well in advance, and try to avoid the peak visitor season.

What are the best food/drink spots in Trastevere?

Luckily, if you’re looking for classic Roman dining, Trastevere is the right place. For drinks, Bar San Calisto is a favorite for cheap Italian beer and a well-mixed spritz, paired with people-watching and occasional live music. For local and organic wine, try Enoteca L’antidoto or Enoteca La Vite. Craft beer fanatics shouldn’t miss Delirium or Big Star for an array of options.

Dining options are limitless, but be wary of tourist traps mixed among some of the best spots. For Roman street food, Supplì and Casa Manco are great options. Roman-style pizza should be eaten at Pizzeria Ai Marmi or Ivo a Trastevere. Craving classic pasta dishes like carbonara or amatriciana? Trattoria Da Enzo al 29 never disappoints. And no trip to Rome is complete without a gelato stop — Gelateria del Viale and Otaleg’s seasonal flavors are always freshly made.

What is the nightlife like in the neighborhood?

Nightlife in Trastevere is generally casual, with a mix of young and older crowds, both locals and visitors. They gravitate towards the main piazzas, open-air bars, speakeasy clubs, and relaxed wine bars. There’s somewhere to suit whatever your preference. The neighborhood comes alive in the warmer months as crowds fill up tables along the cobblestone alleys and pour into the piazzas until the small hours. Discos aren’t what the neighborhood is known for, but Alcazar should be on the radar of anyone who loves dancing and live music.

What are some tips for navigating the neighborhood as a tourist?

Trastevere is centrally located in Rome’s historical center, close to the Vatican, Colosseum, and other prominent attractions, yet has fewer crowds and sometimes feels like a much-needed escape. At times nightlife can get the best of the area, so if you’re staying here overnight and are noise sensitive, stay a bit further away from the river and main piazzas. The best way to get an authentic taste of the neighborhood is to ditch the map and wander the side streets — you'll find the hidden gems that way.

What is the best family-friendly thing to do in Trastevere?

The whole family can enjoy the charm of Trastevere, too, especially with little ones! Piazza San Cosimato is an open square with a large public playground and a daily food market, with locally famous gelaterias and food shops surrounding it. You’ll meet many local families there. For a bit of adventure, climb the nearby Belvedere del Gianicolo, one of Rome’s tallest hills with sweeping views of the entire city.

What is the best thing to do in Trastevere for solo travelers?

Trastevere is an excellent stomping ground for solo travelers, with many coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. Enjoy a morning caffeine kick underneath the Roman blue skies or a late-evening beverage at one of the neighborhood’s casual bars as you watch the city go by. Venture to Piazza Santa Maria or Piazza Trilussa, which come alive in the early afternoon and are still buzzing well into the evening. Get lost in the commotion of the crowds, where you can mingle with other visitors, Italians, and ex-pats alike. On Sundays, stroll through Porta Portese, the city’s largest outdoor flea market.

What is the best thing to do in Trastevere for couples?

Although Trastevere is popular with larger groups, it's perfect for couples too. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the Botanical Gardens and a romantic sunset stroll along Belvedere del Gianicolo. Cozy and casual wine bars offer intimate settings, an expansive wine list, and exceptional small bites. It doesn’t get more romantic than a candle-lit dinner at one of Trastevere’s charming, authentic trattorias.

What are some fun facts behind Trastevere?

Contrary to popular belief, Trastevere has only sometimes been the talk of the town. Originally a neighborhood for the working class of Rome during the Republic, becoming home to fishermen, tradespeople, and immigrants who were isolated from the rest of the city across the river. During the Renaissance, the neighborhood welcomed its first noble family, and Villa Farnesina was built in the early 1500s. Gradually, through gentrification, Trastevere has become one of the liveliest and trendiest areas in Rome, and some go as far as to say that it’s the city’s beating heart.

How easy is it to travel between the different neighborhoods?

Although Rome’s public transportation can be unreliable, the city is easy to navigate on foot if the center is your home base. Trastevere is ideally situated along the river, making it easy to reach all of Rome’s most popular attractions within 30 minutes or less, including the Vatican, Colosseum, and Centro Storico. Explore neighborhoods like Monteverde, Prati, and Testaccio, whose boundaries border one another.

What are the best annual events in Trastevere?

The Eternal City has countless events happening annually, from wine and vintage expos to art and music shows, and the same goes for quaint Trastevere. A favorite amongst the masses is Lungo Il Tevere. Just along the neighborhood’s edge, the banks of the Tiber transform into a summer wonderland as local businesses set up live music, beer gardens, artisanal boutiques, games, and more, all under twinkling lights. For more summer fun, Il Cinema in Piazza, created by the cinema foundation Piccolo America, hosts free open-air movie screenings below the stars in the middle of Piazza San Cosimato.

What are the best things to do around Trastevere?

Just above Trastevere lies one of Rome’s largest and most popular public parks in the Monteverde district: Villa Doria Pamphili. This blissful escape is characterized by its 17th-century villa, pine trees, mesmerizing fountains, beautifully manicured gardens, and many trails for a casual passeggiata (walk) or picnic with family and friends.

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Really enjoyed spending time with Anna and all the other travelers from the us , Norway and Poland. Fascinating how good food could make a bunch of strangers become friends so quickly. Saying good by at the end of the evening was like saying goodbye to family members after a get together . While Anna did a great job explaining the food , the origins and the families - I really appreciated her small touches to ensure everyone was properly served their food, drink and dessert. Would recommend this tour to anyone coming to Rome

The tour was amazing I highly recommend anyone attending this tour! Our guide Anna was incredibly informative and had a fantastic personality. The food and drinks were amazing but our guide was better! Will do this again next time in Rome. Thank you Anna!!

Great, I recommend the trip. A good option for a short stay to visit all the most important attractions and choose those that you want to visit thoroughly :)

Bart was brilliant! He was humorous and made the experience really fun! I had a brilliant time! The pasta was fantastic!! Thank you Bart

Luca was a great guide and the food was delicious!