[VIDEO] Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double-Decker Bus Tour

January 27, 2012 by

Bus Tours, City Tours & Sightseeing, Europe

Rome – like most Old World cities – is notoriously difficult to navigate because of its many intertwined layers of urban design, stretching back from antiquity to today. This is part charm, part treachery, for while it is certainly a thrill to wander in a place so beautiful and rich in history, it is also common to find distraught travelers bickering in the heat over wrinkled maps.

In fact, the centro storico (historic center) is not so sprawling or unpatterned as it first appears. I found this Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour to be an excellent orientation guide to the city, providing a pleasurable overview of key sites, with an insightful audio commentary and fresh breeze to boot. The following video gives you a taste of the many places you can see and visit easily and quickly.

It tackles oppressive stretches like Via Nazionale in minutes, delivering us from Stazione Termini to the more central Piazza Venezia, where it stops by the foot of Capitoline Hill. Highlights include a circling of the ancient “Horse Tamers” and their obelisk at the lofty Quirinal Hill; the Colosseum; the Circus Maximus and its view of Palatine Hill, difficult to reach comfortably by foot, and St Peter’s Basilica.

Many streets – designed as they were for pedestrians and horses – are too narrow for a double decker bus; it cannot pass directly by the Pantheon or the Spanish Steps or the Trevi Fountain, but it does stop near these essential sites (which are always an easy walking-distance away).

It is a very popular tour and the top deck is often filled to capacity; however, there is usually a quick turn-around as each stop presents us with still more impressive sites to charm us out of the bus.

Lucas Miller

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2 Responses to “[VIDEO] Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double-Decker Bus Tour”

  1. Chrissy Travels Says:

    The hop-on hop-off tours are the best. I always take the tour first when I arrive in a new city, get my bearings, take it all in, then decide what key attractions I want re-visit on foot. It was also my 65 year old Mom’s tour of choice. I am willing to do more walking, but she is not! It seems they have one in almost every major city now.

  2. Travelyaari Coupons Says:

    Thanks for the article on Rome. The hop-on hop-off tours gives best tourism package to visit Rome. I want to know their latest tourism trips for 2012.Can you give updated information. Thanks in advance.