Sunday, March 25, 2012
Rome : Ciao Roma Bus Tour
Most of our group headed off on Saturday morning to watch Scotland be beaten into submission by Italy at the Rugby, but Diane and I decided that a relaxing tour around Rome on a hop-on hop-off bus in the sun seemed like a much better use of our time.
We asked the concierge at our hotel (Hotel Eden) where was the closest stop for one of these tours and he pointed it out, about 100 metres up the street - easy peasy!
There was a Ciao Roma bus ready to go, and they offered us discounted tickets as we didn't want to hop-off, we just wanted to stay on and do the whole circuit and get back off at our original starting point. We only paid €13 per person and the loop took nearly 2 hours.
You know my love of the hop-on hop-off bus from one of my earlier blog posts, and this one was no different. It was a beautiful sunny day, so we headed to the open top-deck and, after about 2 stops, snagged the front seats when someone got off. We spent the next 2 hours cruising about in the sun, looking at amazing things like the Santa Maria Maggiore, Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus and the Colosseum. It's such a great way to see a town if you're pushed for time.
You can book tickets online here, or just lob up at one of their bus stops and buy them on the spot.