Discover Rome and its attractions with IOBUS bus tours.
The best open-top bus tour of Rome.
Visit the most beautiful monuments on board the get on get off open-top buses and with the same ticket you can get a digital guide via app and 6 walking tours included.
Visiting a city from the open top bus gives you a unique perspective on Rome's timeless architectural wonders and with hop on hop off tickets and the IOBUS app you can get off at any stop and enjoy incredible walking tours.
Starting from Roma Termini station, the terminus of the itinerary, the IOBUS bus tour winds its way through the streets of Rome, beginning with the magnificent sight of the Colosseum and Circus Maximus.
If you have chosen the Hop On Hop Off ticket option, you can get off at either of these two stops and walk to the Roman Forum, the Bocca della Verità and the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano.
Also not to be missed is the Orange Garden, a park enclosed within medieval walls with an incredible view of the Eternal City.
Resuming the bus route, the next stop is Piazza Venezia with the majestic Altare della Patria.
From here, you can walk to the Jewish quarter, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Stop number six is the Vatican and on foot you can visit Castel Sant'Angelo and the extraordinary view of St Peter's Basilica via Via della Conciliazione.
The last two stops are Piazza di Spagna and Barberini, from where you can reach the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Ara Pacis and Piazza del Popolo.
Departures every 30 minutes ensure a constant flow of vehicles and allow for maximum service flexibility.
Departing from Roma Termini station, the terminus of the itinerary, the IOBUS bus tour winds its way through the streets of Rome, starting with a view of the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore and continuing with a magnificent view of the Colosseum.
1 - Visiting the Colosseum by bus
A bus tour of the Eternal City can only begin with the magnificent view of the Colosseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Built in the first century A.D. at the behest of the Flavian family, the amphitheatre par excellence was created as an arena for games and fights between gladiators, hunting simulations and naval combat. Today the Colosseum is one of the most recognisable symbols in the world and a must-see for any tourist visiting the capital.
2 - The Circus Maximus
Continuing to explore the wonders of ancient Rome, the bus tour will pass by the Circus Maximus, one of the greatest spectacle buildings of all time, once used for games, competitions and public events of various kinds. With its 85,000 square metres of surface area, the Circus Maximus is an unmissable sight if you want to relive the splendours of the ancient Roman Empire.
3 - Stopping at Piazza Venezia
Resuming the bus route through the streets of Rome, the next stop is Piazza Venezia with the majestic Victor Emmanuel II Monument, also known as the Vittoriano or Altare della Patria. Built in honour of the king of Italian Unification Vittorio Emanuele II in neoclassical style, the majestic white marble architectural complex houses the terrace of the Altare della Patria with the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the equestrian statue of the king and the sommoportico and propylaea.
4 - The Roman Forum
If you have chosen a Get On Get Off ticket, you can get off at one of the first stops on the IOBUS tour and walk to the Roman Forum, also known as the Imperial Forums. Over the centuries the Forum has been the centre of political, religious and commercial activities in ancient Rome. For many years public life took place here until, at the end of the Republican era, it became too small for the population that had reached the city of Rome. Today it is a unique archaeological area and one of the city's main attractions.
5 - The Pantheon
Thanks to the stops and the POP Guide that you can download with your tour ticket, you can discover the city on foot through 6 walking tours and also visit the Pantheon, the best preserved Roman building in the world. Built around 126 AD, Agrippa's Pantheon boasts the largest concrete dome, with a diameter of 43.44 metres and built without a steel framework. A unique sight that is definitely worth a visit.
6 - The Piazza Navona complex
A spectacular Baroque complex that you must see if you visit Rome is Piazza Navona. The square, built on the ruins of an ancient Roman stadium, still retains its characteristic ellipsoidal shape and is adorned with three splendid fountains. The side fountains are the work of Fontana de' Calderari while the one in the centre is the famous Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, designed by Bernini.
7 - Castel Sant'Angelo
Stop number six on the IOBUS bus route is dedicated to the Vatican. Right in front of the stop you can admire the fortification of Castel Sant'Angelo. Built around 123 AD as a sepulchre for Emperor Hadrian, over the centuries the structure has changed its function several times, becoming a prison, a fortress, an archaeological site and, last but not least, a Papal residence. Not everyone knows that Castel Sant'Angelo is connected to the Vatican State by a raised walkway that the Popes used as a secret passageway.
8 - St Peter's Basilica
Continuing from stop number six on the IOBUS bus tour, you can admire the extraordinary view of St Peter's Basilica across Via della Conciliazione. The Basilica is one of the largest buildings in the world, a place of worship par excellence and an architectural jewel waiting to be discovered. From the large elliptical square to the quadruple colonnade, from the iconic dome to the priceless works of art inside, St. Peter's is an unmissable stop on any self-respecting tour of Rome.
9 - Spanish Steps and Trinità dei Monti
The penultimate stop of the bus tour is Piazza di Spagna. From here, getting off the IOBUS bus, you can reach the Spanish Steps and Trinità dei Monti. The Church of the Holy Trinity of the Mounts is one of the most important churches in Rome and is located at the top of the famous Spanish Steps overlooking the Spanish Steps. Absolutely worth seeing.
10 - Trevi Fountain (Barberini)
Very close to the Spanish Steps is the Trevi Fountain, surely the most famous of Rome's fountains. Built of travertine and marble close to what later became Palazzo Poli, the fountain has always been linked to romantic traditions and legends of the beneficial effects of water. Speaking of beliefs, don't forget to throw a coin into the fountain, according to legend you will soon be back in Rome, perhaps on another IOBUS bus tour.