Sightseeing in Rome

There is so much to see in Rome that it may be difficult to know where to begin, especially when you have little free time.

There are a number of tourist offices in Rome.  Some carry information in both English and French. Look for EPT signs (Ente Provinciale per il Turismo). Provincial Tourism Office - Via Parigi, 5 Tel. 06 488991

Tourist Info kiosks

  • Via Nazionale - Largo Goldoni - Largo Corrado Ricci - Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano - Lungotevere Castel Sant’Angelo - La Rinascente Via del Tritone - Stazione Termini
  • Open Tue.-Sat. 10am - 6pm; Sun. 10am - 1pm

Guided Tours

American Express (Tel. 06 67 641), CIT (Tel. 06 4201 4238), Appian Line (Tel. 06 487861) and other operators offer three-hour tours in air-conditioned buses with English-speaking guides. Most of the tours cost about 28,00 Euros although the Vatican Museums tour costs about 31,00 Euros. American Express tours depart from Piazza di Spagna, and CIT from Piazza della Repubblica, both with some hotel pickups; Appian Line picks you up at your hotel.

The Rome Trolley Tour, with a recorded tour broadcast, operates continuously on a circular route, making 11 stops along the way at important sights. You can get on and off at will. Tickets cost approximately 14,00 Euros and are valid 24 hours. The bus operates daily 9:30-6:00.

City Tour Buses

Various types of city tour buses exist in Rome.

The “110 City Tour” (bus number 110) can be taken at Termini every day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Buses leave every 30 minutes. They stop at 80 historical and artistic sights of Rome.

The “Archeobus” runs everyday, from 09.00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. with buses leaving every hour from Piazza Venezia, along Appia Antica all the way to Villa dei Quintili.

There is also a tram “Rome by night”, which runs every evening, leaving Termini at 9:00 p.m. The tour lasts 3 hours, with stops at Gianicolo and the Coliseum.  Another tour bus is the “City Tour delle Basiliche”, which runs on week-ends and on holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  These are good, inexpensive ways to see the city. On average, a stop and go ticket, meaning getting on and off at various stops, costs between 12,91 Euro and 13,94 Euro.

For bookings and information, call 06 46952252.

Information on visiting Churches

Many of the churches are very dark, but they usually have light metres to illuminate chapels and works of art. The metres are coin operated.  Recorded information in several languages is often available at coin-operated machines.


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