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Gray Line - I Love Rome: Hop-On, Hop-Off Panoramic Bus Tour
Rome, the capital city of Italy is known for its rich culture, heritage, and history. It is home to numerous attractions which makes it a captivating and mesmerizing holiday destination. Sometimes it
Italy is one of the most loved travel destinations in Europe. The country is known for its rich culture and beautiful artwork.
Hop-on hop-off buses give an opportunity to see lots of attractions in a limited time. You can see spectacular landmarks sitting comfortably on the bus or hop off at the stops of your choice.
Hop on hop off bus tours are one excellent way to discover new places. With these bus tours, you can create your own itinerary because of the freedom of exploring the city in your comfort. You can enj
Hop On Hop Off tours give you the freedom of roaming the place at your own pace and spending the willing time in a particular site.
Take a Hop on Hop off Rome tour by double Decker open top bus and explore this eternal city at your pace and comfort.
Van Gogh Museum, Heineken Brewery, Rijksmuseum are the delights of the city, and a hop on hop off tour on these places will give an enthralling experience to you.
Used as a romantic backdrop in numerous movies including ‘La Dolce Vita’ and ‘Roman Holiday’, the Trevi Fountain is another key marker of Rome. Nicola Salvi, an Italian architect started designing the ‘Fontana di Trevi’ in 1732 which was completed by Guiseppe Pannini and his team in 1762. Trevi Fountain which was built for the bishop of Rome, Pope Clement XII receives water from a canal built in the 1st cent BC by Agrippa.
What the Statue of Liberty is to New York or the Big Ben is to London, the Coliseum is to Rome. Coliseum, the world’s largest amphitheater which was opened to the public in 80 A.D. is Rome’s most significant landmark. The amphitheater with a seating capacity of 60,000 was constructed chiefly for gladiatorial contests and combats. However, the Coliseum also served as the staging area for games, theatrical performances, circuses, and festivals.
With a population of just 453 citizens and an overall area of 121 acres, Vatican City is the world’s smallest nation. The Vatican city-state which lies within Rome is governed by the bishop of Rome popularly called the ‘Pope’ who’s the head of the Roman Catholic Church. The Vatican has plenty of historic and sacred structures, institutions, and monuments that’ll appeal to tourists with a religious bent of mind.
If you wish to have a bird’s eye view of the Italian capital for free, then visit the Spanish Steps. Not only will you marvel at the site’s architecture but also soak in the ethereal beauty of the surroundings. You’ll also admire the “Fontana Della Barcaccia” or the “fountain of the boat” at the Spanish Steps’ base or foot. However, you’ll have to get there very early (latest by 7 am) to enjoy the attraction and click photogenic pictures. The place starts getting crowded after 7 in the morning.
The Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore or the church of Saint Mary Major is the largest Catholic Church in Rome, and also one of Rome’s Seven Pilgrimage Churches. The church is dedicated to Virgin Mary who appeared in Pope Liberius’s dream, commanding him to construct a basilica wherever snow fell the day after. And there was snowfall on the Esquiline hill even in August, and it was on this hill that the pope built the church.
Marked as a public square since the 15th century, the Piazza Navona is an exquisitely delightful and popular quadrangle in Rome. The Piazza Navona sprawls across a courtyard that was the site of the Stadium of Domitian built by the Roman emperor Domitian in the first century AD. The stadium was originally used for staging horse races and festivals but was refashioned into a public square in the 15th century.
A massive open-air museum, the Palatine Hill is one of the Seven Hills of Rome and was the first hill to be inhabited by Roman emperors. Presently Palatine Hill serves as an al fresco museum that houses relics and artifacts from ancient times. You’ll love to explore the entire site thanks to its terraces, fountains, flowerbeds, lawns, pavilions, and trees.
The Pantheon which has remained intact for over 2 millenniums originally used to be a Roman temple but was converted into a Catholic church in the 7th century AD. A fire damaged the structure badly in 80 AD but was reconstructed with painstaking care. The reconstruction is an embodiment of the high level of masonry attained by Roman architects and builders. Visited by more than 6 million people annually, the Pantheon continues to be used as a church and a wedding venue.