I'm surprised at all of the one star reviews for the 110 Open Bus. I didn't think it was that bad. I paid 15 euros for a 48 hour ticket. The bus goes through the Centro Storico, as well as to the Vatican. It doesn't hit every monument but does drive past all of them at least. On the one hand, everything worth seeing in Rome can be easily accessed by walking or taking the metro/bus. However, after a few days wandering Rome on the rough cobblestone streets, my feet were killing me, I had gone through multiple attempted pick-pockets on the bus, and had been squeezed to death in the stink on the metro. The thought going through all of that again and again to access the monuments was depressing me, so I decided to shell out the 15 euros for the tickets. I bought after lunch on one day, which enabled me to ride the rest of that day, all next day, and until lunch time the third day. We rode around one full time the first time just to relax and get a feel of the route. It was a great way to see all of these cool sites that weren't on our original checklist, like the Mouth of Truth. This allowed us to add some really great stuff to our itinerary. The buses came fairly often. I never waited more than 10 or 15 minutes for one. The buses did get crowded up top since everyone wants the fresh air and good view, so a couple times, I had to sit next to a stranger. I had no issues with the audio not working, though it's not the best quality (sounds like the guy is talking in a tunnel). I have had better audio experiences with open top buses in other cities like Paris. However, I only needed to listen to the audio once. After that (since I went on the bus multiple times), I focused on just looking at the sites and people watching. One day, there was a protest in the afternoon on the streets, and a ton of roads were closed off by the police. The bus wasn't able to access any of the stops except for the Vatican one for about an hour and a half, so we got stuck riding it around and around the city until finally the Colosseum stop opened again. Not the bus's fault, though. Overall, I feel like it was worth the 15 euros (15 euros felt like nothing after paying more than that for disgusting tourist trap meals) because it gave me a chance to relax my feet, avoid public transit crowds, and see some great views and sites. While there are only maybe 8 stops on this route, everything is within walking distance of each of the stops (except the Appian Way stops - try Archeobus for that).
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