Libertyville, IL, May 23, 2006 â€“ TourCrafters, the dependable tour operator that specializes in Italy, has a new product:Â â€œCiao Roma,â€ a full day, hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour of the major monuments of Rome.Â The double decker, open-top buses make 13 stops and passengers can hop off as many times as they like, then hop on one of the buses that circulate hourly from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The 13 stops include the Colosseum, Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza di Spagna, Villa Borghese, Campidoglio, Vatican Museums, St. Peterâ€™s Basilica, Piazza Navona, Ara Pacis, Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, et al.Â In the first two weeks of operation, 5,000 clients enjoyed the tour.Â
The comprehensive commentary is tape-recorded in 12 languages and passengers are provided with individual ear phones. They are also given a 168-page Rome and Vatican guidebook (one book for each couple) that is full of pictures, descriptions of various sites, a map and information on restaurantsâ€”with approximate pricesâ€”and shopping.
The â€œCiao Romaâ€ tour runs daily, except Monday, and passengers can board at the Appian Line office, Piazza dellâ€™Esquilino, or at the Ciao Roma office at the Stazione Termini. The full-day ticket costs $23 and can be bought in advance from TourCrafters, 28085 North Ashley Circle, Libertyville, IL 60048, 800-621-2259, www.tourcrafters.com.