Libertyville, IL, May 23, 2006 – TourCrafters, the dependable tour operator that specializes in Italy, has a new product:  “Ciao Roma,” a full day, hop-on-hop-off sightseeing tour of the major monuments of Rome.  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. Peter’s Basilica, Piazza Navona, Ara Pacis, Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, et al.  In the first two weeks of operation, 5,000 clients enjoyed the tour. 

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 restaurants—with approximate prices—and shopping.

The “Ciao Roma” tour runs daily, except Monday, and passengers can board at the Appian Line office, Piazza dell’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.