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We will be staying in Rome for a few days after our cruise in July. I've seen some mixed reviews on the HOHO buses, so hoping somebody here may have had some good or bad summer experiences to share?  



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2 hours ago, fabnfortysomething said:

HOHO buses can be good in some cities but not so in Rome

that is because the historic sites are within the narrow streets so buses cant access






I'm a great fan of ho-hos in many other cities, but not Rome.

Or places like Florence and Bath for the same reason - but particularly Rome.

We used it during a few post-cruise days in Rome, same as you're considering, and it was a massive waste of time..

The only noteworthy sights you'll see from the ho-ho are the Colosseum, the Forum, and St Peter's. 

You'll also see Termini station. In fact you'll see a lot of Termini station, because ho-hos sit there for about 15 minutes  waiting for punters.

They also sit near St Peter's for about 15 minutes.

And they can get stuck in traffic.

All very frustrating, . 

They don't even go tolerably close to Trevi, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps etc.


Best way to get around Rome is by metro (though the system is quite limited), local bus, mebbe the occasional (metered) taxi hop, but mainly on foot.


Consider also an evening tour, good for a different perspective and - if you make it your first evening - good for orientation  


I shudder to hear folk planning to use the ho-ho on a port-of-call day - it's an absolute no-no & would ruin that short day,

But it's also a waste of time even if you have time to spare (which you probably won't)


JB :classic_smile:

Edited by John Bull

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I am in agreement that the HOHO in Rome is not recommended.


In addition to the problems already mentioned, be aware that if you get off (to see some of the places you can't see from the bus  :classic_mellow:) you may be waiting a long time to board another bus because of the delays due to heavy traffic but also -- even when a bus does come, they are often full and unless someone gets off, you may not even be able to re-board.

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I used the HoHo in Rome and Paris only because I was not feeling well and wanted to get out of the hotel.   In Rome, as others have said, it really doesn't get close to many things - the stops are blocks away.  And, yes, they do wait at Termini and Vatican City (the stop is down the block or three from the Square).  At Vatican City, you may have to wait for several busses to go by before getting a spot.   I just liked it for getting out in the air and sunshine and just watching Rome go by.   As for Air Conditioning, I honestly don't remember any on the first level - everyone has the windows open.  And, the top level is, well, all open air.  Take sunblock!!!

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