We had difficulty finding where the we were to actually begin the Hop On Hop Off ride and were directed by other bus drivers to two different locations of which only one was the correct spot. We were at the embarkment site by 9:00 a.m. and when the bus came it was already quite full (strange for the first ride in the morning.) There were no more headphones available (and I wondered how the tour guides didn't know there would be hundreds more people after us to not have headphones available for even the first group). We sat on top, the view was great and after about 20 minutes a couple who had been on the day before got off and gave us their headphones. We stayed on for a full circuit and then began the hop off hop on process. It is a city you can easily get lost in so doing the full circuit enabled us to see where the on/off stops actually were and where particular sites of interest were (Spanish Steps, etc.)
So much to see and learn and the pretaped history was interesting. It was worth doing indeed, but I took off a star because of the headphones. When that is really the only obligation you have to your passengers, they should be available. The Trevi Fountain was under construction so we could only see part of it (no water) but we sang the song anyway (Two Coins in a Fountain). Wear a hat for the sun if you sit on top - which gives you a fabulous view. Rome is a place of noisy, crowded, narrow streets filled with architecture, history and good food. GO!
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