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Free City mini bus

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Free City mini bus

Some years ago we got a little mini bus (which I think was free) that went to various well known sight-seeing spots within the city. Does this still run around.

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1. Re: Free City mini bus

Nothing free that I know of, but there several companies running double decker buses (not mini) that go to the various sites. The transportation company of Rome (ATAC) runs one called the Open 110.

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2. Re: Free City mini bus

Apart perhaps from a private tour which your hotel or travel company had arranged, the only other thing your description brings to mind is the first version of the Archeobus, which used specially decorated minibuses for a while, before going over to their current lowslung opentop buses.

Several years ago and not so very many photos to be found, but there's one here:

roma-antiqua.de/rom-reise-informationen/unte…

And this is the new service:

www.trambusopen.com/index.cfm?Id=archeo

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3. Re: Free City mini bus

The electric buses are minibuses:

www.blogroma.it/files/2009/09/minibus.jpg

They are not free; the fare is 1 Euro, as it is for any other bus in Rome. They are not hop on hop off buses, but they do go closer to many points of interest than regular buses can:

www.atac.roma.it/docunet/file.asp?mid=3&rid=9

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4. Re: Free City mini bus

Yes, maybe you're thinking of the electric buses Zerlina mentioned. If you buy a daily bus pass for 4 euros, you could use them as hop-on, hop-off buses, although you wouldn't get the audio commentary. (I've heard the audio commentary isn't anything special, anyway.)

These buses meander slowly around the small streets where the bigger buses can't go. Once my daughter missed one, but caught up with it before the next stop! It gives you plenty of time to see everything. The 116 has an especially nice route, beginning on the Janiculum Hill and ending at the Villa Borghese near the Pincian overlook. You can get great views of the city on both ends of the route.

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5. Re: Free City mini bus

We used the electric bus 116 called a Trambus , it is dark and light green, holds only 5-8 people. They are easy to miss as being a bus because they are so small and if there are more than 2 of you, you can find they are already full when they arrive.

As to meander slowly, ours raced over the cobbles shaking out our fillings, but they were handy as we were near the start of the route which goes through lots of back streets. We took it all the way to Villa Borghese and back.They run about every 15 minutes but they can catch up with each other if traffic is bad.

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