Rome, Italy, one of the ancient seats of civilization, features more museums and archaeological sites than one person could admire in a lifetime. Most visitors come to Rome wanting to see the most famous sites such as the Coliseum, the four Rome Museums, and Vatican City. While there are some beautiful free sights in the city, such as the ground floor of St. Peter’s Basilica, many of the popular sites charge at least some admission.
If you buy the tickets one at a time, they can add up to a significant amount of money.
One of the best ways to save money and still see all that the city has to offer is to purchase combination tickets. There are several popular choices.
The Roma Pass grants you three days of free travel on public transportation as well as free admission to two Rome museums or archaeological sites, out of a selection of 40. Roma Pass is available online or at any of the city’s many Tourist Information Points.
OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card
The OMNIA card also grants tourists free use of the bus and metro system. It offers free admissions to some sites and significantly reduced admission to others. Perhaps the best thing about this ticket is that it guarantees no waiting at some of the most popular destination that have long lines at the height of tourist season. The “no waiting” offer applies to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Gardens, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Coliseum, the Forum, and Palatine Hill.
If you have an interest in the archeology of Italy, this is probably the card for you. It is good for free public transportation for seven days after its first use, and it includes admission to famous Roman structures such as the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the Baths of Caracalla. It is also good for admission to the four Rome Museums. The Archeologia Card may be purchased online and redeemed at any of the included sites except Palatine Hill.
It is a good idea to buy any of these combination tickets over the Internet before you travel. This can help you avoid long lines at Tourist Information Points and at the sites themselves.