I was definitely overwhelmed when I was planning the Rome trip since there was so many things I wanted to see. I was trying to figure out whether the Omnia Vatican and Rome Card or Roma Pass was worth it.
Before deciding whether to buy these passes, I first listed out all the places I wanted to visit. This way I could figure out how much each individual tickets cost me versus buying one of these passes.
Out of all the attractions I wanted to see, there was only two I had to pay money for. They were the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine.The Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel Individual cost: 16 euros Individual + audio guide: 23 euros Pre-sales fee: 4 euros Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Individual cost: 14 euros – available for 2 consecutive days! Free admission first Sunday of the month. Total cost if bought individually with audio guide: 41 euros Omnia Vatican and Rome Trip Individual cost: 95 euros – valid for 3 days Includes both Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel and Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine. They also say St. Peter’s Basilica is included but it’s free to get in! Includes hop-on-and-off bus tour. Roma Pass Individual cost: 36 euros – valid for 3 days 48 hours pass: 28 euros Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine is included but not the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Includes public transport network.
In the end, I decided it wasn’t worth it for us to get the passes. It made more sense for us to buy tickets individually. Plus I didn’t want to feel “pressure” to visit some of the other attractions that cost money just to get my money’s worth.
My advice would be to first plan out all the sights you want to see especially if you’re there for a limited time. Then figure out which ones you have to pay for. And then calculate what the total individual cost are. Check if those attractions are covered by the passes and then calculate the difference between the total individual cost and the pass. You can’t trust the passes website on how much those attraction costs since I’ve noticed they marked them higher than it actually is so be careful! Also, if you buy tickets ahead of time, you can skip the line and go to the front. You don’t need one of these passes to skip the line.
Have you used any of these tourist passes before? Did you think it was worth it?