Is Vatican pass worth it?

Should I purchase Omnia Pass(Vatican Pass). Is it worth the money?

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Determining whether this card is worth buying will depend on how long you are staying in Rome, and if your time is worth more than your money.

  • If you are NOT planning on seeing everything that you are entitled to seeing, then you will be paying more with the OMNIA Vatican and Rome Pass
  • If you can plan and buy tickets in advance (for Colosseum and Vatican Museums), then I would suggest you skip buying Omnia Pass.
  • In general, city passes (like Omnia Roma Pass) offers only entry privileges. For any tours, you have to book individually in advance. It is best to book official guided tours for Colosseum and Vatican museums. Hence, Omnia pass is not worth the money. Here is a detailed review

Omnia Pass includes the best of Rome and Vatican

  • The Vatican Museums + The Sistine Chapel + Skip the line privileges +
    Audio Guides
  • St Peter's Basilica + Skip the line privileges + Audio Guides
  • Entry to St John in the Lateran (ornate cathedral that is officially the seat of the Pope)
  • Rome Hop On Hop Off 3 day bus pass
  • Unlimited public transport for 72 hours

PLUS you can choose to see 2 of the following:

  • The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill + Skip the line privileges
  • Castel St Angelo
  • Borghese Gallery (note: you will need to book a time slot even if you buy the pass)
  • Capitoline Museums
  • Museum of Rome

Main reasons to buy the OMNIA Vatican and Rome Pass

1. Skip lines with limited time in Rome

If you have limited time in Rome, you might want to consider buying this pass. If you are in Rome at the height of summer, the lines for the Vatican Museum, St Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum can be unbearable. The pass will allow you to skip the lines and maximize your time.

2. Covers main attractions for first timers

If you only want to see the main attractions while you are in Rome, this pass will be an efficient way to do it, especially if you are not that worried about your budget. OMNIA is especially useful if it is your first time in Rome and you want to see all of the main attractions easily.

3. Free transport

If you are planning on using public transport a lot during your stay or if you enjoy using Hop on Hop off bus tours, OMNIA is perfect.

4. Free audio guides

If you want to go at your own pace with audio guides rather than keeping up with an actual guided tour, then the OMNIA pass is for you.

5. Great during high season with kids

If you are travelling with children who are not good at waiting in queues (you would only be using the pass for the priority entry - children are free at most attractions and on public transportation). If you have children with you and therefore do not want to walk everywhere, then public transport passes for the adults will probably come in handy.

Some Reasons to NOT buy the OMNIA Pass

OMNIA is not cheap

If you are travelling on a budget, then this card is probably not for you. Some of the attractions that they include on the card are actually free of charge (like St Peter's Basilica), so they are charging you for the Fast Track entry. If you want to save money and do not mind waiting in queues then don't bother with this card.

If you like tours

If you are planning on booking tours, then you will be able to skip the lines at places like the Colosseum and the Vatican museums anyway.

You are on a long trip to Rome

If you are in Rome for more than 3 days, then it is probably not worth buying this card. These cards force you to see all of the biggest and most impressive attractions in a very short amount of time, so if you are staying in the city for a bit longer, it is probably worth spreading them out and just waiting in the queues.

You are a DIY tourist

If you are planning on downloading free audio tours online before you go then the included audio tours of the OMNIA pass will not be useful to you. Also you can skip the OMNIA If you do not want to rush through all the major sites in a short amount of time.

If Rome is more than the main sites for you.

Skip the OMNIA If you want to visit more than the Vatican, the Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill and the Borghese Gallery - you can still visit the other things included in the pass in the time you have, you will just have to pay for them.

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How to plan Rome and Vatican without an OMNIA Pass

Consider the Roma Pass instead

An alternative card is the Roma Pass which would allow you to skip the lines at the Colosseum and give you one or two free entry tickets to Rome's biggest attractions (depending on which Roma Pass you buy). The Vatican Museums are not included in this however.

Book Tours

You can skip the lines at most major attractions by booking tours. This would not save you money, but you would be able to bypass the long queues, and your planning would not be confined to 72 hours.

Tours can be booked at all times of the day for places like the Vatican Museums, St Peter's Basilica and the Colosseum, and they will allow you to use a different entrance to the people lining up for general tickets. You could also consider booking an early morning tour of the Vatican Museums, or a late night tour of the Colosseum. You can also book specific entry times to places like the Vatican Museum to reduce waiting times.

Note - Regardless of whether you have a city pass, you should note that you will need to book a specific time slot to visit the Borghese Gallery. This site only allows a certain amount of people in each day, so you should book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Walk!

It is important to note that in general the historic centre of Rome is very walkable, and unless you have a mobility issue or are travelling with young children who cannot walk for long periods of time, then the unlimited transport might not be very useful to you. It is possible to walk to all of the destinations included in the pass if you plan your day correctly, and public transport will generally only cost about €1.50.

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