A visit to the Eternal City can easily become a less pleasant experience if you find that you need a long time of queuing up to buy tickets to various attractions. Here is a list of tickets you can buy online before you arrive in Rome
Tickets for the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
The most relevant entrance ticket if you arrive in Rome is also the most requested. This is a card that promises to skip the queue at the entrance to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Such tickets are sold at a price starting at € 30 per person and include, as stated, an uninhibited entrance to museums where the most important pieces of art are displayed in the world. Discover Michelangelo frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s rooms, the map gallery and other works you’ve probably heard of. Trust the Popes over the generations that they knew to curate the most important works of art that exist. Tiqets’ cards will come to you after your purchase to a smartphone and allow you unlimited time in the Vatican Museums (ie until closing time, yes?). You can also select an audio guide.
When you arrive, you will simply have to show the guards at the entrance the card on your smartphone and then you will be asked to scan the card at the box called Cassa online e Gruppi. A valid ID card must be displayed next to the card otherwise it will not work. Card can not be canceled after purchase.
The last hour of entry is four in the afternoon when the galleries close at 5:30.
How to get to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel? Take Metro Line A and get off at the San Pietro station or at the cipro station. From each stop you will need another 10 minutes’ walk. You can also reach tram number 19 and get off at Piazza del Risorgimento – and then take a five minute walk or take the 49th bus that runs right up to the entrance to the museum. Lines number 32 81-982 will also take you to Piazza del Risorgimento and from there it’s a 5-minute walk away. Those arriving by car have parking at Viale Vaticano.
Tickets for the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pallatin hill
Another place you sure do not want to get stuck in at the entrance to it is the Coliseum of Rome. Here, too, a card is offered that promises to skip the line at the entrance. This is the Best Tourist Saler Card which allows you to stay for three to four hours at the Colosseum.
The opening time of this attraction is 8:30 am and the closing time is 19:15. With the card you can take priority to discover the Colosseum – the vast amphitheater built thousands of years ago and actually get a look from the height of the eyes of a gladiator who once fought on the floor of the Arena.
With the ticket you will enjoy access to the first and second floors as well as to the Arna floor, but not to the third and fourth floors or to the underground level. Also included is a map of the Colosseum for download and if you are interested, also an audio guide in English or Italian. The tickets also include access to the Roman Forum – the center of the Old City and to Palatin Hill, once considered the real estate summit of the Roman emperors.
This ticket is also from Tiqets and it will reach you on your smartphone immediately after the purchase. The order is for a certain period of time, so be precise and arrive 15 minutes before the time you requested to arrive.
You can meet the representative of the company that wears a hat or a flag holder with the name of the company at the entrance called STERN How to get to the point? From the Coliseo Metro Station in front of the Colosseum you will need to circle about half of the building to the left until you reach the WC WC sign, down the stairs and there you find the entrance.
After you finish your visit to the Colosseum, the company representative will guide you through the Roman Forum and Givat Platin. All three sites are valid only on the day of the visit itself and can not be returned later with the same ticket.
A ticket to the Basilica of St. Peter
Another important site in Rome is the Basilica of St. Peter. The ticket for this attraction includes a self-guided entrance and tour and is sold at a price starting at € 20. You will need to come with clothes that cover your knees and shoulders at least and you will not be able to enter with tank tops or shorts. An airport-style security check will also apply to you. The ticket to the site does not include entrance to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, nor does it include headphones that you will need for the audio guide that can be downloaded in 11 languages. You will receive priority in the security check, a digital map of Rome and, as mentioned above, entrance ticket to the basilica. The meeting point with a representative of the company providing the tickets right on the front of the basilica on the right of Saint Peter’s Square, near the police checkpoint. The Saint Basilica was built in the Renaissance style and is one of the largest churches in the world. St. Peter is also known by his Hebrew name Simon Bar Yona was the senior twelve apostles of Jesus mentioned in the New Testament and also considered the first Pope. The name Peter is a translation of the Aramaic word פיתא which means rock.
Combined ticket: Vatican, Coliseum and St Peter’s Basilica
If you plan on going to all three of the above attractions, you might want to try the combined ticket that offers access to all three sites at a slightly better price, about € 78, as of the time of publication of the article.
A ticket to the Borghese Gallery
located in Villa Borghese and contains a collection of art and sculptures that were stopped by the nephew of Pope Paul V. A small gallery with 20 rooms spread over two floors. The attraction is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and the best time to arrive is early morning or afternoon. Tickets are usually not available if you come at the last minute and sometimes even run out a month before the date so you should definitely book in advance to see the works of Caravaggio, Raphael, Bernini and others.
Since 1901, the collection belonging to the wealthy Borghese family has moved to the Italian government, when tourists from all over the world began to see the various works of the family that came to Rome in the 16th century. The entrance ticket allows you access to the gallery and to the temporary exhibition that is displayed if there is one. What should be done? Replace the woccher you receive to your smartphone with a plain paper card.
All this was done in the office inside the museum. You must arrive 15 minutes before time and you can not cancel the ticket. How do you get to the Borghese Gallery? Bus 116 to the station called the Borghese Gallery or line 910, which goes to the Borghese Museum. After the visit you can also continue to Villa Borghese with all the tranquility it offers and the beautiful view of Rome.
Rome Pass card
Another interesting card is Roma Pass. This card is sold in two versions, 48 hours or 72 hours. In both cases you will enjoy entrance to the Colosseum (entrance to only two museums or one 48-hour museum) and free public transport except for trains. This ticket does not include entrance to the Vatican Museum or St. Peter’s Basilica. Next to the identity card and receive the card itself. At the Colosseum you will have to go to the ticket office, secure your entrance time and receive a paper card. The card is activated as soon as you enter the museum for the first time or travel for the first time on public transport. A good option at all and a good price of EUR 28.
Bus ticket, Hop on hop off
An interesting way to see Rome and attraction in itself is the bus on which you can ascend (or get off) at each of the stations it passes. The comfortable tourist bus goes on a journey that lasts a little more than an hour and a half and tickets to it are valid for a day or two or three days from the first use. The first departure time is nine in the morning and the last between five and seven in the evening, depending on the season. Of course in the tourist months it runs until later, ie until seven in the evening.
Along with this card you also get a map of Rome, an audio guide and the option to use free wifi while traveling by bus. You can get on or off this bus in the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Trevi Fountain, Venice Square and other sites. A good way to see and feel Rome is just above eye level. With your purchase you will also have access to an application that includes a self guided tour of the city and tracking bus traffic.
Getting on the bus by displaying the card on your smartphone so you do not have to print anything. The audio guide is not in Hebrew but if you know English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian or Chinese, you can listen to any of these languages. The price is from EUR 23.