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, entrance to museums where the most important pieces of art are displayed. 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.
When you arrive, you will simply have to show the ticket 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 ticket, otherwise it will not work. Tickets can not be canceled after purchase.
The last hour of entry is 16:00. Galleries close at 17:30.
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 bus number 49 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. 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 is the Colosseum of Rome. Here, too, the ticket promises to skip the line. This is a best seller product which allows you to stay for three to four hours at the site.
The opening time of this attraction is 8:30 am and the closing time is 19:15. With the ticket you can take priority to discover the Colosseum – the vast amphitheater built thousands of years ago and actually get a look from the height and 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 Arena 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 sold by Tiqets and it will be sent to your smartphone immediately after the purchase. The order is for a certain period of time, so be precise and arrive 15 minutes before.
You can meet the representative of the company that wears a hat or holds a flag with the name of the company at the entrance called STERN
How to get to the meeting point?
From the Colosseum 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 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 the Pallatin hill. All three sites are valid only on the day of the visit itself and can not be visited later with the same ticket.
Tickets 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. what’s more? 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 (who’ll be providing the tickets) is 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 who was the senior of the 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, Colloseum 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.
Tickets to the Borghese Gallery
Located in Villa Borghese and contains a collection of art and sculptures that were curated by the nephew of Pope Paul V. T
This ia a small gallery with 20 rooms that are spread over two floors. This attraction is open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and the best time to arrive is early morning or afternoon. Tickets may 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, and 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. Replace the voucher you receive to your smartphone with a plain paper ticket in the office inside the museum. You should arrive 15 minutes before time. Tickets cannot be cancelled.
How to get to the Borghese Gallery?
Bus 116 to the Borghese Gallery station 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 ticket is Roma Pass. This ticket is sold in two versions, 48 hours or 72 hours. In both cases you will enjoy entrance to the Colosseum and free public transport except for trains. This ticket does not include entrance to the Vatican Museum or St. Peter’s Basilica.
You’ll need an identity card to receive the ticket itself. The Roma Pass is activated as soon as you enter a museum for the first time or travel for the first time on public transport. Price is EUR 28.
Bus ticket, Hop on hop off
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 until seven in the evening.
With this card you also get a map of Rome, an audio guide and the option to use free wifi while traveling the 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. With your purchase you will also have access to an application that includes a self guided tour of the city and tracking of the traffic.
Getting on the bus is by displaying the card on your smartphone so you do not have to print anything. The audio guide is in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Russian or Chinese. The price is from EUR 23.