What is a Rome pass?
All right, let's start from the basics. There is a chance you heard of this pass thing but don't actually know what we are talking about.
Pass is a collective name given to a package of experiences designed to make you save time and money. The trick is to group several experiences together (they could be guided tour, tickets to attractions and other things) to pay less than we would have pay if we booked each one separately.
Most of the passes give you also the skip-the-line admission, making you saving time other than money. But passes differ from each other: some of them must be used in a precise span of time, other ones grant you other advantages like public transports, audioguides or a digital map of the city.
How does Rome pass work?
Things may vary. Being in 2019, some passes are exclusively digital: you book your preferred offer online, you get an e-voucher on your phone and start your adventure. Others include a physical card and are usually called "cards".
So, without further ado, let's see the options we have in Rome!
1) Omnia Card
Omnia Card gives you free admission (with skip-the-line tickets) to many attractions in Vatican City and in Rome.
- St. Peter's Basilica
- Sistine Chapel
- Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
- Castel Sant'Angelo
- Museo di Roma
- Borghese Gallery
- San Giovanni in Laterano
- Capitoline Museums
Moreover, the Omnia Card grants you unlimited rides on both Rome public transport and Open Panoramic Buses, with Hop On Hop Off formula.
This is a time-based offer: the card is active for three days (72 hours). During this span of time, you can enjoy all the attractions and the services aforementioned. The price is of 113 Euro/$127.27.
You can purchase the Omnia Card here.
2) Rome Globol Pass
Globol Pass: Rome works in a different way.
You can choose between three different versions of the pass: the 5-attractions pass, the 6-attractions pass, the 7-attractions pass.
As the name says, each version includes a different number of fast-track admissions to attractions, it goes as it follows:
- 5-attractions: Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, St. Peter's Basilica, Pantheon (audio-guided tour)
- 6-attractions: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Pantheon (audio-guided tour)
- 7-attractions: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, St. Peter's Basilica, Pantheon (audio-guided tour)
The first costs 59 Euro, the second one 69 Euro, the third one 79 Euro.
Every package includes Vox City Guide: an app for a smartphone featuring a digital map of Rome with audio-guided tours of many attractions and landmarks.
The Globol Pass is the most flexible offer around. And not just because you can choose between the three aforementioned versions. It's also flexible because you have no time limit.
After purchasing the Pass, you communicate to Globol Staff when are you going to be in town and the tour operator will arrange with you the visits, giving you tips about the less crowded times.
Book the Rome Globol Pass here.
3) Visit Pass
Then it comes the Visit Pass, which is, fundamentally, the combination of the previous two passes.
The Visit Pass includes a fast-track admission to the following attractions: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
On top of this, Visit Pass gives you free access to the local public transport AND a digital map to the city, featuring professionally designed audio-guides.
Being the most complete offer, Visit Pass is also the more expensive: you can activate the card for 128 Euro and it lasts for two days (48 hours).
Which Rome pass to choose?
It depends on your needs. We suggest you to consider how much time you will be in Rome and how many things you will actually want to see.