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Rome Attractions tickets

What is the best online site to purchase Rome attractions combo tickets with & without tour guide?
Looking to purchase tickets for various attractions in advance so recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!

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I'm. not sure exactly what you mean by "combo" tickets but here are the official ticketing websites for the attractions you really must buy advance, timed-entry tickets for to avoid very long queues or, in the case of the Borghese, to get in at all.

Colosseum (+ Palatine + Forum):
https://www.coopculture.it/en/

The coopculture site requires quite a lot of reading as there are a fair number of ticket/tour options, they are released on staggered schedule, and some of the tours sell out within minutes of becoming available.

Vatican Museums:
http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en.html

Galleria Borghese:
https://www.tosc.it/tickets.html

If it doesn't come up in English, there is a dropdown in the lower right of the page for changing language.

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SUPER TICKET?
So I am a bit confused on best option here. I have read the guide books and other posts but still cant quite grasp it. I thought I was good at travel planning until trying to plan this one :). my 15 year old child and I will be in Rome for 3 nights total, arriving 7/16/19 by noon and leaving for Florence afternoon of 7/19/19. We want to do the exact plan in guide book p. 803 - "Rome in 2-3 days" as listed for the first one and two days, Day 1 - Caesar Shffle. Day 2 - Vatitcan. Then leave third open as optional on Borghese gallery and Capitoline Museum or Osita Antica. Given what I am spending on this trip I'm fine paying more for the best ticket/skip line options possible. Very interested in Colosseum. Is the SUPER ticket from coopculture.it the best way to go or are there other options to minimize wait times? Looks like 15 year olds do not need a ticket for any of the sites?
Thanks in advance all!

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I don't believe the Borghese is something you can decide about after you get to Rome. You must buy a ticket in advance, and I doubt very much that any will remain available just 2 or 3 days in advance. Ostia Antica definitely can be a spur-of-the-moment decision, assuming it is open on the day you want to visit. That's something you need to check: the closing days and operating hours for all your sights.

I'm sorry I can't help with the other details, but I will mention that the conventional wisdom on this forum is that the Vatican Museums are mobbed beyond belief and best visited via early-entry before the museums open to the general public. Several companies offer rather expensive early-entry tours. I believe the least expensive way to get in early and beat the worst of the crowds is to buy an early-entry ticket from the Vatican's website. I wouldn't be surprised if those sell out early.

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thanks, there is limited availability for the early Vatican entry so I am grateful for your reply as I booked it!

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OK, Vatican early access done! now if I can just figure out the best ticket /pass to do the "Caesar Shuffle"-Colosseum, (would like a skip the line option or similar) the Forum, and the Pantheon. RS Guidebook lists the Roma Pass as an option or the Super Ticket. Not sure which is best.

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I think there have been recent comments on this forum to the effect that the Roma Pass isn't as convenient as it used to be because there are sights for which you must now make timed reservations--or maybe the deal is that they are no longer covered by the pass; I don't remember the details. If you scan back through the last two weeks' postings on the Italy forum, you should find the information (or determine that I am mis-remembering).

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Thanks acraven, I will do just that! Plus we want to walk around more that take public transit it and since were staying near the Spanish steps it looks like that is possible so super pass is probably the way to go. Leaving in 10 days! my daughter is very excited and I want to make this the best trip possible!

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it looks like that is possible so super pass is probably the way to go

Joe, I don't know what "Super Pass" you're referencing? The Roma Pass and seriously overpriced Omnia Pass (that almost no one recommends purchasing) are the only two tourist passes I'm aware of.

There is a S.U.P.E.R. ticket for the Forum and Palatine but it covers JUST the Forum and Palatine and special attractions at both. It doesn't cover the Colosseum. I don't have the RS guidebook but be aware that there were many changes to Colosseum/Forum/Palatine ticketing this past year and a fair amount AFTER the book went to press.

https://www.coopculture.it/en/events.cfm?id=854

What dates will you be able to visit the Colosseum (Forum+ Palatine)?

Acraven is spot on that the Roma Pass no longer covers Galleria Borghese - and bookings may be full for your dates by now - and you must make prior reservations for the Colosseum if using that pass as well.

http://www.romapass.it/en/FAQ/

I don't believe the Borghese is something you can decide about after
you get to Rome. You must buy a ticket in advance

acraven is correct again: this is a very popular museum and tickets sell out well in advance.

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thanks for the clarification, as far as dates we arrive in Rome for a noon check in 7/16 and wold like to do Colosseum, Forum and Palatine Hill that afternoon if at all possible. Alternatively we could do it the next day, Wed 7/17, late morning to early afternoon since we have reservations for early entry Vatican that am.

So it looks like I can buy the ROMAN FORUM-PALATINE S.U.P.E.R. from coopculture for the dates I want but then will have to buy tickets for Colosseum separately? RS Guidebook page 841 says the SUPER ticket is an option for Coloseum and Fourm but wondering if that may have changed now since when I try to do that in coopculture site you have to pick a specific date and time for specific sites in Forum/Palatine Hill and those are all sold out into August?

I have spent hours trying to figure this out but cant seem to do so. Should have done this weeks ago but here I am.

Has anyone done what I am trying to do recently that could let me know what you did?

Since I cant figure this out I am considering guided tours. Anyone have any recommendations on good guided tours, might be easier to just pay for that and do it all guided if that would save the most time?

Thanks in Advance all

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So I was able to buy the "Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill Ordinary Entrance" option on coopculture at a specific time for 19 Euros for me and 7 Euros for my daughter and I believe this includes a tour. Hope this was a good way to go. Seems I have a reserved time and will be on a short 45 minute tour. But without the SUPER ticket I will not have access to the special limited areas in the Forum since they are all booked it seems. But at least I will not have to wait in line for a ticket.

Then AFTER that I was somehow able to find an option to purchase the SUPER ticket on the coopculture site, where previously I thought it had to be tied to a time to tour the special attractions. And it says for an additional 6 Euros you can upgrade to that. Can that be done when we check in for the Colosseum tour I wonder?

Either I am SUPER STUPID or the SUPER ticket is SUPER confusing :)

Thanks

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We were in Rome May 15-18 2019
The bucket list item on my list the the Vatican tour. We booked a PRIVATE tour Guide Sonia----soniatavoletta63@gmail.com
When I contacted and emailed her she was quick to respond, clear in her instructions
on which site to only use to purchase tickets, where to meet her, she even sent photos of herself and the location we wee to meet one morning. Sonia gave us tour options, spoke many languages and it was easy to understand her English.
Sonia does tours all over Rome - hire her - we did 3 hrs vs 4 hrs and her rate was per hour not per person per hour. My family did not want to spend all their time in museums so the Vatican was all we booked but Sonia highly recommended going to the Pantheon also. Amazing - she was fantastic soniatavoletta63@gmail.com