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Roma Pass

Help! We leave Wednesday for Rome and need to decide whether to purchase the RomaPass (recommended in Rick Steves gudiebook) or just book a group tours of Coliseum and Vatican. Friend just got back and said lines where very long especially Vatican and St. Peters and the group tour bypassed all lines. Would the Roma Pass do the same? Thanks for help. I too am watching the volcano :(

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The Roma Pass will work for the Colosseum and also counts as a single ticket for Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. When I was there three weeks ago, I bypassed a huge line at the Colosseum because of the dedicated line for Roma Pass holders. I did not wait at all. It does not work for the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum is not included but you can bypass all the lines by making a reservation on their website for 19euros/person. This was fantastic in the morning.

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The romapass will allow you to bypass the line at the colosseum. The line can be quite long but if you decide not to get the pass you can buy your tickets at the palatine hill or forum entrance. It is a combo ticket good for all three sites. You have 2 consecutive days to see the three sites on the single ticket.

The romapass will not work at the vatican museums as the vatican is not part of Rome, it is a separate country even though it is right across the river. If you want to book a tour or pre-purchase tickets to the vatican museums you can do so at:


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If you decide not to get it, show up early to the Coliseum, we just walked right in about 30 minutes after opening and and were one of the few there until the tour groups arrived about an hour after us!

Also if you don't want to book a tour of St Peter's. We went to St Peters right in the morning and then the Vatican Museums in the afternoon and it took no more than 20 minutes to get in both.

We were there last June.

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The vatican only gives tours of the basilica on Saturdays. You can enter the basilica any time you wish after you go through the security check point.

We had a report last week that lines for the vatican museums were about an hour at 1 pm. This is unusual but it does happen. To avoid the lines you can pre-purchase tickets for a 4 euros fee through the vatican website.