Traveling to Rome would never be that easy and smart until the introduction of Roma Pass. The all-in-exclusive card not only gives tourists some bargains but also encourages them to explore more historical and cultural sites during their visit to Rome. However, not many people know how to make use of all the advantages of this card. And they choose to join the queue instead. So what is included? Is Roma Pass worth buying? This blog will be served as my review for this Roma Pass.
1. What is a Roma Pass
1.1. What is a Roma Pass
Roma Pass is a tourist card which gives you free admission or reduced-price tickets to major attractions and unlimited use of public transport in Rome.
In other ways, Roma Pass is a tourist package which is offered by the Comune di Roma to encourage visits and promote sales to museums, archaeological sites and cultural places in Rome. As a result, this all-in-exclusive tourist card is such a win-win game for both tourists and suppliers.
Roma Pass is available in 2 version: Roma Pass 48h (32€) and Roma Pass 72h (52€).
1.2. Who needs to buy a Roma Pass?
Every tourist can get a Roma Pass when traveling in Rome. However there are some circumstances when you shouldn’t get a Roma Pass:
– Fall into a category which qualifies for free or reduced entry (children under 18 years old get free entry to all national and city museums, disabled people and a companion get free admission to museums if they have proof of disability)
– Visit Rome on a day trip. Who will buy a Roma Pass when they have less than 24 hours in Rome?
– Not the first visit to Rome or have already visited all the top attractions included in the Rome tourist passes.
1.3. Where to buy Roma Pass
You can get a Roma Pass in all participating sites, museums, and tourist offices or also at the subway stations.
I got my Roma Pass at Termini Station which takes us 30 minutes to queue and register (4 people). So it is recommended to buy this card in advance to save time and avoid the crowds.
You can buy this card via:
- Roma Pass official web
- Klook: Buy on Klook app and get a 5% discount by using code BetterOnApp
- Getyourguide: a little bit more expensive and I don’t recommended getting Roma Pass at this site.
2. Roma pass what is included
2.1. Roma Pass – What is included
There are 2 versions of Roma Pass, including Roma Pass 48h hour and 72h. You can find details for what is included in a Roma Pass below:
- First 2 museums/archaeological sites/experience included
- Free use of the city’s public transport network, for the entire validity of the card
- Reduced ticket prices for events, exhibitions and tourist services
- Discounts for admission to participating exhibitions and events, and with other collaborating operators and businesses
- Dedicated booking arrangement for museums/archaeological sites
- Free access to toilets services of P.Stop network
2.2. Participating tourist attractions for Roma Pass
There are a total of more than 45 monuments, museums, and archaeological sites joining the Roma Pass network.
You can find below for the list of participating tourist attractions for Roma Pass (top-rated attractions are highlighted):
|Colosseum||Museo di Casal de’ Pazzi|
|Palatino & Roman Forum||Museo di Roma|
|Accademia Nazionale di San Luca||Museo di Roma in Trastevere|
|Circo Massimo||Museo di Scultura Antica Giovanni Barracco|
|Galleria Borghese||Museo Napoleonico|
|Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale||Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali|
|Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica||Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo|
|Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica||Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia|
|Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea||Museo Nazionale Romano|
|Galleria Spada||Museo Nazionale Romano – Crypta Balbi|
|Mausoleo di Augusto||Museo Nazionale Romano – Palazzo Altemps|
|MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo||Museo Nazionale Romano – Palazzo Massimo|
|Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali||Museo Nazionale Romano – Terme di Diocleziano|
|Musei Capitolini||Museo Pietro Canonica a Villa Borghese|
|Musei Capitolini – Centrale Montemartini||Museum of Civilisations|
|Musei di Villa Torlonia||Museum of Civilisations – Museo Nazionale Preistorico ed Etnografico “Luigi Pigorini”|
|Musei di Villa Torlonia – Casina delle Civette||Museum of Civilisations – Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo|
|Musei di Villa Torlonia – Casino Nobile||Museum of Civilisations – Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari|
|Museo Carlo Bilotti Aranciera di Villa Borghese||Museum of Civilisations – Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale|
|Museo Civico di Zoologia||Parco Archeologico dell’Appia Antica – Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella e Castrum Caetani|
|Museo dell’Ara Pacis||Parco Archeologico dell’Appia Antica – Villa dei Quintili|
|Museo della Repubblica Romana e della memoria garibaldina||Terme di Caracalla|
|Museo delle Mura||Villa di Massenzio e Mausoleo di Romolo|
2.3. Roma Pass – What is not included
Roma Pass is such a useful tool for visitors during their trip to Rome. However Roma Pass is not a mastercard which is able to open every door. So don’t be a fool after getting a Roma Pass.
Here is the list of misunderstanding about Roma Pass which my friends keep asking me:
– Admission to Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and St. Stephen Cathedral’s Dome in Vatican City.
– Ride to both Fumicino and Ciampino airport using public transport.
– Discount on taxi fare (I don’t know why some people assume that).
3. Is Roma Pass worth buying
3.1. Is Roma Pass worth buying
If you ask me whether to buy a Roma Pass or not, my answer would definitely be YES. There are 4 reasons why I recommend this card:
- Holders of this pass will get admission to the Colosseum and Roman Forum which is the main tourist attraction in Rome. The Colosseum is also the reason why tourists from all over the world flock to Rome.
- The card also gives holders Fast Track Entry to tourist attractions. This will be the best advantage. Because time is money, isn’t it? You don’t need to queue for hours just to get a ticket and then queue again to get inside.
- Unlimited use of public transport in Rome (though Rome’s public transport system is terrible).
- Yes, of course a little bit of bargain. Let’s make a comparison. If I don’t use a Roma Pass, I’ll spend 39€ just for Colosseum and public transport in 3D2N (24€ for Colosseum and Roman Forum and 15€ for public transport), while the Roma Pass is only 32€.
3.2. Which to buy: Roma Pass 48h or 72h?
Roma Pass 48h and 72h offers the same privilege for holders and only differs in terms of duration. It may be difficult to choose between 2 options.
In my opinion, you only need to buy the Roma Pass 48h for a 4D3N trip in Rome. 48 hours is enough to visit all the top tourist attractions and you don’t need another 24 hours. Moreover, on the last day you may need to get to the airport which is “404 not found” in the Roma Pass.
3.3. Roma Pass vs Rome Tourist Card
Rome Tourist Card is an upgraded version of Roma Pass which offers more than Rome’s tourist attractions, but also in Vatican city. Holders of Rome tourist cards will get a guided tour of St. Peter´s Basilica and Skip-the-line entrance to the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel.
However, I don’t recommend the Rome Tourist Card since it does not include free use of local public transport. Moreover, it will take you 74€ to get a Rome Tourist Card which is doubled that of Roma Pass. It doesn’t make sense to pay double when you are not even allowed to use public transport.
4. Summary: Review Roma Pass
4.1. Rome travel tips
– Always keep an eye on your belongings since Rome tops the city with pickpocket rate (according to Tripadvisor).
– Tipping is not obligatory since service charge is generally included in the bill.
– Book your accommodation inTermini which is the main transport hub of Rome. I stayed in Hotel Marcantonio which is an affordable and smart option.
4.2. Summary: Review Roma Pass
This is put an end to my Roma Pass Review. I hope that you can make your own decision whether to buy a Roma Pass or not. If you need any more information, kindly find other posts in Italy’s category:
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