Omnia Vatican & Rome Card 2014

Omnia Vatican & Rome Card 2014

Omnia Vatican & Rome Card

After the Roma Pass and the Roma & Più Pass there is now, for the first time, a pass combining Rome’s religious and secular tourist attractions. The Vatican City and the Vatican-run Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi have joined forces and created the Omnia Vatican & Rome card. The card is valid for 3 days and costs 95 Euros for adults and 65 Euros for children aged 6 to 12 (although sometimes 10% discounts are offered). Their website says:

With OMNIA you have a unique portfolio of services that permits you to visit basilicas, religious and cultural monuments, and it also gives you access to the Roma Cristiana Open Bus and the city’s public transportation system.

The new Omnia Vatican & Rome card includes the following:

  • Fast-track access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Fast-track access to St. Peter’s Basilica, or to the Vatican Gardens, plus a panoramic tour by Minibus and audio guide.
  • Fast-track access to the Basilica of St. John in the Lateran and cloister with audio guide
  • Fast-track access to the Mamertine Prison and multimedia tour
  • Fast-track access to the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with audio guide
  • Entrance to one of the museums or archaeological sites included in the Roma Pass circuit.
  • Visit Rome with the Roma Cristiana Open Bus and Minibus Experience
  • Easy access to Rome’s public transportation system included in the Roma Pass
  • Two information leaflets on museums and information on the Roma Pass
  • 4 itineraries with audio guide to visit the city individually
  • City center map of Rome

Some of this sounds better than it is in reality, though. The fast-track access to the Basilica of Saint John in the Lateran would be great if not for the fact that there is never a queue anyway. The same goes for the Mamertine Prison. The two (wow!) information leaflets on museums and information on the Roma Pass can easily be found on the internet. A visit to the Vatican Gardens is definitely an added pleasure to the usual Rome tourist itinerary, but that would mean forfeiting your fast-track access to Saint Peter’s Basilica.

The price of the Roma Pass is 34 Euros, the price of the Omnia Pass is 95 Euros, so basically you are paying 61 Euros for fast track access to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (20 Euros normally), fast-track access to Saint Peter’s (which in itself is free) and to the Basilica of Saint John in Lateran (free), the Mamertine Prison (10 Euros for adults, but would you normally have visited this?) and the Roma Cristiana Open Bus tour (18 Euros for adults, but would you normally have done this tour, apart from the fact that you might be running out of time by now?).

You can purchase the Omnia Vatican & Rome Card online or at the ORP – Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi offices and the Tourist Information Kiosks. If you buy the pass online you will need to exchange your voucher at one of the ORP offices. The Tourist Information Kiosks do not exchange the vouchers.

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4 Responses to Omnia Vatican & Rome Card 2014

  1. Ion Manea says:

    We spent 5 days in Rome at the beginning of September.
    We purchased 2 Omnia cards from the first day.

    To make a long story short we were totally disappointed with the services and “value” provided by Omnia card and we strongly advise anyone to save his money and frustration. Their claims are misleading at best. You are better off on your own, paying for what you need as you go along.
    Ion and Ecaterina M.
    Toronto, Canada

  2. bob lee says:

    to Ion

    im considering 5 days to rome myself

    why was the omnia card not a good investment
    can you tell me about your experience with this card
    was it a “scam” did it fullfill what the card said it would and save time and money and line waiting

    thanks

  3. Jennifer says:

    Not sure what the other reviewer’s complaints were. We bought the Omnia card and it was great–we didn’t have to buy a bus or subway ticket for three days, and we got into the Coliseum, the Roman Forum/Capitaline Hill, Vatican and St. Peter’s without paying a dime more and–huge accolades–we skipped the incredibly long lines to get into all of these locations. The only rip-off, I suppose, is that you can’t get into all the other available sites in three days, so you have to plan what you want to see or buy multiple sets of passes, which I would recommend if you plan on being in the city for more than three days and want to see some of the other attractions–it’s worth it just to avoid the lines, if you are in the city during peak tourist season (July through middle of August).

  4. admin says:

    It’s a matter of calculations, Jennifer. Entrance to the Vatican Museums is 16 Euros (or, if you book in advance in order to skip the queues 20 Euros). Saint Peter’s is free anyway. The Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill together cost 14 Euros (a 3-in-1 ticket, which, if you purchase it at the Palatine Hill, where the queues are negligible, allows you to skip the line at the Colosseum) and a 3 day public transport pass costs 16,50 Euros (but you really will not be using public transport that often anyway). So you come to a total of, at the worst, 20 + 14 + 16,50 makes 50,50 Euros, which is still a lot less than the Omnia Card (90 Euros, for 2013).
    (Also, July-August is definitely not peak-season in Rome, that’s just what travel agents tell you in order to up their prices.)

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