Rome sees thousands of visitors each year so ticket lines for top sites and museums can be very long. The number of visitors allowed inside is limited in most sites, too, so you may need to buy tickets to be assured of entrance. These are the 3 most important tickets to buy before you go to Rome:
Roman Colosseum Tickets
The ancient Colosseum is Rome’s most visited site and it can be very crowded. When you buy a ticket in advance, it will have a specific entrance time so you can skip the ticket line and go straight to the security line to enter. All visitors must go through security. Your Colosseum ticket also includes entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill which you can visit any time within 24 hours.
- Skip the Line: Premium Colosseum Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
- VIP Colosseum Underground Tour with Roman Forum & Palatine Hill
More tours and tips: Colosseum tours, visiting tips, and security
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
A visit to Rome often includes seeing the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel which see about 5 million visitors a year. Because the huge complex is so popular the ticket lines can be extremely long, sometimes several hours.
The Vatican Museums are huge and almost always very crowded so it’s a good idea to book a tour to have someone guide you through the highlights (and skip the ticket line). For the best experience, take a before or after hours tour. Explore Vatican Tours with Walks of Italy.
More tours and visiting tips: Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
While there’s no ticket line to avoid, reservations are mandatory to visit the Borghese Gallery. Entrances are every 2 hours. The number of guests allowed to be inside is limited so when your 2 hours are up, you need to exit. It’s recommended to be at the museum 30 minutes before your reserved time in order to be assured of entrance.
Security has been tightened at many sites in Rome and the Vatican. You may have to go through a metal detector. Luggage, backpacks, and other big items are not allowed. Be sure to arrive well in advance of the entrance time on your ticket.
In crowded tourist areas such as around the Colosseum or the Vatican, take precautions to avoid pickpockets. Keep valuables, including your passport, where they can’t easily be stolen. It’s a good idea to use a security pouch that can be worn under your clothing for carrying your passport, credit cards, and extra cash and always keep an eye on your belongings.
Plan Your Visit to Rome
- Compare Rome Combo Tickets and Passes or see more tickets for Rome sites and museums available for advance purchase.
- Find out how to get around the city with our Rome Transportation Map
- JK Place, near the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon, is a top boutique hotel.
- Hotel Residenza di Ripetta is in a former monastery with inner courtyard, between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps.
- Trianon Borgo Pio Aparthotel, between the Vatican Museums and Castel Sant’Angelo, is well-located for visiting the Vatican sights.
- See and compare more top Rome hotels.
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