Walking around Rome is a journey through time. They call it the Eternal City and quite literally, for it is nearly impossible to visit all of its many hidden corners, monuments, and museums. To avoid breaking the bank while visiting the hundreds of attractions of Rome, there is the Omnia Card.
1. What is the Omnia Card and how much does it cost?
Let me start by telling you that the Omnia Card is nothing more or less than a pass to visit the city with free admission or discounts in most of its points of interest.
In addition to free tickets and discounts in the main points of interest of the city, it also provides free transportation around the city (tourist bus included) and a few bucks off the price of guided tours, bicycle rental, tickets to shows or visits to archaeological areas. Regarding the price, it will depend on the modality you want to buy.
24-hour Omnia Card
This type is fully focused on the Vatican and will allow you to visit all the points of interest in Vatican City (Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, St. Peter's Basilica, and access to the Dome).
72-hour Omnia Card
This is my favorite type of the Omnia Card, not only because you have much more time to taste the main tourist attractions of the city, but also because the 72-hour mode also includes the much more complete Roma Pass Tourist Card, which I tell you about in this other article: Rome Pass and other passes.
Ana's Traveller Tip
The 72-hour Omnia Card also includes the Roma Pass, making it a great option.
2. Is it worth buying the Omnia Card?
This is perhaps the first thing to ask yourself. The answer to this question is easy: it is worth it if you are going to make the most of it by visiting the top attractions included in the pass, both in Rome and the Vatican.
Before I give you more details, let me give you an example: the visit to the Vatican Museums, the Rome sightseeing bus and the entrance to St. Peter's Basilica with audio guide already cover almost the entire 24-hour pass of the Omnia Card. Now the question is: what do you want to see?
If, like me, you are the type of traveler that doesn't leave anything to see and loves visiting museums and monuments, I can tell you without hesitation that the Omnia Card will pay off financially (and do not underestimate avoiding the queues at the Colosseum or the Vatican that can last between an hour and a half and three hours).
When it is NOT worth it
I have also prepared a list of cases in which I consider that it would not be worthwhile to purchase the Omnia Card.
- When you are not going to visit more than one or two museums during your trip,
- When you have additional discounts for age or profession at tourist attractions (these are not cumulative with those offered by the Omnia Card and the Roma Pass),
- When you are going to spend weeks in Rome and you are going to visit museums and attractions without any kind of rush,
- When you have already seen the main tourist attractions in Rome (Vatican, Colosseum, Capitoline Museums, Borghese Gallery...) on previous trips and you don't want to visit them again,
- When waiting is not a problem for you.
In any of these cases, the most recommended option for you is to buy tickets for the Colosseum or the Vatican (a must-see in Rome) separately. Here's how to get them online: Vatican Museum Tickets.
3. How does the Omnia Card work?
When buying online the Omnia Card tourist pass, the first thing you will have to do is to choose whether you want the 24 or 72 hours option. Again, I recommend the latter because, in addition to the fact that the Roma Pass is included, it is in three days that you will get the most out of it.
I repeat: Rome has a lot of things to see, all worth seeing, and best not to do it in a hurry, balancing every visit with a walk or a stop for food or coffee.
Pick it up
After your purchase, you will be sent a code by e-mail that you will have to present at one of the Omnia Card collection points distributed throughout Rome (these are the metro stations, museum ticket offices, and places of interest included in the Omnia Card).
At these collection points, you will receive the Omnia Card with your personal details, the Roma Pass (if you purchase the 72-hour pass), and a map guide of the city to help you plan your visit.
The 72-hour Omnia Card also includes the Roma Pass: two cards in one. With the first one, you can see the sights of Vatican City, and with the second one, you can see the top sights of the city of Rome. Both are activated with the first use and from then on the time starts to run.
However, even if you buy them together, you can activate them independently; that is, instead of using them both on the same day, first use the Omnia Card to see the Vatican City and the next day activate the Roma Pass to see Rome.
4. What does the Omnia Card include?
- Free admission without queues to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
- Audio-guided and skip-the-line admission to St. Peter's Basilica
- Free entrance to the Basilica of St. John Lateran and St. Peter's Prison in Vatican City
- Free admission to two tourist attractions in Rome, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Capitoline Museums, the Borghese Gallery, the Capital Museums, and Castel Sant Angelo, among others
- Discounts of around 20% (or more in some cases) for more than 30 sights and museums in Rome. Sightseeing spots not eligible for free admission will be included in these discounts
- Free public transportation
- Three-day use of the Rome tourist bus
- Discounts on excursions, shows, visits to archaeological sites, organized tours, and tourist services such as bicycle rental.
5. Attractions included in the Omnia Card
Now we get to the interesting part and before you continue reading here's my fair warning: don't blame me if after reading this section you have an uncontrollable urge to get on a plane to Rome. Why do I say this? Well, because the Omnia Card and Roma Pass package include virtually everything there is to see in Rome and there is a lot to see.
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with fast access
The largest art collection in Europe is in the Vatican Museums, where you will find a stunning and world-renowned place: the Sistine Chapel with more than 25,000 tourists daily. Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, and Early Christian art is what you will see in this impressive museum including works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, Titian, and Leonardo, among others. A must-see for all art lovers visiting Rome.
St. Peter's Basilica with an audio guide and quick access
The entrance to St. Peter's Basilica is free, but not the audio guide. This Basilica is the most famous in Rome, its dome is the highest in the world (offering stunning views of St. Peter's Square) and in it was buried St. Peter, considered the first Pope of the Catholic Church.
Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill
If Rome was a play, these would be the main characters. You will learn stories of gladiators and emperors in this visit, composed of the Colosseum of Rome, the Roman Forum where the social life of the city took place, and Palatine Hill, the most central of the seven hills of the city with archaeological remains from the first century. In this practical guide on Colosseum Tickets you will find everything you need to know to plan your visit. You can also consult this other one: Colosseum Tours.
The Campidoglio Museums are among the oldest in the world and house collections that were donations from the popes to the people of Rome. Its impressive structure and luxurious rooms are enough in themselves beyond the countless works of art gathered in its art gallery with paintings by Titian, Caravaggio, and Rubens.
Castel Sant Angelo
The fortress of Rome, which was also papal palace and prison, is a visit that should not go unnoticed among the wonders of Rome. Located near the Vatican, this castle houses secrets inside such as breathtaking views of the city, its subway mausoleum, or its labyrinth of corridors. It is one of the favorite visits for those traveling to Rome with children.
Located in the gardens of Villa Borghese, this gallery houses works by great masters of painting, a sublime collection of sculptures from Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, and also early works by Bernini. Quite a delight for art lovers that can be visited with the tranquility absent in other major museums in the city. In this article you have all the details to organize your visit to the Gallery: Borghese Gardens and Gallery Tours & Tickets.
Other places of interest
- The Treasure Museum of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano
- The cloister of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls
- The Basilica of St. John Lateran
- San Pedro Prison
- All the tourist attractions of the Roma Pass in the Omnia Card 72-hour version
6. The Rome sightseeing bus and the Omnia Card
Although I always say that Rome is a city to be enjoyed on foot, it is also true that this can be tiring after several days of sightseeing. If you ever get tired of walking from one place to another, remember that the Omnia Card includes the tourist bus of the city. Aboard it, you will visit the main places of interest of the city in a panoramic tour while a guide tells you their story.
Tourist bus itinerary
- Vatican City - Castel Sant Angelo
- San Giovanni dei Fiorentini
- Piazza Navona - Santa Agnese in Agone - Piazza Navona
- Sacred Area Torre Argentina
- Santa Maria in Aracoeli
- Santi Apostoli
- Santa Maria degli Angeli
- Termini Station
- Santa Maria Maggiore
- San Giovanni in Laterano
- Colosseum - San Gregorio al Celio
- Circo Massimo - Santa Sabina all'Aventino
- Teatro Marcello - Santa Maria in Campitelli
- Santa Maria in Aracoeli
- Largo Argentina - Santa Maria ad Martyres
- Vatican City - Castel Sant Angelo
7. Organize your trip with the Omnia Card
If you have decided to buy the Omnia Card to visit Rome, here are some tips to get the most out of it:
- Organize your visit taking into account times and opening days of the museums (most museums are closed on Mondays) to avoid wasting activation time. Planning beforehand will allow you to see a greater number of museums and make the most of this city pass.
- Book tickets in advance at busy sites such as the Colosseum or the Vatican Museums at the time that suits you best. I recommend that, in both places, you choose early morning slots when there are usually fewer tourists.
- Combine the two cards wisely: you don't have to activate the Omnia Card and the Roma Pass on the same day. By doing so you will gain time of use.
- Check how to get from one place to another before planning what you are going to see each day. Try to group visits to nearby places on the same day. As for public transportation, even if you have it included, remember that in Rome it doesn't work that well, so if you can walk from one place to another, I recommend this option.
Ana's Traveller Tip
Activate the Omnia Pass and Roma Card separately and enjoy more discount time during your visit.
8. What other tourist passes are there to visit Rome?
If you are not visiting the Vatican City or if you have already visited it on previous occasions, you can choose the Roma Pass to save money and time on visits to Rome's most important tourist attractions.
Although the Roma Pass is included with the purchase of the 72-hour Omnia Card, it is also sold separately and will give you access to all non-Vatican City historic sites and public transportation in Rome. More information about the Roma Pass can be found in this article on Rome Pass and other passes.
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