Easter In Rome: Number One Must

the vatican the vatican

Ah Rome.. The city of beauty and history. And of course home to the Vatican City.


On my trip to Rome I knew it would be busy during Easter Week with all the Catholics flying in from around the world so with my logical mind I thought, “I’ll go there the day after Easter. It should be less busy.”


Well I can tell you I was wrong. More than wrong.. I was just plain dumb.


Rome during this time is an understatement of chaos. Or is chaos to strong of word? We’ll say it’s a medium chaos just to seem less dramatic.


While I can’t tell you the all the masses and events that will be happening during Easter Week I can give you one piece of advice that saved Aaron and I hours of waiting in line all over Rome.. The Rome OMNIA Pass. It is the number one thing to do in Rome during Easter.


One word- Lifesaver.


It is a 3 day pass that gives you discounts, free bus transportation and was a complete time saver. It saved us so much time and money trying to get in and to and from places it was worth the $120 Canadian. The lines during Rome in Easter Week wrap around buildings and streets for blocks and blocks not to mention lines aren’t all that well organized. It is somewhat of a nightmare for those who are short on time visiting this beautiful city.

Easter in Romejust outside the vatican

With the OMINA pass you get to skip the lines when you go to the mapped meeting points and there is a tour bus you can hop on and off at the given schedule times near Rome’s most famous sights.



“Explore Rome and Vatican City at ease with the Rome Card and Omnia Vatican card – two must-have 3-day sightseeing passes that include entry to selected attractions, discounts and more. Enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica with the Omnia Card, and use the Rome Card for entry to two out of five possible attractions such as the Colosseum. Other features of the Rome Card include a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, a central Rome travelcard, guidebook and map.”

-Rome & Vatican Pass



You have to collect your voucher from the tour and the easiest one we could find (because one by St Peter Square is impossible) is in the Vatican. You will make your way to the centre where the Pope does his masses and just as you are leaving the restaurants and shops the walls will curve to create a circle. You will go left along the wall where you will find your OMNIA Card pick up spot. Look for the yellow logo above store entrances.



Easter is one of the most important holiday for the Catholic calendar if not THE most important so it comes as no surprise that thousands flock to the Vatican to partake this holiday with the Pope in the Holy City.



With this pass you can visit the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, and many others with the bonus of skipping by all the thousands that didn’t get the FASTPASS Card. You just have to read the fine print as you only get to choose a few from the options provided but I promise you it is worth it. Even if you aren’t visiting Rome and the Vatican for this special time I recommend the pass anyways because it is that great!


For more information on the pass visit HERE





I hope everyone has a lovely Easter! Get some chocolate! 

What are your plans for this weekend? Baking any goodies? Would you visit Rome during Easter Week?

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    April 13, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    i’m sure easter in rome is incredible! love this!!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

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      April 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      It’s crazy! Thanks!

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    April 6, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Rome is one of my favourite cities in the world! We tried florence this weekend but I have to say Rome still wins it for me x

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      April 9, 2015 at 10:07 am

      Oh I’m jealous we tried to go to Florence but we messed up our schedules 😛 With everyone loving Rome so much I’m going to have to go back and give it a second chance!

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    April 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Stunning pictures, love this architecture. *__*
    Happy Easter, dear…

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      April 9, 2015 at 10:08 am

      Thank you :] Happy belated Easter Vanessa!

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    April 5, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Hey Shelby :)!
    Wow – braving Rome in the easter period, you must be courageous!!! I am glad to hear that you were able to do it with the help of the Omnia pass. The two times I have been to Rome, it has not been too crazy or chaotic (thankfully), but we did take our time, so that made it easier. There is something about the feeling of Rome that I love… When you have a bit of time and you are next there, go for a walk through the Trastevere area, and you will see a part of Rome that I feel is quintessential. Less tourists, more washing lines/gelatos/small children playing soccer/winding streets/random churches etc. Sigh, what I would not give to be back!

    My easter plans are not so exciting (should I say egg-citing 😉 tehe). But hopefully there will be chocolate involved!
    xX Zoe | http://life-gazing-and-wildstrawberries.blogspot.com/

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      April 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

      Hola Zoe 😀
      It was so hard! I felt like I was in a can of sardines haha. That sounds exactly what I was looking for! I’m so jealous you got to explore it when it wasn’t so busy. And you’ve been there twice! I honestly wasn’t to keen on going back but now I suppose I’ll have to give Rome another chance! You paint a pretty picture :]
      That’s adorable haha I hope you had a good Easter! I know I ate my weight in chocolate ;P

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        April 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

        Good work on the weight in chocolate thing ;). Ah Shelby, you are such a sweetheart!
        I hope you do get a chance to go back too, because I was like you – the first time I visited Rome I didn’t get that special feeling. But the second time, oh boy :). After having visited the major sites the first time, the pressure was off, and we were able to do what you are supposed to do in Rome: simply wander about without a care in the world, eating waaaaaay too much gelato ;). If you ever get to go back, I can give you a bunch of recommendations for awesome and little known places.
        xX Zoe

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          April 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm

          I definitely had a tummy ache after haha. Aw awesome! You’ll be the first person to go to to get info from! I know what you mean about the pressure to it’s nice just wandering around just taking it in and not scrambling to see all the sights. I hope you tired the kinder surprise flavour it tasted exactly like one! Sooo good.


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