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.
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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