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Roma Pass suggestions with our Rome Itinerary

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So my wife are going to be in Rome for 4 nights starting this afternoon (traveling from Venice) and our itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Arrive in Rome at 4:00 PM

Nothing planned in the evening.

Day 2: Vatican at 11:30 AM, doing some sort of tour

Anything else?

Day 3: Ostia Antica day trip

Now sure how long this will take, but I figure it'll be until early afternoon at least.

Day 4: Colosseum Tour in the morning/early afternoon and then Borghese Gallery in the evening

Anything else?

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I don't think I'll need to use my Roma Pass for the Colosseum since we're going on a tour and I don't think it'll work at the Vatican. I believe we'll use it at the Borghese Gallery at least and I'm not sure about anywhere else. Suggestions?

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    Since you've already got your schedule laid out, I'm not sure what sort of advice you want. It looks as though the entrances that you'd benefit from would be Ostia Antica and the Borghese Gallery, total cost €27. Your transportation costs would be about €9 to €12 if you use public transporation rather than taxis. Unless you use public transportation for most of these visits, you may not benefit from a Roma Pass at all.

    I strongly urge you to also visit the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, which are included in your entrance ticket to the Colosseum.

    The Borghese Gallery has to be reserved in advance by phone if you use a Roma Pass to pay for the visit, and it's usually sold out days, if not weeks, in advance. You're given an entry time, and you should arrive half an hour in advance of that time. You can tell them you will use the Roma Pass to pay the entrance fee, but they will cancel your reservation if you arrive late, because there are usually people waiting in line for tickets, hoping that someone won't show up. If you click on an available day, you'll be taken to the ticket purchase page. In a note at the bottom there are instructions for calling to reserve tickets if you're using the Roma Pass.

    http://www.ticketone.it/biglietti.html?affiliate=IGA&gclid=CjwKEAjwv8iwBRC35-_e8aPqwCESJAB8khP9HfrBUv7AtZhDE_MwLhVbJ9W9L0pLeqvC90tnwO4hPxoCp_vw_wcB&venueGroupId=17529&action=overview&doc=venuePage&fun=venue&language=en

    The reservation procedure means that you have to be sure you'll want to go there after a long and perhaps tiring morning at the ancient Roman sites. Unless you have a particular interest in that specific museum, you might consider something closer to the Colosseum, where you'll be in the morning, and something that doesn't require committing to a specific entry time, in case you're too tired for a museum in the afternoon.

    The Capitoline Museums have no need for reservations and has a wonderful collection of ancient sculpture and Roman artifacts, as well as a painting gallery which has some gems and some lesser works. It's right above the Roman Forum, on a beautiful piazza designed by Michelangelo, and has great views over the Forum. There's a cafeteria there where you could have lunch.

    If you're more interested in Renaissance and Baroque art, I can heartily recommend the Barberini Gallery, which is in central Rome, near the Trevi Fountain, and doesn't require reservations.

    Or the Doria Pamphilj Gallery (a private museum not covered by the Roma Pass) which is in a sumptuous Renaissance palazzo with period furnishings, and which has the family's original art collection displayed. It's still owned, and partially inhabited, by descendants of the powerful Doria Pamhphilj family.

    After a morning at the Colosseum, I myself would prefer something more relaxing than a museum visit in the afternoon. Maybe a stroll in the Villa Borghese gardens, which is free.

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