Rome tickets and tours online booking

Book Rome tickets and tours online

Book online Rome tickets and tours quick and easy. Here you’ll find the most interesting offers. Spoil yourself on your holiday with preferential entry without waiting and with professionally organized and guided tours.

Do not waste time buying tickets in Rome. Most of the offers that I’ve put together can be booked long-term, some even on short term or for the next day.

Online tickets, is it worth it?

There are three places of interest in Rome where there are virtually always queues. It is St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Coliseum.For these attractions, the purchase of tickets, with which you can skip the queues, definitely recommended.

The ticket for the Coliseum and the Vatican Museums costs a few euros more than the ticket at the cash desk and it sometimes saves several hours waiting time. The entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free, but also here the preferred entry is worth the money.


The cost of the queue

The cost of one hour in the queue can be calculated quite easily. Let’s say that you are in Rome for three days and the trip between flight, hotel and food costs 600 euros. On the three days you have a total of 25 hours for sightseeing available.Two full days of 10 hours each and the arrival and departure day with a total of 5 hours. 600 euros divided by 25 hours results in 24 euros per hour and thus costs one hour of waiting 24 euros per person.

Vatican, Vatican Museums, St. Peter's Basilica

St. Peter's Basilica

For St. Peter’s Basilica, I picked out the three most important tickets, the preferred entrance to the security checkpoint, the guided tour including the grottoes and the ascent to the dome, as well as the Papal Audience.


Vatican Museums

For the Vatican Museums I have picked out three tickets here:

  • Ticket without queuing
  • Three-hour guided tour Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica for a maximum of 25 people
  • Four-and-a-half-hour guided tour with some specialties in small groups in the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Other offers for the Vatican Museums, such as the early entry or the evening visit, can be found in my information on the Vatican Museums.

Mosaic Studio, Necropolis, Castel Gandolfo

The factory of St. Peter’s Basilica and its mosaic studio exist since around 500 years and the visit is a special experience. The necropolis under the grottoes of St. Peter’s Basilica dates from the 1st century and can be visited in small groups by appointment only. Once a week a train departs from the Vatican train station to Castel Gandolfo. First you can visit the Vatican Museums and the gardens of the Vatican, then the popes summer residence and the gardens of Castel Gandolfo. This tour lasts the whole day.


For the Colosseum there are a lot of offers for tickets and combinations.

Here I have selected three offers:

  • Ticket for direct access. Depending on the booking situation, this ticket is also available for access within a few hours
  • Two and a half hour tour of the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine. After the tour, you can also stay longer in the Forum and on the Palatine.
  • Guided tour with entry through the special gladiator entrance. Here you come directly at ground level into the arena. This time-saving tour takes 90 minutes.

More offers such as the access to the underground, to the top floors and the exclusive evening tour can be found in my article about the Colosseum tickets.

Hop on hop off buses

In addition to the standard route, Big Bus is the only operator to offer a “purple” line to the catacombs on the via Appia Antica. Both lines together may be booked with the Premium ticket and the Deluxe ticket.


More offers can be found in my article on the Hop on hop off buses.

Airport transfer in Rome

Do not leave anything to chance and organize the trip from the airport to the city in advance.
For the journey from Fiumicino airport to Rome and the hotel, from Ciampino airport to Rome and the hotel, as well as for the trip to the port in Civitavecchia, you will find detailed information here.

City tours in Rome

In Rome there are many ways to visit the city. Whether on foot, by Segway, the Vespa or by bike, a golf cart or a classic car, here you will find all possibilities.

Cooking classes in Rome

Learn the basic principles of Roman cuisine in a cooking class.

Ticket with guide, is it worth it?

Whether or not a guided tour pays off, there are different opinions.

If you just want to go through the sights without getting further information, a guided tour is usually not necessary. Guided tours in large groups are also often exhausting. You always have to wait until all participants have arrived and it takes much more time than going through the sights alone.

On the other hand, for example, the fastest way to get to the Colosseum is with a guide or a Roma pass. In the Vatican Museums you can use the passage from the Sistine Chapel to St. Peter’s Basilica only with a guide. It saves you several miles on foot and at least one hour.

By the way guided tours are of course necessary, if you want to deepen certain topics or if you want to visit attractions in a set timeframe.

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