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Saving Money — and Time — with Combined Tickets

A lot of touristy, and even not-so-touristy, cities in Italy offer combined tickets. These tickets include admission to several related attractions at a price lower than each individual ticket combined.

Rome and Vatican City

For instance, Rome has the Roma Pass. This combined ticket gives users free entry to one or two museums, reduced entry to many other museums, and a pass good for use on all public transport in Rome.

If your Rome itinerary includes seeing Vatican City — as most Rome itineraries do — then consider the Omnia Card. The Omnia Card works similarly to the Roma Pass, but it also includes access and fast-track entry to Vatican City sites like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums/Sistine Chapel.

Florence and Tuscany

Similar deals on admission prices are available in Tuscany.

In Florence, visitors can buy the Firenze Card, a 3-day card that gives you line-skipping access to a museum of your choice, plus other discounts. In addition to this card is the Firenze+, which is the card with supplemental transportation and the Firenze Restart. Visit Florence has the low-down on whether the Firenze Card is worth it.

There are other combined ticket options in Florence. Visitors to the Uffizi can purchase a combined ticket that includes entry to the Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, the National Archaeological Museum, and the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. I really like this combo, as it gives context to the lives of the Medici, whose art collection decorates these spaces. I also highly recommend the combined ticket for the Duomo. Il Grande Museo del Duomo card is a combined ticket that includes entry to Florence’s Duomo, Baptistery, Bell Tower, and the Duomo Museum.

An example of a town in Tuscany using combined tickets is San Gimignano. The medieval city’s “biglietto cumulativo” includes entry to all of the major sites, including the Collegiata, the Museo Civico, and the Torre Grossa. Combined tickets in smaller towns can be useful because they highlight sites that users may not know they should see.

Venice

Elsewhere, Venice has the Venezia Unica. This city pass offers several different tiers of passes to museums, historical sites, and local transportation. But what’s cool about the Venezia Unica is that you can build your own pass.

Conclusion

It is debatable whether combined tickets save tourists a lot of money. But, they can save time. And time is money, especially when you are on a tight travel schedule.

Before you travel, be sure to check the websites of the museums you plan to visit and the city or regional tourist boards for information about combined tickets.

Photo © Will Spaetzel

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Melanie Renzulli has been writing about travel to Italy for more than 20 years.

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