Our day started with our departure from Florence. The cost of travel from Florence to Rome is included in this estimate for completeness (it is also included in the expenditure breakdown of Florence). A detailed breakdown of the expenses per person is given below:
a) €32 for Roma pass: This covered our entry into Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine hill. All other places (Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, Lateran obelisk, Pantheon and Trevi fountain were free)
b) €20 for lodging: Night stay at hostel, booking was made for night of 15th April.
c) €8 for food: €4 (burger for lunch) + €4 (panini and gelato for dinner)
Internal travel including metro and bus was covered under Roma pass. Details about Roma pass are given in the next section.
d) €12 for travel*: Train from Florence to Rome
*Cost of train from Florence to Rome is already included in the previous blog. I have added it here for the sake of completeness.
Our total expenditure on the first day in Rome came to around €72 per person. The expenditure breakdown does not include purchase of souvenirs.
Just like the Firenzecard for Florence, a city pass for Rome is also available. The Roma Pass is available in a 48hr and a 72hr variant. The 48 hr Roma Pass costs €32 and offers features like free entry to first museum/ archaeological site, free use of the city's public transport (includes metro, bus and trams), discounted prices at certain exhibitions, direct access to specific museums and most importantly a reserved entrance to Colosseum. The Roma Pass is definitely worth it. You will have to strategically choose the first place of attraction as the card (48hr variant) only offers free access at the first location. Roma Pass can be bought at all participating locations including all the tourist information centers across the city. More details about the benefits are available on their website romapass.it
There also exists a costly counterpart to the Roma Pass called the Omnia card. This card comes in a 24hr and a 72hr variant and costs €55 for the 24hr variant. The 72hr variant is moderately priced at €113. In addition to the attractions in Rome, this card also covers the Vatican City. This card includes all the benefits of the Roma Pass and additionally entails exclusive skip the line ticket privileges at selected sites (including Vatican) and free entry into selected museums and basilicas. More details of this card can be found on their website omniavaticanrome.org
Depending on your schedule in Rome, you can appropriately decide which card will be better. The lines at Vatican are exceptionally long and guided tours with priority entry usually cost upwards of €60 per person. Under such circumstances it is advisable to opt for the Omnia card. If you are also desi like us, read the Vatican blog by clicking here and see how we handled the situation.