Capitoline and National Roman Museums
For when the day is just too hot, especially at it’s peak between 12-2pm (I see why naps are totally vital, and acceptable by this point – can we introduce this in the UK?) it’s nice to get away from the heat and inside the cool marble walls of Rome’s many museums.
We started out by just taking a wander around wherever our feet would take us, a lot of the galleries and museums are free with certain parts you need to pay for but it’s always worth a look inside something you come across. We weren’t staying too far from the Capitoline Museums, and with the National Roman museum just around the corner too there was always something to admire.
The Vatican City
The Vatican City is also classed as a museum, and quite possibly the most famous in all of Rome, the queues can be quite ridiculous. We decided to pay extra and go with a tour group which allowed us to skip the queues (which were three hours long at a time!) and was also very informative for things we may not have otherwise known. The Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel were stunning and well worth a visit, but not for the faint hearted as they were so unbelievably busy although it was great to see, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Though do note, this was the height of summer I visited which I would expect to have more people, but I would presume it’s equally just as busy all throughout the year. You can read more about my experience visiting the Vatican City – here.
Roma Pass Values
You can buy a ‘Roma pass’ but unless you’re a none student or over the age of 25, it’s not worth it. We worked out that being under 25 you pretty much get the equivalent of student discount everywhere in Rome, regardless of if you are one or not, and it does work out cheaper just to buy discounted tickets yourself. However if you are over the age of 25 it is quite a saving that’s worth looking into if you’re going to a lot of museums.