We planned a whirlwind cultural trip to Rome, Paris, and Madrid in July. One thing we were not aware of when booking is the fact that many museums and other key attractions are closed certain days of the week, frequently falling on Mondays and/or Tuesdays. This is a key point to look into if you are planning to visit multiple countries for only a few days each. Another lesson learned was that the holidays of various countries are also not listed on the event websites, nor on booking websites. Definitely look up each country's national holidays to avoid disappointment due to closure of activities. We visited Paris over their Independence day, only to discover that many sites opened late/closed early/or were closed. Bottom line: We only used our Paris Pass one day--and did not even get everywhere we had planned to visit, and it was still worth its weight in gold for the huge lines we were able to avoid and the extra time it allowed us at each of the events we chose. The Louvre lineswent on for winding city blocks in July
These tickets may not be necessary in the off-season; however, if traveling in the summer, I would highly recommend. Lines were insane--and the heat was off the charts. Once inside, however, the museum and Sistine Chapel are incredible. Also: As there is no charge for entering St Peter's Basillica, these passes do not apply for this portion of your visit. Go early--possibly even the day after the museum visit--to avoid waiting in line for hours in brutal temps. Recommended for the Cathedral:7am-9am. Be prepared to be swarmed by vendors selling tours surrounding the Vatican.
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