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5 Days in Rome - Need Itinerary and ticket help

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Leaving for Italy in 2 1/2 weeks for 18 days (air miles and hotel points). Due to some potential medical issues, now resolved, it looked like we might have cancel the trip, so I didn't do any reservations/ticket booking and am now scurrying to catch up.

DH and I are scheduled to arrive in Rome at 7:30AM on Thurs., April 4. We try to keep going the day of arrival, sometimes including a lot of walking so we don't fall asleep, then a snack or early dinner and to bed by 8. When we get up on the second day, we're usually about over the jet lag.

Day 1: Arrival, leave baggage at hotel, buy a SIM card, and go to Borghese Galleries since we're staying at the Marriott Grand Flora, which looks to be about a half mile walk. When I went to their website to get tickets, I thought I'd stepped back in time 50 years. Either 39 EUR to ship them here (and might not get them in time) or go to the ticket office ONE HOUR BEFORE entry time to pick them up. Are they kidding me? What ever happened to emailing vouchers with bar codes, etc.? Furthermore, the entry times say, for instance, 13.00-15.00. We can't stay longer than 2 hrs.? Is a buzzer going off? Will we have numbers stuck on our backs and someone with a hook will find us and drag us out? I don't even feel comfortable booking this on arrival day because, admittedly only one time, our domestic leg had a maintenance issue that was going to cause us to miss the international flight, so we slept in our own beds that night and arrived a day late. Since it's April, not July, what might be the chances of getting tickets for the day we arrive after we get there? If time and energy before or after (or instead of) the Borghese, we might wander in the park, go to the Spanish Steps or to Trevi before heading back to the hotel for bed.

Day 2: Vatican. I read somewhere (SlowTravel?) that of the days we'll be in Rome, Friday is probably the lightest day at the Vatican, so we planned to spend most of the day there. Scavi tour was fully booked 3 wks. ago, so we don't have to allow for that.

Days 3 and 4: Various things including the Pantheon, Plazza Navona, churches, etc. Also probably Capitoline Museums (since we plan to do the Coliseum, Forum, Palatine on Mon., when most museums are closed). Recommendations on this forum seem to be for the 110 Open trambus and I thought maybe a 48 hr. ticket might be useful these two days. But their site is a little funny right now, some pages not translating to English (including the one that probably has the "fine print") and I can't find out whether I can buy tickets on the bus, have to go to Termini, or whether i can get them closer to our hotel. Most of the posts but one are from 2011 and before, so I wonder if anyone has used them more recently. Or if anyone has used the Archeobus. Am also considering the integrated 72 hr. combo but can't tell if we can switch back and forth or use the 110 Open 2 days and the Archeobus a separate day.

Day 5: (Monday, bloody Monday) With museums closed, this seemed to be the best day for Coliseum, et al. We will take my bag of cat treats (DH is very tolerant) and head to the Palatine or Forum first instead of buying tickets ahead. If time and the HOHO bus is flexible, we could spend any extra time doing things farther afield. Then back to the hotel to pack for a relatively early train to Naples the next day.

We should go to Trevi and say "Hi, it took 42 years but we're back." Not so sure I'll throw a coin in this time, though. (First of all, I don't have another 42 years.) Last time in Italy (with the exception of Venice for 8 days a decade ago) we just walked into everything - pretty much as we have done with numerous other visits to Europe in the last 15 years. We like the flexibility of "Oops, it's raining. Let's do a museum or two and save the ruins for a dry day." Are we really going to have a difficult time in early April in Rome with only the Vatican scheduled?

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