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Please critique our itinerary for Rome - this is our first time to Italy!

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I avoided all mistakes and had a great itinerary for our NYC trip this spring due to the help I received here! We are a family of 7 with 5 kids that will be 11,13,14,15,& 18 next summer. We are very open to ideas. This is our first time to Europe with our kids. They did 8 to 10 hours days in NYC, back to back, for 9 days so they are tough kids. I have been researching tour guides and tour companies and really like contexttravel.com because they have family tours, but we are open to any and all suggestions. Thanks.
Day 1: Arrival - Saturday
Check into Apt (Campo dei Fiori area)
Twilight Walking Tour with Context Travel tours - walk around Camp de Fiori area (€180 flat fee privately) This is an orientation level walk, and so does not go in-depth into architecture, art, or history but rather looks at the broader picture. This walk is a great way to start your Roman adventure and situate yourself in the city.
Day 2: Sunday - Is everything open with normal hours on Sunday?
Ancient Rome Discovery with Context Travel Family Program - Colosseum/Palatine Hill/Roman Forum/Ludus Magnus, a training area for gladiators/Tajan's Market.
Day 3: Monday
Vatican City (full day): St. Peter's Basilica (climb the dome) and Vatican Museums. The Sistine Chapel. Probably with Context Tours but not sure. Any ideas for family guides?
Piazza Navona area for dinner
Day 4: Wednesday
Priscilla Catacombs, Borghese Gardens, Church of the Bones – Santa Maria della Concezione (Near the entrance to the Borghese Gardens) - can this be done without a guide?
Spanish Steps (after dinner)
Day 5: Thursday
Ostia Antica (by boat?) - do we meet a guide there or go with a tour guide from Rome? Any suggestions?
Open afternoon - ??? Not sure what to do here
Day 6: Friday
Open day - what are we missing? We would rather not travel far out.
We are considering this tour with Context Travel : Underground Rome for Families - One of the best ways for your family to understand Roman history is to see it literally layer by layer. Lying at times up to 10 meters below the modern city, much of ancient Rome is still being excavated today. On this walk your family will explore the hidden, subterranean levels of Rome, and learn how we are still uncovering bits and pieces of it today.

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