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Please improve our Rome itinerary

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We will be in Rome for 4 days, at the end of our 16 day Italy tour (first 12 days we will cover Venice, Florence, Naples & Amalfi Coast). We are not very heavily into art or churches (as we are not Christians), but certainly not averse to them either. In Rome, we will be staying at a B&B very close to St Peter's Square. We will be in Rome from Wed, May 15th to Sat, May 18th.
Wed, May 15th : Will probably have a late start by noon or so, as we will arrive by train in the morning. Plan to cover Plaza Navona, some interesting shopping streets nearby like Via dei Coronari and Via del Governo Vecchio, lunch somewhere near Plaza Navona, before proceeding to Pantheon, then Campo de' Fiori, enter Palazzo Spada (is it worth it ?), before having dinner at Trastevere. May just stroll around Trastevere if we are not too tired.

Thu, May 16 : Start with Colosseum in the morning, followed by Palatine Hills. Go back to our hotel to have lunch somewhere and a short rest, before returning to Roman Forum, Plaza Campidoglio (but not the Capitoline Museums), II Vittoriano, before returning to Campo de'Fiori for a drink and dinner.

Fri, May 17 : Visit St Peters Square, enter St Peters Basilica, go to the top of the Dome, visit Vatican Grottoes in morning. Lunch and some rest at hotel. Return in the afternoon for the Vatican Museums, followed by Castel Sant'Angelo. Dinner somewhere near our hotel.

Sat, May 18 : Plaza Popolo, Plaza Spagna and the Spanish Steps, some shopping nearby and lunch. Then to Plaza Barberini, Trevi Fountain, and the Time Elevator cinema for a show on Roman history (worth it ?), finishing with a drink at Monti district and dinner somewhere.

Please let us know if our itinerary sounds sensible, or if we have too much or too little on some days. We have left out many famous art galleries, as we would have had a lot of it at Florence before, some more at Naples, and of course we will see the Vatican Museums. Similarly, we would have visited 25 famous churches by then in Italy (Venice, Florence, Naples, and of course St Peters in Rome).

We also need advice on how much crowds to expect in mid-May at Colosseum and the Vatican. For the sights that we propose, the Roma Pass does not make sense, unless it is a must to avoid Colosseum queues (are the lines long early morning ?). Similarly, how much queue time should we budget for at Vatican (St Peters church in morning, Vatican Museum at about 2 pm) ? We like to avoid conducted tours, and are more comfortable on our own, with audio guides.

Your help and guidance will be highly appreciated.

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