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I'll be travelling with my family to Rome over the Easter holiday and have put together a draft itinerary. Tried to keep it light and allow room for additions. Need two days side by side for the Colosseum. The Papal Service is locked in on the Wednesday. Thought the Vatican museums are less busy on a Friday. Looking good? Too ambitous?

Day 1 Travel day- Evening meal out near Piazza Navona
Day 2 EASTER SUNDAY- Pantheon- Piazza Navona-
Day 3 EASTER MONDAY- Colosseum tour
Day 4 Tuesday- Morning vist to Forum/Palatine Hill- go to Vatican between 3 p.m.-7 pm. to pick up tickets for service tomorrow. (otherwise pick them up starting at 7 am on Wed. which is too late.)
Day 5 Wednesday- Crack of dawn to St. Peter's for the 10:30 a.m. Papal Service- What's a good idea to do afternoon/evening?
Day 6 Thursday- Doria Pamphilj- Spanish Steps- Trevi Fountain- Via Condotti window shopping
Day 7 Friday- Early morning Vatican Musuems/Sistine Chapel/ St. Peter's Basilica.
Day 8 Saturday- Open
Day 9 Sunday Travel day

Questions:

1. Can I expect to find any grocery stores/markets open on Saturday evening before Easter in an around Piazza Navona or Campo di Fiori areas?
2. Easter Sunday- have read that many things are open. Should I book an Easter meal or can we take our chances on dining out?
3. Colosseum. I've read the Trip Advisor advisory on getting tickets to the Colosseum. So- entry is one price and tours are a second price. TA says you can't book the Underground and Third tier online. However, the coop website says otherwise.... Still confused about the tickets even after reading so I think that best bet is to call the number to book all the tickets I need. But.... going this route can one skip the long lines or is it advised to book online and print at home?
4. Rick Steve audio tours or similar. Has anyone used these in lieu of booking an actual tour? Was listening to his Colosseum tour and it sounds ok. Thoughts?
5. Other things we considered in this trip were the Giorgio de Chirico home and museum and Maxxi museum, Borghese garden or gallery, Trastavere and Jewish Ghetto.
6. Can small backpacks be taken into the Papal Service in St. Peter's Square?
7. There is a church or museum that includes a hallway that "fools the eye" some architectural or painting genius....the hallway was much shorter than appears by the painting. Does anyone remember the name of the church?
8. We will pop into small churches and other side streets on the way to and from the main destinations. Anything that we shouldn't miss? It already looks like we'll have to make Rome as a destination again.
9. Has anyone done the Vatican museum tour including breakfast or lunch?


Thank you!

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