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Rome Itinerary Critique

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Hi all - I am getting into the detailed planning of our visit to italy in October. My husband and I have never been to Rome, so we are mapping out our attack for the very standard first timers sights of Rome. I would be very appreciative of some feedback on what I have come up with thus far through tons of forum and other online & paper book research.

Some back story first:
Arriving Rome on Fri 10/10 for 5 night stay in Trastevere apartment very near tram line #8
Arrival day - we will arrive in the evening & after a long day (leaving Positano that morning with stop in Pompeii & Naples)
We think it will suit us well to take some small guided tours of at least the main sights. I have researched a particular tour company called Walks of Italy, I'm thinking of using them for 2-3 tours, as described below. After the main sights are accounted for, I have a "side list" of other sights that we can fit in here and there as we feel or when makes the most sense geographically or as they relate to other sights we will be seeing. So advice on where to fit those sights in would be great. As well as lunch spots daily. We are not set on seeing "everything" or go-go-going during our time in Rome. We can return in the future :) Here goes!

10/10 Arrive Rome 7(ish) pm. Taxi to apartment, check-in. Get dinner, back to apartment, settle in, bed.
10/11 @ 1:30pm Tour of Colosseum/Palentine Hill/Forum with Walks of Italy (will also need to get some F&B supplies for the apartment this day)
10/12 @ 12:30pm Villa Borghese visit (maybe picnic lunch). Borghese Gallery tour with WOI @ 2:45pm
10/13 @7:30am "Pristine Sistine" tour with WOI. (tour starts in museums, continues to basilica.
10/14 - Day trip to Orvieto (or not, if we want to stay & kick it in Rome when the day comes)
10/15 - Depart Rome, train to Florence. Lunch followed by Accademia. Perhaps walk around a bit, then train to Bologna for 4 nights.

Side List:
Pantheon
Campo de Fori
Piazza Navona
San Lugi dei Francesi
Santa Maria in Trastevere
Some "look-out points" - Maybe Sant'Angelo or Victor Emmanuel Monument, or a better suggestion for day time view? My husband would be interested to see any WW2 content at Victor Emmanuel.
A nice, sweet sunset view

I'm also wondering if we do book the "pristine sistine" tour with WOI, how can we coordinate that with a scavi tour request with the Vatican? I have the impression I should give the Vatican a range of dates/times to assign us to a tour?

We picked Trastevere as our base because I read that there are good restaurants there & in nearby Testaccio. It seemed easier to stumble across a good place for dinner that way. With as much targeted planning as the rest of the stay in Rome requires, some ease & flexibility in dining options at night seemed nice. That said, we welcome dinner suggestions too!

We are not studied in art or ancient Rome, nor do we have personal religious interests. I have learned more in the past couple months about some of the history, artists and such than in my entire life combined and my interest is growing rapidly. Better set this daily itinerary before I AM trying to pack too much in!

Thank you to anyone that takes the time to read this very long inquiry and offer advice :)

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