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Rome - To Tour or Not to Tour

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We (3 adults) are headed to Rome in May for 9 days - I've been there before (20 years ago), my companions have not. I am trying to figure out what tours I should pay for and what sites we should guide ourselves through.

On our list are sites like the Vatican, Coliseum and Forum, Pompeii and hopefully Herculaneum, maybe Villa Borghese, maybe a day trip to the Uffizi... all the stuff you'd want to see if you've never been to Rome before! There are tours for everything with groups like Through Eternity, Dark Rome, City Wonders - I'm just not sure which ones everyone would consider 'unnecessary' where we could guide and explore ourselves, and which ones are a must.

I found a couple of early entry Vatican groups that get you in to the Sistine Chapel before everyone else and then let you loose in the Vatican collections, which sounds more than reasonable to me, as well as 'skip the line' tours of the Coliseum and underground, but I am looking for opinions/insights. I didn't think 2-3 hours would cover the Vatican, or Pompeii for that matter!

Thoughts anyone? I know I have plenty of time to plan, just not sure how structured we should be as far as the sights go!

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