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Vatican and Scavi questions

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I will be travelling to Rome with my family for the first time. Rome has always intimidated me, and despite many trips to Europe, I have always avoided visiting. I don't know what this lifelong block is a result of... At any rate, I am finally taking the plunge!

I am going to book Scavi tickets, and read on this board somewhere that they require passport id. My 15 year old does not really look 15. Does anyone have any first hand experience whether or not they do need proof? I did not read this requirement on the Scavi ticket site.

Also, we have three full days in Rome - Sunday to Tuesday. We are staying at the Relais 6, so fairly far off in the other direction. My thought was to climb the dome when it opens, go on the Scavi tour (if I can get early enough tickets), take a look at St. Peter's, have lunch somewhere close, then visit the Vatican Museums. Will this make us walking zombies? We like museums, but too much of good thing might be overkill! Am I better off splitting St Peter's and the Vatican Museums into two days even given our hotel location?

Also, I think getting a tour of the Colosseum is a good idea. Is Pierici the best option? I am looking for a tour to bring the past to life, and Context tours is out of my league $$$ wise.

Thank you for any insight you can provide.

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