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Vatican itinerary help

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Hello,

My wife (28) and I (29) will be in Rome with my parents (late 50s) from July 6 to July 12 this summer. I booked a visit to the tomb of Saint Peter and the necropolis (Scavi) for Thursday, July 9 at 11:00. Since the Scavi visit is the only firm plan for that day and falls close to the middle of the day I have been trying to plan the rest of our day at the Vatican. Here are a few options that I have come up with.

Option 1)
- St. Peter's Basilica (get there around 8)
- Scavi visit (11:00-12:30)
- eat lunch
- Vatican Museums (14:00 to 17:00ish)
- Castel Sant'Angelo (if we feel up for it on our way back to our apartment near Piazza Navona)

Option 2)
- Castel Sant'Angelo (open at 9:00)
- Scavi visit (11:00-12:30)
- then visit St. Peter's since we will be passed the security line already (12:45-14:30)
- Vatican Museums and eat a late lunch in the museum (15:00-close)

Option 3)
- Vatican Museum - breakfast and early entrance offered through official site (7:00-10:30)
- Scavi visit (11:00-12:30)
- St. Peter's
- Castel Sant'Angelo

Option 4)
- Scavi visit and St. Peter's on Thursday
- Vatican Museums a separate day

Option 3 will be the most costly due to the early entrance visit to the Vatican Museums, but that would be a treat to my parents since it is around their 35th anniversary.

This is a first visit for all of us and I just want to make sure we are making the most efficient use of our time. We all enjoy art and museums. My wife and I are also both history teachers, so just being able to visit Rome and the Vatican is something we are really excited about.

So, what option would you suggest for being the most logical and efficient use of time? I am also open to other ideas.

Thank you,

Matt

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