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Vatican / St. Peter's logistics

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I'm working out a rough itinerary for our 7-night trip to Rome in late October (family of 4, DD12, DS9). We are staying near Piazza Navona (Governo Vecchio). From what I can tell the wise advice seems to be:

1) Tour the Vatican in the afternoon to miss the throngs in the beginning, and
2) Bypass the lines at St. Peter's via a shortcut from the Vatican

We plan to meander through the Vatican museum(s) rather than dash to the Sistine Chapel and we would also like to ride/climb to the top of St. Peter's. It appears that the timing to do all of that in an afternoon (#1) will be tight (and possibly overly exhausting).

Some options I'm considering:

1) Use the above as Plan A with a backup of seeing St. Peter's another day if we aren't up to it.
2) Book a tour or pre-pay for timed entry for the Vatican earlier in the day
3) Plan on an early start at St. Peter's, have lunch, and then do the Vatican
4) same as 3 expect split the days

Note: the Scavi tour is not an option (age restrictions)


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