Scavi Tour Amazement + Questions

Old Jun 3rd, 2011, 03:47 AM
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Scavi Tour Amazement + Questions

Two days ago I wrote for Scavi tour tickets for 4 weeks from now. I immediately got an email back saying that the office would be closed the following day, yesterday. For months, I've been reading about people writing 6 months in advance and getting tickets that way and knew I needed to get moving. I waited and waited (don't ask why other than not really knowing when we wanted to do things while in Rome) and after 8 months of procrastination, finally wrote knowing that I didn't stand a chance.

Imagine my surprise when today I got confirmation for my first choice date! If anyone is going next month, write right away - maybe you'll be lucky like I was!

Our tour time is 3:15. Does anyone have suggestions on going to the Vatican and St. Peters basilica around that tour time to help us avoid long lines? I read that we can get into St. Peters just after the tour by going through a special gate and avoiding the lines. Can you do that at any time or only certain times of the day? Is there a way to do that to get into the Vatican? Should we take a tour to avoid lines to see the Sistine Chapel and museum?

Any help would be appreciated!
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Old Jun 3rd, 2011, 04:12 AM
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Where the tour ends, you are right underneath the centre of the basilica so you can go straight in up the stairs there. There is no link with the Vatican Museums. However I've always walked straight in on arriving at lunchtime, so (if it fits in with how long you'll think you need there) you could do the same before going to the excavations office. Make sure you leave plenty of time, though, for leaving your bags in left luggage in between.
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Old Jun 3rd, 2011, 06:43 PM
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should I buy tickets to the Vatican in advance? If so, are they for a certain date and time? Is there a long security line even if I buy tickets ahead of time?

Some people recommend taking a tour to avoid the lines. Does anyone recommend that for the Vatican instead?
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>>>Where the tour ends, you are right underneath the centre of the basilica so you can go straight in up the stairs there.
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We just returned back from Rome and toured Vatican Museum,St. Peters, and Scavi, but on different days. Our tour time was also at 3:00 PM. If I had to do it over again and wanted to get everything in one day:

>>> Reserver tickets in Advance. The Vatican Museum line was long a and this was in May. Our guide said "You should see the lines in summer."
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