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Vatican Itinerary Advice

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I am planning out my itinerary for our day in Vatican City. It fits wonderfully into our larger itinerary on Tuesday, 10/23/12. It will be just me and my partner (28 & 30) and we have no mobility issues. I’ve done some reading around here and have noticed a 50/50ish split in people’s preference of order. I’ve also read RoninRome’s very helpful tips. Based on this, I’m not as overwhelmed but I still have lingering questions. First, here’s my tentative plan:

Tour the Scavi first thing in the morning (I know I need to buy the tickets like yesterday)
Go up Michelangelo’s Dome, view Cupola, go out on to roof
View inside of St. Peter’s
Lunch
Walk to entrance of Vatican Museums (be sure to visit Raphael rooms, Pinacotecea)
View Sistine Chapel

What I most want to know is, is it wise to do Scavi first thing, even before St. Peter’s? Or is there some reason this is not a good plan?
Do you have specific recommendations of rooms in the Vatican to view (particularly for someone who loves Caravaggio)?
What time should I purchase advance tickets for the Vatican Museums for (assuming I’ll do them on the second half)? I’m thinking 12:30 or 1:00pm
Assuming I keep this plan, any particular lunch recommendations?

Finally, I want to be able to wander freely around and view all that we can/want to in the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s. However, I also enjoy the knowledge/history of what I’m looking at. Thus, I’m leaning away from a guided tour (if I did one, it would probably be with Walks of Italy), and instead meandering around with a guidebook or two. Seems like the best fit. I think we’re the last two people without smartphones or a nook, so apps/mp3’s/ebooks won’t do it. Suggestions for good book guides for carrying around with us?

Thanks so much in advance! This board is very helpful.

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