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    Wife and I were there Nov. 2015, with Rome as home base and visiting Venice, Florence, and Assisi. It's of course subjective but I found Assisi especially memorable because a calm and peaceful spirit pervaded the town, as if it was an extension of the Basilica of St. Francis. Below is a drone photo from the web (Basilica on right and town extending to the left).


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    The pick pocket advice is real and shouldn't be underestimated. They're the ultimate profilers who see and hear everything. Now that the PSA is over; Rome is amazing. Depending on your length of stay, focus on the popular tourist sites because they're unique and worth seeing. You can easily spend the better part of day at the Vactican. This includes the museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's, and St. Peter's square. We didn't visit Castle Sant'Angelo (sp?) but will next time. Coliseum, Spanish steps, Tevi fountain, catacombs, etc. You honestly can't make a bad decision. I visited the catacombs in Paris but heard the Rome tour is even better. A bit macabre but you won't find anything like it in Chicago!

    Be careful in Naples too. My sister-in-law was standing next to her suitcase and turned away for 15-30 seconds. She turned back to see a guy walking away with it. She has no fear and immediately grabbed it and made a scene. The guy let go and walked off. Again, that stuff is out there. Helculaneum, Vesuvius, Positano and Capri are great.

    Your itinerary looks fantastico. Buon Viaggo!
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    Rome, Italy - Has anyone spend anytime there?

    Catholic or not, its a must visit to see the Sistine Chapel. You will be very surprised how small the Colosseum is inside. I am not a huge fan of the food in the restaurants in Roma. I would recommend traveling more south to Serento from Naples. I found the food and views much more Italian and not as touristy.

    Your trip looks amazing.

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    Guided Vatican tours let you skip the line, a must if you want to see the Sistine Chapel. Check out Ted Talks, they have a great talk about the Sistine Chapel. I agree with the Inn At The Spanish Steps. We've stayed there twice, very convenient. Go to the Trevi Fountain early in the morning (like before 8AM) if you are going to see it. This area is very crowded throughout the day. Watch out for pickpockets, especially children, they tend to work in groups of 2 and 3. When entering a store, great the salesperson. It's considered rude not to. The traffic is insane. Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk at least 2 miles in. Some of the sidewalks are still brick and uneven and slick when wet. You need to get tickets in advance for the Coliseum or you will waste a lot of time in line. we've used Angel Tours in Rome and Florence, absolutely loved them. Also security at the major attractions is very tight - no backpacks or liquids, small purse and camera is fine. Have a great time, we're going back next fall too, can't wait. Ciao
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    @maric makes a really good point about walking. there ain't no ada requirements in rome. you have to be very mobile, and in good walking shape. we were dog tired, but i wouldn't have traded it for anything.
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