Hello again folks,
You all have been really kind and generous with your advice and time here, I want to thank you! I'm glad I stumbled onto you during my searches online. All of the suggestions have been extremely helpful to me, wish I had planned about 10 more days into this trip...
I mentioned that I have been researching this trip for some time now and have a few really good guide books. Do I need a tour to beat the line into the Vatican Museum? Or, is it really not that bad? Paying for the tour, and then going on my own way once inside is acceptable to me. I'm an early riser (0400 daily), so early is fine with me. Some blogs I've read say afternoons at the Museum are a better time? Middle of the week seems to be the better days to go? My main interest there is the Sistine Chapel, which looks to be the "end" of the tour. I'd almost rather begin there and work my way back out. This is a Catholic Pilgrimage for me, as I had talked about earlier, so all of the Religous artifacts are my main interest; not to say that the Egytian Rooms, Greek and Roman Sculpture, Tapestries, Maps & the Views are not.
Guys, I intend to be in "Total Awe" when I step off of that Airplane in Rome! This is it for me! Regardless of crowds jostling me, or noise levels; I will be in continous prayer & meditation "mode" in the City where "The Vicar of Christ" lives, and the bones of St. Peter rest. If I could find some Monks there to invite me to stay, I would never leave.....You all see where I'm heading here. Thanks again for all of the wonderful advice and sites you've suggested.