I have ready numerous forum posts and many of the tour/guide reviews regarding the Vatican and Forum. When we travel to Rome (first time trip) next summer with 2 teen boys in tow, I am thinking a guided tour of the Vatican would be helpful to minimize the otherwise overwhelming and crowded museum, chapel and basilica. I am on the fence with respect to a guided tour of the Forum. I did see that Through Eternity tours had an all-day private tour starting with Colosseum and Forum in the morning and moving to the Vatican in the afternoon (yep, realize what a packed day that would be but we'll only have 3-4 days in Rome with a week also in Tuscany) that I thought perhaps might be a nice way to get the added tour guide insights while still giving our teens an opportunity for more interactive Q&A with what interests them as we view the sights. Also have looked at the Vatican's own basic tours, and Context Tours, although Angel Tours is also on the radar screen. In other words, the more research I've done the more overwhelmed I feel in making a decision of the best way to tackle these sights in a meaningful, interesting way. We are history buffs, but wouldn't call us art history buffs. Enjoy historical and culturally significant travel, active vacations, and experiencing the ambience of the locale we're visiting. Typically not package/tour group travelers, although when we used a private Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg it ended up being the highlight of the trip, so that is why i have leaned toward the insights of a tour or guide for these sights as a first-time visitor to Rome. Wide open to ideas as our itinerary slowly takes shape.