I am travelling to Rome for a weekend this winter and have a few questions.
I will arrive at the FCO airport at 9.55pm on a Friday. The hotel I am staying at is 5 minutes walk from Roma Termini so I was thinking of just taking the Leonardo Express which should arrive at Termini just after 11pm and then walk to the hotel. Is it safe to walk (there will be two of us) in this area after 11pm?
Also, is it straightforward buying Leonardo Express tickets at the airport at this time? I assume the shops are closed and someone else mentioned the automated teller system might be a bit tricky? Am I better off taking a taxi?
On the saturday I was thinking of going to the Vatican in the morning. What are the queues like in late Feb early March? I am contemplating booking a 9am guided tour (for the museum, sistine chapel, and St Peter Basilica) for €37. With this tour I skip the queues. Is it worth the price? Any other suggestions on how to enjoy the vatican without queuing for too long? Also, is it easy to find the vatican "entrance"? Are there queues here or just after you get into the vatican city?
For the rest of saturday and Sunday morning/early afternoon I plan on strolling around the area near the Termini station, see the Pantheon, Forum, Colusseum and Paladine. Is there anything else I should try to see while Im there?