I'm sorry for the lengthy post! But need a lot of help.
My mother(45) and I(18) will be reaching Rome on the 3rd August around 10am and will be there till 4th night. As the 4th is a sunday, we have to visit Vatican on 3rd after our arrival. We know that St Peter's admission is free of cost but you need to pay to use the elevator and go up. One question, where will we be required to pay? Is reservation required? As for the Vatican museums, should we book a tour so that we can also visit the Vatican Gardens?
For visiting Rome on the 4th, should we book a composite skip-the-line tour via an operator or just buy online tickets to the three places and reserve the underground tour via call?
Last query, are the tours to the Vatican and Undergroud Colosseum tour run by the government itself? Will they be different from the private operators? Which is better and economical?
This is our first Italy trip and we're really overwhelmed with all the information and booking. Help will be really appreciated! =)