I am planning a first trip to continental Europe over Christmas 2014 on a moderate budget. Will be in Rome 27-31 of December. Looking at the Vatican website, I see that I can book a private tour either mid morning or late afternoon.
Question 1: Is the Romapass monetarily worth it if I book the Vatican tour separately?
Question 2: Considering it is December, I presume the afternoon Vatican tour would mean that we leave near dusk to get back to our lodgings (which I have yet to book). Are there safety concerns at that time of way in that area? Should I take a taxi back to the hotel or is it generally safe to walk to hotel at that time of day in Rome? Are there areas I should avoid after dark in general?
OK that was more than 2 questions, I know...
As an aside, am looking around tripadvisor, but any advice would be most welcome. Am considering taking an Italian class prior to the trip.