First, many thanks to knowledgeable posters whose advice I have used to plan our 10 day trip to Italy. I do wish I had checked some things sooner and then I may not have so many questions now. We leave in 2 weeks.
*In the midst of our trip, I have scheduled a train to Rome from Florence and back. Our train actually takes us to and returns to Florence from Roma Ostiense instead of Termini. Do I do wrong? Have no idea how I managed to do this. I already know I screwed us on getting us re-routed on booking to RailEurope by admitting we're from the US. As far as I can tell, it's just the booking fees, though I don't even want to know if our seats would've been 1/2 the price. Our tickets are for Italotreno.
*I am planning on us (3 adults) catching a cab from the station to our hotel: the Relais Vatican View, but it appears that because of the station I've booked us to, the cab must go through a couple of toll road areas in order to get there unless we take a rather circuitous route. What should I expect as far as the taxi ride from this train station as far as cost is concerned? Is it a "flat rate"? Do they add the toll costs to the fare? Are taxis exempt? Weirdly enough when I attempted to calculate the estimated taxi ride cost, none of the programs could find the train station and "Vatican" was not a listed location :D.
*Our Vatican tour using Dark Rome tours begins @ 8:45am and if there timetable is correct, will complete about 1:30 pm (it's the extended tour ~ 4 1/2 hrs) then our train out of Rome is scheduled for 4:10pm. 2 questions about this:
-Did I leave us enough time afterward to get some lunch before heading to train?
-We will just be taking a couple of backpacks with a change of clothes and toiletries and will keep our passports and $$ on us, should we check these at the Vatican bag check? or simply leave them at the hotel bag check (as we will need to check out prior to the tour; our reservation are for the one night and check out time will be prior to tour end). Since it looks like the bag check at the Vatican is at the entrance, and our tour ends us at the "back", it seems to make more since to leave that at the hotel, yes? Or am I mistaken about the "entrance" and "exit" of the Vatican City?