Thanks. This forum is so great! Ive never done any kind of chat room. You are absolutely right - it takes someone else to tell me to 'chill' (I just ignore my husband....).
I am sure I will be back with questions on other ports. I am not having alot of luck with La Spezia - they only seem to mention Livorno.
You mentioned doing the Vatican first - The Michelin Tour guide said I should wait until Lunch after all the tour parties are gone - they said the place empties out. I initially wanted to do the Vatican first...but changed my mind based upon this guide and was going to do the Colesium. Sounds like I should go back to my original plan? In my mind after reading your post, no matter what I do - the Vatican is probably never going to be crowd free and I might as well start there...right?