We are taking our 4th Italy trip. In Rome we plan to visit the Borghese Museum, catacombs of Priscilla and Papal audience on Wednesday if Pope Francis is in Rome during our stay mid May 2018. We are not "really" guided tour sorts, but do want to have a knowledgeable experience. Any suggestions? Venice is the bigger question. This is our first trip to Venice. We would like to do what we can to avoid lines and get the best experience. Doge's Palace, St. Mark's Basilica - I see that there are various tours, which is the best recommended and through what companies. We are interested in seeing the deeper and unavailable to the public areas. I there a suggestion for a pass that includes multiple sites? Any other highly recommended sites in Venice?
Cinque Terra - We are wanting to take the Carrara Mine tour any suggestions there?
Thank you so much!