We had read about the long queues and looked at booking tickets before going. In the end we booked tickets for the Friday night time opening of the vatican. We booked for 8:30pm and there were no queues to get in. Although it was still a bit busy, I don't think it was anywhere near the crowds that amass during the day in high season! It was really nice being there at night, the museum and sistine chapel are truly amazing. Lots of people get a guided tour, but we downloaded a free Rick Steve audio tour on our phones beforehand for the museums and chapel and it was brilliant, so we really recommend that!! I was worried we may not have enough time to see everything going so late, but we actually had plenty of time and it was brilliant. So in august, go on a Friday night if you can for a bit more of a chilled time!
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