A private tour with our guide (I think her name was Nicole), we started our day early at 9.30 am. We met her outside the Vatican Museum, which was buzzing with hundreds of tourists and street hawkers.
Things To Remember When Starting Your Tour
If you're going for a group tour, look for the sign or flag. If you're going for a private tour, it's best to call or look for badges (like I did). Do arrive on time or 10 minutes early because the crowds at Vatican have only become bigger. Getting inside takes you 20 minutes if not more.
How To Make Your Vatican City Tour Cheaper
Well, for one, you don't have to go for a private tour. You can opt a group tour which costs lesser. Stick close to the guide and don't ever lose sight of your group!
The other thing that you can do is to just buy tour tickets and give yourself a tour, especially if you've been there before. Can I give you another idea? Tourist season is full of guides on your left and right. Since the queues make you walk slower than you'd like, you have access to a tour guide at no cost! Sure, you can't get away for it for 2.5 hours but get closer just before you enter the Sistine Chapel or around the sculptures in Vatican Museum.