Entering the Vatican (a sovereign state within Rome) we passed a queue which appeared to go for over a kilometre. We we told that this is usual and it will take those at the end 2 hours to get to the entrance. We walked to the front and straight in with our per booked tickets. The same happened wherever we went – long queues which did not apply to us.
We are on a Trafalgar tour this time. Apparently they took 250,000 on tours of the Vatican last year and therefore have preferred status in accessing the limited numbers of tickets available. So far we have had three different local guides provided by Trafalgar, 1 in Rome, 1 in Pompei and today on the Amalfi coast and they have all been excellent.