My husband and I are traveling to Rome in October and hope to visit the Vatican on the 11th. I have read in several forum posts that the crowds at the Vatican can be overwhelming. We are considering booking an "early access" tour which will allow us entry into the Sistine Chapel before opening. In your opinion, is this necessary in October or are the huge crowds mentioned purely a summer phenomenon? Obviously, as a major tourist attraction, we expect some crowds, but would like to avoid as many elbows in the ribs as possible! Thanks
PS if you feel an early access tour would be beneficial, can you recommend any particular companies?