Michelangelo could hardly expect that people from all over the world would be ready to queue for hours to see his Sistine Chapel.
True, it’s not easy to get into the Vatican Museums, especially on the last Sunday of each month when the entrance is free. But among the tourist crowds you can always spot young dark-skinned guys holding posters that say “Skip the queue”.
I was curious to see how it works, let alone get to see the Sistine Chapel without having to queue for hours. So I came up to one of these folks and started a conversation. The guy turned out to be Bangladeshi and he said he and his friends had been in the “tourist business” for more than five years. The essence of the business is not complicated. For 15 euro per person they take you to the beginning of the line and bravely squeeze you in from the side pretending you are all members of a tour group who have bought the tickets in advance. However, the whole trick can be halted for a while if the police suddenly appear near the queue.
Well, of course the shady deal is not very fair towards all those law-abiding people who wait in line to get into the Vatican Museums. But it can sure save you 2 to 4 hours of precious time. Moreover, it can save you 15 euro charged by the Bangladeshi guys because you can do it yourself absolutely free of charge. Simply go to the beginning of the line and bravely squeeze in from the side pretending you’re all members of a tour group who have bought the tickets in advance. Michelangelo would not approve though.