I have now heard conflicting things about avoiding Vatican museum crowds. Some say be there 45 minutes before it opens, others say it's less crowded in the afternoon. I am going to be there the last Sunday in July (free day). What would be best?
As a bonus question, if anyone can suggest a good plan of attack once you've reached Vatican city, I'm getting confused about what you do first, etc. There's the Basilica, the Dome, the Sistine Chapel, etc. So much info just says "Vatican Museums," and is not more specific. I'd appreciate anyone who could be.