Top Attractions in Vatican City

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The Sistine Chapel

What to see

The Chapel is not particularly big. In fact the ceiling is 40 meters long and 13 meters wide.

The iconography represented is very varied, showing for example images of the  Book of Genesis (with the world-famous picture of God touching Adam’s finger ).

You can also observe portraits of prophets, sibyls and scenes from the history of Israel.

In total there are more than 300 figures, many of which show two-dimension effects, taking advantage of the room’s architecture making up an artistically skilled work without precedents.

The works took 4 years to be completed.

Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums  are home to one of the most important collections of art and antiques and include the celebrated  Sistine Chapel, a masterpiece of humanity that you should see at least once in your life.

We talk about museums, plural, because what we visit today is the result of successive additions and extensions  encouraged by the Popes during the past five centuries, unified as a set of art collections from ancient Egypt to the twentieth century.

We can divide the collections and museums visits within 3 basic elements: museums, visit rooms and chapels. There is a bit of all of them in the visit, but it is interesting to keep in mind these three options.

St Peter’s Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica is the centre of the Christian World, the world’s largest church and an architectural work designed by top Italian artists of an era. It was built on the Vatican Hill, across the River Tiber in a symbolic location: it was the place where the apostle St. Peter, considered the first head of the Church, died as a martyr and was buried.

Visits to the dome of St. Peter’s

The Vatican Gardens

The Vatican Gardens  are an oasis in the middle of crowds of visitors who frequent places like the Basilica and the Vatican Museums. The green space within the Vatican walls seduces nature lovers in particular and it is recommended for those who want to dig deeply into the Vatican history.

Summer nights in the Vatican

Summer nights in the Vatican

The nights of the Vatican are unique. From May until the end of July and from September until the end of October, every Friday from 7pm to 11pm it is possible to visit the Vatican in the evening. A perfect alternative cultural plan for hot Friday nights in the Eternal City. This initiative has been running in Rome for a number of years. It was born as a consequence of the impossibility of the Romans to appreciate the art of their own city, as the six million tourists who visit it each year made it difficult to visit the most emblematic places.

Even if you’re not a local you can still go as there is no need to show documents to prove you are from Rome. All you have to do is buy a ticket on the internet from the official website. Discover the nights of the Vatican! Have a unique experience and feel how the magic of every corner envelops you during an unforgettable evening.

Masterpieces of the Vatican: The School of Athens

The School of Athens

The “School of Athens” is a fresco painted by Raphael which we can admire today within the Apostolic Palace, in the Vatican Museums, in the “Stanza della Signatura” in the “Raphael Rooms”.

It was painted between 1510 and 1511 as part of a group of frescoes commissioned by Pope Julius II to adorn some of the halls of the palace which were dedicated to classical Greece and Rome, pagan nations which however influenced the Catholic Rome of the times and helped form its spirituality and concept of the world. There are frescoes which represent the origins of theology, the law, literature, poetry, music and, in the case of The School of Athens, philosophy.

This fresco obtained immediate success when it was painted and sparked as much enthusiasm as the Sistine Chapel.

Swiss Guards, the Swiss soldiers in The Vatican

Swiss Guards

The Swiss Guard is the group in charge of the Vatican City’s State’s safety. It is the smallest professional army in the world with about 110 soldiers. Dressed with an unmistakable uniform, the Swiss Guard offer one of the most picturesque images of the Vatican, although its role is far from being merely decorative.