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A Tour of the Holy City and Museums

A September 2007 trip to Rome by Praskipark

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Quote: A day Spent visiting Vatican City and all the Museums

Sistine Chapel

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Attraction | "A Beautiful Experience"

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Finally I have come to the last description in my review - this is the big one! This chapel must be one of the most visited chapels in the world. It stands in the south west section of the Apostolic Palace. Entrance to the chapel is through a small door at the back of the chapel on the right behind the altar. Photographs are not allowed so I advise you to buy a guide book although it didn't stop people from trying to take photographs with their mobile phones. Apart from being astonished by all the great art work I was surprised that it was so small. It had an eerie feel to it and I felt like I wanted to cry and the hairs on my neck were all prickly. It was an amazing experience and one tha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2009

Sistine Chapel
Vatican Palace Viale Del Vaticano
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+39 (06) 8530 1758

Vatican Museums

Attraction | "A Museum of Great Art"

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This was one of the main attractions I wanted to visit but again this was difficult to navigate because of the crowd situation. Raphael's rooms or now known as the Stanza della Segnatura. It comprises of four rooms which were originally the residence of Pope Julius 11. They were named Raphael - after Raphael Sanzio (Raffaello in Italian) who was a painter and architect of the High Renaissance period. He was one of the great masters from this era along with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. Having worked for 10 years on the project he only completed three rooms before he died at the age of 37. The fourth room was left unfinished. It was known that although he did all the detailed drawings he actually...Read More

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Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

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Attraction | "Not a Boring Museum"

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This gallery has changed very little since it was first designed in the early 1800's. It is a large arched gallery which holds on both sides over a thousand pieces of sculpture of various kinds; status of gods, friezes, pagan altars and sarcophaguses. Unfortunately, not a lot of information is displayed in the gallery but it is still worth a visit as some of the statues are amazing and some of the works mix bronze and stone together.Braccio Nuovo is another part of the Chiarmonti museum - the new wing. Over 3,000 stone tablets and inscriptions are on display being one of the largest collections in the world of its type. One of the most interesting statues is the Colossus of the Nile. A riv...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2009

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

Vatican Museums

Attraction | "A Gallery Adorned with Artifacts of One Shape or Form"

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Every room in this gallery is adorned with artefacts of one shape or form. Whole walls are covered in reconstructions of the city in different times. As well as housing the largest collection of books, treaties and writings from the Middle Ages it has a very beautiful sculpture of St. Peter's. It is made from gold and platinum. Figures have been recreated from precious gems and stained glass windows are miniature but correct in every form of detail.

It is impossible to take all this knowledge in and you could at least spend a day in this gallery alone.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2009

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

Vatican Museums

Attraction | "A Room Filled with Ancient Maps"

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Moving on to the Gallery of Maps I found this room fascinating. Both my husband and I adore maps and still would rather use a map than any Sat Nav. This gallery is named after the top 40 topographical maps of Italy. Each map is important as it constitutes a record of 16th century geography and cartography.The whole gallery excited me as the decorated walls were filled with exuberant colours. Altogether 40 panels were painted by Ignazio Danti, a friar from Perugia. He was commissioned by Pope Gregory X111, whose reign lasted from 1572 - 1585. (Dates taken from Wikipedia) To give you an idea of the size of the gallery, it was about 6 metres wide and 120 metres long. The superb frescoes on th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2009

Vatican Museums
Viale Vaticano
Rome, Italy 00165
0039 06 69884676

Gallery of the Candelabra

Attraction | "A Very Crowded Room"

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Gallery of the Candelabras
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The first crowded room we entered was the Gallery of the Candelabras. It was so packed with people I felt suffocated and frustrated. Views of some of the classical Roman sculptures were obscured by real life bodies which were annoying as historically they are very interesting as they date back from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. The art work on the vaulted ceiling was impressive and for all you art buffs out there the ceiling was painted by Domenico Torti and Ludwig Seitz. The
painting of the frescoes started in 1883 and was completed in 1887.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2009

Gallery of the Candelabra
Viale Vaticano
Rome

A Tour of the Holy City and Museums

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Not being a Catholic or overly religious person, you might think why go and bother to visit The Vatican? Firstly, I was always intrigued to see the spot where on Easter Sunday the Pope came on to the balcony to wish all his followers a Happy Easter. I was also keen to see Vatican City in order to cross off another city from my list of cities visited. Finally, I had always wanted to see Michelangelo's great work - The Last Judgement and visit the Raphael Gallery.Was I impressed with the tour of the city and Vatican? Yes, I cannot find enough adjectives to describe my feelings and emotions on that day. I was absolutely choked and spent the whole day emotionally drained. Before I ...Read More