Video Postcard from RomeCabs: Vatican Museums

 

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Video Postcard from RomeCabs: the Vatican Museums

 

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The Vatican Museums are located within the Vatican city, not in Rome.  

There are 54 galleries inside the Vatican Museums, making the Vatican museums one of the largest museums in the world.

Extensive exhibitions of many of the world’s most treasured masterpieces are featured throughout the many individual museums, galleries, and  halls, have been collected by popes throughout the centuries since the Renaissance era.

The Vatican museums have been founded by Pope Julius II in early 16th century to showcase a special marble sculpture that you can admire inside the Cortile del Belvedere (The Belvedere Courtyard).

The sculpture is of Laocoon and his Sons  was discovered in 1506 buried in what used to be a vineyard near the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome.

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Laocoön and his Sons - Belvedere Courtyard, Vatican Museums with RomeCabs

Laocoön and his Sons – Belvedere Courtyard, Vatican Museums

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The different museums were founded by various other popes to feature specific collections of Renaissance works of art, Etruscan artifacts discovered during archaeological excavations, ancient Egyptian objects, and more.

Not to miss are also the Papal apartments frescoed by the famous artist Raphael and his workshop called the Raphael Rooms (Stanze di Raffaello):

Room of Heliodorus, Hall of Constantine, Room of the Signature, Room of the Fire in the Borgo.  

The most famous painting in all of these rooms is the School of Athens (inside the Room of the Signature)
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School of Athens by Raphael. Rooms of the Signature – Vatican Museums

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Also to be enjoyed is Sala Rotonda, a circular room shaped like a miniature Pantheon complete with a faux coffered dome above, and lined with  ancient statues of pagan gods and Roman emperors.

The Gallery of the Maps is a long vibrant hall with Renaissance era maps painted on the walls making it the world’s largest pictorial geographical study.  The ornate ceiling adds to the magnificence of this Gallery.
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Hall of the Maps, Vatican Museums

Hall of the Maps, Vatican Museums

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What most visitors anticipate at the end of their Vatican Museums visit is to enter the Sistine Chapel (Capella Sistina) and admire than breathtaking frescoes by Michelangelo: the Sistine Chapel Ceiling depicting 9 scenes from the Book of Genesis, and the Last Judgment fresco on the altar wall.

The Vatican Museums is part of Stefano’s RomeCabsRome in A Day” Day Tour and Shore Excursion from Civitavecchia, as well as “Christian Rome Tour” with Stefano Rome Tours.

 

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Enjoy photos of St Peter’s Basilica inside the Vatican on our FLICKR PHOTO GALLERY:

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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Tours in Rome and beyond.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!

Stefano’s RomeCabs Team

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