The ticket guarantees a fast-track and priviledged access to Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. Duration of the tour is free.
|MEETING POINT||Via Leone IV, 49|
|DEPARTURE TIME||30’ before the entrance time. Punctuality is required.|
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SISTINE CHAPEL EXTRAORDINARY CLOSINGS
Please be informed that, during the month of January, the Sistine Chapel will observe the following extraordinary closings:
- Thursday, January 9th: Closed from 10 am to 1.30 pm
- Friday, January 10th: anticipated closing at 3 pm
- saturday, January 11th: anticipated closing at 12:30.
WHAT AWAITS YOU
Let yourself be enchanted by one of the richest and most visited museum complexes in the world without wasting time on long and wearing waits! Earn a fast-track access with the assistance of our staff, and, once passed the security checks, enjoy the priceless tresures of the Vatican Museums, with their 7 km of galleries and 11,000 rooms. Explore the rooms of the Chiaramonti Museum, walk along the aisles of the Pio-Clementino Museum, discover the antiquities of the Gregorian Etruscan Museum; contemplate the wonderful Raphael’s Rooms, the Room dei Chiaroscuri and the dramatic Gallery of the Geographical Maps; let yourself be amazed by the unusual and surprising artifacts of the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the historical artifacts of the Ethnological Missionary Museum and the masterpieces of the Pinacoteca, with its over 400 paintings ranging from the 11th to the 19th century, painted by the likes of Giotto, Leonardo Da Vinci, Titian, Beato Angelico, Caravaggio. The Sistine Chapel will be the icing on the cake of this extraordinary journey through space and time; here, you can immerse yourself in the contemplation of what can be considered a true palimpsest of Italian Renaissance art, with precious wall paintings by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Ghirlandaio, Luca Signorelli and Piero di Cosimo, up to the extraordinary cycle of the vault and the Last Judgment by Michelangelo Buonarroti.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…?
Established in 1506 by Pope Julius II from the famous Marble Group of the Laocoonte, and first opened to the public in 1771 at the behest of Clement xiv, the Vatican Museums – the fourth largest museum in the world by number of annual accesses – are divided into a long series of gals rooms that house as many, priceless collections. From the collection of classical art, with the valuable sculptures of Fidia, Prassitele, Mirone, to the exquisite evangelical of Lorsch, masterpiece of the miniature Carolingian; from the paintings of Giotto, Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael to the purity of Antonio Canova’s neoclassical lines to the contemporary works of Dali and Matisse. An integral part of the museum’s path is also the Sistine Chapel, whose walls constitute a precious schedule of Italian Renaissance painting, with frescoes by Botticelli, Perugino, Pinturicchio, Girlandaio and Signorelli, culminating in the cycle of michelangelo paintings of the vault (Stories of Genesis and the Old Testament) and the Western Wall (Universal Judgment).
DID YOU KNOW THAT …?
- The so-called Pignone – a bronze pine cone almost 4 meters high and dating back to the 2nd century A.D. . – hence the name Pinecone Courtyard – was originally a fountain of the Campus Marzio. The ward in which it was found took the name Pigna, in its memory. The sculpture was first moved into the courtyard of the ancient basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, and found its nowadays collocation by the will of Donato Bramante.
- Biagio da Cesena, the ceremonial of Pope Paul III, was one of Michelangelo’s most bitter detractors and never skimred criticism of his work. Buonarroti retaliated by portraying him in the Last Judgment of the Sistine Chapel, as the damned man about to be squeezed by a snake.
- The philosophers gathering in the School of Athens, painted by Raphaelin the Room of the Segnatura, bear a very strong resemblance to Sanzio’s felllow artists: Bramante is the mathematician Euclid, Plato has the features of Leonardo; Heraclitus has the grim face of Michelangelo, whose shadowy character was known to all. In the foreground the infamous boots, which Buonarroti wore even in bed.
- Michelangelo’s frescoes of the Sistine Chapel cover a total area of 5,000 square meters with more than 300 figures.