When in Rome, why not visit the Vatican

The city-state of the Vatican is entirely Italian in style, history and design, but it is a separate state that houses the head of the Catholic Church.

There are about 1.3 billion Catholics in the world who have the Pope as their spiritual head. – You do not have to say it, but I do it anyway, the Catholic Church has collected art from around the world and all eras. Not right now, while the corona is ravaging, but always otherwise you can see some of the huge art collection.

Read: Do not forget “The Met”

One fun thing you can do is pretend to be Professor Robert Langdon as the world became known through Dan Brom’s books and movies: Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol and Inferno.

The 100 galleries that constitute the Musei Vaticani are loaded with papal treasures accumulated over the centuries. Musts include the Sistine Chapel, such ancient Greek and Roman sculptures as “Laocoön” and “Belvedere Apollo,” the frescoed “Stanze” executed by Raphael (among which is his “School of Athens”), and endless collections of pagan Greco-Roman antiquities and Renaissance art by European masters.

Nothing else in Rome quite lives up to the awe-inspiring collections of the Vatican Museums, a 15-minute walk from St. Peter’s out of the north side of Piazza San Pietro. It’s a vast treasure store of art from antiquity and the Renaissance gathered by the Roman Catholic Church through the centuries, filling a series of ornate Papal palaces, apartments, and galleries leading to one of the world’s most beautiful interiors, the justly celebrated Sistine Chapel.

Note that the Vatican dress code also applies to its museums (no sleeveless blouses, no miniskirts, no shorts, no hats allowed), though it tends to be less rigorously enforced than at St. Peter’s.

Here you can take a virtual tour

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