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Museums

Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums are the outcome of the art enthusiasm of the Popes. The basis of the museums was constituted when Pope Julius II started collecting the art pieces. As one of the most important and the most visited museums in the world, Vatican museum hosts millions of tourists a year and give them unforgettable times. St. Jerome in the Wilderness, the Stefaneschi Triptych, and the Pieta are considered as the most famous pieces in the museum.
Located in the heart of the Vatican City, the Vatican Museums contain some of the most ancient and important pieces of art throughout history. Also, some of the most iconic and famous artistic rooms are also housed in the same area. Dating back to around the time of Nicholas V, in 1447, the Vatican Museums showcase life during this time, as well as artistic revelations, such as the Acts of the Apostles. As you would expect, the Vatican Museums are extremely popular, and that means that you may need to stand in line for a considerable amount of time if you don’t book ahead of time for your tickets. It can be annoying during the peak summer months, as there is little shade to be had outside. Try and get there as early as possible to avoid crowds, and to be able to explore the museums properly.

Borghese Gallery

Considered as one of the most fascinating art museums in the world, the Borghese Gallery is a must-visit for art lovers visiting Rome. The city acquired the Villa Borghese in 1903, opening its collection and gardens to the public. Its 22 rooms showcase many stunning masterpieces including paintings of Titian, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Rubens. The original collection was built by Cardinal Borghese, gifted with great artistic taste and exceptional intuition.
The Borghese Gallery houses the original paintings and sculptures which date back to the times of Cardinal Scipione, and are some of the most iconic pieces on the planet. Visiting the Borghese Gallery is made easier by the limit of visitors at any one time, with only 350 visitors allowed in every two hours. There is also the option to take a guided tour, which means you learn about what you’re seeing, and can appreciate the whole story and quality in a much better way. Located at Villa Borghese, the gardens and interior of the building are just jaw-dropping, and visiting Rome and not heading here would be a crime. Situated in the center of the city, it is easy to reach and easy to visit, and with just two hours to explore, you can quickly fill the rest of your day somewhere else afterward, or before.

Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is a chapel located in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Part of Rome’s Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel was decorated by art masters Sandro Botticelli and Pinturicchio in the 15th century and completed by Michelangelo. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the majesty of Michelangelo’s magnificent ceiling frescoes. The artist spent lonely years painting the chapel's ceiling and altar, transforming these walls into one of the great masterpieces. The Sistine Chapel serves as a glorious homage to Renaissance art and one of the most visited sights in all of Italy.
The Sistine Chapel is a room within the Vatican Museums, and one of the iconic and famous sights in all of Europe. Famous for its stunning frescoes, not least its amazing ceiling decoration, the Sistine Chapel was built in 1473, and completed in 1481, by Giovanni Dolci, at the order of Pope Sixtus IV. It is most famous for its Renaissance artwork, specifically by Michelangelo himself. The Creation of Adam is known the world over and is the iconic ceiling fresco that the chapel is probably best known for. It was by the man himself, Michelangelo, and gazing upwards at the wonder of this piece of art is undoubtedly something you will spend a large portion of time doing. The second most important piece of art is on the west wall, which stands behind the altar. As a hugely popular spot, make sure you arrive as early in the day as possible.