WHAT TO SEE IN ROME: THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

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A few steps, REALLY a few steps from our Bed and Breakfast, you will find The Vatican Museums. The stop for the Vatican Museums is the same as the stop for our B&B, "OTTAVIANO", where you can spend a weekend in Rome, touring the famous museums and also seeing the new Pope, Papa Francesco. We are situated in one of the best possible places, and we aren't the only ones to say this!!

You can find the Vatican Museums on Viale Vaticano. They are open Monday through Saturday, from 9am - 4pm, closing at 6pm. They are closed on Sundays. The only exception is the last Sunday of each month, when entrance to the Museums are free from 9am - 12:30 pm, closing at 2pm., provided that it doesn't coincide with Easter, December 25th and 26th and January 1st and 6th.

The complete price to enter is 16,00 Euro, reduced price is 8,00 Euro and for students it is 4,00 Euro. Tickets are free on the last Sundays of every month as specified above, but be prepared to wait in a very long line to get in.

To visit the Vatican Museums means to start a ,long journey through 20 centuries of art and history, blended together with the art exhibitions of such human talent . To be able to see everything in such an unparalleled visit , in one afternoon, well, its almost impossible. That is why we suggest to dedicate at least 3 days to see everything the museums have in exhibition. It is through a massive and impressive bronze door that you enter the smallest state in the world: The Vatican.

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Counted among the most beautiful museum complexes in the world, the Vatican Museums were born thanks to the works of the patronage of Popes of past centuries, with commissioned and accumulated works of the highest value. Every year , the museums host more than 4 millions visitors from all over the world, extending through 7 kilometers of galleries. We speak of Vatican Museums in the plural, for each one of them represents a museum unto itself, from the Egyptian museum with its mummies, to the collection of Etruscan Art, to the Greco Roman (The Laocoon , the Apollo of Belvedere to the collections of Renaissance

Art. Not to be mentioned as entirely insignificant are the other sections of the Vatican Museum: The Gallery of Candelabras, The Gallery of Tapestries, the very famous Gallery of Geographic Maps, the Sobieski room and the room of the Immaculate Conception, The Nicolina chapel, the Vatican picture gallery and the splendid Vatican Library.

There are more than 70,000 objects exhibited to the public, not considering the other 50,000 works still conserved in the depositories that wait to be seen and enjoyed by a passionate public.Entire rooms, with magnificent frescoes, like the Borgia apartment by Pinturicchio, the rooms by Raffaello,,four rooms dedicated to Pope Julius II , decorated my Sanzio himself and the building commissioned by Pope Leo X, also by the works of Sanzio

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A section apart , that merits incomparable mention,is The Sistine Chapel. ( name comes from the founder, Pope Sixtus IV), a one in a million masterpiece by the genius, Michelangelo seen every day by about 20,000 visitors. One thousand.meters of fresco paintings that depict the times , on the walls of the alter, narrating the story of Man, from his Creation to his Fall.

A Curiosity: To create the splendid frescoes in The Sistine Chapel required 4 long years in which Michelangelo was constricted to be in a very uncomfortable position for hours, only with the illumination of candlelight. Hours and hours stretched out on the scaffolding with his arms always raised, his eyes fixed on the ceiling, the color draining slowly from his face, the cramps that gripped him from long held positions, to complete his work.

So much beauty, can, and maybe has to be considered the fruit of a work so tiring and strenuous, by the determination of a genius unequalled. He was able to create something so unique that has never been seen before or ever since. Michelangelo, we remember, was born a sculptor,and yet in those difficult and isolated working years , he was really able to bring to life the walls of the chapel. a true masterpiece .

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