The Vatican museums belong to the most visited museums in the world today. The buildings were originally papal palaces built for such Renaissance popes as Sixtus IV, Innocent VIII and Julius II. The long courtyards and galleries, linking Innocent VIII’s Belvedere Palace to the other buildings, house an important collection of antique sculptures, among them many of the great archeological finds from central Italy; including the Laocoön group, the Apollo del Belvedere and the Torso del Belvedere that inspired Michelangelo for his paintings in the Sistine Chapel, the main chapel in the Vatican where Michelangelo realized his magnificent and only fresco works: the Sistine ceiling (1508-1512) and the Last Judgement on the great altar wall (1534-1541). Like Michelangelo, Raphael worked in the pope’s palace from 1508. The works in the private apartments of Julius II’s took over 16 years to complete, and Raphael himself died before its completion. The frescoes express the religious and philosophical ideals of the Renaissance and quickly established Raphael’s reputation as an artist in Rome. From the Sistine Chapel we enter St. Peter’s, the centre of the Roman Catholic faith.
Julia, Thank you so much for the recent tours we took from you while on our Rome vacation. My family and I had a wonderful time on The Vatican and Roman Antiquity tours. You made learning and understanding about Rome’s history fun and exciting for our entire family. We were all impressed by you and your knowledge of Roman and Art History and it was so nice to have our own personal guide.
Julia, It has been a week since we’ve left Rome. What beautiful memories we have of your lovely city and your warm hospitality. You were wonderful and I shall never forget the time we spent with you. I will also pass your name on to all that may be able to spend time in Rome…Thank you Kathy Polikowsky