Private Visit of the Vatican Gardens and the Sistine Chapel
The privilege of walking through the Vatican Gardens is reserved to a restricted number of visitors per day. A true peaceful oasis, designed in the Italian, French and English styles, this is where the Pope takes a stroll in the early morning. At the same time they are a fantastic setting for the official Vatican palaces and institutions, such as the railway station, radio and television stations, Science Academy and residences of citizens of the Vatican City State.
Renaissance and Baroque fountains, and the chirping of brightly coloured parakeets who have "adopted" the park as their home, will surprise and delight visitors. At the end of the walk, lasting 90 minutes, visitors will have gained insight into the Vatican territory as an independent State.
The visit continues with a few sections of the vast Vatican Museums: the Candelabra Gallery (displaying statues and art objects of the Imperial era), then the galleries of Tapestries and Geographical Maps and, finally, the Sistine Chapel where the history of art and the Church come together. The Sistine is still the Chapel where Popes are elected, it is their private chapel, and considered "the most beautiful Renaissance art book", for its frescoes by Michelangelo, and also those by Perugino, Botticelli and Ghirlandaio.
Through a private access permitted only to authorized guides, visitors enter St. Peter's Basilica. With its domes, mosaics, marbles, Tombs of Peter and the Popes, the "Pietá" by Michelangelo and the "Canopy" by Bernini, St. Peter's is one of the finest and most visited places of worship in the world.
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