Vatican museums tour
To be honest, when I arrived at Rome there were no plans to book any Vatican Museums Tour in my mind. But everything has changed when I run into an old friend from college. She said that if I want to leave a unique impression about Rome and especially about the Vatican Museums I have to book an excursion from Eyes of Rome. He was right, this Vatican Museums Tour skips the line, and I will be remembered it for whole life. Today I have an advice too, Vatican Museums Tour require you to be steadfast and patient. First of all, book the Vatican Museums Tour in advance in order to skip the line. Do you know that the length of museum expositions reaches 7 km? My tour guide said that if you stand for about 1 minute to see each exhibit a little bit more detail, you will need 12 years to view the entire collection! If you are not an art historian, then your visit to the Vatican will be significantly simplified in the Eyes of Rome Tour Guide company will be filled with meaning, history, interesting facts and bright stories.
The queue in the Vatican Museums all year round, the difference is only in waiting time. In high season, we strongly recommend booking an online ticket on the official website of service. The Vatican Museums Tour booking will cover a couple of hours of waiting in the line.
I and my guide have passed through the entrance to the museum complex and immediately went to the escalator, which is located behind the modern spiral staircase. At the very top, you will see pointers to the Sistine Chapel and Stanze di Raffaello.
STANZE DI RAFFAELLO
Four Raphael Rooms served as the Pope Julius II residence. Rafael painted two of them: Stanza Della Segnatura (1508-1511) and Stanza d’Eliodoro (1512-1514). Frescoes in two other halls – Stanza dell’Incendio, (1514-1517) and Stanza di Constantino(1517-1524) – executed according to the sketches of the master by his disciples.
The first room you will get to is Stanza Constantina, painted with frescoes depicting the scene of the battle between Emperor Constantine and Maxentius at the Milvio Bridge. Next stop is Stanza Heliodorus; the room was used by the pope for private audiences. The frescoes themes are divine patronage rendered to the highest church. The most famous of the frescoes depict the expulsion of Heliodorus from the Jerusalem Temple, hints at the expulsion of the French from the Papal States during the time of Pope Julius II. To the left, it is “Mass in Bolsena” fresco: a priest who performs worship in the Bolsena town notices the blood drops falling on the consecrated wafer. The next fresco – “The Meeting of the Lion the Great with Attila” (Incontro di Leone Magno con Attila) – written by Raphael and his students. On the fourth wall, there is “Liberation of Saint Peter”, telling about the release of the apostle Peter from the dungeon. The masterful use of chiaroscuro on this mural was Raphael’s response to critical remarks addressed to him: many claimed that he received an order only thanks to his connections in the Vatican, and not because of his talent.
Vatican Museums Tour next stop was the fourth room, Stanza Della Signatura. There you can see Raphael’s early works, as well as his the most significant creation – “La Scuola d’Atene” fresco, which depicts Plato and Aristotle, surrounded by famous philosophers. In the lonely figure on the staircase, you can recognize the face of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci is represented in the image of the philosopher Plato, and Bramante – in the image of Ecwilide. Rafael painted himself on this fresco.
GRIGORIAN ETHRUSSIAN MUSEUM
The Gregorian Etruscan Museum is located on the upper level of the Belvedere Palace, which leads the Simonetti staircase of the XVIII century. The basis of the exhibition is the artifacts discovered during the archaeological excavations of Etruscan burials in South Etruria (today – the territory of northern Lazio), as well as a collection of ancient Greek ceramics and household items of the Romans and Etruscans. Of particular interest is the “Marte di Todi”, a bronze statue of a warrior of the fourth century, which is located in the Bronze Hall.
In the papal picture gallery, which many tourists undeservedly overlooked. There are the last work of Raphael “Transfiguration” (La Trasfugurazione, 1517-1520), as well as paintings by Bellini, Caravaggio, Filippo Lippi, Guido Reni, Van Dyck, Pietro da Cortona and the unfinished painting of Leonardo da Vinci “Saint Jerome” (San Gerolamo, 1480).
In this museum, the Egyptian collection is located. The museum was founded in 1839 by Pope Gregory XVI. Despite the fact that it is small, it has fascinating exhibits: a fragment of the throne of Ramses II (Trono di Ramses II), sarcophagi dated about 1000 BC, and a few eerie-looking mummies.
GALLERIA DELLE CARTE GEOGRAFICHE
The last of the three galleries in my Vatican Museums Tour (two others: Galleria dei Candelabri and the Galleria degli Arazzi) is a 120-meter corridor which walls are decorated with the Italy topographic maps from the 16th century.