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Walking tour #1 : St-Peters and the Vatican Museums

Main Theme : The Divine Comedie of art and religion on the last 2000 yrs.

What exactly : Bernini's colonnade, Egyptian obelisk, St Peter's tomb and statue, Bernini's Baldacchino, Michelangelo's dome, Art gallery, Laocoon, Apollo Belvedere, Belvedere torso, Raphael rooms, Sistine chapel...

Colonnade P. San Pietro View Bernini's Colonnade View Sistine Chapel

Duration : 5 hours plus break for lunch.

Price : 60,000 Lire per person.

Meeting point : Daily (except Sundays) at 10.00 a.m. in piazza Pio XII (the piazza in front of St Peter's square) nearby the newspaper kiosk.

Quick Overview :
What was Rome like in 67 A.D. when St. Peter was crucified at Caligula's circus? And how many emporers and artists, sackings and devastations brought about the 16th century construction of the still unrivaled basilica? How many indulgences were sold by the church in order to fund this construction?

As you go through the Pinacoteca of the Vatican Museum, you will be able to note how the idea and depiction of man by the artists changes through the centuries. What myths are behind the beauty? Learn of the agony behind the possibly most famous statue in the world, the Laocoon? What is behind the beatiful greek statue, the Apollo Belvedere? What refined cultural sense and philosophy brought Raphael to paint his sublime fescoes in the papal apartments? What immense world of torment and of faith surrounded Michelangelo while he painted his genious vision inside the Sistine chapel? A trip which has been defined as "the artitistic patrimony of all mankind".

Visitors comments
- The tour was "excellent! Our tour guide conveyed a thorough knowledge of the Vatican eloquently".
Donavan Gloy - Melville, South Africa

The tour was "very good - definitely would not have gotten as much out of the sites on my own". The guide was "very knowledgeable and friendly - added a lot to the trip".
Laura Shannon - Virginia, USA

The tour was "interesting."The guide" knows his stuff, thorough, personal, and entertaining."
Natalie Derksen - British Columbia, Canada

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