Theme : The Divine Comedie of art and religion on
the last 2000 yrs.
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...
P. San Pietro
: 5 hours plus break for lunch.
: 60,000 Lire per person.
point : Daily (except Sundays) at 10.00 a.m. in piazza
Pio XII (the piazza in front of St Peter's square) nearby the
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".
- The tour was "excellent!
Our tour guide conveyed a thorough knowledge of the Vatican
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