Confinement: visit the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel from the comfort of your home

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 2 May 2020 at 18h05 · Updated on 4 May 2020 at 17h49
Visiting the Vatican? It is possible even though you are confined, online. Since 2010, the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Room and the Profane Museum can be visited in 3D along with very clear explanations. If it does not replace a tour in Rome, these virtual tours allow us to improve our knowledge from the comfort of our sofas.

As coronavirus led to lockdown, museums across the world offer their collections online. It is the case of the jewels of Rome and of the Vatican! Yes, the Vatican museums offer a virtual tour of 8 extraordinary sites, including the Sistine Chapel.

Since Italy is confined until further notice, millions of visitors are not allowed to gaze at the Holy City’s architectural treasures, place of Saint Peter’s Tomb and the Holy See. Covering 44 ha, in the heart of Rome, the Vatican City claims over 1,400 works of art kept in 12 themed places. These works are the fruits of orders placed by popes over centuries and centuries to the artists of their time.

Among them, the Rooms of the famous Italian master, Raphaël, first created to adorn four rooms in the Pope Jules II’s apartments, the small chapel decorated by “Il Beato Angelico” under the pontificate of Nicolò Borgia (1447-1455), and the Sistine Chapel and its ceiling painted by Michelangelo.

With all this, we just want to book a plane ticket (or train ticket) and discover this city listed at UNESCO World Heritage. But with confinement, we will avoid it and enjoy the 8 virtual tours made possible thanks to the Villanova university (Pennsylvania, United-States) that spent several nights at the Vatican and took thousands of pictures to recreate these views.

Among our favorite ones: the virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel:

Virtual tour "Sistine Chapel"

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