SAINT PETER’S BASILICA AND THE VATICAN MUSEUMS
Imposing and impressive, St. Peter’s Basilica is one of the largest churches in the world ever built and surely among the most beautiful architectural works of all time. It is considered the heart of Christianity and for this reason it is the meeting place of the faithful and a destination for pilgrims from every corner of the earth.
But the basilica is, of course, the destination of millions of tourists who come to Rome, not wanting to miss the opportunity to see this wonder. Its magnificent dome designed by Michelangelo stands high over Roman roofs and is amazing in its size and harmony.
St. Peter’s Basilica looks onto the piazza of the same name and is the backdrop for the Bernini’s majestic colonnade that seems to symbolize two arms open wide to welcome visitors.
St. Peter’s Basilica also houses many masterpieces, above all Michelangelo’s wonderful “Pietà”.
THE VATICAN MUSEUMS
The Vatican Museums are one of the largest museum complexes in existence, and they preserve huge and splendid works of art accumulated over the centuries by the various Popes. Magnificent and vast, they are one of the largest art collections in the world, with more than 7 km of corridors and halls, which exhibit whole collections of unique and impressive works.
Every year more than 6 million people admire these marvels, making the Vatican Museums the fourth most visited museum in the world. Among the many treasures to be appreciated, there is also the famous Sistine Chapel and the papal apartments with frescoes by Michelangelo and Raphael.