The Vatican Museums

>>The Vatican Museums

Best NCC Roma transfer service from Civitavecchia to Rome takes you to Vatican City, the heart of Catholicism

Civitavecchia to Rome Vatican MuseumsAfter you transfer in comfort and style from Civitavecchia to Rome, visiting the Vatican Museums can be a great way to stimulate your mind. Best NCC Roma will be happy to take you to the museum’s entrance and recommends you book your ticket in advance. The museum can be crowded, but if you keep your route flexible you can easily transfer from one room to the next avoiding the largest crowds. Best NCC Roma’s transfer service from Civitavecchia to Rome allows you to maximize your time in the Eternal City.

Upon entering the Vatican museums you will enter the Belvedere Courtyard, which was begun in 1506 and designed by Bramante. The long courtyard connected the Vatican Palace with the Villa Belvedere, where the pope transferred his residence for the summer and enjoyed a fresh breeze in the smaller palace.

When you enter the courtyard, there is a nice café where you can sit and have a coffee and a bite to eat and enjoy the scenery after your travels from Civitavecchia to Rome. You may notice a large bronze pinecone. The Pigna is an ancient Roman fountain that was originally near the Pantheon and was transferred to the courtyard of the Old St. Peter’s and then to the Belvedere Courtyard. The courtyard was bisected in 1585 to build the Vatican Library. The wings surrounding the courtyard house the various branches of the Vatican museum, such as the Pinacotheca, Egyptian Art Galleries, and the Etruscan Museum.

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Many works of ancient Roman art were transferred to the Vatican museum from find spots all over Lazio, from the ports of Ostia and Civitavecchia to Rome. Laocoön and His Sons was the first sculpture that began the museum’s collection. The sculpture was discovered near the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in 1506, purchased by Julius II, and put on display in the Octagonal Courtyard, or the Little Belvedere Courtyard. Michelangelo was commissioned to sculpt the father’s right arm, which had broken off and was missing. The original arm was later found and attached. The Apollo Belvedere was transferred to the courtyard in 1511 from its find spot in Anzio. You may see some similarities between this Apollo and Bernini’s in the Galleria Borghese. The Belvedere Torso was also displayed in the courtyard. Together these sculptures inspired many artists.

The Raphael rooms and the Sistine Chapel

Enjoy exploring all the galleries in the museum while Best NCC Roma’s limousine service from Civitavecchia to Rome waits for you. Don’t miss the four Raphael Rooms, commonly called the, Stanze. These were intended as the living quarters for Pope Julius II and his successor, Pope Leo X. They look out on the Belvedere Courtyard. The most popular of these frescoes is the School of Athens .

Finally, before leaving the museum you will pass through the awesome Sistine Chapel, which takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV who restored it. Later, Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the ceiling between 1508-1512. The artist returned from 1535 to 1541 to paint the Last Judgment on the wall behind the high altar. If you look at the figure of Christ, you will see that the Belvedere Torso inspired Michelangelo.

When you have finished your tour you have the option to explore St. Peter’s or Best NCC Roma’s transfer service from Civitavecchia to Rome will help you transfer to your next destination, be it shopping, dining, or a stroll at the Villa Doria Pamphilj.

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