The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel
Viale Vaticano, 100
The Vatican Museums are considered some of the most important museums in the world. They lie within the Vatican City and house the greatest artistic masterpieces of all time, commissioned and protected by Popes for the generations to come. The route includes a visit to some Galleries of the Apostolic Palace and the Sistine Chapel, known worldwide as the place where the conclave elects the new Pope. The Sistine Chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV, who called on the services of the most illustrious painters of the time, such as Botticelli, Perugino and Domenico Ghirlandaio. In 1508 the task was entrusted to Michelangelo Buonarroti, who painted the wonderful ceiling which is now considered the masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance, and the Last Judgement, a magnificent composition, depicting the glorious return of Christ as foretold in the New Testament.