Virtual Tour of Italy: Vatican City
AN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE PROVIDING INSIGHT INTO VATICAN CITY
Have you ever wanted to see Vatican City, but can't make it to Italy for a visit? Sometimes it's not easy for us to travel, especially long distances and maintaining schedules. Fortunately there are virtual tours, and plenty of information and visuals available to have your Italian experience from home. Vatican City is among the better options due to richness of its history as well as all of the materials available. Nearly as old as Christianity, Vatican City is a treasure trove of experiences and wonders that promise a great exploration for old and young alike located in Rome, the heart of Italy. Containing much of the history of the Roman Catholic Church, this small city-state is renowned for its museums, library, St. Peter's Square, and of course, the Sistine Chapel. For those unable to travel there in person, the home and burial place of popes is presenting a virtual tour so you too can help enjoy and experience the unique venue and all it has to offer!
Vatican City: A Historical Perspective
The history of Vatican City is both rich and robust, tying closely with its museums, buildings, and library. Some interesting elements are linked below, including the rivalry between Michelangelo and the Pope, as well as historical biographical information on many of the artists and other notable figures in Vatican history.
- Michelangelo and the Papal Rivalry
- Free Virtual Tour of Vatican Museums
- The Trials of Moses
- Guide to the Borgia Apartments in the Vatican
- A History of the Vatican
- A History of Vatican City and Its Citizens
- 13 Fascinating Facts About the Vatican
The Splendor of St. Peter's Basilica
Considered the most famous and largest church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica is a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture and home to St. Peter's burial site and Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. If you wish to take a virtual tour of this facility, take your time because there is much to see and learn!
- Papal Basilica of St. Peter
- 360° Tour of St. Peter's in Vatican City
- Vatican City Virtual Tour
- St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy
- 6 Surprising Facts About St. Peter's Basilica
- The History and Architecture of St. Peter's
Within the Apostolic Palace which is the official residence of the pope lies what is considered to be one of the greatest works in European Renaissance art by Michelangelo. There are plenty of other works of extraordinary Renaissance artwork as well, such as Boticelli, Perugino, and Roselli, the finest Italian artists of their time.
- The Sistine Chapel
- Take a Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel
- Virtual Tour: Sistine Chapel
- Sistine Chapel Ceiling Tour
- Tours from Home: The Wonders of The Sistine Chapel
- Sistine Chapel Panorama
Vatican Museums: Among the Largest Museums in the World
The Vatican Museums contain over 70,000 pieces and display many of the Renaissance works collected by the Catholic Church. It is largely considered one of the largest museums in the world and many millions of visitors go to it annually. Many links are included below as there is much to see and experience. The 360 tours are especially well done and provide a thorough and unique perspective on each of the venues depicted.
- The Raphael Rooms
- Pio Clementino Museum
- Virtual Tour of the Vatican Museums
- Profane Museum
- New Wing at the Vatican Museums
- The Vatican Museums
- The Papal Gallery
- Room of the Chiaroscuri
- Laocoon and His Sons
- Niccolene Chapel
- Belvedere Torso
Saint Peter's Square
The famous and large square that lies directly in front of St. Peter's Basilica is in and of itself remarkable in its architecture and contents, including an ancient Egyptian obelisk erected on the site in 1586.
- Saint Peter's Basilica: a Virtual Tour
- Virtual Tours: Vatican and Sistine Chapel
- Vatican Museums Virtual Tour
The Vatican Library: Among the Largest in the World
The Vatican Library is one of the oldest in the world and contains a significant collection of historical texts. Used often as a research facility, it contains over one million printed books and many other informative materials.
This page was last updated by Marco Permunian