Before You Go: Vatican City – Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with Cecilia Martini

Before You Go: Vatican City – Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica with Cecilia Martini


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Context's Before You Go online seminars are designed for travelers looking to enhance their in-person experiences at famous landmark destinations in cities around the world.

No trip to Rome would be complete without experiencing the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. This virtual experience has been designed to compliment Context's Vatican Highlights Tour with Skip-the-Line Tickets.

During our time together, a local expert historian will contextualize these remarkable collections of priceless art, teach us to decipher religious iconography, and provide practical information which will prove useful to enjoying the Vatican City in person. Our expert will answer all of the most frequently asked questions by visitors to the Vatican, and leave plenty of time for learners to ask their own. No question is off-limits, we can ask: "When did the Vatican start?" "What is a fresco?" "Are Popes allowed to get married?"

The Vatican collections hold several of the world's most treasures sculptures and paintings. Our conversation begins with the world's most famous Renaissance frescoes – such as The School of Athens by Raphael. From here we will examine a handful of key works, in order to have a sense of the breadth of the collection. Together we will examine Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, obtaining a closer view than would be possible in person. Our virtual visit to the Vatican concludes in the hallowed chapels of St. Peter's Basilica. 

A crowded in-person visit to the Vatican can be overwhelming to the senses. However, in this introductory virtual tour, our local expert will contextualize Vatican City's tremendous impact on history and the highlights of its collection of works. 

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Cecilia is an art historian and a native Roman with a Master's degree in Medieval and Renaissance art from the Sapienza University of Rome. Although her specialty is painting and decorative arts, she has a broad knowledge of the history of Rome and a personal passion for ancient history, which she shares on many antiquity-themed itineraries. Cecilia has worked actively in the past as a lecturer, teacher, and curator of exhibitions. She had been a staff member of the didactive service of the Vatican Museums, the Galleria Doria Pamphili and the Galleria Colonna where she still frequently consults. As a licensed guide for Rome and Florence and with a specialized teaching degree, she has more than 20 years of experience in leading highly-qualified tours.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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