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Duration: 3 Hours approx
Cost: From €350 (price for 2 people)
The Vatican may be one of the smallest states on Earth but it boasts one of the largest collections of art in the world. Sprawling across a total of 14km and over 2,000 rooms it can be a daunting prospect to explore this mammoth collection by yourself.
This VIP experience will offer you Skip-the-line access to make sure you make the most of your time, and, your very own Rogue Historian to show you the gems of the collection and answer any and all questions you may have.
The Christian Church in Rome has seen the rise and fall of the Roman empire, the dawning of the dark-ages, schisms and countless reformations of the church, it has seen the greatest artists of periods such as the Renaissance and Baroque mould its churches. It has seen the rise and fall of great superpowers such as Imperial Britain and the Modern United States, and in the last hundred years has witnessed countless wars and the rise and fall of Communism. Throughout all the this the Catholic Church has remained a prominent figure and has played a pivotal role in the formulation of Western society.
Let The Rogue Historians help you navigate this breathtaking collection and bring these two thousand years of history to life for you. Visit some of the most iconic pieces of ancient sculpture that inspired the Renaissance masters such as Michelangelo and Raphael and then marvel at their masterpieces. But also be prepared for scandal and political intrigue as our guides tell you the stories behind some of these masterpieces and the men who created them.
You will, of course, visit the beautiful Gallery of Maps, the stunning Raphael rooms and the astounding Sistine Chapel, one of Michelangelo’s greatest achievements, a place that never fails to inspire, awe and humble. Then on to St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world and centre of Catholicism today – a building that is a testament to both the late Renaissance and the Baroque, awash with the works of Bramante, Michelangelo and Bernini, and where the tomb of St. Peter lies beneath the altar…