September 08, 2014

The Vatican Museums

Our visit to Rome this summer included Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica. The Catholic church has amassed an incredible collection of art over the centuries including Greek and Roman antiquities and Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. These treasures are housed in the the Musei Vaticani, the Vatican Museums.



The Dome of St. Peter's

We were touring Italy with Insight Vacations, which meant we were able to skip the long ticket lines at the Vatican Museums. We were also allowed access to the Bramante Staircase, an area of the museum not open to the general public. Here is a sampling of what we saw.



The Vatican Museums


The Pigna Courtyard is one of my favourite areas of the museum because of the large bronze pine cone (pigna) which originally stood near the Pantheon. The pine cone is flanked by two bronze peacocks.


Bronze Pine Cone in the Pigna Courtyard


Bronze Peacock



Chiaramonti Museum


Roman Busts and Statues


Pius-Clementine Museum

Apoxyomenos, Athlete Scraping Himself


The Bramante Staircase was commissioned in 1512 and its spiral design enabled access by horseback. A much newer replica built in 1932 now serves as the Vatican Museum exit.


The Bramante Staircase



View from the Bramante Staircase


Etruscan Museum







Etruscan Pottery Jug


Heads of Horses

Gold Fibula from the Regolini-Galassi Tomb


Gold Pectoral from the Regolini-Galassi Tomb


Amber Necklace from the Rigoli-Galassi Tomb

Etruscan Bronze and Wood Sandals

The Mars of Todi



The Chariot Room




Sala della Biga, the Chariot Room


Chariot Room Ceiling






Candelabra Gallery



Roman Antiquities in the Candelabra Gallery





Gallery of Maps


Gallery of Maps Ceiling


Maps of Italy





Map of Venice

The last stop on our tour of the Vatican Museums was the Sistine Chapel, however no photos are allowed.


Stairway to the Sistine Chapel


Next: St. Peter's Basilica

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