Renowned for its stunning Renaissance architecture, St. Peter’s Basilica is the biggest church in the world, the most important in Christendom and one of the best things to see in Rome. Beginning in 1506, the construction of the Basilica passed from architect to architect until its completion in 1626. Crowning the interior of the church is a grand dome designed by Michelangelo at the impressive age of 72. The structure was so well- thought out, it served the model for many other domes around the world. What's even more interesting is that you can climb up and enjoy the view of Rome from its terrace. Inside the grand expanse of the basilica's hall don't miss Michelangelo’s sculpture, Pietà, and Bernini’s 29m tall bronze canopy, the baldachin. When you visit the Vatican, take your time to explore the basilica, it hides an array of artistic treasures you simply shouldn't miss.
What to do in Vatican you ask? The answer may well lie on walls and in the galleries of the Vatican Museums. This museum complex houses all the art amassed by Popes over the centuries. In fact, dates as far back as the 16th Century to its founder, Pope Julius II. In the overwhelming 1400 rooms, the Vatican Museums boast and form a collection of approximately 70,000 artworks. For instance, the Egyptian museum has ancient clay figurines, sculptures, statues and bronze objects. In the many rooms of the Pinacoteca Vaticana, the walls are adorned with the Renaissance masterpieces from the likes of Da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Raphael. And, hanging in the Gallery of Tapestries you can find Pieter van Aelst’s tapestries. Moreover, the Vatican Museums stretches a total distance of 7 km! So, it offers a day filled with the best things to see in Vatican.
If you’ve ever wondered, “why do people go to Vatican City?” The Sistine Chapel, that’s why. Attracting millions of travelers a year, it is the centerpiece of the Vatican Museums. Moreover, it is one of the holiest sites in the Christian world. In fact, its walls served as canvases for some of the most exquisite Renaissance art ever. Designed by Pontelli and built under the supervision of Dolci, the Sistine Chapel sits on the former site of the Cappella Magna. The Chapel is part of the Apostolic Palace and serves as the place where conclave gathers to elect a Pope. Behind its modest exterior, a world bursts into life with the frescoes from Renaissance masters. However, the Sistine Chapel also features pieces from Botticelli, Rosselli and Perugino. To take in all the Chapel’s glory is one of the best things to do in Vatican city.