Private tour: The other side of the Sistine Chapel (duration: 3 hours)
The tour starts in the morning with the Vatican Museums’ tour. At first sight your eyes will be caught by the modern entrance built for the Jubilee in 2000 but then, inside the museums, the Sistine Chapel will amaze you. You’ll see ancient Greek and Roman statues, above all the ones of the emperor Hadrian and his beloved Antinous. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 to 1512. The commission was originally to paint the twelve apostles, however Michelangelo demanded a free hand in the pictorial content of the scheme. He painted a series of nine pictures now worldwide famous.
People talk a lot about Michelangelo’s figures because he was inspired by common people and gave a particular attention in painting sensual nudes. Our gay friendly guide will tell you all about the secrets of his private life and how scientists from all over the world now agree that he was homosexual and had a love story with a young poet.
Free time in the afternoon allows you to explore further yourself.
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