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Via Nizza,45
00198 - Roma (Italy)
Tel +39.06.8535-5590
Fax +39.06.8535-6060
 
     

 
     
 

Accompanying Persons' Programme

  • September 20th - Reception 
 
  • September 21st - 9.30am
Visit of St. Peter'S Basilica and Vatican Museum
 
  • September 21st - Gala Dinner 
 
 
St. Peter's Basilica
Right in the middle of Rome within the Vatican City rises the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world. Its impressive dome stands out over all the other roofs of the Eternal City, 
while the Vatican Museums know that what they hold inside goes beyond the value of the Sistine Chapel alone. 
The beating heart of Catholicism, St. Peter's draws millions of pilgrims every year; they arrive from every part of the world to unite in prayer and receive the Pope's blessing. 
The construction of the Basilica that now dominates St. Peter's Square began April 18, 1506, when the Church was headed by Pope Julius II, and was completed in 1626, during the papacy of Pope Urban VII. 
The Square, rather, was completed in 1667.  On the same site - before the present-day Basilica - stood another basilica from the 4th Century; it had been commissioned by Roman Emperor Constantine I.           
 
The Vatican Museums 
are the grandiose collection of ancient and Renaissance art is the result of four centuries of papal patronage. Among the most amazing spots 2 need to be mentioned above all the others:
The four Raphael Rooms
form a suite of reception rooms in the place, the public part of the papal apartments in the Palace of the Vatican. They are famous for their frescoes, painted by Raphael and his workshop. 
Together with Michelangelo's ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, they are the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. The “Stanze”, as they are commonly called, were originally intended as a suite of apartments for Pope Julius II. 
He commissioned Raphael, then a relatively young artist from Urbino, and his studio in 1508 or 1509 to redecorate the existing interiors of the rooms entirely. It was possibly Julius' intent to outshine the apartments of his predecessor (and rival) 
Pope Alexander VI, as the Stanze are directly above Alexander's Borgia Apartment. They are on the third floor, overlooking the south side of the Belvedere Courtyard. Running from east to west, as a visitor would have entered the apartment, but not
following the sequence in which the Stanze were frescoed, the rooms are the Sala di Costantino ("Hall of Constantine"), the Stanza di Eliodoro ("Room of Heliodorus"), the Stanza della Segnatura ("Room of the Signatura") and the Stanza dell'Incendio del Borgo 
("The Room of the Fire in the Borgo"). After the death of Julius in 1513, with two rooms frescoed, Pope Leo X continued the program. Following Raphael's death in 1520, his assistants Gianfrancesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Raffaellino del Colle finished the project with the frescoes in the Sala di Costantino.
 
The Sistine Chapel
is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. 
Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
During the reign of Sixtus IV, a team of Renaissance painters that included Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Cosimo Roselli, created a series of frescos depicting the Life of Moses and the Life of Christ, offset by papal portraits above and trompe l’oeil drapery below. These paintings were completed in 1482, and on 15 August 1483 Sixtus IV celebrated the first mass in the Sistine Chapel for the Feast of the Assumption, at which ceremony the chapel was consecrated and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. 
Between 1508 and 1512, under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling, a masterpiece without precedent, that was to change the course of Western art. In a different climate after the Sack of Rome, he returned and between 1535 and 1541, painted The Last Judgment for Popes Clement VII and Paul III.  The fame of Michelangelo's paintings has drawn multitudes of visitors to the chapel, ever since they were revealed five hundred years ago.