The Vatican Museum Offers Free Virtual Tour


After a few weeks of social distancing, even Netflix is starting to get old. Same goes for all of the audiobooks and podcasts you’ve downloaded to cure your boredom. Luckily, there are countless virtual tours of museums, theme parks, and gardens to enjoy in these times. Whether you’re looking for a way to keep your children busy or you simply want to safely get your culture fix, start up your computer and click here to take a tour the Vatican’s seven popular sites, including the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and more.

Start with a 360º view of Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the Sistine Chapel. While the painted ceiling is undoubtedly the pièce de résistance, each chapel wall explores a different aspect of the Christian faith journey: the stories of Moses, Christ, and the Popes throughout history. Then, work your way through the remaining Vatican museums: Pio Clementino MuseumChiaramonti MuseumNew WingRaphael’s RoomsNiccoline Chapel, and Room of the Chiaroscuri.


Right now, Vatican City — like many other public gathering spaces around the world — is completely empty. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Italian government issued a national lockdown, causing Pope Francis to cancel all public appearances through April 3. In the meantime, you can get a glimpse of what the Vatican is like in real time with an around-the-clock live stream, which includes the Pope’s daily mass.


From Harper’s Bazaar UK

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