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About Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel located in Vatican City, Rome, is perhaps most famous for its beautiful, intricately painted ceiling which was undertaken by Michelangelo between the years of 1508 to 1512. The ceiling is known to be one of the finest examples of Renaissance art in the world.

As visitors walk through the Sistine Chapel, there are wall paintings and frescoes by many leading artists of this time period, including Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Perugino and an array of tapestries by Raphael. However, the piècede résistance is Michelangelo’s glorious artwork on the chapel ceiling. He used bright colours so that they could be visible from floor level, and while the great artist and sculptor was originally commissioned to paint only the 12 Apostles, he was eventually allowed to paint biblical scenes of his own choice. Once completed, Michelangelo painted over 300 works in the Sistine Chapel alone, comprising over 460 m² of frescoes. There are nine scenes displayed on the ceiling telling stories from the Book of Genesis. The Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement are perhaps the best known and are truly breathtaking to see. After exploring the Sistine Chapel, take a walk to the Colonnades and view St. Peter’s Square and its myriad, architecturally splendid structures.

Vatican City is an easy place to get around, located just to the north of central Rome, and can be reached with ease via the public transport network. From central Rome take the metro to Ottaviano – San Pietro which terminates just outside the walls of Vatican City and takes approximately 15 minutes to walk to the Sistine Chapel. Alternatively, there are several public bus services which arrive from Rome on a regular basis. If planning to walk to Vatican City from Rome, cross the River Tiber at Castel Sant’Angelo, a striking bridge bedecked with angel sculptures,only 20 minutes’ walk from the Sistine Chapel.

The Sistine Chapel was constructed as the Papal Chapel and in the late 15th century there were 200 clerics and Vatican officials working there. The officials would meet on 50 occasions throughout the year, and to this day the chapel still hosts many important services on the Papal calendar. The Chapel has its own choir with several original scores composed for them alone including the famous “Miserere” by Allegri. The Sistine Chapel attracts visitors from all over the world each year and is of particular interest for those with an interest in Renaissance art, history, and religion.

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Starhotels Michelangelo Rome

Starhotels Michelangelo Rome
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Aurelio, Rome
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Fabulous, 8.6
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Situated a short stroll from Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Metro Station, Starhotels Michelangelo Rome provides guests with an ideal base when visiting Rome. This traditional hotel is an ideal choice for exploring local vineyards as it is located in the Latium Wine Region.

Atlante Star Hotel

Atlante Star Hotel
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Borgo, Rome
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Good, 7.2
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Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Rome. Surrounded by local bars and restaurants, it is a short walk from Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Metro Station.

Atlante Garden Hotel

Atlante Garden Hotel
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Prati, Rome
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Good, 7.3
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Conveniently located in the middle of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. It also features a Jacuzzi and a rooftop terrace.

Hotel Gravina San Pietro

Hotel Gravina San Pietro
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Aurelio, Rome
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Good, 7.9
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Hotel Gravina San Pietro offers a contemporary setting while in Rome. It is ideally positioned for guests wanting to discover the area's attractions.

Hotel Della Conciliazione

Hotel Della Conciliazione
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Borgo, Rome
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Superb, 9.0
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Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. It is moments from Institute for the Works of Religion, restaurants and nightlife options.

Hotel Adriatic Rome

Hotel Adriatic Rome
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Borgo, Rome
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Good, 7.3
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Featuring a popular location, Hotel Adriatic Rome showcases views of Rome, and is moments from Institute for the Works of Religion. This peaceful hotel is set in the heart of the city.

Infinity Hotel St Peter

Infinity Hotel St Peter
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Prati, Rome
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Very Good, 8.0
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Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Rome. It is surrounded by a variety of nightlife spots and is within a five-minute walk of Ottaviano - San Pietro - Musei Vaticani Metro Station.

Gran Melia Rome

Gran Melia Rome
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Trastevere, Rome
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Strategically located in the middle of the city, this 5-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Rome. It also provides a rooftop terrace, a Turkish steam bath and an outdoor pool.

Fragrance Hotel St Peter

Fragrance Hotel St Peter
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Aurelio, Rome
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Fabulous, 8.9
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Located amongst well-known attractions, shops and eateries, Fragrance Hotel St Peter is ideal for those wishing to explore Rome and its surroundings. It also offers a concierge, a 24-hour reception and laundry facilities.

Trianon Borgo Pio Residence

Trianon Borgo Pio Residence
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Borgo, Rome
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Conveniently positioned, Trianon Borgo Pio Residence offers easy access to Rome's best sightseeing areas. It also provides a rooftop terrace, free Wi-Fi and a shuttle service.

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