The cradle of Catholicism from a different perspective
The Vatican, the cradle of Catholicism, houses world-famous works of art also on Jewish themes. If you are on vacation in Rome visit the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica not only to learn about Vatican art from a Jewish perspective, but also to understand the troubled history of papal Rome and its Jewish community from the time ancient to the present day. Walks Inside Rome’s Jewish Vatican tour helps you discover Jewish traditions hidden in the Vatican Museums, one of the symbolic places of Rome and one of the most famous art galleries in the world. There are many references and pieces that belong to this culture and this tradition such as candelabra, tapestries and geographical maps that will reveal a past belonging to an ancient people.
Discover the Jewish secrets and contents of the Vatican Museums
Vatican City is undoubtedly one of the places for which many tourists from all over the world decide to visit Rome. It attracts crowds of visitors every day even beyond the religious significance and value. The smallest state in the world is the beating heart of Christianity, its world center, and many have endured pilgrimages to reach this sacred place starting with the ancient Romans and persisting to the present day.
However, this marvel of western art reveals many secrets connected also to the Jewish religion. So, let an expert guide take you to discover the most visited museums in the world in search of Jewish secrets and elements. Explore sculptures, the Picture Gallery, the marble-coated Gallery of the Candelabra, the burnished gold Gallery of Maps, and the intricately detailed Gallery of Tapestries, seeking out the subtle Jewish symbolism hidden away in each.
Thanks to our seasoned guides you will be able to discover some symbolic places of the Eternal City from a completely new and completely different perspective, the Jewish one. The Vatican Museums boast one of the largest art collections in the world. Through one of our private guided tours of the Vatican we will let you have the opportunity to fully experience this evocative place and discover the vast collection of works from a Jewish perspective offering you a unique lens through which to decode its symbols and discover its treasures. During the visit, your expert guide will tell you anecdotes and legends that link the Jewish tradition to the beauties kept in the rooms of the Vatican Museums, whilst those words help to make the historical periods and events connected to these pieces and these furnishings even clearer.
Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel in a new light
From the Jewish imagery of the Sistine Chapel contextualizing the Old Testament scenes of Michelangelo to the Jewish artifacts of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peter’s Basilica, through our Jewish Vatican tour you will explore a perspective that most visitors in the Eternal City completely overlook.
Our licensed guide will let you see Saint Peter’s Basilica in a new light:
- Visiting the stunning Sistine Chapel you can admire the wonderful Michelangelo’s frescoes on the vault. Here, you will discover the hidden Jewish influences on the Renaissance artist and realize how thoroughly he studied and how much he took into account the Jewish point of view of the Talmud, the Kabbalah and the Torah. In fact, Michelangelo disseminated the ceiling and the Last Judgment of complex symbology and messages related to Jewish Kabbalah mysticism. The decorative scenes had been placed with a precise semantic correspondence, in order to emphasize the continuity between the Old and the New Testament. The paintings will leave you speechless but the explanations of your expert guide will illustrate a world that is sometimes unknown.
- Enter St. Peter’s Basilica and admire the moving sculptural Michelangelo’s Pietà and Bernini’s Baldachin, as well as other magnificent works of art with new eyes.
- If possible, you can deepen the Jewish perspective with a visit to the Jewish Lapidary, where you will be able to see a unique collection showcasing some of the most interesting inscriptions about the social, religious and cultural life of the Jewish community of ancient Rome between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.
Jewish Vatican Tour with Walks Inside Rome
Walks Inside Rome is a travel agency located in Rome since 1999, specializing in the highest quality tour guide services in art, history, food and fun across Rome and Italy’s most spectacular destinations.
We are proud to provide you a variety of exciting, engaging, and educational tours. If you want to discover an unexplored side of Eternal City, learn about its history, its traditions, its legends and anecdotes our English-speaking licensed guides and storytellers will show you the best of Rome and the Vatican City.
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