Amazing, thanks for the link! Now you've really wet my appetite... we will be in Vatican City in early October this year :-)))
Mmmmmmmmmmm yes, and we are visiting Italy next month (for 4 weeks) so I am looking forward to seeing the real thing. It looks exquisite. Enjoy your visit, Jess
You too! Mille Grazie!
I have always wanted to lie on the floor and just look at the ceiling....and you can with this link....
I've seen that one - amazing, isn't it? Jess, hate to say it but the the virtual tour is a more comfortable experience than the real thing!! I got to see the sistine in 1973 - before the restoration but also before they started packing humans into the chapel like sardines, and without the constant loudspeaker admonishments for quiet and no photos. Eeeeesh. Sure wish they'd create a separate entrance for all the visitors who ONLY want to see the chapel (which, I'm guessing, is a large percentage) and manage the crush with timed tickets. That has been a successful strategy for the Borghese.
Oh yes, I can imagine... apparently there is a company offering "private tours" of the Sistine Chapel for groups up to max. 20 people... private entrance in the morning or after official opening hours... at an eye-watering Euros 275 per person (232 Pounds)... errrrrmmmm... I think I'll just brave the crowds...
Great news no need to pay more money to the church!
I'll second Kate's reply - 100% correct, although I think sardines have a better deal. I had a close look at the ceiling corners where they meet the upper wall. Our tour leader (American now living in Rome) explained that when the ceiling was painted, Michelangelo installed pegs into holes in the area so his scaffolding could be supported during the long time it took to do the painting. I could not see evidence of the holes in the virtual tour. Also I thought that the Vatican 'modesty police' had painted fig leaves in the parts required - were they removed during the restoration?
Forgot to mention - sorry. Pity it is not possible for the viewer to 'move along' the length of the chapel and see the panels as we would live. Not sure if this is technically possible, but a great addition to the cyber world - and thanks to Lynne for sharing too. Sorry I did not mention this in original posting.