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Apostolic papal palace at Castel Gandolfo is opened to public. A day trip from Rome.

Vatican's Apostolic Palace Tour Have you ever imagined visiting the Apostolic Palace, the official Popes' Residence? What if you could enter it like royals, heads of state and government, ambassadors, and other dignitaries officially visiting the Pope? And what about being a stone’s throw from the Papal apartments? This tour makes all of that come true. This is a unique and exclusive experience in the heart of the Vatican. You will be amazed by the hidden treasures of the Apos...

Opus Mariae Matris Ecclesiae This is the image that St JPII had tiled into the top of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican facing St Peters Square.


Sistine Chapel - Rome, Italy The Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel of the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo. Michelangelo painted 12,000 sq ft of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement in painting.


Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini's Scala Regia in the Apostolic Palace, Vatican, drawing by Leitch, engraving by E. Challis - William Leighton Leitch