04 Oct '12, 11am

See some of Rome’s most famous masterpieces without the crowds…

See some of Rome’s most famous masterpieces without the crowds…

The breath-taking Sistine Chapel is widely regarded as the Vatican's greatest attraction, and is undeniably the busiest. But for many the impossibly long queues and large crowds - three million visitors come here each year - can somewhat dampen the experience of viewing Michelangelo's iconic masterpiece. Next year, a privileged few can see the chapel and the Vatican's huge collection of historic works on a new and exclusive out-of-hours tour guided by art historians. The experts will give context to the vast collection of ancient sculptures, and explain the meaning behind Michelangelo's Last Judgement (pictured) and Perugino's The Giving of Keys . Focusing on the Renaissance, which saw the likes of Raphael and Michelangelo return Rome to its former glory in the 15th and 16th centuries, the five-day trip also takes in sights including Nicholas V Chapel and the famous Stanze...

Full article: http://www.cntraveller.com/news/2012/october/private-tour...

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