The Other Side of the Sistine Chapel
At first sight your eyes will be caught by the modern entrance built for the Jubilee in 2000 but then – inside the museums – the Sistine Chapel will amaze you as well as the ancient Greece and Rome’s statues, above all the ones of the emperor Hadrianus and his beloved Antinoo.
The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 to 1512. The commission was originally to paint the twelve apostles, however Michelangelo demanded a free hand in the pictorial content of the scheme. He painted a series of nine pictures now worldwide famous. When asked if he would have painted the Sistine Chapel again, he answered that he’d rather prefer a cold soup!
People talked and talks a lot about Michelangelo’s figures because he was inspired by common people and gave a particular attention in painting sensual nudes. Our gay friendly guide using slangs and a simple language will tell you some secrets about the private life of the painter: scientists from all over the world now agree that he was homosexual and had a love story with a young poet. The proof is also that he loved painting masculine figures. After, we visit the Gallery of Tapestries and St. Peter's Basilica.
On Request: At the end of this unforgettable daily tour, you have a light lunch at ‘The Flow’ where you can relax and chat in a cozy atmosphere.
Life in Ancient Rome
The tour starts at “Colle Oppio”, one of the famous Seven Hills of Rome that has a beautiful view on the Colosseum. This day we follow in roman emperors’ and subjects’ footsteps! Here Nero married the beautiful Sporo and then Doriforo: not only one man but two! In fact the ancient Rome society disapproved only the fact of being passive, it didn't matter if with a woman or a man, Nero knew how to have fun and be provocative!
Also Caesar, great general and statesman, caused scandal, in fact his love story with the king of Bithynia was very popular but he didn’t care because he could do everything! Afterwards we go to visit the Colosseum and thanks to a skip-the-line ticket we enter without being stressed by a long wait. Our guide will recount you the life inside the most famous monument in the world: fights between gladiators, also with the ships.
A gladiator’s life was very hard and sometimes they were emperor’s lovers and had to do anything he wanted. We’ll have a little break in the nearby of The Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Maxentius. From there we reach the Palatine Hill -the most famous of the seven hills of Rome and where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf.
We can see the Imperial Fora and the Circus Maximus which was an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium. Then we take a walk along The Via Sacra,the main street of ancient Rome, where we find the Temple of Caesar , the site where he was cremated. We’ll also see Piazza Venezia and the Pantheon during the tour.
We suggest to have lunch at the Coming Out, near the Colosseum, in the gay area of Rome.