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Online Experience: The Galleries - Behind the Scenes at the Vatican

Virtually experience the excitement of going behind the scenes and gaining access to the vast Vatican art treasures.

Travel to the Vatican from Home

Experience the Vatican with one of the Vatican’s most highly qualified specialist scholars. The Vatican’s masterpieces are well known throughout the world – Saint Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Apostolic Palace and the papal art galleries – although the details and their history often remain elusive. In introduction to the Vatican, we will go on a behind the scenes visual excursion to unravel major historical and artistic moments in the history of the Vatican.

Highlights of this online art history experience:

  • Be transported to Italy and the Vatican museums from your own home!
  • Q&A with a world-class expert and art historian scholar
  • Learn and discover little known mysteries inside the Vatican and Sistine Chapel
  • Go behind the scenes of the Vatican

Your Vatican Masterclass Expert

Dr Longhurst holds a Pontifical doctorate summa cum laude from the Angelicum, Rome, in theological aesthetics – an interdisciplinary field of study which explores the dialogue between religion and the arts. His expertise revolves around how religions use the arts to propagate their messages and how artists draw from religion as inspiration for their artworks.

dr christopher longhurst

He’s worked as an educational expert (opperatore didattico) in the Vatican Museums since 2001, and for ArtViva as a docent since 2005, as well as being a KACIID Fellow. His current research includes the Church’s patrimony of the arts, interfaith art, in particular, how aniconic Christian imagery and Islamic non-figural imagery interact in concrete cases to construct inter-religious meaning and understanding.

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Tiered Pricing

We have to support our wonderful experts and local partners here in Italy during this difficult time. Please consider buying a family access if you are a group of people. However we understand it is a difficult period for everybody and have an easy access cheaper ticket for those who need. If you cannot afford to pay at the moment feel free to fill out the form, introduce yourself and we’ll invite you without charge.

 Or you can contribute to our crowdfunding campaign here!

Virtual Locations:

The Vatican City, Sistine Chapel & St Peter’s Basilica

Rome, Italy

Focus

The Vatican Art and Architecture, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo & Raphael

Michelangelo’s Pieta & Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

The Spiral Staircase
Raphael’s Transfiguration
Pinecone Courtyard
Laocoön
Apollo Belvedere
The Rotunda Room and Porphyry Basin
The Tapestries Hall
The Maps Room
Raphael’s School of Athens

Request a Private Online Vatican Masterclass Experience

All of our online virtual Vatican masterclass experiences can be hosted privately just for you and or your group. We can customize the virtual experience however you like. Whatever you are looking for we can create and design something specifically for you.

Go ahead and leave us some details below with what you are looking for and we’ll be in touch.

Explore our Private Vatican Online Virtual Masterclass Experiences

Enjoy exploring the Vatican from your own home at a time that suits you.

We have amazing experts from around the world. World leaders and passionate locals, all great story tellers, able to enthral you with enjoyable interactive live master classes.

Live Interactive Online Vatican Experiences and Masterclasses for Families and Kids

Home schooling kids can be exhausting. Our amazing experts are available for one on one exciting learning time. Dive deep into the Vatican or learn more about the secrets of the original Da Vinci detective to bringing to life the incredible stores that made ancient Rome one of the greatest empires that ever was to foraging for wild herbs-to making handmade pasta with a Michelin chef-we have it all on tap for you from your own home.

Our family-friendly experts are great at bringing learning to life. Our online Vatican and other experiences are designed for children, teens and multigenerational families. Fill out our enquiry form, tell us about yourself and we will get back to you.

Enjoyable Online Vatican Group Learning Experiences

Enjoy connecting virtually with friends, family and colleagues near and far. Our fabulous experts will guide you through an interactive online experience focused on the topic of your choosing. Whether it’s a tasting of fine Italian wine with a noble sommelier, or a fun relaxed masterclass with a Michelin chef, or experiencing the Vatican with a world leading expert, or going on a hunt with the Original Da Vinci Code detective, or just having a zany dancing around the world virtual disco with a focus on the destination of your choice… We will work with you to create a private experience for your holiday, a special occasion, team building or just for fun.

Enquire using our form.

Live Online Curricula for Schools, Universities and Colleges

We work with you to develop your own custom multi-session curricula for preschool, kindergarten, middle, upper schools, colleges and universities. Our amazing experts are great at engaging with our dive in deep learning aided by fascinating visual presentations and virtually guided tours. We can break out of geographical constraints and jump from viewing masterpieces up close in the world’s greatest museums to going into iconic monuments where history was made. We can tailor our interactive virtual journeys to suit your curriculum. We can virtually go anywhere and can enhance enjoyment and learning for the classics, to art masterpieces, to specific periods in history, to art classes, to restoration, to cooking and foraging.

With our interactive conversational Socratic approach, your students will be able to ask our experts questions as they go. Our curricula are also available for parents looking for immersive engaging home-schooling content.

Enquire using our form.

Enjoyable Team Building Online Experiences and Incentives

Enjoy connecting virtually with colleagues near and far. Our fabulous experts will guide you through an interactive online experience focused on the topic of your choosing. Whether it’s a tasting of fine Italian wine with a noble sommelier, or a fun relaxed masterclass with a Michelin chef, or experiencing the Vatican with a world leading expert, or going on a hunt with the Original Da Vinci Code detective, or just having a zany dancing around the world virtual disco with a focus on the destination of your choice… We will work with you to create a bespoke team building experience that will be talked about for years to come.

Enquire using our form.

Date & Times

Please check the dates on the right for the latest availability.

Check your local time at your location with this converter: https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com

Other time zones can be organized on request as private experiences.

 

FAQs

Can I visit Italy at the moment?

Keep checking with your government’s official travel advice and your airline, as information and regulations change quickly. Regardless of whether you can physically travel to Italy or not these Live Experiences will transport you there from wherever you are in the world!

What are our Online Live Experiences?

These new experiences are live and interactive guided tours or masterclasses with one of our amazing experts.

Each Online Experience will have a unique link to an exclusive online webinar with our world-class experts, where not only will they take you around the world and back in time through their video, but you can ask questions via chat and even interact directly!

It’s not just a lecture, it’s an interactive experience with a live Q&A satisfying all your questions. You get to be in the same ‘room’ as our experts!

What time of day do online experiences take place?

Please see the Date & Times tab for details. You can use this handy timezone converter link to verify what the start time is in your city/region.

https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/

What do I need to bring to an online experience?

All you need is a strong internet connection on your phone, tablet or computer. We recommend getting comfortable with a good coffee of nice glass of wine depending on your preference.

What age group is best suited for this online virtual experience?

This experience is appropriate for all ages. Please be aware, historical art, particularly in the renaissance, often features nudity, as in Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture!.

Can my family join this virtual live experience?

Yes of course! There will only be one login per booking on a device, so make sure you can all clearly see the screen.

Do I need to download a software program or install anything?

The experiences are via Zoom, usually this does not require installation but it can depend on your device.  We will send you everything you need with instructions and the link to access the experience when you book.

Do I need a Webcam or and a Microphone? Will other people be able to see me or and hear me?

You do not need these. You have the option to turn on your video and microphone to ask questions or you may use the chat function. You are welcome to interact during the experience; our expert will guide you.  In the question and answer part of the experience you can ask questions via audio or chat. For some experiences with a small group you may also interact with video if you like. We will always ask permission beforehand.

Can I cancel the Virtual Experience?

Virtual Experiences are non-refundable, but are transferable with sufficient advance notice to another time/day. Please see our terms and conditions.

How many spots should I book?

Please consider purchasing an extra guest spot on the experience. It will greatly help our local businesses. We very much appreciate your support.

Minimum Participants:

To run this virtual live experience we require a minimum of 2 people

Donate

As we are launching these online experiences during this very difficult time, the first week is donation based only. Like all small businesses in Italy we have been hugely affected by the crisis, and are very grateful for any donations supporting our local community using the button below. Or you can contribute to our crowdfunding campaign here!

1 review for Online Experience: The Galleries – Behind the Scenes at the Vatican

  1. Patty Mcgouh

    Rose was so helpful in informing me about central USA time. It’s confusing here too. Christopher brought enthusiasm, knowledge, spirit- care. I’m having difficulty with my tip button will will figure it out- it’s non responsive! Thank you Rose , Christopher, Artviva!

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