The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel are literally a journey into Italian art. Tourists challenge the warm temperatures of Rome during the summer to visit them. The long queues start from piazza del Risorgimento, whose name recalls the birth of the Italian unification, but once inside the Vatican City all can enjoy the geometry and splendor of the Vatican palaces and gardens.
Recently director Nanni Moretti, made Habemus Papam (We got the Pope, 2011), which tells the story of a confused and troubled Pope who ends up wandering around the Vatican city, giving up his religious duties. Moretti’s film shows an original view of the Vatican life.
Just beside the ‘Ponte dell’Angelo’, it is also possible to see the beauty of theMausoleum of Hadrian, also known as ‘Castel Sant'Angelo’, the old Vatican fortress and jail has been transformed into a national Italian museum. Tosca, Puccini’s heroin, meets her death in Castel Sant’Angelo, trying to set her man free from the Vatican prison. Benvenuto Cellini’s autobiography has an adventurous description of ‘Castel Sant’Angelo’ during the Sack of Rome (1527).
However, the most successful portrayal of the whole of the Vatican City is in André Gide’s The Vatican Cellars. Gide managed to catch the odd and mysterious life in and around the Vatican City State, which is still tangible today.