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Visit The Sistine Chapel – Right Now – Free!

For some weird reason –  it just happened to come up randomly,  in a random conversation – it occurred to me the other day that I have yet to go to Rome and visit the Vatican, and see how the massive restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel turned out. (I remember hearing it was a triumphant success…)

Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t have the cushion for a quick trip to Rome.

Fortunately, the Vatican has posted a “virtual tour” of the Sistine Chapel, here, and with a click of my mouse, there I am. And using direction arrows, and the ‘zoom’ feature, I can look at the masterpieces — with no crowd of fellow tourists at my elbow.

“Virtual tours” may be a familiar thing to those of you buying or selling a home, as many Realtors post them as a way for people to “look around” and shop. But there are many “tourist destinations” with these online tours as well.

For example, since I was at the Vatican, I decided to “walk” over to St. Peters (by clicking here).
It was nice to see the Pieta again. Even though it is – because there are raving lunatics amongst us – behind glass and far away..

And, since I was in Europe.. I decided to visit the Louvre (museum) in Paris (by clicking here). I discovered that I needed Apple’s QuickTime “plug in”, for that, which I will not install on one of my machines (Apple programs are almost as hacker-vulnerable [aka “exploited”] as Adobe is) so I could not view the Tutankhamun and his Successors exhibit, in the Egyptian antiquities gallery.. but you can, just click the link.

Is there a place you would like to see, but there isn’t cushion in your budget at the moment? Use the search term “virtual tour”+__________, filling in the blank with your destination, and see if there isn’t an online tour available. Odds are good there is. And while a “virtual tour” may not be as good as the Real Deal, they do have the distinct advantage of being free.
And you don’t have to have any inoculations to ‘go there’.

Have fun!

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May 5, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet | , , , , , ,


  1. …of course Michelangelo’s work is always enjoyed, and it’s nice to see these historical paintings again. A trip to Rome to visit the Vatican, via “a virtual tour” is better than not visiting at all. I forgot that we can “travel the world” virtually. I think I will visit, Spain, France and Ireland next… then who knows where?
    Thanks for this Tech Paul.



    Comment by Gaia | May 6, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I am afraid that my technician’s salary is not conducive to travel holidays (much less world travel) and so, for me, a “virtual tour” is probably my only “road to Jerusalem“.

      (I was going to suggest that – if you like Michelangelo – you “visit” (virtually) the Uffizi Gallery (in Florence) but it looks like the “tour” there cost money…)

      Happy (virtual) travels!


      Comment by techpaul | May 6, 2011 | Reply

  2. Paul,

    Thank you so much… I have always wanted to visit the Sistine Chapel, along with many other places that I will never be able to see in person.

    This was a great tip on how to “see” them in a way which was impossible just a few short years ago.

    I hope your fishing trip goes well and gives your batteries a full charge. Enjoy!


    Comment by KsTinMan | May 6, 2011 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      Thank you sir!

      I should have added into the article — when “touring” (on your computer) the bigger your screen the better. (A media center PC hooked to a big screen TV is ‘best’).

      And yes. My computer is probably the only way I’ll ever get to the Pyramids.


      Comment by techpaul | May 6, 2011 | Reply

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