Photo Essay: The Ceilings of Italy

When you travel to Italy, a lot of time is spent staring at the unbelievable artwork that is painted, carved and sculpted into the ceilings of churches across the country. It may take your breath away, but you may start developing neck pain. So here is a safer glance at some of my favourite masterpieces.

When we first arrived in Rome, we started making our way to the Trevi Fountain and randomly stumbled upon this church. We don’t know it name, and we don’t know its significance, but it definitely prepared us for what was to come.

Pantheon, Rome

Now you aren’t suppose to take any photos in the Sistine Chapel, but we snuck a few, including a panoramic of the entire ceiling. It is hard to imagine that it took Michelangelo four years to paint this.

Sistine Chapel, Rome

Sistine Chapel, Rome

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican

St. Peter’s Basilica

The Duomo is Florence can be observed from many different levels, but is best seen on the 400+ stair climb. Once you get close to the top, you get to see the detail and they literally appear to becoming out of the painting at you.

If you are in Venice, make sure you take a walk through Doge’s Palace to see some of the most elaborate artwork the city has to offer. This room housed Tintoretto’s vast Paradise, which is the world’s largest painting on canvas.

Doge’s Palace, Venice

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