PRICES FOR DIFFERENT TOURS ARE UP TO THE GUIDES. NO RELATIONSHIPS ARE ESTABLISHED BETWEEN DELEGAZIONE PONTIFICIA AND THE GUIDES THEMSELVES.
This tour shows both internal and external parts of the Basilica. Headphones requested.
Guided tours are allowed from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weekly days) and from 12,30 p.m. to 16 p.m. (holidays).
IIt host some wooden model of the Basilica, which are very helpful to understand the architectural phases of its building.
It’s possible to visit all 22 room of the Museum; the exhibition includes some detached frescos, too. Outstanding among the various objects are some estimable canvases by Lorenzo Lotto, a fine collection of Renaissance ceramics and 10 Raphaelesque tapestries. The collection of ancient apothecary pottery of the Holy House, considered one of the finest of the genre, is made up of a core group of 350 specimens, coming from Orazio Fontana workshop.
PATROL WALKAWAY (CAMMINAMENTI DI RONDA)
It was built as a defence for the Shrine against the attacks of the turkish fleet that sailed on the adriatic sea. It’s a symbol of the strong military attention carried on by different Popes (Sisto IV, Giulio II della Rovere and Leone X de’ Medici) to protect the Holy House. The built of this huge “Basilica-Fortress” attracted several among the greatest architects such as Baccio Pontelli, Donato Bramante, Antonio da Sangallo and Cristoforo Resse. Their work clearly shows the evolution of military defence based on the new fire weapons; medieval war was over, modern war started and this was assumed by different pattern of edification.