Enjoy a three hour guided visit of the Vatican with a professional private tour guide, and take in the incredible art collection housed in the Vatican Museums.Discover the secrets of the Sistine Chapel, hidden so well by Michelangelo. The frescoes are stunning, but the meanings are perhaps even more important. Michelangelo’s depictions are about much more than just beauty.Afterwards, your tour continues to the interior of St. Peter's Basilica and then St. Peter's Square. This is the site where the faithful wait for white smoke to appear from the chimney signifying the election of a new pope, and also for the papal benediction, Urbi et Orbi.
Balcony, a kind of platform projecting from the wall of a building, supported by columns or console brackets, and enclosed with a balustrade. The traditional Maltese balcony is a wooden closed balcony projecting from a wall. Alternatively, Juliet balconies (named after Shakespeare's Juliet, who courted Romeo from her balcony in the play Romeo and Juliet) do not protrude out of the building. They are usually part of an upper floor, with a balustrade only at the front, and walls on the sides. Various types of balcony have been used in depicting the scene, in particular the balcony of Juliet at Villa Capuleti in Verona is not in fact a Juliet balcony. Sometimes balconies are adapted for ceremonial purposes, e.g. that of St. Peter's Basilica at Rome, when the newly elected pope gives his blessing urbi et orbi after the conclave. Inside churches, balconies are sometimes provided for the singers, and in banqueting halls and the like for the musicians. A unit with a regular balcony will have doors that open up onto a small patio with railings.
Rogier van Aerde, pseudonym of Adolf Josef Hubert Frans van Rijen (Rotterdam, October 4, 1917 - Apeldoorn, November 8, 2007) was a Dutch writer and journalist. He made his début in 1941 with 'Kaïn', which was an immediate success. The Dutch poet and essayist Anton van Duinkerken said it was "A masterful début".In Van Aerde's obituary which appeared in 2007 in 'Trouw', it was said that: "Kaïn was a big success and was even translated, but Frans van Rijen didn't get a penny from it. Just like his father Aad van Rijen he did not have a mind for business. With his publisher 'Urbi et Orbi' he signed a contract stating that he never would earn more than a 1000 guilders and that he was not allowed to get another publisher until 1950. Moreover, the book was banned by the Germans, who claimed it was too "Jewish-minded". They also checked if the writer was an Aryan."