Regular tours mostly all of the time don’t tell all the history and left some parts hidden as the gay history to the gay and lesbian travelers.
The Untold History Tours are inspired to give the LGBT community a view of gay and lesbian personalities from the past, stories part of our own history, that make us more aware that we’re not the first ones and surely will not be the last ones.
People talked and talk a lot about Michelangelo’s figures because he was inspired by common people and gave a particular attention in painting sensual nudes. Our gay-friendly guide using slangs and a simple language will tell you some secrets about the private life of the painter: scientists from all over the world now agree that he was homosexual and had a love story with a young poet. The proof is also that he loved painting masculine figures. After, we visit the Gallery of Tapestries and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Our original Untold History Tours are unique and this tour at the Vatican Museums will show you what one of the greatest artists of all history left behind: Michelangelo.
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The tour starts with the Vatican Museums’ tour. At first sight your eyes will be caught by the modern entrance built for the Jubilee in 2000 but then –inside the museums– the Sistine Chapel will amaze you.
The ceiling was painted by Michelangelo between 1508 to 1512. The commission was originally to paint the twelve apostles, however Michelangelo demanded a free hand in the pictorial content of the scheme. He painted a series of nine pictures now worldwide famous.
However the Church had some big homosexual scandals as the one starred by the Pope Julius IIIand his young lover Innocenzo del Monte, who became Cardinal at the age of 17.
You will be able to see the paintings of St. Sebastian, a Roman soldier and Christian Saint, patron saint of homosexuality. The history says that during the Black Plague St. Sebastian was invoked against pestilence and the identification of him with homosexuality became during the Renaissance, when some artists painted him as a beautiful naked young boy tied or suffering the torments of piercing arrows.
Also, one of the biggest love stories in Rome was the one that Hadrianus, a Roman Emperor, had with Antinous. They were together until Antinous died drowned on a trip up the Nile in 130. Here you will see their sculptures and hear the story
One of the masterpieces that you will see is the Torso del Belvedere, that probably represent the body of a muscle bear guy. It constitutes a real praise of the male body, that mostly of all of the artists tented to represent in their artworks.