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Trip to Rome – The Official Opening of The Gallery of Maps Inside the Vatican Museums

Vatican Museums, Vatican City (Rome, Italy). This special trip to Rome will recognize and celebrate the grand opening of the California Patrons sponsored Gallery of Maps. This weeklong trip will have a series of curated behind the scenes tours – inside and outside the Vatican Museums – and will be headlined by the Gallery of Maps Grand Opening. The Gallery of Maps takes its name from the 40 maps frescoed on the walls, which represent the Italian regions and the papal properties at the time of Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585). They were painted between 1580 and 1585 on drawings by Ignazio Danti, a famous geographer of the time. Considering the Apennines as a partition element, on one side the regions surrounded by the Ligure and Tyrrhenian Seas are represented; on the other, the regions surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. The map of the main city accompanies each regional map