Among the many preserved treasures inside the Vatican Museums there a particular room that deserves attention. It concerns the Gallery of Geographical Maps that, in its 1200 square meters of mural painting, tells the history and the geography of Italy for a real trip in the time.
The 40 frescos inside the gallery were created by Ignazio Danti between 1581 and 1583 and commissioned by Pope Gregorio XIII. The perspective is viewed from the top as if the visitor undertook this trip walking on the Apennines.
On the walls, Italy is described in every aspect – there are drawings of the rivers, woods and mountains that are photographically faithful to the conformation of the peninsula and the vision we have of Italy today.
The gallery, besides telling the details of the peninsula, also tells historical facts. For example, on Emilia Street it is possible to observe Caesar’s army marching toward the river Rubicone, past history, because it is there that the emperor pronounced the prophetic sentence: alea iacta est.
It was said that, thanks to this room, the pope can visit Italy without ever having to leave the Vatican, and visitors can do the same and to undertake this trip through centuries through only one room.