Imagine roaming the Vatican’s most sacred sites and then sharing the experience with people around the world. Villanova’s Vatican Internship Program affords students this uncommon chance to not only enjoy an insider’s look at such historic and revered landmarks as the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, but to turn their work into a communication medium that allows millions to tour, online, sites they might not otherwise ever see.
This project was a collaborative effort by the Vatican and Villanova University designed to bring the papal basilicas in Rome to a worldwide audience.
The Vatican granted Villanova rare clearance to photograph and design state-of-the-art Virtual Reality Tours of a number of historic basilicas. A team of students and faculty from the Communication and Computing Sciences departments spent five nights in a closed Sistine Chapel, gathering images from every corner. This was the most extensive access ever granted to an outside group.
Other Waterhouse-funded Vatican interns are contributing to the Vatican’s understanding and use of social media.