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450 years after the death of Michelangelo and 20 years following the conclusion of the famous restoration of the Sistine Chapel frescoes in 1994, the Vatican Museums honour this dual anniversary with an international conference entitled The Sistine Chapel twenty years on. New breath new light. The much-anticipated event, which will take place from 30 to 31 October at the Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome, will comprise two days of intense work and study, focusing on the state of health of Michelangelo's frescoes and the provisions adopted for their better conservation and utilisation. Participation in the conference is by invitation.
Press release - Director's presentation

The Vatican Museums confirm again for 2014 the eagerly-awaited Night Openings. Until October there will be more than 20 evening openings on Fridays, dedicated to Art and Music. An array of cultural and initiatives and concerts is planned, under the title "Il Bello da Sentire", the rich musical programme already in its second edition, which will bring together the young musical talents of the "Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia" and the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin. [More]
Practical info - Book your nocturnal visit! - "Musical visits" Calendar - Concerts Programme

From 1 March, pilgrims and tourists will can cross the threshold of the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo to visit the exclusive Barberini Garden. Accompanied in a multi-lingual guided tour, visitors will have access to the botanical and architectural wonders of the pontifical residence, known by now as the "second Vatican". [More]
Book your guided tour online - Practical info - How to get there - Tour itinerary

Atac and their subscribers invited to Vatican night openings
Reductions with the "Metrebus Card"

Arnaldo Pomodoro, Sphere with sphere, 1989-90, © Arnaldo Pomodoro. All rights reserved

The Friday evening openings of the Vatican Museums will be even more accessible to residents of Rome thanks to an agreement with Atac. Metrebus cardholders plus one guest may obtain a special reduced ticket at the price of € 17.00, and enjoy preferential access, without waiting in line. The initiative, for which booking is not obligatory, is valid until 31 October 2014 – August not included – every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. (last entry 9.30 p.m.). [More]
Press Release - Leaflet

Focus on the Augustus of Prima Porta

On the occasion of two-thousandth anniversary celebrations of the death of the first emperor of Rome, the marble masterpiece Augustus of Prima Porta will return to the Vatican Museums following its great public success in exhibitions in Rome and Paris. Visitors can admire the sculpture temporarily located at the entrance of the Gregorian Profane Museum.
"1000 kg of marble in movement"

The Vatican reveals the Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis
A 'little Pompei' of tombs in Rome at the time of Augustus

The Roman-age archaeological excavations which extend below the whole of the Vatican hill is again visible to the public – extended, refurbished and transformed into a museum replete with walkways and multi-media educational apparatus. In the new year it is possible to walk through the burial chambers, accompanied by an expert multi-lingual guide, among small mausoleums, finely sculpted sarcophagi, statues, mouldings, mosaics, frescoes and bas-reliefs with epigraphs describing the lives of those who repose at the foot of the ancient hill. [More]
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Focus sulle collezioni

Virtual online Tour of the Vatican Museums (explore the Sistine Chapel). [More]


The Museums and Pontifical Villas open to "popular" art

A sculpture dedicated to the Virgen de Luján, patron saint of Argentina, will inaugurate the new artistic project featuring a dialogue between the Argentine sculptor Alejandro Marmo and the Vatican Museums and Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo. The South American artist will produce site specific sculptures, based on the most difficult social situations and assisted by young non-professional collaborators, using simple and recycled materials.
Press release


Greetings from the Director

Dear Visitors, firstly, a cordial welcome from the Director of the Vatican Museums. Second, you are entering into one of the most important sites for the history of human... [Continues]



The Vatican Museums pay homage to its masterpieces of classical statuary through the artistic images of the Florentine master Massimo Listri, and the publication of Antonio Paolucci's book "The Vatican Museums. The classical marble sculpture photographed by Massimo Listri", Edizioni Musei Vaticani. A selection of photographs published in the catalogue will be on display from 16 October to 2 December in the museum spaces of the Atrium of the "Corazze".
Access to the exhibition is included in the entrance ticket to the Museums.

On 16 October, as part of the celebrations for the beatification of Pope Paul VI, the Vatican Museums will inaugurate an exhibition in the Charlemagne Wing dedicated to the Pontiff and his special relationship with artists and the world of art. "Paul VI and the artists. You are the custodians of beauty in the world" is curated by Francesca Boschetti and presents a selection of works and historical photos from the Vatican Museums Collection of Contemporary Art. Press release
Free Entry (closed on Wednesday morning, Sundays and holidays).

For the third year, the Sharing Conservation series of workshops conceived and organized by the Vatican Museums Ethnic Materials. Workshop will be held in collaboration with the Vatican Ethnological Museum, to promote an exchange of information and experience in the fields of conservation and restoration. The meeting, which will take place on Tuesday 18 November in the museum spaces, will be dedicated to the theme, "The social impact of conservation. A mission for the development of marginalised societies and cultures". Info

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