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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]
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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.
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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 6 December in the museum spaces of the Atrium of the "Corazze".
Access to the exhibition is included in the entrance ticket to the Museums.

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