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Pontifical Villas: from 12 September, even closer and open to all!

New stories and experiences at the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo which, from Saturday 12 September, extend their cultural proposals for tourists with the launch of new itineraries, tours and original solutions in terms of mobility. More than a year after the opening of the Barberini Garden to the public, a broad range of alternative possibilities is offered to families and individual visitors: from audioguides to tours on the little train, from the "Full Day in the Vatican" to visits to the Antiquarium. Among these novelties, of particular interest is visitor access - never before permitted - to the Apostolic Palace to view the new museum space, The Gallery of the Pontiffs. Pride of place among these new proposals must however be reserved for the extraordinary activation of the Vatican-Castel Gandolfo-Albano Laziale railway line, offering a unique and evocative journey from the historic Station of the world's smallest State, via a tourist train, to the discovery of a priceless artistic, botanical and architectural treasure.
The "first" and the "second" Vatican newly and ideally reunited...
Discover the new proposals - Info: - Book your guided tour

Again this year the Vatican Museums renew their usual seasonal appointments in the form of the Night Openings. Every Friday evening, from 24 April to 30 October – except in August – the monumental door of the Pope's Museums will open at sunset to reveal over a thousand years of treasures in the Vatican Collections.
The cultural and musical accompaniment to enrich the experience of some of the evening openings has also been confirmed.
Programme "La Musica dei Musei" - Press release - Book your visit

Launch of Vatican Gardens open bus tour

From Monday 13 April visitors will be able to appreciate the natural and architectural beauty of the Vatican Gardens in a new, unprecedented and sustainable way. Comfortably seated on board an environmentally-friendly open bus offering panoramic views, will the help of an audio-guide, they will be able to discover the silence and the botanical treasures of the "green heart" of the Vatican along an evocative itinerary bringing together art, nature and faith.
For walking enthusiasts, the traditional guided tour of the gardens on foot remains available as always!
Book your tour - Practical info - Open bus itinerary - Demo audio-guide of the Gardens

Open doors for the Year of Consecrated Life

Proclaimed by Pope Francis for the year 2015, the Year of Consecrated Life also makes an entry into the Pope’s Museums. Bearing witness to their participation in the life of the Church and revisiting the initiatives of the Year for Priests and the Year of Faith, from 3 June 2015 to 30 January 2016 the Vatican Museums will offer women and men religious a special programme of visits along the thematic itinerary Art and Faith. [More]

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"

Focus on the collections

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


New layout for the Collection of the Room of Tributes

All visitors leaving the Sistine Chapel will be welcomed by the renewed beauty of the decorative arts collection on display in the Room of Tributes. Enhanced by a new and important layout design, and preserved in the historic display cabinets designed by the architect Raffaele Stern, the rich collections of silver, ivories, enamels, vestments, chalices, crosses and objects of worship from every age and of every type are displayed in their former splendour, evidence of the varied tendencies favoured by papal patronage throughout the centuries.
Press release


Atac and their subscribers invited to Vatican Night Openings
Reductions with the Metrebus and èRoma cards

The Friday evening openings of the Vatican Museums will be even more accessible to residents of Rome thanks to the renewed agreement with Atac. For the second consecutive year, "Metrebus" and èRoma cards holders may obtain a special reduced ticket at the price of € 17.00, and enjoy preferential skip the line access. The initiative, for which booking is not obligatory, is valid until 30 October 2015 – August not included – every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. (last entry 9.30 p.m.). [More]
Press release
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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 open up to "popular" art

These are the words with which Pope Francis blessed the two iron sculptures produced using recycled waste materials by the Argentine artist Alejandro Marmo: "They are a sign of the creativity of which we are capable, even using abandoned raw materials. They are a symbol of the genius that God has wished to place in the mind of an artist". The works, depicting Christ as a worker and a reproduction of the Virgin of Luján, have been installed in the Vatican Gardens. Genesis of the works - Papal blessing of the works

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