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Again this year the Vatican Museums renew their usual seasonal appointments in the form of the Night Openings. Every Friday evening, from 6 May to 28 October, 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

Pontifical Villas, even closer and open to all!

New stories and experiences at the Pontifical Villas of Castel Gandolfo which, extend their cultural proposals for tourists with the launch of new itineraries, tours and original solutions in terms of mobility. A broad range of alternative possibilities is offered to families and individual visitors. 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 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 - Calendar 2016 Apostolic Palace Castel Gandolfo
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Thursdays in the Museums

The new season of Thursday in the Museums will be inaugurated on 22 September at 16.00, with a meeting dedicated on the precious Canopy of Magliano Sabino, "noble throne in velvet, embroidered in Chinese style", donated to the diocese in 1737 by Cardinal Annibale Albani. The presentations will focus on the restoration of this rare and important furnishing, carried out between 2009 and 2012. [More]
Entrance upon invitation.

Atac and their subscribers invited to Vatican night openings
Reductions with 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 third consecutive year, Metrebus and èRoma cards holders, accompanied by one guest, may obtain a special reduced ticket at the price of 17.00 Euros, and enjoy preferential skip the line access (plus complimentary DVD, "Art and Faith, the Treasures of the Vatican", an evocative review in images of 2000 years of the history of the Church and art). The initiative, for which booking is not obligatory, is valid until 28 October 2016 – August not included – every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. (last entry 9.30 p.m.).

Keep your ticket. An invitation for you to a truly special Palace!

Take advantage of a promotion, valid until 31 December, to visit the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo and its Gallery of Portraits of the Pontiffs. A special entry fee of 8 Euros is reserved to all those who can present at the entrance in Piazza della Libertà a ticket or booking for a visit to the Vatican Museums. If on the other hand you are already at Castel Gandolfo and have participated in a guided tour of the Barberini Garden of the Pontifical Villas, keep your ticket and conclude your itinerary at the Apostolic Palace, at the reduced fee of 5 Euros!



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Video art makes an entry in the Pope's Museums
A room entirely devoted to Studio Azzurro

The Vatican Museums Collection of Contemporary Art is enriched by a new work: In the beginning (and then), an interactive video installation in four parts designed and realised in 2013 by the historic Milan group Studio Azzurro, which has always guided its research towards a socialising use of interactivity. The inauguration on 28 September of the permanent installation of the work – better defined as a "sensitive environment" – in the heart of the itinerary through the Museums, is certainly also a symbolic event that recalls the equally significant first participation of the Holy See in the Venice International Biennale Art Exhibition 2013, where Studio Azzurro, with In the beginning (and then), gave tangible form to the founding moment of the biblical narrative of the Creation of the universe and of man.
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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]


Focus on the collections

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

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