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From 1 March 2014, 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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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!
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Thursdays in the Museums

The Thursdays in the Museums review offers another appointment on 16 April, at 4 pm as usual, with the presentation of the volume Caravaggio tra originali e copie by Barbara Savina (EtGraphiae Editions). The book attempts to take a multidisciplinary approach to a problem central to debate on Caravaggio – that of copies, forgeries and signed replicas. [More]

 
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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Night Openings 2015

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. The programme and complete calendar of related events will soon be available for consultation online.
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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, will shortly be installed in the Vatican Gardens. Genesis of the works - Papal blessing of the works

 

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]

 

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"

 
 
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