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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 – 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 July - 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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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!

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 Museums present the multi-lingual catalogue "The Americas", published by Edizioni Musei Vaticani and edited by Katherine Aigner and Fr. Nicola Mapelli, director of the Ethnological Museum.
This particularly significant publication is the first to be dedicated to the works – held in the Vatican ethnological collection – from those lands almost "at the end of the earth", where more than three years ago the cardinal electors went to "find" the new Pope! The occasion will also include the presentation of the new museum layout following the completion of important renovation 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]

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