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The Vatican Museums confirm again for 2014 the eagerly-awaited Night Openings. Until October there will be more than 20 evening openings on Fridays, dedicated to Art and Music. An array of cultural and initiatives and concerts is planned, under the title "Il Bello da Sentire", the rich musical programme already in its second edition, which will bring together the young musical talents of the "Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia" and the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin. [More]
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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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Art, Wine and History: Nights at the Museums

"Il Bello e il Buono nella Civiltà Etrusca": this is the title of the cultural initiative that, on the evenings of 3, 17 and 31 October, will further enrich the Friday night museum repertoire. In the evocative context of the Vatican Museums, a trio of appointments dedicated to the beautiful and good in art. This cultural proposal will be structured in three unique phases that will lead the visitor first along a thematic itinerary of the Etruscan collection, then through an educational and sensory experience, and finally a wine tasting accompanied by a menu with a historic theme. [More]
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Atac and their subscribers invited to Vatican night openings
Reductions with the "Metrebus Card"

Arnaldo Pomodoro, Sphere with sphere, 1989-90, © Arnaldo Pomodoro. All rights reserved

The Friday evening openings of the Vatican Museums will be even more accessible to residents of Rome thanks to an agreement with Atac. Metrebus cardholders plus one guest may obtain a special reduced ticket at the price of € 17.00, and enjoy preferential access, without waiting in line. The initiative, for which booking is not obligatory, is valid until 31 October 2014 – August not included – every Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. (last entry 9.30 p.m.). [More]
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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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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]



On the days 18, 19 and 20 September 2014, the Vatican Museums will be protagonists, in their role as promoters, of Aplar 5, a three-day conference dedicated to laser technology and its application in the field of restoration. The conference, now at its fifth edition, will compare the possibilities, problems and results of current technologies in the conservation of cultural assets. Contacts


Focus on the collections

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

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