HomeEducational ActivitiesTours for the Blind and Visually Impaired

In addition to the tactile tours, which enable visitors who are blind or visually impaired to explore a selection of original sculptures on display in the Gregorian Profane Museum, a new multisensory itinerary has been developed, enabling the blind and visually impaired to explore a selection of works in the Vatican Pinacoteca (Picture Gallery). The aim of this tour is to enable these visitors to understand iconographically a selection of masterpieces, by allowing them to touch thermoformed panels and scale reproduction bas-reliefs, equipped which Braille legends and black print descriptions.

During the tour, the visitors' idea of the work of art is stimulated through other senses, so as to facilitate the re-elaboration of the artistic message. Multidisciplinary didactic communication systems are used, such as literary and musical stimuli as well as multisensory systems using analytic and synaestetic references.


Selected Works of Art


Melozzo da Forlì "An Angel Playing the Lute"
Pinacoteca, Room IV


Caravaggio "Deposition"
Pinacoteca, Room XII

Visit Details

  • Syncretic and analytic reading of the works of art reproduced on the thermoformed panels and on the scale reproduction bas-reliefs. In-depth study of the subject, including the different aspects and effects of the composition, techniques, form and colour.

  • The visitor can listen to poetry reading and music, which together with analogical, syncretic references (aural, olfactory, tactile, etc.), stimulated by the guide, evoke the images depicted, enabling visitors to experience the work of art in its entirety.

  • This guided tour offers the possibility of touching a fragment of a fresco with the detail of the halo of the angel, by Melozzo, and a section of the painting portraying the shroud of the Deposition, created - as similar as possible to the original - by expert restorers.

Useful Information...

  • Admission tickets and guided tours for the blind are free of charge. One free ticket is granted to an accompanying person.
  • The duration of the tour is approximately 2 hours.
  • A maximum of 8 visitors may take part in each tour.
  • The guided tours are available only in Italian.
  • One didactic guide is provided for one or two visitors so as to optimise the experience.
  • Booking is mandatory.
  • For information and reservations email to visitedidattiche.musei@scv.va (indicating the type of visit required: "Tours for the Blind and Visually Impaired") or phone + 39 06 69883145 - + 39 06 69884676 - + 39 06 69884947.


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Tel. + 39 06 69883145 - + 39 06 69884676 - + 39 06 69884947