The Vatican Museums, with prior reservation, temperature control, mask and even an aperitif

Juan Vicente Boo

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The Vatican Museums will reopen their doors on June 1 with requirements of reserve and health security that will make the visit more complicated but, at the same time, much more pleasant since there will be no more crowds in the halls due to the flow of thirty thousand visitors every day. Information about new schedules and reservations is already available on its website www.museivaticani.va.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Vatican Museums stress that in order to “scrupulously respect the rules of hygiene and distance,” all visitors “will be subjected to temperature control, and they can only enter wearing a mask ».

In view of the coronavirus pandemic and the possibility of someone feeling unwell, the Museums will have a health guard team made up of medical personnel of Italian Mercies and the Directorate of Health and Hygiene of the Vatican City State.

As the advance booking will be mandatory, the Museums have decided to abolish the added charge of four euros. The cost of the tickets depends on the modalities of the visit.

Appetizer at sunset

The new hours become from 10:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Thursday and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. In these last two days it will be possible to end the visit «with an aperitif served in the fascinating setting of the Cortile della Pigna wrapped in the dim light of the Roman sunset, “according to the statement.

The Cortile della Pigna
The Cortile della Pigna – ABC

The other novelty is that the visits to the Vatican Gardens by open-top bus, also with prior reservation on the website of the Vatican Museums.

As for the Pontifical Villas of Castel GandolfoVisits will only be possible on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with the same security measures as the Vatican Museums.

The closure of the Museums for three months, the absence of foreign tourists until at least mid-June and the obligatory nature of greatly limit the number of visitors newspapers for at least two years will be a tough coup for the Vatican State, which is sustained by the income of the Museums. Also for tour guides, very numerous in Rome.

During the almost three months of closure, only one has been working thirty of the thousand employees of the Vatican Museums. They were some conservation specialists and maintenance technicians. Now, many Roman museums have preceded them in reopening.

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