Vatican Museum’s Treasures By Night

“The Beauty of Music and the Beauty of the figurative arts belong together”

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It’s Friday night in Rome and the Vatican beckons your presence. Come see the Pope’s Museums with displays of treasures from all over the world,  serenaded by exquisite musical masterpieces performed by professional musicians.  Let your senses be captivated by the lyrical charm of art in its purest form.

Meeting with great public success during the last few years, the Vatican at Night will run until the end of October (with the exception of the month of August). It happens every Friday night from 7pm to 11pm, with an option of being accompanied by licensed, professional tour guides.  You will be taken through the main sections of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The itinerary includes the Cortile della Pigna, the Pio Clementino museum, the upper floor galleries (Candelabri, Arazzi e Carte Geografiche), the Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel, and the Library Galleries.

Step out underneath the stars and request that your guide take you outside to see St. Peter’s Basilica and Bernini’s Colonnade both gloriously illuminated against the night.

This summer,  II Bello da Sentire is the rich and varied musical program offered by the finest pupils of the Turin Conservatory. You will hear the music of Brahms and Debussy, Beethoven and Mendelssohn, and several others. A guided tour will be offered on the theme of musical iconography.

Inside Raphaels’s Room of the Segnatura, in the heart of the “Pope’s Museums,” a winged angel introduces us to the contemplation of Parnassus. Here Apollo, god of Poetry and Beauty, plays the zither surrounded by the Muses, representing all of the arts. The scroll held by the angel proclaims, in Latin, “Numine afflatur,” as if to say that Art in all its expressions is inspired by Divinity.

All musical performances will start at 8:30 and last for 60 minutes

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Art in all its form is God’s shadow on earth

Raphael's 'School of Athens'
Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’

 For more information, click on the Vatican Website below

*Vatican Museum at Night–Information

2 thoughts on “Vatican Museum’s Treasures By Night

  • I watched the Vatican Museums film yesterday. Although there was no complete effect of presence, I was amazed with details I could not get to see if I went to Vatican in person. The fine details seen in close-ups gave me goose bumps. It’s hard to describe the awe of seeing La Pieta so close and you wonder if it’s marble or human skin you are looking at. I dream of seeing the collection live.

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    • There is so much to see at the Vatican Museums!! It will take you the good part of a day. I agree, televised documentaries give a lot of detail and information that is easily missed while seeing it on-site. I hope you do go….it is a memorable experience! Thank you for the comment!!

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