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Vatican Museums reopen

The Vatican Museums reopened to the public on Feb. 1, after 88 days of shutdown.

In the so-called “pope's museums,” health safety measures are in place: face masks, hand sanitizer, interpersonal distances. Guests will also be required to book tickets ahead of time.

Museum visitor

“We made an online reservation. We paid for it online and didn't have to wait in line when we arrived. Today was the first day, so maybe not too many people knew about it. There were very few people inside.”

Museum visitor

“It was very strange, since the museum is usually very crowded. For me personally, it was a good experience because I was able to make it my own. I enjoyed it to the fullest. The museum is managed very well, in terms of security checks and other safety measures.”

Visitors can now enjoy the majesty of this place. From Raphael's impressive works to Michelangelo's imposing frescoes in a nearly empty Sistine Chapel. In the past, between 23,000 and 24,000 people visited daily.

Museum visitor

“It's wonderful. It's very peaceful and quiet. You can see everything calmly, especially the Sistine Chapel, because normally there are so many people that you can't even stop to contemplate the details. Now you can stop and really take it in. It's incredible.”

Art lovers everywhere can now enjoy the Vatican Museums. More information on how to visit the Vatican Museums and Gardens is available on their website: www.museivaticani.va

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translation: CT