Exciting Changes at Vatican Museums: More Time, New Entrance, and Improved Security

Exciting Changes at Vatican Museums: More Time, New Entrance, and Improved Security

The Vatican Museums are set to unveil exciting changes in the lead-up to the 2025 Jubilee Year. Commencing on November 17, a new entrance at the St. Rose Gate will allow visitors exclusive access to the Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis on Fridays and Saturdays. This archaeological gem, situated on Vatican grounds, represents an ancient Roman burial ground.

In response to heightened post-COVID tourism, the Vatican Museums will extend their operating hours starting January 1, 2024, with doors open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. During the peak season in spring and summer from March 2024, Fridays and Saturdays will see extended hours until 8 p.m. To combat overcrowding, guided tours will be capped at 20 participants, and enhanced air conditioning will be implemented in exhibition rooms.

Acknowledging the challenge of secondary ticketing, the Museums will adopt nominative tickets and ID checks to prevent unauthorized resale, including bot-driven purchases.

However, these measures accompany a ticket price increase from 17 to 20 euros starting January 1, 2024. The additional online reservation fee remains at 5 euros. The Vatican Museums explained that this adjustment is necessary due to a general rise in costs, emphasizing their commitment to managing the museum complex and preserving its rich artistic, historical, and cultural heritage.

Their overarching goal remains providing an enhanced experience for visitors, particularly the faithful seeking the profound encounter offered by the premier collection of Christian artworks.

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