As lockdown restrictions are easing after almost three months, from 19 May museums, exhibitions and archeological areas are ready to welcome the public back since the outbreak of the pandemic: the digital events, such as those of #laculturaincasa, will finally once again be joined by the live experience. Visits and access must comply with the requirements set forth by the local and central authorities, keeping strict safety measures in place: tickets must be booked online, visitors have to wear a mask, respect the safety distance, submit to a temperature check and agree to leave if showing signs of illness. For more information and details on how to enter, please see the official websites of the museums.
As for civic museums, the first to reopen on 19 May were the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi and the Capitoline Museums. The latter, which is the oldest public museum complex in the world, is open every day from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (entrance allowed up to an hour before). At the Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi, the Canova. Eternal Beauty exhibition is open from 10 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10 am to 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday (entrance allowed up to an hour before). The exhibition, appreciated by over 145,000 visitors before the lockdown, has been exceptionally extended until 21 June. From 2 June, activities will also resume in the Ara Pacis, Mercati di Traiano, Fori Imperiali, Centrale Montemartini, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Musei di Villa Torlonia, Museo Civico di Zoologia, Museo Bilotti, Museo Barracco, Museo Napoleonico, Museo Canonica, Museo della Repubblica Romana, Casal de’ Pazzi, Museo delle Mura, and in the archaeological areas open to the public. Entrance tickets must be purchased online at www.museiincomuneroma.it (with 1 euro pre-sale). Once the transaction has been confirmed, visitors can show the receipt in print or in digital format at the entrance. Who owns the MIC card (the 5 euro card allowing those who live, work and study in Rome to enter the civic museums for 12 months) can benefit from a three-month extension of the validity of the card, and can book the visit to the museums for free by calling the phone number 060608. All categories benefiting from gratuity according to current regulations will also have to book the entrance with no additional costs by calling the phone number 060608.
Again open to the public is also Palazzo delle Esposizioni: all the exhibitions have been extended, from the great retrospective on the American artist Jim Dine, to the exhibition Metropoli di Gabriele Basilico (open until June 2), dedicated to one of the major protagonists of Italian and international photography. Available only through social media is the Assange Condition exhibition, with forty portraits by Miltos Manetas set up in the Spazio Fontana. The Palace is open to visitors from 10 am to 8 pm from Tuesday to Thursday and on Sundays; on Fridays and Saturdays, the entrance time is extended until 10.30 pm. Free reservation is required before the visit. The entrance will take place with an electronic ticket or Print @ Home to be exhibited at the access control. Entrance will be possible every half hour: visitors have to wear a mask, follow the signs and keep the safety distance. On 2 and 3 June, the Cafè and the restaurant will also reopen.
The MAXXI museum and the Borghese Gallery can also be visited once again. MAXXI has opted for a gradual reopening, starting with Gio Ponti. Loving Architecture on 22 May, Real_Italy on 2 June and At Home on 18 June: tickets must be purchased online or at the door if available. The Borghese Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 7 pm. Reservations are, as always, required and a maximum number of 80 visitors is allowed per visit.
At the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, the site specific installation Open! by Marti Guixè welcomes visitors at the foot of the grand staircase: to celebrate the reopening from 18 May the central hall hosts the new exhibition “A distanza ravvicinata”, with 30 works by artists such as Afro, Franco Angeli, Alberto Burri , Enrico Castellani, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Luisa Lambri, Gastone Novelli, Pino Pascali.
In the area of via del Corso, the Galleria Colonna, an authentic jewel of the Roman Baroque, can be visited every Saturday morning. Tickets can be purchased on site with a reduced price for the whole 2020. The Doria Pamphilj Gallery will also reopen its doors from Saturday 30 May, by reservation only: an unrepeatable opportunity to enjoy one of the most important private collections in the world .
1 June is the date chosen by the two most loved museums: the archaeological area of the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums. The Raphael Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and the extraordinary Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman collections can be visited with extended hours, from 10 am to 8 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 10 am to 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays (last admission two hours before). Tickets must be purchased online at www.museivaticani.va but the 4 euro presale fee will not be applied. The free openings on the last Sunday of the month are temporarily suspended but the rich range of proposals now includes a new open bus tour to discover the Vatican Gardens. The Colosseum Archaeological Park also reopens, in the name of accessibility, hospitality and security. To avoid the peak times of public transport, entry is allowed from 10.30 am to 6.15 pm, with two types of ticket: the ordinary ticket valid 24 hours and a reduced afternoon ticket - ART at the price of 9.50 euros, valid every day from 2 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.parcocolosseo.it and www.coopculture.it and include a free app for downloading route maps, historical contents and all useful information. From 2 June, visitors can access the Archaeological Park of Osta Antica: tickets can be purchased either online or directly at the entrance. Guided tours are still suspended for the moment, but it is possible to download an audio guide on the smartphone through an app.
In Trastevere, from 3 June the splendid Villa Farnesina has opened its doors. From 9 June the Pantheon and the Vittoriano reopened to the public, followed by the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, which can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm (the ticket office closes at 7 pm). On 11 June is the turn of Palazzo Barberini and Galleria Corsini, open from 10 am to 6 pm, from Thursday to Sunday, with reduced hours to protect workers and visitors, avoiding the rush hours. The access is regulated in compliance with the rules of prevention arranged by law (use of mask, temperature control, etc.). The cost of the ticket remains unchanged but tickets are valid for 20 days. The two ongoing temporary exhibitions have been extended: until 1 November “Orazio Borgianni” at the Palazzo Barberini, until 30 September “Rembrandt alla Galleria Corsini” at the Galleria Corsini.
Close to Rome, the town of Tivoli reopens its treasures and its heritage recognized by UNESCO. From 22 May Villa Gregoriana, the archaeological-naturalistic park managed by the FAI, can be visited from 2 pm to 8 pm from Monday to Thursday and from 10 to 8 pm from Friday to Sunday. Reservation is required: with the purchase of the ticket, visitors will receive access to a website via email with in-depth content. From 27 May it is again possible to also enjoy the Renaissance beauties of Villa d’Este: in addition to the blooming gardens and the fountains, visitors can admire the exhibition “Après le déluge: a journey through re-emerged and unrecognized works”, hosted by Villa d’Este and the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor. Finally, with its reopening Villa Adriana offers a reduced price ticket dedicated to the local public, including that of Rome.
As for temporary exhibitions, WEGIL, the cultural hub of the Lazio Region in the heart of the Trastevere district of Rome, has reopened its doors to the public from 18 May, extending until 12 July the Elliott Erwitt Icons exhibition celebrating one of the most great masters of contemporary photography. The Spanish Cervantes Institute is also starting to resume its cultural activities: from Wednesday 27 May the Sala Dalí in Piazza Navona will host the exhibition “The universe of Ignacio Goitia" with paintings, drawings and three-dimensional installations by the Basque painter and creative. From 2 June 2, “Raffaello 1520 – 1483” reopens to the public at the Scuderie del Quirinale: the exhibition event, which had been made accessible to everyone in the online web version during the lockdown, has been extended until August 30.