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The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel reopen on 3 May

On Monday, May 3, 2021, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel will reopen, but with a significant series of security and protection measures. Crowds will no longer be tolerated and those who break the rules will be immediately removed.

Dear visitors, this is what the museum managers write, because of the health emergency due to Covid-19 infection, visits to the museums will be set up according to precise criteria reported on the website. These are necessary rules so that your visit can take place in the best and safest of conditions.

Safety regulations

The management of the museum complex has drawn up a series of clear and explicit safety rules, which are set out with extreme transparency on the Vatican Museums homepage, to ensure that the reopening is a protected and safe opportunity to return to live culture.

These include the compulsory use of masks, temperature measurement at the entrance of visitors and a further requirement for a minimum distance of one meter between people. For groups, the maximum number of people will be 20, and the seats of the catering services will also be limited and only take-away will be allowed.

Reservations, which are free of charge, are compulsory, and it will not be possible to visit the museums on Sundays, a day which in the past has attracted crowds of visitors that are no longer imaginable. Access will be subject to a quota, organized into 30-minute entry periods, which must be communicated at the time of booking.

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Opening hours

From 8.30 am to 6.30 pm from Monday to Thursday, and on Friday and Saturday from 8.30 am to 8 pm.

The exit that leads from the Sistine Chapel directly to St Peter’s Basilica will remain closed for the time being.

Romans and tourists alike will thus be able to experience a new way of entering one of the most famous artistic complexes, an opportunity to admire the Vatican treasures from a privileged viewpoint, far from the usual past streams of visitors crowding the halls, stairways and corridors of one of the world’s greatest places of art.

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The Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel reopen on 3 May