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Vatican Museums

Are you an expat living in Rome or planning to move to Rome? One of the benefits of living in this vibrant city is the opportunity to explore its rich cultural heritage, including the Vatican Museums. If you’re looking to make the most of your expat experience in Rome, then you won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Vatican Museums for free on the last Sunday of the month.

As an expat, it’s essential to find ways to immerse yourself in the local culture and history of Rome. The Vatican Museums are an excellent place to start. With over 70,000 works of art and artifacts on display, the museums offer a glimpse into the history of the Catholic Church and Rome’s art and architecture. From the stunning Sistine Chapel to the Egyptian Museum, there is something for everyone at the Vatican Museums.

Founded in the early 16th century by Pope Julius II, the Vatican Museums within the Vatican City display works that have been amassed by the Catholic church over the centuries. You will find classical sculptures, tapestries, and paintings by Renaissance greats such as:

  • Raphael
  • Caravaggio
  • Michelangelo
  • Bernini
  • Da Vinci

They also have a collection of Modern Religious Art with works of artists like Carlo Carrà, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso.

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The school of Athens, Raffaello

The Vatican Museums are a popular tourist destination, and the admission fees can be quite steep. However, as an expat, you have the unique advantage of being able to visit the museums for free on the last Sunday of the month. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore the museums without breaking the bank.

To make the most of your free admission to the Vatican Museums, it’s important to plan your visit in advance. The museums can be crowded, so it’s best to arrive early in the morning to avoid long lines. You may also want to consider purchasing a guidebook or hiring a local guide to help you navigate the museums and learn more about the exhibits.

The free entrance time is: 9:00 – 12:30 closing 14:00. There is also possibility of guided tours upon reservation.

While you’re at the Vatican Museums, don’t forget to visit the Sistine Chapel. This famous chapel is home to Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the ceiling fresco, and The Last Judgment. The Sistine Chapel is a must-see for anyone visiting the Vatican Museums.

Another tip for expats visiting the Vatican Museums is to take advantage of the audio guide. The audio guide provides an informative tour of the museums and gives you a deeper understanding of the history and significance of each exhibit.

In addition to the Vatican Museums, Rome is home to many other cultural attractions, including the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon. As an expat living in Rome, it’s essential to take advantage of these unique opportunities to explore the city’s rich cultural heritage.

If you’re an expat living in Rome, don’t miss the chance to visit the Vatican Museums for free on the last Sunday of the month. With a little bit of planning, you can make the most of your visit to one of the world’s most famous museums and immerse yourself in the history and culture of Rome.

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Free Museum Admission in Rome Every First Sunday of the Month!

Rome is a city that’s rich in culture and history, and it’s no secret that its museums are among the best in the world. If you’re looking to explore the city’s museums without breaking the bank, then you’re in luck! Every first Sunday of the month, many of Rome’s state and civic museums offer free admission. In this guide, we’ll provide you with a comprehensive list of the free state and civic museums in Rome and what you can expect from your visit.

Before you plan your visit to any of the museums, it’s important to call ahead and make sure they’re open. Additionally, not all exhibitions may be included in the free admission offer, so it’s always best to check beforehand.

Here is a list of free state museums offering free entrance on the first Sunday of every month:

Museums and State Archaeological Sites

  • Colosseo e Foro Romano / Palatino (with limited entry)
  • Museo Nazionale Romano (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano)
  • Galleria Borghese (advance booking is always mandatory)
  • Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
  • Galleria Nazionale Arte Moderna
  • Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi
  • Museo H.C. Andersen
  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica Palazzo Barberini
  • Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica Palazzo Corsini
  • Galleria Spada
  • Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia
  • Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo (with limited entry)
  • Museo Nazionale d’Arte Orientale “G. Tucci”
  • Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico “L. Pigorini”
  • Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari
  • Museo Nazionale dell’Alto Medioevo
  • Museo Nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali
  • Terme di Caracalla
  • Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
  • Villa dei Quintili
  • Santa Maria Nova sull’Appia Antica
  • Villa di Livia a Prima Porta
  • Area Archeologica di Veio
  • Scavi di Ostia Antica
  • Museo Ostiense
  • Castello di Giulio II
  • Area Archeologica del Porto di Traiano
  • Villa Adriana a Tivoli
  • Villa d’Este a Tivoli

The ‘Musei Gratuiti a Roma’ event does not always include a visit to the exhibitions in progress, for which the special charge may remain in force. 

Visiting these museums can be a great way to immerse yourself in Rome’s rich history and culture without spending a dime. It’s also an excellent opportunity to learn more about the city’s artistic heritage and its influence on the world.

Don’t forget, the Vatican Museums are also free on the last Sunday of every month, which can be another great way to explore Rome’s art and history. With a little bit of planning, you can take advantage of these free admission offers and experience all that Rome’s museums have to offer.

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Another weekend  in Rome with the summer heat upon us! If you go to the beach, it’s just outside Rome and you can discover some villages (why not!),  Take the train to Ostia  that you can find at Metro B Picramide and and get off at Ostia Antica! Or stay in the city with all kind of things to do in the open air!  Visit some interesting exhibitions, or discover the cultural and gastronomic events scheduled in the city this weekend.

Here are the events not to be missed on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of May in Rome:

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May will be another weekend full of events not to be missed. The capital is experiencing a real rebirth after the months of restrictions. Culture, art, food have exploded into the Roman streets with a varitey of entertainment for everyone.

From food markets to craft markets and oriental cultures, from festivals dedicated to good food and good drink, to classical and pop music that lights up the city. Over the weekend hundreds of historic and contemporary buildings in Rome open and it ends with a dance at the Palladium Theater.

Peace concert in Piazza del Popolo

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On Saturday 21 May,  “Play Music Stop War” an event with free admission. A strong message through music aimed at supporting humanitarian work and welcoming refugees from Ukraine promoted by Community of Sant’Egidio.

From 19:30, beloved artists and bands will preform, coming from different musical scenes, but firmly united for the same noble cause, they will join their voice to demand an end to the war in Ukraine and every war in the belief  that there is no future without a foundations for peace.  ( Find full info here)

15th anniversary of the Japanese Market

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The Japanese Market celebrates its 15 years on Saturday and Sunday, with a full fun program. The splendid and large industrial spaces of the Capannelle Hippodrome will frame a unique journey through the sounds, smells and atmospheres typical of the Rising Sun. A large market exhibition with over 100 exhibitors selected for an out-of-the-box shopping proposal. It ranges from typical Japanese crafts to the greener proposals of bonsai, kokedama and terrarium, the creative crafts of ceramics, origami, kimonos and kokeshi as well as a wide selection of manga, gadgets and typical products of Japanese comics & game culture. ( Find full info here)

Spring Beer Festival

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The Spring Beer Festival returns to Rome from 19 to 22 May. It’s free admission dedicated to Italian craft beers will be held at Città dell’Altra Economia, in the premises of the former slaughterhouse in the Testaccio district. The theme of this new edition is “let’s go back to the party” with Brewer companies and friends. 20 Italian breweries have been selected.  There are also things for children believe or not!  ( Find full info here)

Giovanni Truppi in concert at the Auditorium

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After the on stage performance the Ariston with Your father, my mother, Lucia, the piece in competition at the 72nd Sanremo Festival, and with Nella Mia ora di Libertà, a piece by Fabrizio De André interpreted in a duet with Vinicio Capossela and participation in surprise of Mauro Pagani, Giovanni Truppi will be on tour with “Tutto l’iverso”, and will make a stop in Rome on Sunday 22 May, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.  ( Find full info here)

Aperol Spritz Festival

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Aperol Spritz Festival returns to the Auditorium Parco della Musica from 20th to 22nd of May. Three evenings of fun, in which the unmistakable orange aperitif signed Aperol Spritz will be the star for the night! The suggestive location will be tinged with orange together with 15 Aperol bartenders, installations, gadgets and entertainment. for three days full of initiatives.  ( Find full info here)

Festa dell’Amatriciana with Eat Italy

Amatriciana, one of the most famous pasta Roman dishes! Eataly Roma pays homage with an exclusive event. From Friday 20 to Sunday 22 May the third floor of the Roman store will host “La Festa della Amatriciana”: a long weekend in which Amatrice’s recipe will be savored in the most varied and tasty variations. Classic proposals and delicious variations will tickle the palate of all participants. ( Find full info here)

Feast of the arrosticino among 400 thousand flower bulbs

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An area with 400 thousand wonderful bulbs of Italian anemones, buttercups, roses, horned violets in the heart of Rome, presents the Arrosticino Festival over the weekend. The typical Abruzzo dish will, in fact, be the protagonist among the wonders of the Rome Flowers Park. In addition to the Arrosticini, you can have lunch in the well-stocked restaurant, where you will find first courses, main courses and typical side dishes of the Roman tradition, also available for celiac. ( Find full info here)


BBQ universe: around the world through the grills

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Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, in the large garden of Eur Social Park, you can enjoy the barbecues of the world. American, Japanese, Greek, Italian BBQ, specifically an ancient Lazio recipe and a traditional one from Puglia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil. In addition to food, there will be shows, courses, show cooking and space for children. (Find full info here)

Roman cuisine festival

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At AgriPark, the park of the Agriculture Nuova organic farm in Via Castel di Leva, it will be a weekend dedicated to Roman cuisine, the real, traditional and popular one. A tribute to the typical dishes with a unique and unmistakable flavor appreciated all over the world. Cooks and restaurateurs will face off with carbonara, amatriciana, cheese and pepper, gricia, porchetta d’Ariccia, oxtail, tripe, offal and lamb.  (Find full info here)


Open House Roma

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On 21 and 22 May, “Open House Roma” returns, the event that celebrates design and architecture in the capital by opening hundreds of historic and contemporary buildings to the public free of charge. A special weekend that will offer Romans and tourists the opportunity to discover the most interesting details of our architectural heritage, with events also designed for people with visual and hearing impairments. Among the novelties of this year, the unpublished tour of the architecture of Ostia, the most interesting construction sites in the city, historical and special places of ancient Rome such as the Pyramid of Cestius and unique engineering works such as the Atac garage. (Find full info here)

Vivaldi The Four Seasons

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The Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra presents Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd. The concert will feature the American Gil Shaham, one of the greatest violinists on the current scene, in the dual role of conductor and violinist. Nominated “Instrumentist of the Year” by Musical America magazine in 2021, Shaham has created a program for the Cecilian public that alternates the famous Four Seasons with rarely performed pieces. (Find full info here)

“The Spring Festival” at the Triumphal Market

On Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May at the Mercato Trionfale in Rome, 5 artisans and ethical producers have decided to organize “The Spring Festival” to make their products known to the general public that attends the historic market in Prati. From 12 to 14 it will be possible to taste the proposals created by Giovale Formaggi, Bottega Gamberoni, Piccola Bottega Merenda, Fattoria Pulicaro and Fattoria Faraoni in a dynamic and fun tasting open to all and free. (Find full info here)

Artisans on display at Palazzo Colonna

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Last appointment before summer, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May, with Artisans on display in the Coffee House of Palazzo Colonna located in Piazza SS. Apostoli 67, a few steps from Piazza Venezia. It will be possible to purchase creations by selected creatives of high craftsmanship, in particular a selection of fashion accessories dedicated to next summer, in a truly unique and exclusive context, extraordinarily open to the public with free access for the occasion. (Find full info here)

The Farmer’s Market on Tour conquers Cinecittà Est

On Sunday 22 May, the Rome and Castelli Romani Farmers’ market will not take place, as usual, at the Capannelle Hippodrome, but, by popular demand of the citizens of Cinecittà Est, it will debut in the green area at Via di Torre Spaccata 107 , crossing Viale Bruno Pelizzi (behind the Cinecittà studios). Among the market stalls, many tastings of organic and typical products, with Igp, Doc and Dop certification, fruit and vegetables, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, buffalo mozzarella and much more. (Find full info here)

The Last appointment of Orbita, the dance season at the Palladium Theater

On 21 May at the Palladium Theater with the last appointment of Orbita, the dance season directed by Spellbound which intends to map the leading realities of contemporary dance. On stage two works by the choreographer of Serbian origin, but based in Amsterdam, Dunja Jocic, already awarded with the prestigious VSCD Zwaan in 2021, who presents the short film Bird in Rome, directed together with director Marinus Groothof and, in national premiere, The Previous Owner, a show that explores the theme of transhumanism. (Find full info here)

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Capitoline Museum Saturday November 4th only €1 22On Saturday November 4th an extraordinary opening of the Capitoline Museum and tickets cost only €1!  The public will be able to admire the extraordinary sculptural and pictorial works of the Capitoline Museum and attend the shows.

It will be the Italian music and the countless nuances of the Mediterranean sounds to inaugurate the first opening of the Capitoline Museums in November.  After crossing the cloister and corridors of the Rome Museum in Trastevere, the initiative starts this weekend, the art of soul moves to Piazza del Campidoglio on Saturday, November 4 from 20:00 to 24:00  (last hour 23 – a symbolic ticket of one euro), a two-way show organized in collaboration with the Musical Foundation for Rome and the Embassy of Israel.

The protagonists will be the Middle Eastern sounds of Turkish-Israeli composer Yinon Muallem and his two Italian accompanying actors Andrea Piccioni and Simone Pulvano.  The rhythm of the rhythm will stage a genuine musical journey through which you will discover rhythms, sounds and cultural instruments from far.  Simone Alessandrini and the group of musicians formed by Antonello Sorrentino, Federico Pascucci, Riccardo Gola and Riccardo Gambatesa will also be protagonists. Saturday’s performance will be the occasion for the preview of Storytellers, the album debut of Alessandrini, released on November 17 for the Parco della Musica Records, the record label of the Fondazione Musica per Roma.

On Sunday November 5 at 11.30 am the weekend in music will continue with the free concert ritual. At the Carlo Bilotti Museum – Villa Borghese’s Orange will resound the oboe and pianoforte by Alberto Signorile and Giuseppe Barile in the concert of classical music organized with the collaboration of Roma Tre Orchestra entitled L’oboe, a protagonist of music from the eighteenth century to today.

The first weekend of November will host one of the events at the start of MIX Meet the Museum, the new project of activities aimed at enhancing the museum’s artistic heritage and the aggregation of the public. On Sunday, November 5, at 11.30 am the Napoleonic Museum inaugurates the theme meeting with writers. The author Silvia Bencivelli will focus his attention on the opera The Urania pendulum and to this will dedicate, in front of the audience, an unpublished script called Time Speech.

The two days are part of the initiative “In the weekend the art animates” promoted by Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth – Provincial Capitol of Cultural Heritage with the organization of Zètema Progetto Cultura. Collaboration with important cultural institutions such as: Casa del Jazz, Rome Music Foundation, Rome Theater, Fondazione Teatro dell’Opera, National Academy of Santa Cecilia and Orchestras of the Roma Tre University and Sapienza University From Rome.

The thematic path “Meeting with the Writers” is part of the project “MIX – Meet the Museum” (promoted by Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth – Provincial Capitol Building with the organization of Zètema Progetto Cultura, financed by the Lazio Region Law No 26 of October 23, 2009 – Public Notice for the Development of Cultural Services Systems) and the “Contemporaneamente Roma 2017” program promoted by Rome Capital, Department of Cultural Growth.

CAPITOLINE MUSEUM   – Saturday, November 4th 

Change the museum but the winning formula remains the same. The symbol of a symbolic cost of one euro will allow the public to admire the extraordinary sculptural and pictorial works of the Capitoline Museums and attend the following show program:


Embassy of Israel – 21.00 and 22.30 hours Sala Pietro da Cortona

With: Yinon Muallem (oud or lute turkish, voice, riqq, darbouka, bendir), Andrea Piccioni (tambourine, bendir, oval), Simone Pulvano (riqq, bendir, darbouka)

The Turkish composer and poly-instrumentalist of Turkish-Israeli Yinon Muallem, specializing in frame, calico and turkish drums, will perform in the capital accompanied by an exceptional duo with the melody of the rhythm: Andrea Piccioni, artist who boasts important collaborations (Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Wu Man, Homayun Sakhi), and has been defined by the magazine Musica Jazz as an absolute master of frame drums; Simone Pulvano, the capital’s reference point for the Arab percussion and director of the Takadum Orchestra.

The program will be composed of compositions for lute, vocals and percussion from the repertoire for ensemble of Muallem, in addition alternating moments of compositions for solo drums framed by Piccioni.


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