As from today, 16th May throughout Italy, the long-awaited event by tourists and fans: the”night of museums”. Born in France, the initiative aims to give citizens an unusual moment of approaching the historic-artistic heritage of their own country: the cultural attractions, monuments, museums and archaeological sites will be open to the public from 8pm until midnight. “ With a symbolic entrance fee of one Euro . “Saturday night”, will be the occasion to visit museums, attend cultural attractions ,” said the Minister of cultural heritage, Dario Franceschini-“a unique opportunity to enjoy the artistic heritage outside usual business hours and appreciate the beauty of countless masterpieces exhibited in our museum collections “.
The city of Rome has adhered to the iniziative: the Scuderie del Quirinale and Palazzo delle Esposizioni with their exhibitions, the Roman houses of Palazzo Valentini,the Chiostro del Bramante, the Vittoriano Complex, the Academy of France in Rome-Villa Medici and la Sapienza University of Rome and many other jewels. The Colosseum will hold group guided tours without having to book, which will be adjusted to the influx of visitors as well as standards and security needs of the monument; Roman National Museum will open its offices in Palazzo Altemps and the baths of Diocletian too. Entrance will be totally free, as usual, at the small museums: Museum of ancient sculpture, Giovanni Barracco, Museo delle Mura, Museo Pietro Canonica, Museo Napoleonico, Roman Republic and Garibaldi memory.
“It will be a night under open skies, in the company of culture to discover, and for many to rediscover, our Museums and their exhibitions, in extraordinary visiting hours. An appointment that has long been awaited for by the Romans and tourists that will make the city of art shine in one night “-has further stated Giovanna Marinelli,the local councillor for culture and tourism in Rome.
Translation by Marina Stronati