A European night dedicated to museums and extraordinary evening visits to Italian cultural sites. The contribution will be symbolic: only 1 €.

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"Art shakes from the soul the dust accumulated in everyday life"

Pablo Picasso
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The 3rd July 2021: a European night dedicated to museums and extraordinary evening visits to Italian cultural sites. 

This initiative was conceived years ago by the French Ministry of Culture and today has institutional partners such as UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and ICOM (International Council of Museums). 

This year this has even more value and the event has now reached its seventeenth edition.

For those who want to visit Italian museums at an even more affordable price, this is the most suitable evening.

The contribution in fact will be symbolic for everyone: only one euro to discover the museums of the most fascinating territories of the peninsula, at a different time that helps to make the atmosphere unique. 

It is also right to underline how the single museum institutions will perfectly apply all the necessary protocols regarding covid. This is to make visits safe as well as enjoyable.

European Night of Museums: the main museums from North to South participating in the project


For this wonderful night of culture and discovery of museums, there are many initiatives from all over Italy. 

To know all of them you can also connect to the website of the Ministry of Culture and search for "Night of Museums". 

In Milan, for example, you can get lost in the beautiful halls of the Pinacoteca di Brera between 18:00 and 22:00. Here you can see the great works of Mantegna, including the Dead Christ and Giovanni Bellini. Take you to lose yourself in the Lombardy of the sixteenth century or explore the Renaissance painting of Raphael, Bramante, and Piero Della Francesca until you get excited in front of the Kiss of Hayez. An experience not to be missed

In Bologna, you can visit the Pinacoteca Nazionale from 18:00 until 23:00. This is a very important museum as far as Italian medieval and renaissance art is concerned, as well as the great Mannerist tradition of the city. Inside you can find masterpieces by Titian, Perugino, Giotto, and obviously Carracci and Guido Reni, great artists native to the city.

The city of Rome instead will see open its "Scuderie del Quirinale" (ancient stables today art gallery) with a special exhibition entitled "Tota Italia. To the origins of a nation". There will also be several historical, archaeological, and cultural sites in the province that will welcome visitors in the evening hours. They range from the Castle of Julius II near Ostia Antica to the Etruscan Necropolis of Tarquinia and Cerveteri. 

Going further south, you can visit the archaeological museums of Sperlonga, Minturno, Formia, Cassino which have large collections that illustrate the origins of complex civilizations in these areas between Lazio and Campania.

In Naples, on the other hand, the Capodimonte Museum will be opening its doors in the evening, organizing special guided tours of the current exhibition on Raphael, curated by Angela Cerasuolo. It will also be possible to meet the artists Paolo La Motta and Diego Cibelli who will share with the public an incredible and totally different museum experience. 

In short, Italy from North to South is ready to welcome visitors from all over the world, opening up its collections and its wonders. And there is really little difference between the museums of the great cities of art or those of the small towns; art wants to restart and amaze, from L'Aquila to Palermo, from Lamezia Terme to Turin, from Ferrara to Genoa all united around the inclusiveness of beauty, art, and our heritage.

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