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Biblioteca Apostolico Vaticana (Vatican Library)

The Biblioteca Apostolico Vaticana, or Vatican Library is one of the world's oldest archives of books and contains numerous important texts, with 1.1 million books and 75,000 manuscripts. These include the oldest known Bible in existence, the Codex Vaticanus, four very early copies of Virgil (from the fourth century AD), the first and second letters of St Peter on papyrus scrolls, letters from Michelangelo grumpily demanding payment for his work on the Vatican, letters between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: the historical scope and diversity is immense, and today the library is a valuable resource for researchers.

The library was formerly established in the Vatican in 1448, by Pope Nicholas V, but it drew on far earlier Vatican collections. Some were drawn from the Lateran Palace and some from Avignon (the home of the papacy during the early Middle Ages), some from the imperial library at Constantinople. In 1448, Nicholas combined around 350 codices in Latin, Hebrew and Greek with his own library, and brought in architect Domenico Fontana to build them a home.

Over the centuries, the Biblioteca Vaticana has been augmented by further major bequests (in addition to continuous acquisitions). In 1623, the Palatine Library of Heidelberg's 3500 manuscripts were absorbed into the library. In 1657 the library of the Dukes of Urbino was subsumed, and the royal library of Sweden was given to the Vatican in 1689.

A colourful urban legend is that the Vatican possesses an enormous collection of pornography - this possibly fuelled by the removal of The Secret Vatican Archives (containing some 150,000 items) at the start of the seventeenth century. Sadly, this myth appears to be just that, with very few erotic pieces added since the Renaissance.

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Coronavirus in Italy


Please note that in order to use your tickets you MUST be able to provide one of the following:

  • - Covid19 Green Pass certification (in digital or paper format) able to attest - together with a valid identity document - that they have received at least one dose of one of the vaccines authorized by the EMA or AIFA (Comirnaty by Pfizer-BioNtech, Vaxzevria by Astrazeneca, Janssen by Johnson & Johnson and Moderna)
  • Exemptions: COVID-19 Green Certification is not required for children excluded by age from the vaccination campaign (under 12 years of age) and those exempt on the basis of appropriate medical certification.
  • - Visitors from Israel, Canada, Japan and the United States - Vaccination certificates issued by the health authorities of these countries (complying with EU Recommendation no. 2021/912 of 20 May 2021) will also be accepted, but must include the identifying data of the person and data regarding the type of vaccine and date(s) of administration. Please note that certificates will be accepted if they are in Italian, English, French or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in bilingual form and not in one of the four languages indicated in the Order of the Minister of Health of 18 June 2021, it must be accompanied by a sworn translation.

This documentation must be presented at the entrance when the body temperature is checked.

Security queues to check the Green Pass requirements may be a bit long so do allow plenty of time to ensure you do not miss your entrance slot. Have your Green Pass and ID ready for viewing. Whilst they may seem long, queues do move fast so please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a Green Pass and a valid identity document, you will not be able to access and your ticket will not be refunded. For further information www.dgc.gov.it

Due to Coronavirus many venues and events are applying strict entry conditions. These will vary by venue but common examples are:

  • You must wear a compliant CE mask (Ordinanza RT n.48) which covers both mouth and nose.
  • Disposable single-use gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Hands (or gloves) must be cleaned with a disinfectant gel on entry.
  • Your temperature (which will be measured on entry) must not be above 37.5°C.
  • Visitors must maintain a social distance of 1.8m at all times.
  • There may be a maximum visitor limit in place - in some cases this may lead to delays

Any conditions may be changed without notice as Italian regulations are updated.

If you are denied entrance because of failure to meet entry conditions, no refunds will be available.