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Museo Pio-Clementino

The earliest museum collection had been assembled in the Belvedere by Popes Julius II, Leo X, Clement VII and Paul III during the fourteenth century but, by the time of Popes Clement XIV and Pius VI, the collection had been dispersed (many items given away as gifts). These two pontiffs tirelessly trawled Rome for antiquities, which were then arranged by Ennio Quirino Visconti. The big new museum constructed for the collection was named for its patrons, and so the Museo Pio-Clementino was born. The museum totals 11 rooms; the Sala a Croce Greca, Sala della Biga, Galleria dei Candelabri, the Sala Rotonda, the Sala delle Muse, the Sala degli Animali, Galleria delle Statue, Sala dei Busti, Gabinetto delle Maschere, Cortile del Belvedere and the Gabinetti del Belvedere. Room by room we look at a selection of the most important pieces here but remember, as ever, that there is much more besides.

Important pieces in the Museo Pio-Clementino (Sale a Croce Greca) include the massive sarcophagi of Saints Helena and Constania (mother and daugher of Constantine the Great), and the mosaic of the Cnidian Venus. The Sala della Biga contains sculptor Franzoni's remarkable restoration of a Classical two-wheeled racing chariot, pulled by two horses, and which gives its name to the beautiful circular room. The Galleria dei Candelabri is decorated with massive candelabra of white marble, liberated from imperial Roman villas. The Sala Rotonda was built by Simonetti (and based on the Parthenon) and contains the bust of Zeus of Otricoli.

The Sala delle Muse was created by Simonetti to house the sculptures of the nine Muses, led by Apollo. The Sala degli Animali is a superb collection of some 150 representations of animals from Classical antiquity. The Galleria delle Statue has frescoes by Mantegna and Pinturicchio, a Sleeping Ariadne and the Barberini Candelabra. The Sala dei Busti has more than 100 busts of gods, goddesses and Roman citizens. The Gabinetto delle Maschere has a marvellous mosaic floor, transferred from the Villa Hadriana at Tivoli in 1780. The Cortile del Belvedere is a courtyard (once part of the old Belvedere) and has the Belvedere Apollo. And the Gabinetti del Belvedere has a fine statue of Meleager and the Torso of Belvedere.

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Coronavirus in Italy

IMPORTANT ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

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.