As the Vatican eases lockdown restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vatican Museums and Gardens of Castel Gandolfo reopens to the public after two months.
And as a “thank you” gift to all the doctors, nurses, and medical personnel who risked their lives during the onslaught of the pandemic, the Holy See announced that all medical personnel will have free access to the Vatican Museums for one week, starting from June 8 to June 13, 2020. They can also enter the Papal Villas of Castel Gandolfo for free for two weekends—June 6 or 7, and June 13 or 14. (Read: A Tourist’s Guide to the Vatican City)
“We want, in this way, to join the universal feeling of gratitude for health care staff. We do so with a simple gesture that is full of meaning and inspired by the conviction that Art and Medicine are unified by a higher purpose: to take care of the human person, in its entirety,” said the Vatican Museums in a statement.
With over 233,000 reported infections and more than 33,500 deaths from COVID-19, Italy is one of the hardest-hit nations in the world.
All visitors are requested to observe the safety procedures and rules imposed by Vatican authorities such as social distancing and wearing masks. Tourists are also required to have online bookings prior to their visit.