The Vatican Museums are free of charge on the last Sunday of every month, from 9 am to 2 pm (the last admission is at 12:30 p.m.) unless it coincides with Easter Sunday, the 29th of June (St. Peter and Paul), 25th and 26th of December (Christmas and St. Stephen). Location: Piazza San Pietro More information: Tel. +39 0669883333 or web site: http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html
National Academy of Saint Luca
The admission is free to the Gallery of the National Academy of San Luca houses works by members of the academy, including Guido Reni. The National Academy of Saint Luca aims to promote arts and architecture, to honor the merits of artists and scholars by electing them into the academic body, to work for the valorization and promotion of Italian art and architecture. Location: Piazza dell'Accademia di San Luca 77 (near the Trevi fountain). More info: Tel. +39 066798850 or web site: http://www.accademiasanluca.it/academy.html
In the church 'San Pietro in Vincoli' (‘the chains that held St. Peter') you’ll see free one of the great Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures: “The Moses”, created in the early 16th century. Commissioned in 1505 by Pope Julius II for his tomb, it depicts the Biblical figure Moses with horns on his head and a bewilderingly, elegantly sculpted flowing beard, based on a description in the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Bible used at that time. Location: Piazza San Pietro in Vincoli 4A (off Via degli Annibaldi) More info: tel. +39 06 97844950 Opening hours: April-September: 8.00 am - 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm - October-March: 8.00 am - 12.30 pm and 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm.
The Historical Museum of the Liberation
During the German occupation of Rome, the headquarters of the German terror apparatus were located in Via Tasso 145/155. The building contained a prison in which Jews and political opponents were incarcerated and tortured. Converted from the former Nazi headquarters of the SS Kommandatur, the free Historic Museum of the Liberation of Rome (Museo Storico della Liberazione) archives the events that occurred in Rome during World War II. Location: Via Tasso 145. More info: 39 067003866 or web site: http://www.memorialmuseums.org/eng/staettens/view/701/Historical-Museum-of-the-L%20iberation-%E2%80%93-Via-Tasso#
Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere
In Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere you’ll visit one of the oldest churches in Rome. This piazza is the undisputed heart of Trastevere, full of every kind of person imaginable. The church is famous for a Byzantine mosaic (from the 13th century) behind the altar, arguably the finest mosaics in the city. Impressive mosaics also on the front. The facade of Santa Maria in Trastevere is even more impressive at night when it is illuminated. More info: tel. +39 065814802. Opening hours: Summer 08:00-20:00, winter 08:00-12:00, 16:00-20:00
Festa di Noantri
In the last week of July Trastevere holds the Festa de Noantri that is a religious celebration that dates back to the beginning of the 16th century. It is held in celebration of the Lady of Mount Carmel and takes place on the first Saturday after July 16th every year. Music and theatrical performances, as puppet and street shows have been incorporated into the celebrations. The Festa di Noantri is a spectacle well worth seeing, and is full of light and colour.
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