The Patrons Team is thrilled to welcome all Patrons to join us for the 30th Anniversary celebrated in Rome this October! This occasion will highlight and celebrate the special and unique role that you have played in the Vatican Museums and what your generosity has meant to the various museums, laboratories, galleries and ultimately the millions of visitors that stroll the collections each year.
Thanks to the tremendous generosity and support of the Patrons, many Vatican clergy and staff will be in attendance at the array of activities planned. It is with great pleasure we announce a private audience to be held with Pope Francis for the Patrons! This written confirmation from the Prefect of the Papal Household to the Cardinal President gives the highest probabilities of it all working as planned, but of course the papal schedule is always dependent on unforeseen events. Nonetheless, our Patrons will enjoy a wonderful week of events in the Vatican.
To commemorate this special occasion, a series of unrivalled events are scheduled to ensure this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our Patrons will meet with Cardinals and be personally greeted by the members of the Roman Curia at the various activities. During the day, Patrons are invited to a presentation lead by Professor Arnold Nesselrath, Scientific Delegate and Head of the XV-XVIII Century Art Department, and Maestro Maria Ludmila Pustka, Director of the Painting Restoration Laboratory. There will be a private after-hours guided visit of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where President of the Vatican City State, His Eminence Carindal Giuseppe Bertello, will lead a moment of prayer. The event will also feature exclusive behind-the-scenes visits to the Papal Chapels, State Rooms in the Apostolic Palace and the Sala Regia.
Thank you for your continued support of the work of the Patrons. It would be impossible to do the important work of restoring and maintaining the priceless works of the Vatican without your generosity and prayers.
The Patrons Office looks forward to greeting you in Rome this October!