Closing Days at Museums in Italy

Closing Days at Museums in Italy

You’re planning a whirlwind tour of Italy for you summer vacation.  You’ve picked the hotels, you know you need to avoid the Vatican Museums on Sundays, but otherwise, you think you’ve got it all planned.  But did you know that many of Italy’s museums are still closed one day a week?  Pretty surprising considering tourism is Italy’s biggest industry, isn’t it?


The large state museums in Rome are open daily, including the Colosseum, Forum and Capitoline Museums, though some of the smaller ones will be closed once a week, usually on Mondays, as will the city-run museums.  The list below is correct at the time of publishing, but it’s always best to check on their website before you go.

Museums which are closed on Mondays

Centrale Montemartini

Galleria Borghese (open late on Thursdays)

The Rape of Proserphia by Bernini in Galleria Borghese, Rome
‘The Rape of Proserpina’ by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in Galleria Borghese

Museo Nazionale Romano: Crypta Balbi, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Baths of Diocletian)

National Art Galleries: Palazzo Barberini & Galleria Corsini

National Museum of Modern Art (GNAM)

National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia

Ostia Antica


Villa Torlonia


Museums which are closed on other days

Vatican Museums – closed on Sundays

Catacombs of San Callisto – closed Wednesdays

Catacombs of St. Sebastian – closed Sundays

Catacombs of Domitilla – closed Tuesdays

Galleria Spada – closed Tuesdays

Borromini's 'Perspective' at Galleria Spada
Borromini’s ‘Perspective’ at Galleria Spada


Mondays are the traditional closing day in Florence as well, which includes the Uffizi and Accademia.  Mondays are a great day to visit the wonderful Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens on the other side of the river.

Boboli Gardens, Florence
Boboli Gardens, Florence


Down in Campania, Tuesday is their favored closing day.  Aim to visit Pompeii and/or Herculaneum if you are there on a Tuesday, as these are always opened.  But avoid the National Archaeological Museum in Naples or the Royal Palace of Caserta.  While Museum of Capidimonte, high above the city, is closed on Wednesdays.

Capodimonte Museum
Capodimonte Museum & Park, Naples


Venice is open most of the time.  The Accademiacloses on Monday afternoons and the Peggy Guggenheim Collectionisn’t open on Tuesdays.


In Milan, Leonardo’s Last Supper isn’t visible on Mondays.

But don’t worry, when the museums are closed, there are plenty of other places to visit in and around each of these cities.  Contact our experts to find out

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