La Spina. Dall’agro Vaticano a Via della Conciliazione

22/07/2016 - 08/01/2017
Musei Capitolini

The exposition proposes a trip back in time following the steps which lead to the Basilica san Pietro, showing the inner changes within the area from the ancient times to the Jubilee in 1950, when the urban fabric was completed. 

In such a significant year for San Pietro, with a huge number of  pilgrims walking across via della Conciliazione, the exposition promoted by Roma Capitale – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali together with Zètema Progetto Cultura, monitored by Claudio Parisi Presicce and Laura Petacco.

The showing “La Spina. Dall’Agro Vaticano a Via della Conciliazione “ evokes places which no longer exist today, but which over the years have kept the historical memory of the events which led to the current configuration of Rome, both capital city and symbolic centre of Christianity.

The central theme of the showing is the Spine in its double meaning of toponym, originated from the particular shape of the block during the Renaissance,  and of “ foreign body”, which in sooth has been taken away from the original connective tissue of the city through demolitions.

Both the destruction of La Spina dei Borghi and the opening of Via della Conciliazione represent a tangible proof of the term of the former clash between State and Church  in the modern Rome, ended because of the Patti Lateranensi: they modified the visual of the Vatican even under a symbolic profile.

First of all, a topographic frame of the area will be explained through historic and audiovisual cartography: then, a sharp telling of the life phases and employment of those places will be provided, firstly through archaeological finds, then exploring artwork, isolated fragments of frescos, paintings and photographs. 


Musei Capitolini
Opening hours

22 July 2016 - 08 January 2017
Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30;
Last admission 1 hour before closing time
Exceptionally open from 15.00 to 19.00 on Sunday, January 1st, 2017.
Free entry for citizens residing in Rome only (showing a valid ID proving residence)

N.B For eventual openings/closures please visit the page dedicated to the announcements

Entrance ticket

Every first Sunday of the month free admission for residents in Rome and in the metropolitan city area. 

Regular Fees, including the exhibitions "La Misericordia nell’Arte. Itinerario giubilare tra i Capolavori dei grandi Artisti Italiani, 31.05.2016-08.01.2017" and "La Spina. Dall’agro Vaticano a Via della Conciliazione, 22.07.2016-08.01.2017": 
Adults: € 15,00 
Concessions: € 13,00 
Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00*
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID): 
Adults: € 13,00;
Concessions: € 11,00;
Ridottissimo special price: € 2,00*;
* Please note: According to the Municipal by-law, due to the exceptionality of the exhibition, people usually entitled to free admission must purchase a € 2,00 concessionary ticket.
However, free admission is granted to children under 6 years, groups of elementary and (lower) middle schools, to visitors with disabilities and a family member or a carer who can prove that they belong to social and health care services, and RomaPass holders (if used to access the first 2 sites).   

Capitolini Card (valid 7 days) "Capitoline Museums + Centrale Montemartini + exhibitions ("La Misericordia nell’Arte. Itinerario giubilare tra i Capolavori dei grandi Artisti Italiani, 31.05.2016-08.01.2017" and "La Spina. Dall’agro Vaticano a Via della Conciliazione, 22.07.2016-08.01.2017")"  combined ticket: 
Adults: € 16,00;
Concessions: € 14,00; 
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID): 
Adults: € 15,00;
Concessions: € 13,00;

Tickets can be purchased with also credit cards and ATM.



Online tickets
Just show your printed receipt at turnstiles of the Capitoline Museums and the Ara Pacis Museum; no need to go to the ticket office.

Audio and video guides
Video guides in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish: € 6.00;
Audio guides for children (recommended age: 6-12 years) in Italian and English: € 4,00.


+39 060608 (every day from 9:00 to 21:00)

Other information

Promoted by
Roma Capitale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali

In cooperation with
MasterCard Priceless Rome

Media partner
Il Messaggero 

Security service
Travis Group Security Srl 

Organized by
Zètema Progetto Cultura 

Claudio Parisi Presicce, Laura Petacco 

Web site
Laura Petacco, Claudio Parisi Presicce

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