Lonely Planet Writer

Beautiful Instagram photos show off an empty Vatican

Instagrammers got a special look at the Vatican museums as part of a series of empty museum events that highlight Italian cultural heritage.

Matteo Acitelli was one of the lucky Instagrammers to take photos in an empty Vatican.
Matteo Acitelli was one of the lucky Instagrammers to take photos in an empty Vatican. Image by matteoacitelli

The meeting was one of a series of outings, marked on Instagram with the hashtag #emptymuseo, that have been organized in Italian museums over the past year and show off the cultural centres without throngs of visitors.

Matteo Acitelli was one of the lucky Instagrammers to take photos in an empty Vatican.
Matteo Acitelli was one of the lucky Instagrammers to take photos in an empty Vatican. Image by matteoacitelli

Organizers Darius Arya, an archeologist, and Erica Firpo, a journalist, worked with the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums to bring in a group of Instagrammers for a very early morning visit of the Vatican Museums. That included access to public and non-public areas, though they did not photograph the Sistine Chapel.

Matteo Acitelli was one of the lucky Instagrammers to take photos in an empty Vatican.
Matteo Acitelli was one of the lucky Instagrammers to take photos in an empty Vatican. Image by matteoacitelli

According to Arya, the goal was to showcase the Vatican museums in a way less familiar to most visitors, with a goal of promoting Italy’s cultural heritage.

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