“Italy is Europe’s Treasure” is the motto of this year’s edition of the European Heritage Days a Europe-wide event that aims at making European citizens aware of the wealth and cultural diversity which thrives in the Old Continent.
On September 29 and 30 most monuments and museums will be free in Rome. There will be also many guided tours, concerts and other shows. Some places will be open for this special occasion only.
Here are a couple of links to the Roman landmarks that will be free for this cultural happening: city-owned and state ones.
The free guided tours will be held in Italian. Particularly interesting are those at Ostia’s archaeology site, the one on the artworks of the National Library, and the walking tour of Rome’s medieval houses.
There are also landmarks and buildings usually closed to the public that will be extraordinarily open for the European Heritage Days such as the Renaissance palace of Palazzo Mattei Giove, the impressive monumental compound of San Michele a Ripa, currently hosting Italy’s Heritage Ministry offices, and the Book and Archive Preservation Institute (ICRCPAL).