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I am writing this post one day before April 3, the initial deadline date for Italy’s nationwide lockdown in response to the coronavirus emergency. Now that Italy has extended the lockdown until Easter — an arbitrary deadline that will likely be extended once again — who knows how long it will be before the country reopens to its own residents, much less the rest of us who are pining to see her again.
One of the few ways I have been able to tend to my wanderlust and take my mind off the crisis at hand is by taking daily video tours around Italy. Many Italian museums and galleries have made it easier to take virtual tours of their works of art and historical relics.
Below are links to five virtual visits of top museums and UNESCO sites in Italy. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, Italy’s Culture Ministry, MiBACT, has links to 55 Viaggi Virtuali to museums from Taranto to Turin. You can also find several interactive non-video virtual tours of the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel.
Archaeological Park of Herculaneum
Castel Sant’Angelo, Rome
Egyptian Museum, Turin
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
Have you taken any virtual visits around Italy’s museums?